Around Atlanta: Cinnaholic

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you are having a great start to your week. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I have a huge sweet tooth. The dessert course is one of my favorite dayparts. I never pass up something sweet.

So when the folks at Cinnaholic reached out to me to invite me to visit their Atlanta location, I couldn’t wait to try this place. Cinnaholic is a vegan cinnamon roll shop with franchises around the country. This isn’t your typical cinnamon roll shop, all of the rolls are vegan,egg-free, made from scratch and include all-natural ingredients. The thing I loved the most about this dessert shop is that they let you customize your own cinnamon rolls.Cinnaholic has several varieties of icings and over 30 toppings to choose from. So if you want a pecan pie cinnamon rolls you can make one with a bourbon flavored icing and top it with pecans. That’s what I did! Sounds like a fun experience right? 

Cinnaholic is definitely a place to take your kids this summer or a creative date night idea. Not in Atlanta? Cinnaholic has franchises popping up all over the country. Check to see where the nearest location is to you. 

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I’ve heard you can substitute avocado in baking for butter and I was intrigued when I saw a similar recipe to this chocolate avocado mousse in a Paleo cookbook got for Christmas. Throwing a Valentines Day party? This no-bake dessert is a quick and easy recipe that is perfect for serving to your guests at the end of the night. Avocados are always on sale during season at my local grocery store so this recipe if an affordable and healthy dessert that won’t break the bank either. 

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados

½ cup of original coconut milk

¼ cup of honey

¼ cup of cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

In a food processor or blender, add all of the ingredients and blend until very smooth and slightly fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Additional honey may be added for sweetness. Refrigerate for an hour to chill before serving.

 

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by Jewel at Foodie.com

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie for Mode Media. I was compensated for this recipe.

Flourless Chocolate Cake

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This weekend, I hosted a few friends over for a girls night. I know mercury is retrograde because everyone around me and myself included has been so stressed lately. So I thought it was appropriate to chow down on pizza, sip some wine and enjoy desserts. I’m still trying to avoid gluten in my diet, so I decided to put my new Kitchenaid mixer to use and make a flourless chocolate cake for my girls!

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Flourless Chocolate Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips

  2. 1 stick of butter

  3. 6 eggs, separated

  4. 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla

  7. 1/3 cup kahlua

  8. 1 1/2 cup of sugar

  9. confectioners sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees

  2. Spray 9 inch spring form pan with cooking spray.

Notes
  1. In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave, constantly stirring ever 30 seconds until smooth. Remove from the microwave and set to cool.
  2. Separate egg whites and yolks into two small bowls. Beat the egg white using a mixer until stiff peaks have formed. Gradually add sugar to egg whites while they continue to beat. While mixing, slowly add cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, and kahlua.
  3. Add the remaining yolks to melted chocolate mixture and stir. Slowly fold egg mixture into chocolate mixture. Blend until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake in the center of the preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until the sides begin to pull in. It's okay if the cake has fallen in the middle. Remove and cool in the pan on a bakers rack. Remove the sides of the pan and dust with powdered sugar. Slice and serve with Whipped Cream and Berries.
Adapted from The Neely's
Adapted from The Neely's
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Around Atlanta: No.246

No.246 in Atlanta’s historic downtown Decatur neighborhood is debuting a new dessert menu and earlier this week I was invited to try it out with several other local Atlanta bloggers. I dined at No.246 for the first time two months ago on birthday and I immediately fell in love. No.246 serves Italian food with a farm to table focus.

Downtown Decatur is very much a walking community, and No.246 is enticing onlookers to stop in with its new pastry window displays. The windows are amazing and I got a chance to taste several desserts from the displays. My favorite was the apple tart and the brioche. For now, the pastry windows are only making weekend appearances, adding an extra sweet note to Saturdays and Sundays in Decatur.

No.246 is also mixing up its dessert menu by offering a new menu selection of smaller pastries that are meant to be shared and paired with cocktails.Each pairing will cost under $10 total. The pastry chef Taria Camerino, strategically worked with the head bartender to developed desserts and cocktails that would compliment each other and bring out the best in each pairing.

I tried the flourless chocolate cake with Citron paired with a harvey darko beer cocktail. I’m not really a beer drinker but the chocolate cake really brought out the flavors in the beer.

I also sampled the pistachio cannoncini paired with a really nice biscotti spumanti cocktail. I love sparkling so this drink was just what I needed.

So the next time you are in downtown Decatur, check out No. 246. They have an amazing selection of homemade pizzas and pastas.

Guest Blogging on Eat Drink Pretty

Hi Everyone! Today I’m blogging over at Eat Drink Pretty and sharing one of my favorite recipes with her readers.

Jenna from Eat Drink Pretty asked me to share one of my favorite recipes. Today I’m sharing my recipe for Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars.Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorites but I decided to add a little spin to an original recipe by turning them into a bar. Today stop by her blog today see read all about my recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!