Monday, 05 de January de 2015

Cocoa energy bites and new layout!

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Hello, I’m a brand new layout and I’m here to entertain you guys! So welcome to Cupcakeando’s new layout! :) We have a new logo, new layout, new information disposition and new dynamics!

Everything was kindly developed by Luciana Bastos (logo, mouthwatering letterings and illustrations), by Mai Saraiva (the layout itself) and by Mari Assmann (the codes and the magic). I’m totally in love and I hope you guys like it too. I thought it was necessary after (almost) 3 years of blogging, not to mention it really needed a unique logo.

The layout has changed a bit, it may take a while to get used to it, but it’s all here. The dynamics have changed – now, when you click on Recipes or on About up there, it will send you down there. To get up again, there’s a button “top” in cute orange just near you, so nobody needs to keep rolling up and down forever.

Tell me what you think about the layout on the comments box! :)

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Since we’ve already started 2015 with this news, there’s also energy for the year. And that’s why the recipe today is energy bites! It’s a mixture of dates and other things, usually consumed before a time in the gym or to fill that empty stomach with something healthy.

I’ve decided to lose weight and spend most of this year less sorry for my eating choices, so I started eating these balls. This recipe, with the cocoa powder, you can even picture as a healthy truffle. The dates make it sweet and the peanut butter helps with the energy you need to burn in the gym. It looks very healthy to be tasty but I promise you it is, and you will want another right after the first you eat.

Cocoa Energy Bites
Yields: about 25 20g balls
Recipe by The Domestic Geek.

3/4 cup (150g) dates with no seeds
1/2 cup peanuts
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tablespoon cocoa powder, or powdered chocolate

1 – Process the dates for a few seconds, until they start to break down.
2 – Add the peanuts, the peanut butter and the cocoa. Process again to incorporate everything together.
3 – The mixture should come together and you will be able to make small balls that can hold their shape. If they don’t, add another date and process again and keep doing that until the mixture comes together. Then I made each of them with 20g and placed them in small paper cups. Kept in the fridge, they can last about two weeks and still be great.

I bought dates with seeds and I had to remove them. If you need to do the same, just press the dates in your fingers until they crack open, and remove the big seed inside. Then you need to weight or measure them without the seeds, but don’t worry about it too much because one or two dates more won’t affect the taste or deliciousness of this treat.

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I’ve made these energy bites with almonds instead of peanuts. You can get creative with this, as long as you keep the dates and the peanut butter, which are what holds them together. And the cocoa, because it gives the distinct chocolate flavor to them. If you only have powdered chocolate on hand, that’s fine, but remember that it has more calories than cocoa powder.

May our 2015 be as delicious as the new logo, chocolatey and mouthwatering letters! :)

Did you like the new layout?

  1. 05 de January de 2015 - 09:40

    Oi Juliana, você está de parabéns pelo novo layout do blog, e de parabéns pelas ótimas receitas!

    Aproveitando a oportunidade do Energy bites, gostaria de saber se poderia substituir o CACAU por ALFARROBA, logo que em vários lugares dizem que a Alfarroba é menos calórica do que o cacau, além de outras informações nutricionais…

    Desde já agradeço, e mais uma vez te parabenizo pelo blog!

    • 05 de January de 2015 - 11:31

      Eduardo e Évelin, acho uma boa ideia sim! Substituindo o cacau pela mesma quantidade de alfarroba em pó, deve ficar muito bom e ainda mais saudável! :) Beijos grandes!

  2. Ana Paula
    05 de January de 2015 - 11:14

    Parabéns…. adorei o novo layout, tudo lindo, leve e gostoso!

  3. Fernanda
    05 de January de 2015 - 13:35

    Eu já fiz um prato parecido, Juliana. Aprendi no http://www.thekitchn.com/. Adorei!!!!

  4. Chris
    05 de January de 2015 - 14:33

    Amei o novo layout! Tá lindo! Parabéns Ju!

  5. Tamires
    05 de January de 2015 - 16:50

    Ah, ficou muito lindo! Parabéns! Um ótimo 2015 com muitas receitas deliciosas.

  6. Juliana
    05 de January de 2015 - 21:26

    Ju, parabéns! Ficou lindo! Eu acompanho sempre o teu blog, já fiz várias receitinhas, as últimas foram a essência de baunilha caseira(tô esperando as 6 semanas pra ela ficar pronta) e os pãezinhos de alho, que ficaram uma delícia! Teu blog é uma fofura!

  7. 05 de January de 2015 - 21:46

    Adorei a cara nova!! Que traga um bom ano pra você!!

  8. 05 de January de 2015 - 22:18

    Ju, que coisa mais linda! Amei demais o novo layout, super clean e convidativo <3 Dá vontade de chegar pra tomar um café e bater papo :) E essas energy bites? Preciso fazer. Uma das minhas resoluções de ano novo (rysos) é fazer mais exercício e me alimentar melhor, então acho que vou ter que adicionar elas ao meu cardápio! :D Beijão!

  9. João Carlos
    05 de January de 2015 - 23:30

    Ju eu gostei muito do novo layout está demais, assim como o seu blog e seu trabalho! Parabéns por essa nova etapa, que em 2015 venha muitas outras!!! :D

  10. Caciane
    06 de January de 2015 - 09:20

    Juli, adorei o novo layout, tá lindo.
    Que 2015 seja um ano de sucesso.
    Bjussss.

  11. Ana Maria Figueirêdo e Silva
    06 de January de 2015 - 14:21

    Ficou lindo o novo layout!!
    Parabéns!!

  12. Rosa
    06 de January de 2015 - 18:47

    O novo layout está uma graça, gostei muito! “Ano Novo, ‘roupa’ nova”, certo?

  13. Marta Lucia
    06 de January de 2015 - 22:16

    Lindo o novo layout! Adoro seu blog. E já fiz umas receitinhas, aliás deliciosas. Parabéns!

  14. claudinha pires
    07 de January de 2015 - 19:11

    Feliz 2015 para vc, querida!!!
    O layout ficou lindo…adorei tudo!!! Presentão p nós!!!!
    bj gde!!!!

  15. Maysa Rodrigues
    09 de January de 2015 - 09:32

    Oi, Ju! O novo layout tá uma fofura só! Parabéns ao pessoal responsável!
    Fiz os energy bites em casa… Que isssoo! Vontade de comer uns 10 de uma vez! To comendo como pré-treino, como vc recomendou, e também como sobremesa quanto bate aquela vontade insaciável de doce. Esse como sem culpa! hehe
    Bjos e feliz ano novo!!

    • 09 de January de 2015 - 10:17

      Maysa, pois é, é tão gostoso que dá vontade de comer o tempo todo! hahahaha Mas vale só pra encher a barriga de vez em quando, senão engorda também! Beijo!

  16. ariany
    22 de January de 2015 - 17:14

    que legal ju(chamo assim pois estou sempre por aqi), eu me ausentei um poquinho pois agora sou mae…. mas esta semana estava eu me lembrando dos meu queridos cupcakes que eu amo fazer… tem meses que nao como um… adorei este novo layout, parabens pela casa nova, mt bonita sua cozinha, beijos

Juliana Morgado

I’m a journalist with more passions than time can allow me to have. I have found in the kitchen my paradise, my resting place after a long and exhausting day. It’s my addiction, really. Not only cupcakes but anything that I find interesting, challenging or fun to do. Despite the blog’s name, it’s not all about cupcakes. I love cooking risotto, of all kinds, and I simply love any recipe with cheese.

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I’m not sure when or why I started to cook. My memories are of my mother putting me in the kitchen and teaching Brazilian white rice and her awesome pomodoro sauce for spaghetti, with fresh tomatoes just the way only she can do. All I know in the kitchen I’ve learned by one way: practice. My recipes are created from my head and implemented with the tests I run, or even meticulously measured from trusted sources.
I have a true passion for cupcakes, because I believe they represent everything that’s good in the kitchen: butter, sugar, cuteness, dedication and creativity. Everything in the right amount for one person.
I enjoy experimenting with these little ones, and finding out new ways do decorate them. When I have nothing better to do, I start researching and studying recipes, theories and decorations for cupcakes. Yeah, study, that’s right.
The blog is also a place for my second passion: photography. I’m that person who keeps looking for angles and shots while walking on the park. I also study the art of photography through websites and books.

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Cupcakeando means, roughly, cupcakeing in Portuguese. The noun “cupcake” is in a verb tense that most well-schooled Brazilians hate because it means an action that will never stop. That’s precisely my intention. I don’t have any wish to stop my cupcake factory anytime soon, or even stop cooking in general. If I don’t have anymore orders, it will be for friends. If my friends get sick of it, it will be for my family. When my family says “ENOUGH”, it will be for myself (and maybe for my Siberian husky and my Pembroke corgi). Because that’s what I love to do and what makes me truly happy.

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