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?

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.

Cupcakeando’s History

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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