Aunt Lois’s Über Chocolate Mocha Biscotti

My dad’s “baby” sister turned 70 this month, and my cousin threw an amazing surprise party for her. After asking about Aunt Lois’s preferences—coffee and chocolate over a citrus, cherry or nut combination—I created these to bring along for the big day.

Though they boast more chocolate than any of the other biscotti recipes [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Dark Chocolate Muffin Cakes

Muffin cakes? Yup. Muffin cakes. When you load a “muffin” with chocolate chips and frosting, you can’t really call it a muffin anymore. And since these have more sugar than any of my other muffin recipes—plus the frosting option—they definitely qualify as cake. That being said, they still have about half as much sugar [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

12:01 Mocha Muffins

This recipe required some serious experimentation, but the end results were worth it. Similar to my Devilishly-Dark Chocolate Tea Bread, these muffins rely on winter squash and coffee to heighten the intensity of the cocoa and chocolate flavors. I understand why some would hesitate to use squash in something so close to a cupcake, [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Mint Mocha Brownie Bites

This recipe is loosely based upon one I found on a package of Nestlé Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. It has taken several attempts to perfect the cooking times and substitutions, but I think you’ll find the end result to be an irresistible blend of coffee, chocolate and mint. Like biscotti, these make great gifts—if [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Chilled Café Mocha

I’m the kind of person who likes to have a little coffee with her “cream” (nonfat milk) and sugar, and I like a little chocolate with everything. Though coffeehouse frappés usually taste amazing, their prices and calorie counts are too steep for me—except as an occasional treat. Here’s a cool, refreshing, lowfat DIY alternative that’s [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Mocha Nut Biscotti

Like most of my biscotti recipes, this is loosely based upon one from Cooking Light magazine. As usual, I’ve included whole grains and reduced the sugar content. Adding cocoa powder was my idea, and I wholeheartedly endorse the results… yummy!

The Italian demitasse cup is from my grandmother, a gift from one of my grandfather’s [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

Creamy, Chewy, Chocolatey Mocha Walnut Oats

If you’ve been thinking about trying steel-cut oats, this recipe may be just the inspiration you need. As noted in a previous post, this nutty, chewy whole grain is a nutritious treat. One serving (1/4 cup dry) contains only 170 calories plus 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of dietary fiber (20% Daily Value). [click headline for more — or photo in Facebook]

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