Cherry Carob Truffles

Cherry Carob Truffles – these sweet and salty bites are vibrantly colored and brightly flavored – quick and easy with five ingredients total – a tasty snack or dessert!


Cherry Carob Truffles @spabettieBringin Carob Back @spabettie

Welcome to week two of Bringin’ Carob Back!

I originally had another recipe to share today, but after my teaser photo last week, so many wanted this recipe immediately. Honestly – a reader emailed asking that she might get the recipe before this weekend, she has an event. She and I always talk karaoke and rollerskating, I …

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles – these quick and easy snack bites pair that classic flavor and texture of cookie dough with an extra punch of protein – your new favorite snack!


Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles @spabettie

My friend Ricki has another book releasing in a few days, a book that is important and life changing! Living Candida Free has 100 recipes, but it is so much more than a cookbook. Ricki shares her vast knowledge of the anti-candida diet, including sample menus, detailed information and a plan about acceptable foods and foods to avoid, detoxification and restoring digestion, stages to reintroduce foods, pantry lists and so much more.

Then come the recipes. Ricki’s flavor packed techniques are also good for those wanting to reduce sugars in their diet, and is the first all vegan anti candida guide. Vegan, sugar free, gluten free – there are recipes for everyone!

Living Candida Free

From a Classic Green Smoothie and Whole Grain Waffles in the morning, to a Creamy Broccoli Soup or Tangy Cashew Cheese, the recipes are varied and satisfying. I have made the Whole Grain Waffles twice, and the Fennel, Brussels Sprout and Edamame Salad was part of my lunch this week!

Some of my other favorites from this book are the Garlicy Avocado Sauce and the Emergency Fudge. Because yeah, we all know about those chocolate emergencies.

Ricki’s Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles – another recipe I have already made twice – everyone I have shared them with loves them!

and today I am sharing them with you!

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles @spabettieIf you like raw cookie dough, you’ll love these truffles. The texture and flavor of cookie dough, combined with a high-protein “secret ingredient,” means this sweet snack provides a hefty nutritional punch, too! The recipe offers two variations: plain cookie dough balls or, for a richer treat, truffles dipped in chocolate. Either way, you will love them!

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Salted Caramel Bourbon Bonbons

Salted Caramel Bourbon Bonbons

Happy December and Happy Holidays!

I am kicking off the holiday festivities with Whiskey Week – all week we are talking bourbon, scotch, all things whiskey in cocktails and recipes. There are some tasty things made with our favorite spirits, from drinks to sweets to savory foods to… drinks!

Whiskey Week


First up, one of my favorite sweets to make – truffles! These were dragged through the snowy garden, to give them a festive wintery white coat. Chocolately sweet with just a hint of salted caramel, these always go quick from the party table.

Salted Caramel Bourbon Truffles


I am joining the holiday festivities today over at Keepin’ It Kind, where my friend Kristy is hosting a Vegan Cookie Swap Party!

Come on over, say hello and see my recipe for Salted Caramel Bourbon Bonbons.




Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

Cinnamon Chocolate Almond Truffles

If someone had told Little Kid Kristina that one day, she would be excited about an invite to a grocery store media event? Little Kid Kristina might have eye rolled and side eyed and laughed… in confusion.

As it is, I am (very likely overly) excited that I now have a Whole Foods Market within one mile of my neighborhood, rather than 8 or 11, the distance of the Whole Foods stores I currently frequent. Whole Foods Greenway is opening this Wednesday May 21, and I was invited to a pre-opening sneak peek.


Why do I like Whole Foods Market? Let me count the ways:…

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double chocolate truffle skulls

double chocolate truffle skulls

Here in Portland, it feels like it’s been Halloween for a week already. Last week we had two parties to dress up for, and we have been seeing friends and other Portlanders dressing up since … last Wednesday, really.

Maybe some of those were not costumes – this is Portland after all.

The dachshunds have also been dressing up – new costumes this year include Basil as…

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lavender cream chocolate truffles

lavender cream chocolate truffles

Welcome to dark chocolate week! Even better, two weeks!

I think this is my favorite Meatless Monday project yet, and it was something I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. Mom loves lavender, both the color and the scent. When I was little …

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Spicy Chipotle Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Spicy Chipotle Chocolate Ganache Truffles – a spicy smoky sweet chocolate treat! These truffles are so easy to make, and are equally impressive for any event! Moustaches or not!


Spicy Chipotle Chocolate Ganache Truffles

Several years ago, I was driving on the FREEWAY. An SUV passed by me, and the kid in the back seat threw something out the window. It hit my windshield, made me swerve, scared the pants off me, really. I caught up with the guy, who pulled over. I pulled over in front of their car, GOT OUT of my car (yep, on the freeway) and …

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dark chocolate mint truffles


Chocolate Mint Truffles

I had a conversation about tempering chocolate the other day.

Actually, the conversation was partly about how I am doing it wrong – this is my own declaration. I do not use a double boiler, I do not use glass bowls over water, I definitely do not use a microwave (okay, so I am not doing it completely wrong…)

Mint Chocolates


If you have read any of my previous truffle recipes, you may already know this – all I do is chop chocolate, then melt it in a pan at the absolutely lowest setting my gas stove allows, stirring constantly and rapidly with a spatula. That’s it.

Works every time, and whether dipping truffles or painting chocolate into molds for filled truffles, it hardens into the shiny coating you find sparkling back at you from the chocolate counter at the candy store.

These truffles have a rich melty center with the perfect hint of mint. I am making them for my valentine, and for a few well deserving friends…

Today I am not only sharing with you my absolute favorite truffle recipe ever, but I have a giveaway as well – with four winners!

Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles


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