Did you guys know that starting today, it’s officially the beginning of FALL!

Summer just whizzed by but I am NOT sad at all coz I like Fall…

Not as much as Summer but I still like it! heheh.

It’s such a BEAUTIFUL time, as we find ourselves surrounded by COLORFUL leaves and the COOL Autumn breeze :)

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Using those leaves as INSPIRATION, I decided to make these chocolate leaves to celebrate the beginning of Fall!

Plus, I was really in the mood to indulge in some chocolatey goodness ;)

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My mom makes these chocolates ALL the time but she makes them as bars.

I used her recipe BUT made them in the shape of leaves, using a leaf-shaped mold from CK.

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Honestly, these chocolates are super EASY to make and only take about 10 minutes to put together.

They are also dairy free, soy free and egg free!

And you only need THREE ingredients! Yes… ONLY THREE!!! :D

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To make this homemade chocolate, you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup agave or honey

Note 1:
Based on your preference, adjust the level of sweetness by adding more or less agave or honey.

Note 2:
You can jazz up these chocolates by adding some optional ingredients like these:
1-2 tbsp chopped nuts of your choice
1-2 tbsp shredded coconut to make this a more chewy chocolate
1/2 tsp finely chopped orange rinds
Pinch of sea salt scattered on top of the chocolates

And there are the steps:

Step 1:
In a mixing bowl, add melted coconut oil,  agave or honey (whichever you prefer), cocoa powder and any additional ingredients you like such as nuts, shredded coconut e.t.c.

Step 2:
Mix everything for 4-5 minutes until everything is thoroughly blended.

Step 3:
Use a spoon to pour this mixture in a leaf mold.

Step 4:
Place your mold in the freezer for about 30 minutes and then, remove the chocolate leaves from the mold.

Step 5:
Now, start eating ;)
If you have leftover chocolates, make sure to store them in the fridge because coconut oil becomes liquid at room temperature. So, your chocolates will melt.

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If you liked these chocolate leaves, you might also like another tutorial for making chocolate leaves.

These are THINNER than the chocolate leaves I just showed you.

But, they are also really easy to make and great for decorating cakes and cupcakes.

how to make chocolate leaves

Anyways, I have some GREAT news now…

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Almost everyone I know has a FAVORITE chocolate cupcake recipe.

Any why not?! Chocolate cupcakes are the perfect way to BRIGHTEN someone’s horrible day! :)

I, myself, have an AMAZING chocolate cupcake recipe that I shared a few years ago.

These cupcakes are so MOIST and SOFT that you can’t stop eating them… Really! You can’t stop… lol :P

best chocolate cupcakes ever

And then I also shared lip-smacking vegan chocolate cupcake recipe a few months ago.

These cupcakes are so SOFT and TENDER that it’s hard to believe they are made with NO dairy or eggs!

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But, some people have added their own spins on chocolate cupcakes by adding different ingredients and really taken their chocolate cupcakes to a whole new level of DELICIOUSNESS.

So, allow me to present this roundup of OVER 80 chocolate cupcake recipes that I have collected from all over the blogosphere, which truly sound INCREDIBLE!

Whether you like your cupcakes spicy or boozy or minty, this roundup has it ALL! :D

Roundup of chocolate cupcake recipes

Please note that these are not my pictures or recipes. To check out the full recipes and pictures, click on the relevant thumbnail. 

Enjoy!

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I went grocery shopping over the weekend.

And I got my hands on the most PERFECT oranges I have had in a very long time…Yay!

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They were so BIG and SWEET and JUICY!

They tasted NOTHING like those sour oranges that I usually end up with, which make your mouth pucker…lol!

I swear I was in LOVE… and that too, with a fruit! hahaha :P

And I knew I had to make something FABULOUS with them.

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But, what do I make?

Cakes?

Cupcakes?

Cookies?

Ooooo… the choices!

I finally decided to keep it SIMPLE so as to allow the flavor of these oranges to really shine through.

So, I made an EASY  fruit salad with oranges, strawberries and bananas.

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I served them in orange cups and tossed some chocolate chips on top.

And OMG! Each bite was so refreshing and soooo fruity.

Truly the best and healthiest way to cool down in this heat :)

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Plus, everything was so VIBRANT and COLORFUL that it just made me happy and I couldn’t stop smiling, while eating it up…hehe.

It’s true what they say…Sometimes, the most SIMPLE things in life can bring you the most HAPPINESS :)

Don’t you agree? ;)

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My son (the PICKIEST eater in the world!), even approved of these!

That means this recipe is a KEEPER and you need to make it as soon as possible! ;)

I added a little vanilla flavored greek yogurt in this salad…You can try different flavors, if you like.

If you are on a dairy-free diet, you can OMIT yogurt and it still tastes pretty good.

You can also add some whipped cream instead of yogurt BUT that would obviously increase the calories too ;)

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To make this fruit salad, you will need the following ingredients:

1 large orange
1 banana (sliced)
1/4 cup strawberries (sliced)
2 tbsp vanilla flavored greek yogurt
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
Some powdered sugar

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Cut the orange in half.

Step 2:
Use a spoon to scoop out all the pulp but don’t throw it away.

Step 3:
Now, in a bowl, add sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, roughly chopped up orange pulp, yogurt and cinnamon.
Mix everything properly with a spoon.

Step 4:
Fill these orange shells with this mixture.

Step 5:
Sprinkle some powdered sugar and toss some chocolate chips on top.

And you are done! Dig in! :D

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Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies :)