Project Food Blog and Tuesday Treats
Guess what?! I’m participating in Project Food Blog! Yay! I think it will be a lot of fun! There’s a widget on the right sidebar that describes what it’s all about, plus you can also click to see my profile! That’s where you’ll find out why I started blogging, the 3 ingredients I can’t live without, and what I feel is the most rewarding part about blogging! Also, I updated my Foodbuzz profile as well, so be sure to check that out too!
Now on to Tuesday Treats (find out more about this in the “Features” page above my blog title!)
I recently received a whole bunch of NuNaturals Stevia products from Ron Redding of NuNaturals, Inc. Thanks, Mr. Redding! I’ve reviewed a couple of the products already, but still have some more to go!
I decided to make a fun little snack/dessert using the NuNaturals Pure Liquid Cocoa Bean Extract.
To use it, you add 20 drops of it directly to your food or beverage. Pretty simple, especially since it comes with one of those eye dropper things!
I was really excited to make a snack featuring the cocoa bean extract and orange zest, since I thought the two flavors would go amazingly well together. I don’t know exactly what to call this snack, so I’ll just go through the step-by-step process and maybe at the end of the post I’ll come up with a name for it!
I added a little bit of quick-cooking oats to a 6-oz ramekin, then microwaved it for 20 seconds to kind of toast them a little.
Then I added 20 drops of NuNaturals Pure Liquid Cocoa Extract to a 6 oz container of Chobani plain Greek yogurt and mixed it all together.
I actually added about 5 drops at first, then tasted it, then added more a littlle bit at a time until I got to 20 drops.
So, the only problem was that I couldn’t really taste the cocoa bean extract! I think it’s because the yogurt is so thick and tangy and kind of overpowered the flavor of the extract.
Added about 1/2 of the yogurt on top of the oats in the ramekin.
Added some orange zest on top of the yogurt.
Added a little bit of the juice from the orange on top of the yogurt (didn’t mix it together for some reason, which made it look kind of gross, d’oh!) for more flavor, sweetness.
Added some orange segments to the yogurt.
Added some pistachios for more color, flavor, and texture. (This was supposed to make it look prettier, but since I didn’t mix the juice of the orange together with the yogurt, everything just looked kind of gross)
Mixed everything all together and ate. (It looked kind of like one of those yogurt messes everyone always makes! Except I wasn’t trying to make one, lol!)
- It didn’t come out like I had planned. I had thought that the cocoa bean extract would have a stronger flavor, but again, maybe it’s just because I mixed it with something super thick and tangy which overpowered it. I think I’ll try adding the cocoa bean extract to milk, because I think I’ll be able to taste the flavor better when it’s mixed into a beverage.
- The juice of the orange as well as the zest tasted amazing with the yogurt! That was a really good idea!
- Maybe I can try making this again, this time with regular vanilla yogurt (not as thick or tangy) and see how that goes!
Have a good night, everyone!