Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

Healthy but Oh, So Good Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Bars

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Although the stores seemed to have skipped right from Halloween to Christmas, we know you haven’t forgotten Thanksgiving. Whether you are hosting a family get-together, or meeting your friends for a big, turkey-based shindig, you may be in charge a providing a portion of the food. Perhaps you are wondering, “Should I offer to be in charge of the turkey? Everyone loves my green bean casserole, so maybe I should just make that. But my pumpkin pie is always delicious too!” There’s no need for such stress, as we have the perfect recipe for you:

HEALTHY BUT OH, SO GOOD OATMEAL DARK CHOCOLATE BARS

1½ cups date sugar (or ¾ cup date sugar and ¾ cup brown rice syrup)

½ cup unsweetened applesauce

½ cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp molasses

2 eggs (or the equivalent of egg substitute)

2 tsp vanilla

3 cups quick cooking rolled oats

1 cup what flour (unbleached)

1½ tsp baking soda

1½ tsp salt

2 cups dark chocolate chips

¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13x9x2-inch pan. In large bowl, blend the sugar, applesauce, coconut oil, and molasses together. Beat in eggs once at a time. Add vanilla and blend well. Stir in the oats. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then stir in oatmeal mixture and blend well. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts. Spread the mixture in the greased pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown and center is set. Serve warm with a glass of almond milk!

Thanks to Mountain Rose Inn for this deliciously healthy recipe! Find this recipe and more in your very own BBAV cookbook.

 

By Tara Stoll

Valentine’s Day in VA, 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Virginia is for lovers, right? Then Valentine’s Day is certain to be extra special for those romantic couples who choose a Virginia bed and breakfast for their holiday destination. Picture, if you will, a lavish suite, scarlet rose petals carefully strewn about the bed and crystalline glasses of champagne set atop the table. The room is bathed in the soft glow of candlelight, and further embellishment includes lusciously ripened strawberries with a shell of fine chocolate.

This little, fictional scenario can quickly become your reality. Quite a few BBAV inns offer Valentine’s Day packages or romantic getaway specials, and what significant other would not be thrilled to spend a few days away, engulfed in romantic relaxation?

Summerfield Inn, Abingdon, VA- “Treat your special sweetheart to a memorable Valentine’s break during the entire month of February.” This package includes a beautiful flower bouquet, decadent chocolates, and a delectable gourmet breakfast.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern, Clarksville, VA- This B&B offer a Valentine’s Day package through the whole of February. Treat your loved one to a one- or two-night stay, an in-room massage, a bouquet of long-stemmed roses, and a gourmet breakfast in bed.

Mark Addy Inn, Charlottesville, VA- Take advantage of this inn’s Valentines Sweetheart Getaway. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, gourmet chocolates, a gift basket with wine, and various other treats.

Corner Stone Farm, Clarksville, VA- Unwind with the rural romance of a two-night stay, cider and cheese, flowers, and chocolates. What better place is there than the country to relax with your special someone?

Holladay House, Orange, VA- All of the Holladay House’s Romance Packages are included in their Valentine’s Day special during the month of February. Stay for three nights at this bed and breakfast, and receive your third night at half price.

 

By Tara Stoll