Chocolate Almond Date Balls

Chocolate Date Balls I The Well Floured Kitchen

It’s time for another mystery dish challenge!   Our host this month was Kat over at I Want Crazy.  Hop on over to check out this month’s list of ingredients.

Back when I posted the cashew date balls, I mentioned I had been experimenting with many variations of this new treat.  My favorite was always something with almonds likely because they are my favorite kind of nut.  They are also pretty inexpensive and full of vitamin e, magnesium,  potassium and healthy fats.  Well a few family members are not big almond fans, so I knew I had to create something that would impress the non almond folks.

Chocolate Almond Date Balls I The Well Floured Kitchen

Chocolate Almond Date Balls I The Well Floured Kitchen

Chocolate to the rescue!  Just a tablespoon of cocoa powder transformed this into a quick and easy snack everyone loved!

Chocolate Almond Date Balls I The Well Floured KitchenCheck out all the other great recipes!

March Mystery Dish Collage

1. Coconut Shrimp with Thai Chili Ginger Sauce by Joyful Healthy Eats

2. Sangria Poached Pears by Baking a Moment

3. Baked Mini Carrot Cake Donuts by Culinary Couture Blog

4. Funfetti Cookies with Peeps Marshmallow Frosting by I Dig Pinterest

5. Carrot Oatmeal Cookies by Yummy Healthy Easy

6. Gooey Oatmeal Cranberry Bars by I Want Crazy

7. Honey Lime Coconut Oatmeal Cookies by Blahnik Baker

8. Chocolate Almond Date Balls by The Well Floured Kitchen

9. Tropical Kiwi Fruit Muffins by The Pajama Chef

10. Nesting Peeps Cupcakes by The Dessert Chronicles

11. Carrot Cake Cookies by Chez CateyLou

 

 

Chocolate Almond Date Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup (5 oz) Dried Dates
  • 1 Cup (5 oz) Almonds
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch (1/8 Tsp. Salt)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut (for rolling, optional)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except coconut in the food processor and process for approximately 2 minutes or until well blended and sticky.
  • Roll into balls. Roll in coconut if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
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Three Cheese Spinach Squares

Three Cheese Spinach Squares I The Well Floured Kitchen

It’s time for another mystery dish challenge!  Our host this month was Christine over at I Dig Pinterest.  She came up with a great list of ingredients, and I was excited to see spinach and cream cheese which go so well together.

I love spinach!  I buy one of those gigantic 1 lb tubs of organic spinach each week, and throw some in everything we eat all week; sandwiches, eggs, soups, smoothies (shhh!).  I’m pretty blessed that my kids tolerate my throwing greens at them constantly, and they eat them with minimal complaint.  But if I bake the spinach into cheesy squares, they will consume them with a gusto normally reserved for sweets. Continue reading

3 Ingredient Cashew Date Snack Balls

3 Ingredient Cashew Date Snack Balls I The Well Floured Kitchen

I am a little late to the date party.  For so long, years even, I have been seeing recipes around the web that use dates.  I essentially ignored them because: (1)  I didn’t know what a date was; (2) I didn’t know even where to buy them; and  (3) I’ve never had one so I probably wouldn’t like it.  (It is hard to get outside my little box.)

So literally the dates had to jump in front of my face one day in the produce department of my local supermarket.  I happened to see them, pick up the package to find they are quite reasonably priced ($5/lb) and dried without sulfites(yay!).  Into the cart they went.

My oh my, what I have been missing.  Continue reading

Baked Spinach and White Bean Layered Dip

Baked Spinach and White Bean Layered Dip I The Well Floured Kitchen

Do you have plans Friday?  Are you planning to brave the crazy crowds at a restaurant?  Here’s a tip for all those married to frugal minded Dave Ramsey type wives, buy the bouquet Saturday, for a fraction of the price.  If I was fond of getting flowers, that’s what I’d hope my husband would do.  But what can you expect from a woman who desired a photo board for her birthday?

But let’s be real, you probably shouldn’t take my advice on such matters…

If you’re staying home, there’s no reason to skimp on the special meals.  An appetizer is just one way to make things a little bit special.  This warm white bean spinach dip is not only creamy and delicious, but also healthy!  Which leaves you plenty of opportunity to indulge in dessert.

Baked Spinach and White Bean Layered Dip I The Well Floured Kitchen

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Homemade Spelt and Flax Tortillas

 

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The taste of a warm tortilla freshly cooked is out of this world!  After cooling, they freeze beautifully too.  Make a bunch and have a supply ready for tacos, quesadillas, wraps, enchiladas, and breakfast burritos!  The list is endless,  I’m always on the hunt for new tortilla ideas.

A tortilla is an unleavened bread that is quick and easy to learn how to make.  However, for some reason the round tortilla eludes me.  Oh the frustration!  But somewhere along the line I realized that it doesn’t matter all that much, they all taste the same.  I’ve learned to embrace the square or oddly angled tortillas that find themselves on my plate.

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Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze

Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Vanilla Cream Glaze I The Well Floured Kitchen

January finds our kitchen lacking much variety in the way of fruit, as my children continuously lament.  Oranges are in season now, but oddly citrus usually makes me think of warmer seasons.  A little thought of warmth can never hurt as we huddle around the heating vent during this frigid spell.

To distract us from the cold as we close out the month of January, it’s time for another mystery dish challenge!

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Baked Gnocchi in Basil Prosciutto Cream Sauce

Baked Gnocchi in Basil Prosciutto Cream Sauce I The Well Floured Kitchen

What is comfort food?

My family and I enjoyed a lively debate about just what exactly constitutes comfort food.  We came up with a very broad list, from pancakes to salads. My husband declared “I think it is supposed to be stews and pot roasts…all the stuff I don’t like.”

Hmm.  If you don’t like it, perhaps it’s not comforting?

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Yes, clearly comfort food should be food you like.  My conclusion is that whatever food makes you happy, be that sushi or the Christmas peppermints hidden in the cabinet, is comfort food.  It  is also evidently an individual choice.  For the record, I love both stew and pot roast.  Pleasing everyone can be complicated.

However, who won the debate and decided this dish?  Well I am the one with the food blog ;) Continue reading

Crunchy Graham Sticks with Milk Chocolate Yogurt Dip

Crunchy Graham Sticks with Milk Chocolate Yogurt Dip I The Well Floured Kitchen

We decided to paint inside our house after seven years.  When we moved in the house was just built and the entire interior freshly painted.  White.  Eggshell.  Lovely non-washable eggshell paint.  Yeah, with three kids that worked out great.

So why did we wait 7 years to paint if our walls were clearly an embarrassing collection of fingerprints and other unidentifiable marks?  We were totally paralyzed by choosing a color.  In our previous house we had made some, shall we say.. bold.. color choices, which looked far more appealing in the design book than it did on our walls.  I think the experience left us slightly scarred.

Which is why I love food.  I can try something new without risk of having to live with it for years.  Like when I realized I was tired of rolling my graham crackers thin, and wanted something sturdier and crunchier.  Less rolling means less time making them.   Using my original recipe I shaped the graham crackers thicker and baked them a bit longer.  Voila, the perfect graham cracker to scoop up a dip.

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Spelt Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Spelt Chocolate Chunk Cookie I The Well Floured Kitchen

Are you curious about some of the more interesting grains?  Tired of boring old whole wheat?  I think spelt is one of the easiest and most delicious grains to use.  It has a nutty delicate flavor that goes really well with almost any baked good, but particularly chocolate.

There is a bit more monetary investment in the spelt flour.  I take advantage of amazon’s subscribe and save program to find more reasonable prices on spelt flour or I grind my own.  Oddly enough, grinding my own is not always less expensive. (?)

So why spend the extra money?  Spelt has lots of nutritional benefits, such as being rich in B vitamins and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and copper.  More importantly, it is water soluble which means your body can easily extract the necessary nutrients. Continue reading

Veggie Potstickers with Chili Ginger Dipping Sauce

Veggie Potstickers with Chili Ginger Dipping Sauce I The Well Floured Kitchen

It’s January 8th, have you broken your resolutions yet?

One of the most popular New Year’s Resolution is eating healthy, followed by saving money.  Veggie Potstickers will help you accomplish both,  a meatless fare that will still fill you up.  Easy too, using store bought wonton wrappers.  This recipe makes what seems to be a lot, but in my family we are always fighting for the last one.

Well, slowly fighting as we attempt to maneuver food into our mouths using  chopsticks.  We use them on a fairly regular basis, and I think we are not half bad at it.  Using chopsticks definitely slows down the eating process, which is not a terrible thing.  It’s also pretty good for a laugh.

Veggie Potstickers with Chili Ginger Dipping Sauce I The Well Floured Kitchen

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