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Health and Diet

Can you share what you eat in a day? Do you ever eat unhealthy foods?

While every day is different, here is an example of What I Eat In A Day.

I strive for variety and try to make sure my meals are balanced, but I don’t stress about it and will never eat a food I dislike just because it’s healthy. Worrying about eating a “perfect” diet seems more detrimental to one’s health than consuming a few grams of trans fat or white flour every now and then.

The foods I crave are usually pretty healthy; however if I’m out with friends, on vacation, or someone surprises me with a not-healthy-in-the-slightest homemade baked good, I’m fine with indulging. Growing up in a big Italian family, food has always been a huge part of my life, and I don’t believe negative feelings like guilt should ever be associated with something that can bring so much enjoyment.

Are you anorexic?

Ugh. I’m not, but I am acutely aware that it’s a suggested search term if you google my blog name, which is why I wrote the following post: Chocolate Covered Katie Anorexic?

Many of your recipes are extremely low in calories. Why is that?

I try to make my recipes relevant for as many people as possible, and I know that many of my readers are watching their weight or cooking for themselves or a loved one who needs recipes that are lower in calories, fat, or sugar.

If I’m cooking just for me, I don’t really ever use xylitol, stevia, or the lower-fat options given in my recipes; these variations are included so that people can make the recipes to fit their own dietary needs. It’s also why I try to include gluten-free options as much as possible and test each recipe with different sweeteners and flours.

Running/Exercise

Do you run every day?

I’ve gone through periods of time where I’ve run too much and where I’ve not run at all, and finally I found a good balance. For more on my relationship with running, see the following post: Why I Gave Up Running.

What other exercise do you get?

I walk pretty much everywhere. Once in a while, a friend will drag me to an exercise class or the gym; but it’s not a regular thing, and I’ve taken exactly zero Soul Cycle classes in my life.

Katie

Do you have a job?

Yes – here is a post on How I Started Blogging Full-Time.

Can you share your stats? How much do you weigh?

I am 5’4 (okay fine, 5’3 and a half). I don’t own a scale.

You mention you’ve lived all over the world. Where exactly have you lived?

I was born in England and have also lived in Philadelphia, Japan, China, The Philippines, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Where should I go next?

Photography

What camera do you use?

Most of the earlier photos on the blog were taken with a Canon Rebel. In late 2016, I switched over to a Canon 5D Mark III. My go-to lens is the 100mm f/2.8L Macro.

Have you taken any photography classes? What tips do you have for someone who wants to take better photos?

Everything I know comes from observation and practice. My biggest tip to readers who want to improve their photos is to practice as much as you can. Read photography books and the manual that comes with your camera, and learn the meaning of terms like “ISO,” “shutter speed,” and “f stop.”

Browse photography forums whenever you have questions. Don’t get discouraged if your photos look awful in the beginning. (Mine did!) Becoming a good photographer isn’t something that happens overnight.

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Blogging

Do you have advice for other bloggers?

Here are all my posts tagged: How To Write A Food Blog.

What’s your favorite recipe on the blog?

Not surprisingly, I am partial to the recipes that include chocolate, such as the chocolate pie, brownies, and pudding cake. I also really love ice cream, especially the Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream or the pistachio ice cream recipe in my cookbook.

The definite reader favorites are the Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip and the Black Bean Brownies. More reader favorites can be found on the right sidebar of the blog!

Can I post one of your recipes on my own blog? Can I use your photos?

I’m ridiculously happy when someone tries one of my recipes. I only ask that you link back to the recipe instead of posting it on your site unless you’ve made major changes, because I have big plans for some of the recipes. But as long as they’re credited, please feel free to use any of my photos.

Is this a vegan blog?

Although all of the recipes on this blog can be suitable for vegans as long as you choose nondairy options for ingredients such as milk of choice, I would guess that most of my readers are not vegans; they’re simply people who enjoy delicious desserts and want healthier versions of their favorite recipes.

Most of my friends who test the recipes are not vegan or vegetarian, and I especially try to get friends who aren’t into healthy food to give me feedback… because if a recipe gets their seal of approval, I know it’s good!

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How can I contact you?

I receive hundreds of questions each day, so please be patient with me as I try my hardest to respond to as many as possible! Here are links to the CCK Facebook Page and Pinterest Page. You can also reach out my media team at chocolatecoveredmedia at gmail dot com. Or leave a comment on any one of my blog posts.

Do you really eat chocolate every day?

Every single day. Usually at least twice.

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  1. Jasmine says

    Are you fluent in Japanese? As a Japanese major about to graduate college, it’s awesome to see a good food blog written by someone who has lived in Japan.

  2. Jasmine says

    Are you fluent in Japanese? As a Japanese major about to graduate college, it’s awesome to see a good food blog written by someone who has lived in Japan.

  3. Claire says

    Dear Katie,
    Thank you oh so much for your wonderful blogging! I really enjoy your recipes. You have made my life and my roommates’ lives much sweeter and more chocolatey! : ) I have a recently discovered diary allergy and had thought that was the end to chocolate goodness. You have proved that wrong! Thank you so much! God Bless and have a wonderful Easter week!

      • Kathleen says

        1-9-20. I just bought your e-book. After I shut my computer off I have no idea how to access my new e-book please help me. [email protected]
        I guess you’ll figure it out I’m not very tech savvy. But when I seen some of your recipes I thought I just have to have this e-book. I never have e-book before.

        I so hope to hear from you soon Katie. By the way my daughters name is Katie and she is beautiful like you.

        Kathleen

        • Jason Sanford says

          Hi Kathleen, thank you so much for getting the book, and do not worry – I’m emailing you right away with another copy, so definitely let me know if you don’t see it within the next few minutes!
          Jason (media relations)

  4. Claire says

    Dear Katie,
    Thank you oh so much for your wonderful blogging! I really enjoy your recipes. You have made my life and my roommates’ lives much sweeter and more chocolatey! : ) I have a recently discovered diary allergy and had thought that was the end to chocolate goodness. You have proved that wrong! Thank you so much! God Bless and have a wonderful Easter week!

  5. Caitlin the careful omnivore says

    Hi Katie!

    I am a HUGE dessert fan, and I’m always looking for more ways to make desserts. I am not Vegan or Gluten-free or any of that, but these recipes sound DELICIOUS! I’m looking forward to trying some!

    My question has to do with process, or rather processing. I have a Magic Bullet, and I love it for some things, but I have had some trouble with it. I’ve mostly tried to make Hummus and a kale pesto that I made up (that is awesome, but not vegan — but could be adapted, I’m sure), and whenever I make something that is of a paste consistency, it all bunches up on the sides and stops blending. When I pull off the blade to look at what it’s doing, there’s a little pocket for the blade and everything else is just stuck on the sides.

    So how do you do it!? I would love to make more things with it rather than let it gather dust in my cupboard, but I guess I’m just not adept at it. If you have any tips, that would be awesome!

    Granted, I’m getting married in two months, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get one of the blenders or food processors that I registered for, but I still love my bullet! Honestly, it’s made the best smoothies I have ever tasted (the secret is lime sherbet or sorbet!).

    Thanks for all you do! You’re awesome!
    — Caitlin

      • Charlee Normann says

        Hi, Katie!

        My husband and I are on Keto and I’ve been trying some of your recipes. I have a couple of questions:

        1) When you list flour choices on a recipe (like chocolate chip peanut butter bars), are those the only ones that work or can I use another flour like coconut? Are the measurements the same? (I’m trying for a less mealy consistency than I get with almond flour.)
        2) I read that this recipe (CCPBBs) could also be Keto but I can’t seem to find the alterations for that. I’m somewhat tech-challenged, so could you help me? Or are there some basic substitutions I can use? Sometimes when I’m trying for low-fat I use applesauce instead of oil…does that work the other way, too?
        3) I have a Keto recipe book that uses Swerve a lot–do you ever use that? Could I use that in your recipes? I’ve used Splenda a lot but it doesn’t work for everything and I’m still trying to find my Keto favorite.

        Thanks so much–love your blog!

        Charlee

        • CCK Media Team says

          Hi! Coconut flour can definitely be used in the chocolate chip peanut butter bars, but you’ll just use less because it is so absorbent. Use enough until it looks like regular cookie dough. And use a low carb yogurt instead of the applesauce. Swerve seems to work well in most recipes we’ve tried subbing it for sugar in. If a recipe calls for granulated sugar, just use granulated erythritol (like this one: https://amzn.to/2AUPd6Z) instead of powdered.
          For most recipes that use almond or wheat flour, you can’t just sub coconut flour because it will work so much differently with the liquid, but in recipes where the flour is just being used as a thickener, it often can be subbed as long as you use less.

  6. Caitlin the careful omnivore says

    Hi Katie!

    I am a HUGE dessert fan, and I’m always looking for more ways to make desserts. I am not Vegan or Gluten-free or any of that, but these recipes sound DELICIOUS! I’m looking forward to trying some!

    My question has to do with process, or rather processing. I have a Magic Bullet, and I love it for some things, but I have had some trouble with it. I’ve mostly tried to make Hummus and a kale pesto that I made up (that is awesome, but not vegan — but could be adapted, I’m sure), and whenever I make something that is of a paste consistency, it all bunches up on the sides and stops blending. When I pull off the blade to look at what it’s doing, there’s a little pocket for the blade and everything else is just stuck on the sides.

    So how do you do it!? I would love to make more things with it rather than let it gather dust in my cupboard, but I guess I’m just not adept at it. If you have any tips, that would be awesome!

    Granted, I’m getting married in two months, and if I’m lucky, I’ll get one of the blenders or food processors that I registered for, but I still love my bullet! Honestly, it’s made the best smoothies I have ever tasted (the secret is lime sherbet or sorbet!).

    Thanks for all you do! You’re awesome!
    — Caitlin

  7. Katie says

    Katie,

    I have a question about flour. I recently have been trying to bake with coconut flour…it can be tricky! I’ve tried searching the web for conversions…how much coconut flour to use if the recipe calls for ww flour or spelt flour…no success. Was wondering if you had any experience? Some of your recipes look so yummy…like the single carrot cake…but not sure how much coconut flour to use. Arigatou!

    – Katie

    BTW…I’m a Katie who loves chocolate, is a marathon runner & has lived in Japan! 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Katie!
      Sorry, I don’t have much experience with it either. I do know that it absorbs liquid like a sponge, so you have to use more liquid in recipes with coconut flour. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      • Janet says

        Katie & Katie,

        I just purchased a cookbook called “Cooking with Coconut Flour” compiled by Dr. Bruce Fife of coconutresearchcenter.org. You can buy it through his website or on Amazon.com. It’s filled with recipes developed specifically for coconut flour, which, as you point out, “absorbs liquid like a sponge,” and can’t just be substituted for other flours. Generally, you have to use more eggs when you use coconut flour.

        The one thing I’m having trouble with is finding a good coconut flour recipe for a GF Belgian Waffle. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for pancakes, but they just don’t hold together well enough for a Belgian Waffle iron (I ended up having to scrape bits of one out of the waffle iron – not fun!). And they’re spongy, not crisp on the outside (which is why I like Belgian Waffles!). So, Katie, if you need suggestions, I’d love to see if you can come up with a GF Belgian Waffle recipe using coconut flour (maybe if you used part coconut flour, and part chickpea flour, or some other combination)?

      • Janet says

        Katie & Katie,

        I just purchased a cookbook called “Cooking with Coconut Flour” compiled by Dr. Bruce Fife of coconutresearchcenter.org. You can buy it through his website or on Amazon.com. It’s filled with recipes developed specifically for coconut flour, which, as you point out, “absorbs liquid like a sponge,” and can’t just be substituted for other flours. Generally, you have to use more eggs when you use coconut flour.

        The one thing I’m having trouble with is finding a good coconut flour recipe for a GF Belgian Waffle. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for pancakes, but they just don’t hold together well enough for a Belgian Waffle iron (I ended up having to scrape bits of one out of the waffle iron – not fun!). And they’re spongy, not crisp on the outside (which is why I like Belgian Waffles!). So, Katie, if you need suggestions, I’d love to see if you can come up with a GF Belgian Waffle recipe using coconut flour (maybe if you used part coconut flour, and part chickpea flour, or some other combination)?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Katie!
      Sorry, I don’t have much experience with it either. I do know that it absorbs liquid like a sponge, so you have to use more liquid in recipes with coconut flour. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  8. Katie says

    Katie,

    I have a question about flour. I recently have been trying to bake with coconut flour…it can be tricky! I’ve tried searching the web for conversions…how much coconut flour to use if the recipe calls for ww flour or spelt flour…no success. Was wondering if you had any experience? Some of your recipes look so yummy…like the single carrot cake…but not sure how much coconut flour to use. Arigatou!

    – Katie

    BTW…I’m a Katie who loves chocolate, is a marathon runner & has lived in Japan! 🙂

  9. Melanie says

    Hi Katie!

    Love your blog, mine is still in its infancy…

    I was wondering if you have a recipe/trick for chocolate milk powder? I hate all the crap in the store bought ones and thought you might feel the same!

    Thanks!

    • Kelsey says

      My husband loves chocolate milk, but I’m not a big fan of ingredients I don’t know! The easiest chocolate milk powder I’ve come across is cocoa mixed with white sugar. If you are no white sugar (I try to stay away!), I’ve also skipped the sugar and mixed cocoa with milk (mine was almond milk and dark cocoa. It was sweet enough for me, at least!). The trick is to add a little hot water to the cocoa/(sugar) and mix well before pouring in the milk. Especially with almond milk (which is thicker; and you can always make your own if you are even raw-er!), it was so lusciously chocolate!

      • Jennifer says

        I second Kelsey’s response! Several years ago I started looking online for a chocolate syrup recipe as my son loves chocolate milk and I didn’t like some of the ingredients in the store-bought stuff. Added benefit is being able to control how much sugar is in the recipe. I ended up finding a recipe that calls for cocoa powder, sugar and salt (tiny bit). For the sugar, I use a combo of raw cane sugar, coconut sugar and xylitol. Just like Kelsey, we heat up a little hot water in the tea kettle and add it to the glass to make a paste/syrup. At this point you can even add a little vanilla if you like. Fill the glass with cold milk and yum!! Just made a pan of your chocolate zucchini brownies, Katie, and they are delicious : )

      • Jennifer says

        I second Kelsey’s response! Several years ago I started looking online for a chocolate syrup recipe as my son loves chocolate milk and I didn’t like some of the ingredients in the store-bought stuff. Added benefit is being able to control how much sugar is in the recipe. I ended up finding a recipe that calls for cocoa powder, sugar and salt (tiny bit). For the sugar, I use a combo of raw cane sugar, coconut sugar and xylitol. Just like Kelsey, we heat up a little hot water in the tea kettle and add it to the glass to make a paste/syrup. At this point you can even add a little vanilla if you like. Fill the glass with cold milk and yum!! Just made a pan of your chocolate zucchini brownies, Katie, and they are delicious : )

    • Kelsey says

      My husband loves chocolate milk, but I’m not a big fan of ingredients I don’t know! The easiest chocolate milk powder I’ve come across is cocoa mixed with white sugar. If you are no white sugar (I try to stay away!), I’ve also skipped the sugar and mixed cocoa with milk (mine was almond milk and dark cocoa. It was sweet enough for me, at least!). The trick is to add a little hot water to the cocoa/(sugar) and mix well before pouring in the milk. Especially with almond milk (which is thicker; and you can always make your own if you are even raw-er!), it was so lusciously chocolate!

  10. Melanie says

    Hi Katie!

    Love your blog, mine is still in its infancy…

    I was wondering if you have a recipe/trick for chocolate milk powder? I hate all the crap in the store bought ones and thought you might feel the same!

    Thanks!

  11. Charity says

    Katie,
    Thank you for your blog. My son has severe food allergies. he is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He is 7 and loves regular stuff like other kids and you have given me some great ideas to make him some cool treats! I am on my way to get some coconut oil. (He can have coconuts.) Yummy and thank you! I believe I can adapt these recipes to his nut allergies.

  12. Charity says

    Katie,
    Thank you for your blog. My son has severe food allergies. he is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. He is 7 and loves regular stuff like other kids and you have given me some great ideas to make him some cool treats! I am on my way to get some coconut oil. (He can have coconuts.) Yummy and thank you! I believe I can adapt these recipes to his nut allergies.

  13. Ben says

    Katie,
    This may be a very strange question– and you and others may think that I am wacko, but as a guy who loves creating recipes (imagining flavors and melding them together is my favorite and my wife gets a kick out of it too!) I am confused slightly by some of your recipes. Particualry the red velvet pancakes– I cannot wait to actually use a recipe and try these, but what measurement are you using for your dry goods. When you say ‘2T’ ww flour…are you saying only 2 tablespoons?

    Im sorry if this is a weird question- I look forward in being able to try some of your recipes and get inspired even more! Thanks for all that you do! Happy Easter!

    -B

      • Ali says

        I thought everyone knew that a capital “T” is for tablespoon, and a small “t” is for teaspoon. That’s how my mom and grandma wrote things down on their recipe cards 🙂

      • Ali says

        I thought everyone knew that a capital “T” is for tablespoon, and a small “t” is for teaspoon. That’s how my mom and grandma wrote things down on their recipe cards 🙂

  14. Ben says

    Katie,
    This may be a very strange question– and you and others may think that I am wacko, but as a guy who loves creating recipes (imagining flavors and melding them together is my favorite and my wife gets a kick out of it too!) I am confused slightly by some of your recipes. Particualry the red velvet pancakes– I cannot wait to actually use a recipe and try these, but what measurement are you using for your dry goods. When you say ‘2T’ ww flour…are you saying only 2 tablespoons?

    Im sorry if this is a weird question- I look forward in being able to try some of your recipes and get inspired even more! Thanks for all that you do! Happy Easter!

    -B

  15. Sharlee says

    Katie, I love your blog! I’ve learned so much and I’ve been introduced to so many new things. I’ve transitioned into eating a much more balanced/healthy diet, so thank you! I do have a quick question. A lot of your recipes make really strong chocolate (not so much a milk chocolatey taste) while my husband prefers it, sometimes I’d like to have a little less bitter chocolate. Is adding more sweetener the only way to do this or is there another way. I know you’re busy, so thanks for taking the time to read this!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I think it depends on the recipe! For things like the raw chocolate fudge cake or the 1-minute chocolate cake, adding more sweetener is definitely the way to go :).

      But if you have a different recipe in particular, let me know!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I think it depends on the recipe! For things like the raw chocolate fudge cake or the 1-minute chocolate cake, adding more sweetener is definitely the way to go :).

      But if you have a different recipe in particular, let me know!

  16. Sharlee says

    Katie, I love your blog! I’ve learned so much and I’ve been introduced to so many new things. I’ve transitioned into eating a much more balanced/healthy diet, so thank you! I do have a quick question. A lot of your recipes make really strong chocolate (not so much a milk chocolatey taste) while my husband prefers it, sometimes I’d like to have a little less bitter chocolate. Is adding more sweetener the only way to do this or is there another way. I know you’re busy, so thanks for taking the time to read this!

  17. Shannon says

    you say you hate lifting weights? try bodyrock.tv for 12-18min body weight exercise routines that are always different and much less tedious than weight repetitions! its actually through a round about way how i found this blog and now am excited to test out some of these recipes on my boyfriend!

  18. Shannon says

    you say you hate lifting weights? try bodyrock.tv for 12-18min body weight exercise routines that are always different and much less tedious than weight repetitions! its actually through a round about way how i found this blog and now am excited to test out some of these recipes on my boyfriend!

  19. Nykole says

    In response to your weight-lifting question, have you ever tried kettlebells? They’re super fun and a great workout for both strength and cardio! The only thing is you should find a good class, and not do them on your own. I’ve been doing them for 3 years and every class is new and exciting!!

  20. Nykole says

    In response to your weight-lifting question, have you ever tried kettlebells? They’re super fun and a great workout for both strength and cardio! The only thing is you should find a good class, and not do them on your own. I’ve been doing them for 3 years and every class is new and exciting!!

  21. Ashley says

    I love your blog! I am following Weight Watchers, and its very hard to calculate the points on your recipes because not all of the nutritional info is listed. Have you ever thought or, or will you ever list the points for your recipes? Since so many of us that follow you are trying to lose weight and WW is so big, is it something you’ve ever considered?

  22. Ashley says

    I love your blog! I am following Weight Watchers, and its very hard to calculate the points on your recipes because not all of the nutritional info is listed. Have you ever thought or, or will you ever list the points for your recipes? Since so many of us that follow you are trying to lose weight and WW is so big, is it something you’ve ever considered?

  23. [email protected] says

    Hi Katie!
    I am a Seattle based Vegan food blogger. I am planning a fundraiser for this amazing organization in India. Visakha Society for protection and care for animals- http://www.vspca.org/index.php They have a variety of issues that they focus on, from animal birth control, to sanctuaries for cows, horses and all animals, wildlife protection, to Vegan meals for the poor.

    The fundraiser will have items donated for raffle. Donations will be made to buy raffle tickets to the item and at the end of the fundraiser, one of the donors will win the item. Currently I am collecting items, the monetary donations will open up in first week of May and run though the end. Here is the fundraiser page. http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/p/fundraiser-for-vspca.html

    I was wondering if you would like to donate something to be a part of the fundraiser. Books, kitchen or home items, a basket of your baked goods, anything. I would absolutely love to have you be a part of the fund drive! Do let me know.

    Thank you so much!
    Richa
    http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/

  24. [email protected] says

    Hi Katie!
    I am a Seattle based Vegan food blogger. I am planning a fundraiser for this amazing organization in India. Visakha Society for protection and care for animals- http://www.vspca.org/index.php They have a variety of issues that they focus on, from animal birth control, to sanctuaries for cows, horses and all animals, wildlife protection, to Vegan meals for the poor.

    The fundraiser will have items donated for raffle. Donations will be made to buy raffle tickets to the item and at the end of the fundraiser, one of the donors will win the item. Currently I am collecting items, the monetary donations will open up in first week of May and run though the end. Here is the fundraiser page. http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/p/fundraiser-for-vspca.html

    I was wondering if you would like to donate something to be a part of the fundraiser. Books, kitchen or home items, a basket of your baked goods, anything. I would absolutely love to have you be a part of the fund drive! Do let me know.

    Thank you so much!
    Richa
    http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/

  25. Nikki says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes and ideas, they have really changed the way I eat. I have recently changed my life totally by losing 111 pounds and exercising like crazy. I walk 5-8 miles a day and do yoga and weightlifting. In my journey to become healthy I started to eat mainly vegetarian although I do eat eggs and cheese, I mainly eat fruits and veggies…..and of course CHOCOLATE. I am getting used to the idea of eating healthy fats like avocado and coconut products. So my question is I know you exercise and eat very healthy. Are you hungry all the time? I find that I am hungry about every 2 hours and it seems like all I do is eat. Is this norma? I exercise 2-3 hours a day. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I am hungry quite often, probably because I’m burning a lot of calories by being active. I think that as long as your weight is healthy now, it’s probably not a problem that you’re eating so much! Your metabolism is probably just high ;). (If, however, you’re gaining unwanted weight from eating so often, maybe consult a doctor or nutritionist?)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I am hungry quite often, probably because I’m burning a lot of calories by being active. I think that as long as your weight is healthy now, it’s probably not a problem that you’re eating so much! Your metabolism is probably just high ;). (If, however, you’re gaining unwanted weight from eating so often, maybe consult a doctor or nutritionist?)

    • Jenn says

      I’m no expert, but I am also currently losing weight, but I haven’t been hungry – it has been awesome! What really worked for me is a low carb, high fat, high protein diet, with lots of leafy greens and non-starchy veggies. When your body is getting what it needs at mealtimes, the cravings and urges to snack go away, and you can eat heartily, never with any fear or guilt, whenever you feel hungry. It has been life-changing. Now, when I occasionally feel like something sweet (hormones totally make me crave carbs!), I find that “junk food” (highly processed cookies, chips, etc) just don’t taste good. I now prefer rich ice creams (Costco makes this Almond Toffee Caramel one that is super sweet, but so perfectly creamy and crunchy! It makes me sad that they don’t always have it stocked.) and solid chocolate to cookies, but when I do enjoy sweets, I avoid low fat or fake sugar versions, since I find those just leave me wanting more empty/negative foods. I read both of Gary Taubes books (Why We Get Fat & Good Calories, Bad Calories), and they were incredibly educational, and helped me not be at war with food anymore.

      Katie, you have said before that you are vegan for ethical reasons. Since you use a lot of sugar substitutes in your recipes, I was wondering what other “food rules” you follow for yourself, other than avoiding animal products. I recently just redefined how I would feed my family, so I’m always interested in what food rules other people keep for themselves. I know your substitutes could just be for your readers, but since most alternative sugars make me feel awful, I figured you might have a similar reaction, since you are so careful with what you eat!

    • Jenn says

      I’m no expert, but I am also currently losing weight, but I haven’t been hungry – it has been awesome! What really worked for me is a low carb, high fat, high protein diet, with lots of leafy greens and non-starchy veggies. When your body is getting what it needs at mealtimes, the cravings and urges to snack go away, and you can eat heartily, never with any fear or guilt, whenever you feel hungry. It has been life-changing. Now, when I occasionally feel like something sweet (hormones totally make me crave carbs!), I find that “junk food” (highly processed cookies, chips, etc) just don’t taste good. I now prefer rich ice creams (Costco makes this Almond Toffee Caramel one that is super sweet, but so perfectly creamy and crunchy! It makes me sad that they don’t always have it stocked.) and solid chocolate to cookies, but when I do enjoy sweets, I avoid low fat or fake sugar versions, since I find those just leave me wanting more empty/negative foods. I read both of Gary Taubes books (Why We Get Fat & Good Calories, Bad Calories), and they were incredibly educational, and helped me not be at war with food anymore.

      Katie, you have said before that you are vegan for ethical reasons. Since you use a lot of sugar substitutes in your recipes, I was wondering what other “food rules” you follow for yourself, other than avoiding animal products. I recently just redefined how I would feed my family, so I’m always interested in what food rules other people keep for themselves. I know your substitutes could just be for your readers, but since most alternative sugars make me feel awful, I figured you might have a similar reaction, since you are so careful with what you eat!

  26. Nikki says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes and ideas, they have really changed the way I eat. I have recently changed my life totally by losing 111 pounds and exercising like crazy. I walk 5-8 miles a day and do yoga and weightlifting. In my journey to become healthy I started to eat mainly vegetarian although I do eat eggs and cheese, I mainly eat fruits and veggies…..and of course CHOCOLATE. I am getting used to the idea of eating healthy fats like avocado and coconut products. So my question is I know you exercise and eat very healthy. Are you hungry all the time? I find that I am hungry about every 2 hours and it seems like all I do is eat. Is this norma? I exercise 2-3 hours a day. Any thoughts? Thanks!

  27. ennaejay says

    Katie,
    I’m overcoming some health issues and am currently undergoing the transformation to become vegan! I found Char’s Kitchen, Hungry Hippie, and Oh She Glows — Do you have any other sites, recommendations, or favorite resources for other vegans (or people interested in becoming vegan)? I’m doing a ton of reading, but it’d be cool to know if you have any insights too!

    TIA! You rock my face off! 😀

  28. ennaejay says

    Katie,
    I’m overcoming some health issues and am currently undergoing the transformation to become vegan! I found Char’s Kitchen, Hungry Hippie, and Oh She Glows — Do you have any other sites, recommendations, or favorite resources for other vegans (or people interested in becoming vegan)? I’m doing a ton of reading, but it’d be cool to know if you have any insights too!

    TIA! You rock my face off! 😀

  29. Debbie says

    I’m just curious, as you’re originally from England, do you have ANY idea where I can buy good quality products including stuff you like to use. Unfortunately most of the forums and what not that I read are American and struggle to find some items. Also do you use your Vitamix a lot? You always seem to be using the Magic Bullet? I love my VM but I’m worried that recipes are too small quantity wise to use in it.

    You’re a great inspiration!

  30. Debbie says

    I’m just curious, as you’re originally from England, do you have ANY idea where I can buy good quality products including stuff you like to use. Unfortunately most of the forums and what not that I read are American and struggle to find some items. Also do you use your Vitamix a lot? You always seem to be using the Magic Bullet? I love my VM but I’m worried that recipes are too small quantity wise to use in it.

    You’re a great inspiration!

  31. BeccaG says

    I am curious…is it possible for you to adapt this to be a vegan recipe? Mainly just wondering how to get a good consistency without using 4 eggs (almond milk perhaps?) and I don’t want that much butter either for calorie intake.

    Thanks! Love your recipes!!!

    Pumpkin Waffles
    by Barbara Beck

    2 cups flour
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    1 tablespoon sugar
    ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    4 eggs (separate yolks from the whites)
    1 ½ cup milk
    1 cup pure canned pumpkin
    ¾ cup (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
    1 tablespoon vanilla

    Directions:
    In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

    Next, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. *If you have a stand mixer, you can start beating your egg whites while you prepare the rest of the batter (or just beat them later with a hand mixer). Beat egg whites until they form peaks. Reserve for later.

    In a separate bowl, add the egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly until incorporated using a mixer.

    If you haven’t already, take the egg whites and beat with a mixer until they form peaks. Fold beaten egg whites gently into the pumpkin batter. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions. Makes around 8 Belgian waffles.

  32. BeccaG says

    I am curious…is it possible for you to adapt this to be a vegan recipe? Mainly just wondering how to get a good consistency without using 4 eggs (almond milk perhaps?) and I don’t want that much butter either for calorie intake.

    Thanks! Love your recipes!!!

    Pumpkin Waffles
    by Barbara Beck

    2 cups flour
    2 tablespoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon cinnamon
    1 tablespoon sugar
    ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    4 eggs (separate yolks from the whites)
    1 ½ cup milk
    1 cup pure canned pumpkin
    ¾ cup (12 tablespoons) butter, melted
    1 tablespoon vanilla

    Directions:
    In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.

    Next, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. *If you have a stand mixer, you can start beating your egg whites while you prepare the rest of the batter (or just beat them later with a hand mixer). Beat egg whites until they form peaks. Reserve for later.

    In a separate bowl, add the egg yolks, milk, pumpkin, melted butter, and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the dry mixture slowly until incorporated using a mixer.

    If you haven’t already, take the egg whites and beat with a mixer until they form peaks. Fold beaten egg whites gently into the pumpkin batter. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook according to waffle iron instructions. Makes around 8 Belgian waffles.

  33. Jules says

    hey CCK! so alot of your recipes have stevia as the sweetener, but you wrote in parenthesis that you can use regular white sugar..but I read that stevia is 100 times sweeter than regular sugar -and realized thats why the recipes call for a few tablespoons- but anyway, if i were to substitute with regular sugar, would I only use a few tablespoons of sugar or like around half a cup of regular for every tablespoon of stevia or… ? ahhh help!!!

  34. Jules says

    hey CCK! so alot of your recipes have stevia as the sweetener, but you wrote in parenthesis that you can use regular white sugar..but I read that stevia is 100 times sweeter than regular sugar -and realized thats why the recipes call for a few tablespoons- but anyway, if i were to substitute with regular sugar, would I only use a few tablespoons of sugar or like around half a cup of regular for every tablespoon of stevia or… ? ahhh help!!!

  35. Debbie says

    Ooh. I thought of something else. What sort of chocolate sauce do you use? A lot of your photos show decadent dribbling of saucy goodness. Do you have a favourite or recommendation? Also do you have any idea where I can buy the Barleans chocolate silk you mentioned a while back in the UK?

    Thanks

  36. Debbie says

    Ooh. I thought of something else. What sort of chocolate sauce do you use? A lot of your photos show decadent dribbling of saucy goodness. Do you have a favourite or recommendation? Also do you have any idea where I can buy the Barleans chocolate silk you mentioned a while back in the UK?

    Thanks

  37. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee says

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I really love your blog, and that I was wondering if I could please have your permission for something. In a few days I’m doing a post on National Pretzel Day and I want to link to your no bake peanut butter pretzel bars recipe (I’ll definitely give you credit!) May I please use your photo from that recipe’s post? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

  38. Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee says

    Hi, I just wanted to say that I really love your blog, and that I was wondering if I could please have your permission for something. In a few days I’m doing a post on National Pretzel Day and I want to link to your no bake peanut butter pretzel bars recipe (I’ll definitely give you credit!) May I please use your photo from that recipe’s post? Please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

  39. Danielle Shields says

    I’ve requested a food processor for mother’s day specifically so that I can make your cookie dough dips! I’ve seen the Magic Bullet in some of your posts. Do you prefer the Magic Bullet, or a traditional processor?

  40. Danielle Shields says

    I’ve requested a food processor for mother’s day specifically so that I can make your cookie dough dips! I’ve seen the Magic Bullet in some of your posts. Do you prefer the Magic Bullet, or a traditional processor?

  41. Brenda says

    Hi Katie – enjoy your recipes so very much, but am wondering if you’ve considered making them with an option of “print recipe.” I’ve asked this before but couldn’t find an answer so am trying again!! Thanks.

  42. Brenda says

    Hi Katie – enjoy your recipes so very much, but am wondering if you’ve considered making them with an option of “print recipe.” I’ve asked this before but couldn’t find an answer so am trying again!! Thanks.

  43. Cheryl says

    Katie,

    I have copied many of your recipes and all have been amazing, but I tried the little chocolate cake for one, and for some reason it tasted dry, and not as sweet as I’d like… now that could be a good thing.. cuz then I wouldn’t eat as much.. even tho it’s for one… but I was wondering what I could add more of? Or did I miss something? thanks.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I’m not really sure… maybe you over-microwaved it? Or you need more sugar? It’s not a misprint in the recipe, since so many others have successfully tried it… maybe it’s just not your particular thing! I know there are recipes that everyone else loves that I don’t like!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I’m not really sure… maybe you over-microwaved it? Or you need more sugar? It’s not a misprint in the recipe, since so many others have successfully tried it… maybe it’s just not your particular thing! I know there are recipes that everyone else loves that I don’t like!

  44. Cheryl says

    Katie,

    I have copied many of your recipes and all have been amazing, but I tried the little chocolate cake for one, and for some reason it tasted dry, and not as sweet as I’d like… now that could be a good thing.. cuz then I wouldn’t eat as much.. even tho it’s for one… but I was wondering what I could add more of? Or did I miss something? thanks.

  45. Rebecca says

    Hi there! First I wanna say that I love your blog and so many of your recipes have been pinned to my Pinterest board lol. And I was wondering if you had any recipes that are or could be geared toward college students? Recipes that are really quick, require inexpensive ingredients (that are also easy to store in a small dorm), and make either single or two people servings? As for other recipes that are better suited to a real kitchen, I plan on trying out quite a few once I am home for the summer. I’m a vegetarian, not a vegan, and quite the food lover so thank you for the great blog!

  46. Rebecca says

    Hi there! First I wanna say that I love your blog and so many of your recipes have been pinned to my Pinterest board lol. And I was wondering if you had any recipes that are or could be geared toward college students? Recipes that are really quick, require inexpensive ingredients (that are also easy to store in a small dorm), and make either single or two people servings? As for other recipes that are better suited to a real kitchen, I plan on trying out quite a few once I am home for the summer. I’m a vegetarian, not a vegan, and quite the food lover so thank you for the great blog!

  47. Sabrina says

    Hi Katie,
    I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I’m so happy I did!! This year especially I’ve been trying to have a healthier lifestyle, and like you I LOVE chocolate and desserts. I was always scowering the internet and cookbooks for baked good recipes that weren’t going to put me in a sugar coma, LOL. Anyways I just wanted to thank you for all the amazing recipes you create and put out.

  48. Sabrina says

    Hi Katie,
    I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I’m so happy I did!! This year especially I’ve been trying to have a healthier lifestyle, and like you I LOVE chocolate and desserts. I was always scowering the internet and cookbooks for baked good recipes that weren’t going to put me in a sugar coma, LOL. Anyways I just wanted to thank you for all the amazing recipes you create and put out.

  49. Leigh says

    Hi Katie!

    Today, I noticed someone “borrowing” one of your recipes without giving you credit where credit was due. You had apparently already discovered this and left a very tactful, nice comment on the post… I was just wondering, does that happen frequently to you? How do you protect yourself as far as copyright stuff goes, or do you not really worry about it?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      It happens A LOT :(.
      In fact, it happens so often that I don’t even know which particular instance you saw! In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen three!

      I’m sure there are tons out there that I don’t even see. Mostly I just see the ones on foodgawker, or commenters will tell me someone’s stolen a recipe. But there are probably thousands of others I’ll never know about… I have NO clue why people think it’s ok to steal someone else’s hard work, and it’s like a punch to the stomach every time I see it. Really, though, there’s not much I can do short of asking them to take it down if I do happen to see it. I could get a lawyer involved, but then that makes ME seem petty.

      I just wish people would realize how much time and work (and love) go into developing a good, tried-and-tested recipe, and how much it hurts to see someone else get the credit.

      Anyway, sorry for the novel of a reply!

      • Leigh says

        THREE? In 48 hours? That’s nuts! I guess it’s one of the downsides of running a popular blog with good recipes. 🙂

        I understand what you mean about taking legal action seeming petty, but it’s so rude, and totally unfair! If someone else is posting your recipes on their site without crediting you, then it’s not too much of a stretch to say that they’re diverting potential readers from your site. And don’t you get paid by your sponsors for each viewer? You obviously put a lot of effort into what you do, and it would be so easy to simply link to your blog instead of taking credit for the recipe. D:

        You seem to have it pretty well under control, though. I love that you’re so polite and nice, even when someone has taken something of yours… It’s a testament to your good character.

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          Yeah… I don’t really care that they’re stealing page views from me, since my main goal in blogging isn’t to make a ton of money. I get so excited sharing what I hope are creative ideas with people. What really upsets me is that I put in all the hard work and someone else didn’t have to do ANY of the work and gets accolades for it. It’s not just my work, either. I get just as upset if I see someone stealing a recipe from ANY other blogger!
          I just wish people had more integrity… or paid more attention in class when their kindergarten teachers told them plagiarism is wrong. 😉

        • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

          Yeah… I don’t really care that they’re stealing page views from me, since my main goal in blogging isn’t to make a ton of money. I get so excited sharing what I hope are creative ideas with people. What really upsets me is that I put in all the hard work and someone else didn’t have to do ANY of the work and gets accolades for it. It’s not just my work, either. I get just as upset if I see someone stealing a recipe from ANY other blogger!
          I just wish people had more integrity… or paid more attention in class when their kindergarten teachers told them plagiarism is wrong. 😉

      • Leigh says

        THREE? In 48 hours? That’s nuts! I guess it’s one of the downsides of running a popular blog with good recipes. 🙂

        I understand what you mean about taking legal action seeming petty, but it’s so rude, and totally unfair! If someone else is posting your recipes on their site without crediting you, then it’s not too much of a stretch to say that they’re diverting potential readers from your site. And don’t you get paid by your sponsors for each viewer? You obviously put a lot of effort into what you do, and it would be so easy to simply link to your blog instead of taking credit for the recipe. D:

        You seem to have it pretty well under control, though. I love that you’re so polite and nice, even when someone has taken something of yours… It’s a testament to your good character.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      It happens A LOT :(.
      In fact, it happens so often that I don’t even know which particular instance you saw! In the last 48 hours, I’ve seen three!

      I’m sure there are tons out there that I don’t even see. Mostly I just see the ones on foodgawker, or commenters will tell me someone’s stolen a recipe. But there are probably thousands of others I’ll never know about… I have NO clue why people think it’s ok to steal someone else’s hard work, and it’s like a punch to the stomach every time I see it. Really, though, there’s not much I can do short of asking them to take it down if I do happen to see it. I could get a lawyer involved, but then that makes ME seem petty.

      I just wish people would realize how much time and work (and love) go into developing a good, tried-and-tested recipe, and how much it hurts to see someone else get the credit.

      Anyway, sorry for the novel of a reply!

  50. Leigh says

    Hi Katie!

    Today, I noticed someone “borrowing” one of your recipes without giving you credit where credit was due. You had apparently already discovered this and left a very tactful, nice comment on the post… I was just wondering, does that happen frequently to you? How do you protect yourself as far as copyright stuff goes, or do you not really worry about it?

  51. Janet says

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve been following you on Twitter and reading your blogs for a month or so now and have tried a few of your recipes. I am basically addicted to chocolate and would love to have some everyday. However, my expanding waistline and somewhat low activity level has caused me to join Weight Watchers – just today. That being said, I came back to your site today following a Twitter link and (after browsing for a while) read about how you don’t like to list all the nutritional numbers for your recipes. I would now like to plead my case for you to add more of them to your recipes. I know good food and good nutrition is more than just a number, but I would like to enjoy your recipes and still keep within my weight loss parameters. Having the knowledge so I can figure out how many points I’m consuming when I make your brownie pancakes would allow me to actually eat them. Not knowing if I’m about to eat a 7 point food or a 2 point food would mean that I can’t take the risk of sabotaging my weight loss efforts, even if they are delicious. I wouldn’t ask that you go so far as calculating points, but giving the necessary parameters (fat, fiber, total carbs and protein) would mean a great deal.
    Thank you,
    Janet

  52. Janet says

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve been following you on Twitter and reading your blogs for a month or so now and have tried a few of your recipes. I am basically addicted to chocolate and would love to have some everyday. However, my expanding waistline and somewhat low activity level has caused me to join Weight Watchers – just today. That being said, I came back to your site today following a Twitter link and (after browsing for a while) read about how you don’t like to list all the nutritional numbers for your recipes. I would now like to plead my case for you to add more of them to your recipes. I know good food and good nutrition is more than just a number, but I would like to enjoy your recipes and still keep within my weight loss parameters. Having the knowledge so I can figure out how many points I’m consuming when I make your brownie pancakes would allow me to actually eat them. Not knowing if I’m about to eat a 7 point food or a 2 point food would mean that I can’t take the risk of sabotaging my weight loss efforts, even if they are delicious. I wouldn’t ask that you go so far as calculating points, but giving the necessary parameters (fat, fiber, total carbs and protein) would mean a great deal.
    Thank you,
    Janet

  53. Josefine says

    Hi Katie 🙂
    First of all I have to thank you a lot for an amazing blog! I love your recipes and posts.
    I just want to ask you a question.
    Can I refer to your blog on my own blog. E.g. refer to your “melted banana trick”?

    Thanks!

  54. Josefine says

    Hi Katie 🙂
    First of all I have to thank you a lot for an amazing blog! I love your recipes and posts.
    I just want to ask you a question.
    Can I refer to your blog on my own blog. E.g. refer to your “melted banana trick”?

    Thanks!

  55. Maggie says

    I love to see sprinkles in so many of your recipes. They are truly a favorite of mine. What kind do you use? Are these also made with natural sweeteners?

  56. Maggie says

    I love to see sprinkles in so many of your recipes. They are truly a favorite of mine. What kind do you use? Are these also made with natural sweeteners?

  57. Alexy says

    OK…here is a FAQ for you…are you married? :), no seriously…let me address your boredom with the gym. Firstly, weightlifting is fun (just have to tell yourself that) next, you need to challenge yourself to keep it interesting…establish goals, try to move ahead in sets/weight/reps weekly if you can…next consider how important muscle is to bone health, and metabolic conditioning. Don’t fall into the age old dream of cardio being the end all be all. Resistance training combined with cardio IS the ultimate! If you dont like the smelly gym, try bodyweight exercise at home…invest in a TRX…exercise your options, push through your limits, boith mental and physical!!

  58. Alexy says

    OK…here is a FAQ for you…are you married? :), no seriously…let me address your boredom with the gym. Firstly, weightlifting is fun (just have to tell yourself that) next, you need to challenge yourself to keep it interesting…establish goals, try to move ahead in sets/weight/reps weekly if you can…next consider how important muscle is to bone health, and metabolic conditioning. Don’t fall into the age old dream of cardio being the end all be all. Resistance training combined with cardio IS the ultimate! If you dont like the smelly gym, try bodyweight exercise at home…invest in a TRX…exercise your options, push through your limits, boith mental and physical!!

  59. Maria V says

    Wow im so overly excited about this oppty to win a Vita-Mix!! I have a family of three young kids whom especially would benefit healthier foods n desserts with this machine..which i pray a chance ive been wanting one every since i became vegan almostntwo years ago!
    Here are my entries: like your facebook page,,,posted two of your dessert recipes on my facebook,,,already registered as an email recipient of your recipe emails.

    Your recipes are awesome..so glad we found your site..Thank you a million times over!!

  60. Maria V says

    Wow im so overly excited about this oppty to win a Vita-Mix!! I have a family of three young kids whom especially would benefit healthier foods n desserts with this machine..which i pray a chance ive been wanting one every since i became vegan almostntwo years ago!
    Here are my entries: like your facebook page,,,posted two of your dessert recipes on my facebook,,,already registered as an email recipient of your recipe emails.

    Your recipes are awesome..so glad we found your site..Thank you a million times over!!

  61. Erica says

    Katie, I have a request…I would love, love, LOVE to see some grain-free single-lady recipes, like muffins made with almond flour or coconut flour. If you ever get around to it I know that a lot of people would appreciate it!

  62. Erica says

    Katie, I have a request…I would love, love, LOVE to see some grain-free single-lady recipes, like muffins made with almond flour or coconut flour. If you ever get around to it I know that a lot of people would appreciate it!

  63. Raji says

    Hi Katie, I love your blog so much and a regular follower!!! I was just wondering if you could share Vegan cosmetic products which you use or suggest. Thanks.

  64. Raji says

    Hi Katie, I love your blog so much and a regular follower!!! I was just wondering if you could share Vegan cosmetic products which you use or suggest. Thanks.

  65. jenna says

    hi katie–

    as much as i love your hot oatmeal recipes– theres just something unforgettable about cold milk and cereal with good fruits and berries. Its my weakness. I hate the idea of eating the over-proccessed packaged cereals but i also find that some of those all natural ( like kashi) cereals are too sweet, heavy, and caloric. yes they are a good to start off the day with– but i find myself craving cereal as a snacking food. my mom for instance has lived on that ” 7-day cleanse diet” for a few years now– she eats only raw foods, she doesn’t eat added sugar or over processed bread products, she’s not even tempted by chocolate (!)– but her one weakness is cereal– and she buys the processed puffed rice cereal with artificial preservatives.

    any way you could make a baked recipe for cold cereals with less sugar and artificial ingredients than the store-bought? I came across this website…http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-healthy-cold-cereal-1/

    but it still seems heavy. Thanks!

  66. jenna says

    hi katie–

    as much as i love your hot oatmeal recipes– theres just something unforgettable about cold milk and cereal with good fruits and berries. Its my weakness. I hate the idea of eating the over-proccessed packaged cereals but i also find that some of those all natural ( like kashi) cereals are too sweet, heavy, and caloric. yes they are a good to start off the day with– but i find myself craving cereal as a snacking food. my mom for instance has lived on that ” 7-day cleanse diet” for a few years now– she eats only raw foods, she doesn’t eat added sugar or over processed bread products, she’s not even tempted by chocolate (!)– but her one weakness is cereal– and she buys the processed puffed rice cereal with artificial preservatives.

    any way you could make a baked recipe for cold cereals with less sugar and artificial ingredients than the store-bought? I came across this website…http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/video-healthy-cold-cereal-1/

    but it still seems heavy. Thanks!

  67. Kate says

    I absolutely love your blog Katie! I’m churning through all your recipes as I have time and I have been inundated with compliments. My husband is now a tofu convert too since I made some of your mousse. I have been using tahini instead of nut butters. I love the taste and it is slightly lower in calories.

    I tried a yummy raw truffle in a health food shop recently that listed quinoa as an ingredient. It had such a lovely nutty crunch to it. I haven’t been able to find any chocolate quinoa recipes to match it. I’d love to see you experiment with it.

  68. Kate says

    I absolutely love your blog Katie! I’m churning through all your recipes as I have time and I have been inundated with compliments. My husband is now a tofu convert too since I made some of your mousse. I have been using tahini instead of nut butters. I love the taste and it is slightly lower in calories.

    I tried a yummy raw truffle in a health food shop recently that listed quinoa as an ingredient. It had such a lovely nutty crunch to it. I haven’t been able to find any chocolate quinoa recipes to match it. I’d love to see you experiment with it.

  69. Denise says

    Katie,
    Can you make a list of the most commonly used items in your recipes so that I can begin stocking my cabinets. I was so upset last week when I went to the nearest health store, about an hour away and forgot simple things left off my own list. Please and thank you in advance.

  70. Denise says

    Katie,
    Can you make a list of the most commonly used items in your recipes so that I can begin stocking my cabinets. I was so upset last week when I went to the nearest health store, about an hour away and forgot simple things left off my own list. Please and thank you in advance.

  71. Lauren says

    Hi Katie!
    I was wondering what kind of Vita-Mix you have? I am trying to determine which one would be best to make your recipes! I have caught myself making your recipes all the time…and its just not the same when I can’t make ice-cream, milkshakes, or whatever else, with a Vita-Mix! (At-least you say its not, and I believe you). 🙂 But I want to get one – point me in the right direction?

  72. Lauren says

    Hi Katie!
    I was wondering what kind of Vita-Mix you have? I am trying to determine which one would be best to make your recipes! I have caught myself making your recipes all the time…and its just not the same when I can’t make ice-cream, milkshakes, or whatever else, with a Vita-Mix! (At-least you say its not, and I believe you). 🙂 But I want to get one – point me in the right direction?

  73. Emily S says

    What type of almond milk do you use in your recipes? I mean like do you use unsweetened, original, vanilla, etc.?

  74. Emily S says

    What type of almond milk do you use in your recipes? I mean like do you use unsweetened, original, vanilla, etc.?

  75. Kathy Anderson says

    Katie,

    I want to make my own coconut butter but I have yet to find unsweetened coconut. I have another store to check. Why can’t we use sweetened? I use a blendtec blender and when I tried the sweetened coconut, it just seemed to dry and I was afraid I’d burn my blender out. Should I add coconut milk or something? Maybe it’s because it’s sweetened. It don’t work to use a
    Magic bullet so I may have to invest in a food processor.

    What recipes generally call for the c butter? I can’t remember why I wanted the butter. I’ve recently had chemo treatment and it has affected my memory!

    Thanks for your help.
    Kathy

  76. Kathy Anderson says

    Katie,

    I want to make my own coconut butter but I have yet to find unsweetened coconut. I have another store to check. Why can’t we use sweetened? I use a blendtec blender and when I tried the sweetened coconut, it just seemed to dry and I was afraid I’d burn my blender out. Should I add coconut milk or something? Maybe it’s because it’s sweetened. It don’t work to use a
    Magic bullet so I may have to invest in a food processor.

    What recipes generally call for the c butter? I can’t remember why I wanted the butter. I’ve recently had chemo treatment and it has affected my memory!

    Thanks for your help.
    Kathy

  77. Judith says

    Hi Katie!

    I just found your blog. I have just one question. I’m not from the US and I always have problems with the US units for the ingredients (cups, oz etc.). Would it be possible to give it also in grams, liters, milliliters?

    Thanks

    Judith

    • Kate says

      Judith – Google does a really quick conversion if you just enter it literally (10 oz in grams) and it pops up straight away

    • Kate says

      Judith – Google does a really quick conversion if you just enter it literally (10 oz in grams) and it pops up straight away

  78. Judith says

    Hi Katie!

    I just found your blog. I have just one question. I’m not from the US and I always have problems with the US units for the ingredients (cups, oz etc.). Would it be possible to give it also in grams, liters, milliliters?

    Thanks

    Judith

  79. Emily S says

    Hi Katie! This isn’t really a question, but more-so an idea/ suggestion. I was browsing around on my computer today and found another blog: http://www.gotchocolate.com/
    I thought you might like this since it’s basically a chocolate-lover’s dream. It isn’t vegan or neccessarily healthy, either, but I thought it might give you some good ideas for recipes or recipe-makeovers! Let me know if you found any good ones you’re thinking about!

  80. Emily S says

    Hi Katie! This isn’t really a question, but more-so an idea/ suggestion. I was browsing around on my computer today and found another blog: http://www.gotchocolate.com/
    I thought you might like this since it’s basically a chocolate-lover’s dream. It isn’t vegan or neccessarily healthy, either, but I thought it might give you some good ideas for recipes or recipe-makeovers! Let me know if you found any good ones you’re thinking about!

      • Samantha says

        O! Sorry, we are in the midst of a re-design. We only do pies and cakes for people who can pick them up bc they need to be frozen!
        Any of our packaged items we can easily send. Please let me know which address to send them to!
        Thanks so much,
        Samantha

      • Samantha says

        O! Sorry, we are in the midst of a re-design. We only do pies and cakes for people who can pick them up bc they need to be frozen!
        Any of our packaged items we can easily send. Please let me know which address to send them to!
        Thanks so much,
        Samantha

  81. elyssa g. says

    Hi, I just discovered your blog today! i love sweets and I’m mostly trying to stay good, my mother is also type 2 diabetic (lover of sweets too!) WE’ve tried everything for baking (only a few recipes tasting OHMYGOODNESS amazing) From babycakes cook book to tweaked recipes, then i stumbled upon your blog and decided to make your single serving cupcakes, i made four chocolate, lemon, peanut butter and lime:) They were maybe even slightly better then most cupcakes, much richer! (we used agave and half an half of regular flour and rice flour) you have a true talent for recipe making and baking!

  82. elyssa g. says

    Hi, I just discovered your blog today! i love sweets and I’m mostly trying to stay good, my mother is also type 2 diabetic (lover of sweets too!) WE’ve tried everything for baking (only a few recipes tasting OHMYGOODNESS amazing) From babycakes cook book to tweaked recipes, then i stumbled upon your blog and decided to make your single serving cupcakes, i made four chocolate, lemon, peanut butter and lime:) They were maybe even slightly better then most cupcakes, much richer! (we used agave and half an half of regular flour and rice flour) you have a true talent for recipe making and baking!

  83. carol says

    Hi Katie~
    In your whipped cream (lower calorie version) recipe you use Agar flakes. Can Agar powder be used if the quantity is adjusted? Just curious. Your recipes are ah-mazing!

  84. carol says

    Hi Katie~
    In your whipped cream (lower calorie version) recipe you use Agar flakes. Can Agar powder be used if the quantity is adjusted? Just curious. Your recipes are ah-mazing!

  85. Christine Moore says

    Have you ever encountered age-related comments due to weight? Because I am skinny, people ask me if I am in high school because I look fifteen or sixteen; however, I am twenty-two and will be starting medical school this August. I thought that being 5’9″ would help my appearance, but this has not been the case. It is amusing and flattering (especially when they want my “secrets for staying youthful”) at times, though I am at the stage in my life when I want to be taken seriously as a young adult, instead of the teenager I seem to be. How do you handle these situations?

    I follow your blog and enjoy your vegan recipes, especially your overnight oats. It is my new favorite way to eat oatmeal. Good luck with your recipe book! I am looking forward to reading it when it is published.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oh yes, definitely. People think I’m 16 and don’t take me seriously :-?. People say I’ll appreciate it when I get older…

      I don’t really have any advice, because I’m in the same boat as you. Just keep on living your life in a way that makes YOU happy.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oh yes, definitely. People think I’m 16 and don’t take me seriously :-?. People say I’ll appreciate it when I get older…

      I don’t really have any advice, because I’m in the same boat as you. Just keep on living your life in a way that makes YOU happy.

  86. Christine Moore says

    Have you ever encountered age-related comments due to weight? Because I am skinny, people ask me if I am in high school because I look fifteen or sixteen; however, I am twenty-two and will be starting medical school this August. I thought that being 5’9″ would help my appearance, but this has not been the case. It is amusing and flattering (especially when they want my “secrets for staying youthful”) at times, though I am at the stage in my life when I want to be taken seriously as a young adult, instead of the teenager I seem to be. How do you handle these situations?

    I follow your blog and enjoy your vegan recipes, especially your overnight oats. It is my new favorite way to eat oatmeal. Good luck with your recipe book! I am looking forward to reading it when it is published.

  87. Emily S. says

    Hi Katie!
    I am so excited to buy your book and make everything in it! What types of recipes are you putting in it? Are they all new? When is it supposed to come out again…? Thanks!
    -Emily

  88. Emily S. says

    Hi Katie!
    I am so excited to buy your book and make everything in it! What types of recipes are you putting in it? Are they all new? When is it supposed to come out again…? Thanks!
    -Emily

  89. Trish says

    Hi Katie,

    I just made one of our recipes for the first time – the 5 minute chocolate cake – I was very impressed! I was wondering though how long it would take to cook a single cake like this in the oven? And at what temperature? I am not a fan of microwaves and try and avoid using them where I can…

    Thanks so much! And congratulations on your website, and creative deliciousness!

    Kind regards,

    Trish

  90. Trish says

    Hi Katie,

    I just made one of our recipes for the first time – the 5 minute chocolate cake – I was very impressed! I was wondering though how long it would take to cook a single cake like this in the oven? And at what temperature? I am not a fan of microwaves and try and avoid using them where I can…

    Thanks so much! And congratulations on your website, and creative deliciousness!

    Kind regards,

    Trish

  91. Heidi says

    Hi Katie! I used to love trying all of your vegan main dishes and sides because they were very healthy, vegetable and whole food based…which not all vegan dishes are, as you know. 🙂 So since you are now a dessert blog, which I also love :), could you recommend a favorite vegan cookbook?

  92. Heidi says

    Hi Katie! I used to love trying all of your vegan main dishes and sides because they were very healthy, vegetable and whole food based…which not all vegan dishes are, as you know. 🙂 So since you are now a dessert blog, which I also love :), could you recommend a favorite vegan cookbook?

  93. Alicia says

    Hi Katie, we love your recipes! My son is 9 and he is wiling to try any healthy thing from your site!
    I am new to the coconut oil world. Have you discussed anywhere about the differences in coconut products – I’ve been confused about the different names, and actually messed up your recipe of chocolate bars because I got the wrong coconut stuff!!

    Thanks so much 🙂

  94. Alicia says

    Hi Katie, we love your recipes! My son is 9 and he is wiling to try any healthy thing from your site!
    I am new to the coconut oil world. Have you discussed anywhere about the differences in coconut products – I’ve been confused about the different names, and actually messed up your recipe of chocolate bars because I got the wrong coconut stuff!!

    Thanks so much 🙂

  95. Amy says

    Your recipes are out of this world. However, I was wondering why you’ve only decided to include the nutritional information on some foods and not all of them

  96. Amy says

    Your recipes are out of this world. However, I was wondering why you’ve only decided to include the nutritional information on some foods and not all of them

  97. Marissa says

    Absolutely love your blog!! Can you tell me what kind of food processor you recommend?

    Thank you!

    -Marissa 🙂

  98. Marissa says

    Absolutely love your blog!! Can you tell me what kind of food processor you recommend?

    Thank you!

    -Marissa 🙂

  99. Meghan says

    I am also curious about food processors- I have a large Cuisinart I love, but I hate cleaning it for a batch of raw bites. I bought a small cuisinart and just tried to make a batch- it started smoking! Guess the motor isn’t great for nuts and dried fruit. Does the bullet hold for something like German chocolate fudge bites? Thanks!

  100. Meghan says

    I am also curious about food processors- I have a large Cuisinart I love, but I hate cleaning it for a batch of raw bites. I bought a small cuisinart and just tried to make a batch- it started smoking! Guess the motor isn’t great for nuts and dried fruit. Does the bullet hold for something like German chocolate fudge bites? Thanks!

  101. Rosie says

    Hi Katie,
    OMG! A healthy food website and a chocolate website all in one!! I can hardly believe it. I can’t thank you enough, because I can now redirect my love for chocolate to a better more wholesome direction.
    You didn’t include your age in the FAQ. You look very young but from your posts I assume you are past your teens. Just wondering….
    Will sign up for your emails.

    From one chocolate lover to another,
    Rosie

  102. Rosie says

    Hi Katie,
    OMG! A healthy food website and a chocolate website all in one!! I can hardly believe it. I can’t thank you enough, because I can now redirect my love for chocolate to a better more wholesome direction.
    You didn’t include your age in the FAQ. You look very young but from your posts I assume you are past your teens. Just wondering….
    Will sign up for your emails.

    From one chocolate lover to another,
    Rosie

  103. Caitlin says

    I’ve made lots of things from this website (LOVE the blondies!) and I recommend it to lots of people. However, I’m wondering what your definition of “healthy” is – since you put it in so many of your recipe titles, it seems like it would be good to clarify (maybe in the FAQs? or as a disclaimer in your recipes?). In general I see most of your recipes as either healthy or healthier than the alternative although a few aren’t really healthy at all. For example, coconut oil and milk both have a LOT of saturated fat – which is very much unhealthy as it contributes to high cholesterol and subsequently cardiovascular disease. I’m not saying this to make you feel bad and I hope I don’t! I just thought it would be good to clarify with the public since so many people read your recipes (and rightly so – they are awesome!). Thanks again for your great recipes and keep up the good work.

    • Jenn says

      Ah! I hate this misconception, because it is so so common! Eating saturated fat and cholesterol doesn’t increase your blood’s cholesterol count, but eating sugar and refined flour does by releasing insulin to manage the sugars! The really tough thing is that even fake or “healthy” sugars do the same thing…fortunately, eating high protein, high fat diets helps to regulate insulin and controls the cravings for sweets. I recommend reading one of Gary Taubes books, either Why We Get Fat or Good Calories, Bad Calories. Reading those books changed everything about the way I feed my family, and I’ve never been less worried about food.

      Personally, I’ve found many blogs these days claim to have “healthy” recipes, but it takes a lot of filtering to sift out the low fat, low calorie recipes. I love that Katie experiments with ingredients to make recipes that her readers feel good about, but I don’t think I agree with her definition of healthy food. I wish she wouldn’t claim her food was healthy, but maybe label it “vegan low-fat, low-sugar.” If she wanted to post healthy recipes (with protein, fat, and veggies making up most ingredients), she would have to come up with a different blog name!

    • Jenn says

      Ah! I hate this misconception, because it is so so common! Eating saturated fat and cholesterol doesn’t increase your blood’s cholesterol count, but eating sugar and refined flour does by releasing insulin to manage the sugars! The really tough thing is that even fake or “healthy” sugars do the same thing…fortunately, eating high protein, high fat diets helps to regulate insulin and controls the cravings for sweets. I recommend reading one of Gary Taubes books, either Why We Get Fat or Good Calories, Bad Calories. Reading those books changed everything about the way I feed my family, and I’ve never been less worried about food.

      Personally, I’ve found many blogs these days claim to have “healthy” recipes, but it takes a lot of filtering to sift out the low fat, low calorie recipes. I love that Katie experiments with ingredients to make recipes that her readers feel good about, but I don’t think I agree with her definition of healthy food. I wish she wouldn’t claim her food was healthy, but maybe label it “vegan low-fat, low-sugar.” If she wanted to post healthy recipes (with protein, fat, and veggies making up most ingredients), she would have to come up with a different blog name!

  104. Caitlin says

    I’ve made lots of things from this website (LOVE the blondies!) and I recommend it to lots of people. However, I’m wondering what your definition of “healthy” is – since you put it in so many of your recipe titles, it seems like it would be good to clarify (maybe in the FAQs? or as a disclaimer in your recipes?). In general I see most of your recipes as either healthy or healthier than the alternative although a few aren’t really healthy at all. For example, coconut oil and milk both have a LOT of saturated fat – which is very much unhealthy as it contributes to high cholesterol and subsequently cardiovascular disease. I’m not saying this to make you feel bad and I hope I don’t! I just thought it would be good to clarify with the public since so many people read your recipes (and rightly so – they are awesome!). Thanks again for your great recipes and keep up the good work.

  105. Linda Kaban says

    Hi Katie,

    LOVE your recipes, BUT was wondering…I see a lot of coconut butter, etc. I’m highly allergic to coconut and all nuts really (not peanuts, thanks goodness peanuts aren’t nuts).

    So what can I substitute for coconut butter? I especially want to make the chocolate-raspberry fudge cake, but when I click on nutritional information it takes me to another recipe, not substitutions.

    Help!!!!!

    Linda

  106. Linda Kaban says

    Hi Katie,

    LOVE your recipes, BUT was wondering…I see a lot of coconut butter, etc. I’m highly allergic to coconut and all nuts really (not peanuts, thanks goodness peanuts aren’t nuts).

    So what can I substitute for coconut butter? I especially want to make the chocolate-raspberry fudge cake, but when I click on nutritional information it takes me to another recipe, not substitutions.

    Help!!!!!

    Linda

  107. Michelle says

    Katie, chef and artist…..I’m mad to acheive that perfectly symmetrical packaged look of your snack bars!!! straight edges, angular yet slightly rounded corners…..my gosh, i’d swear those edges are practically bevelled!!! what’s your secret???? You mention spooning all the batter into a plastic bag and doing all the mush work in there, but all that comes from that is a rustic looking log, none too appetizing….how do you do it???!!!!

  108. Michelle says

    Katie, chef and artist…..I’m mad to acheive that perfectly symmetrical packaged look of your snack bars!!! straight edges, angular yet slightly rounded corners…..my gosh, i’d swear those edges are practically bevelled!!! what’s your secret???? You mention spooning all the batter into a plastic bag and doing all the mush work in there, but all that comes from that is a rustic looking log, none too appetizing….how do you do it???!!!!

  109. Jane says

    Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know that every time I visit your website I get hit with a computer virus. Norton takes care of it for me, but I thought you would want to know. Also, my DH and I are experimenting with your recipes and have enjoyed them, especialy the chocolate cake in a mug! Its so quick and we dont have to worry about eating a whole cake with all those calories!.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. A few other people have been complaining about this lately as well… I’m not sure what could’ve happened, but I’m working on trying to fix it and hopefully will have it fixed VERY soon!! Sorry for the trouble 🙁

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. A few other people have been complaining about this lately as well… I’m not sure what could’ve happened, but I’m working on trying to fix it and hopefully will have it fixed VERY soon!! Sorry for the trouble 🙁

  110. Jane says

    Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know that every time I visit your website I get hit with a computer virus. Norton takes care of it for me, but I thought you would want to know. Also, my DH and I are experimenting with your recipes and have enjoyed them, especialy the chocolate cake in a mug! Its so quick and we dont have to worry about eating a whole cake with all those calories!.

  111. Emily says

    Hi, my names Emily. I’m 17 years old and I have just a few some what personal questions…
    Now I know that sounds SO rude and I’m soo sorry 🙁 I’m honestly just trying to find some peace. Around a year ago I started dieting, it turned into a bit of an obsession and around half way through I became vegetarian(I respect your vegan that is so COOL) but through out the way it kind of turned me into an anorexic.
    So now on recovery.(after losing 40 lbs of muscle and fat :\) I’m around 114 lbs and I’m 5′ 6″ now that may not seem like too thin but I was like 150 lbs before…
    I don’t know why I’m writing my life story here but I just wanted to ask you how you do it. I know you run every day for so long (I run around a 5k everyday for summer but its not as much and it’ll probably diminish when school starts… Senior year :))
    How do you not feel guilty… I can’t eat healthy recipes that are fat free if they taste decadent. Because it makes me feel extreme guilt. I feel like I don’t deserve it. But I want to this is my teen years and I want to be happy. I want to go to college and be successful.
    and I have such a huge intense fear of fat.(even good ones) and I LOVE coconut but it’s all saturated fats and it freaks me out D:
    Now I’m not asking you to be my therapist and change my life or anything. I’m just asking for a few tips to be happy, and not think about food around the top and associate it with guilt all the time(you don’t hafta explain the last part, thats all me)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Emily,
      I really can’t give advice because I’m not a therapist and I’d be afraid of saying the wrong thing. If possible, seek out a therapist who IS knowledgeable and can help you. Life is short, and you don’t want to be 100 years old and look back and say, “Wow I wish I’d enjoyed my life more!”

      • Kiana Lamp says

        The same thing happened to me, Emily! When I was 15 I was 5ft1in and weighed 80lb. Also I hadn’t had my period in 2 years. it took a really long time to get to the point where I could eat again without feeling guilty or checking my weight 3-4 times a day. My mom even made me start going to a dietian. When she told me I needed to gain over 20 pounds I freaked out and was so rude to the nice lady that my mom stopped taking me.
        Anyway, what really helped me in the end was when I realized how many younger girls looked up to me as a role model. I didn’t want them to be like me and knew that I needed to change because my habits were NOT healthy. And now that it’s been a few years, I have never felt better or more confident about myself in my life. If you ever want to talk to me pleeeeeease friend me on fb. I am praying for you! =)

      • Kiana Lamp says

        The same thing happened to me, Emily! When I was 15 I was 5ft1in and weighed 80lb. Also I hadn’t had my period in 2 years. it took a really long time to get to the point where I could eat again without feeling guilty or checking my weight 3-4 times a day. My mom even made me start going to a dietian. When she told me I needed to gain over 20 pounds I freaked out and was so rude to the nice lady that my mom stopped taking me.
        Anyway, what really helped me in the end was when I realized how many younger girls looked up to me as a role model. I didn’t want them to be like me and knew that I needed to change because my habits were NOT healthy. And now that it’s been a few years, I have never felt better or more confident about myself in my life. If you ever want to talk to me pleeeeeease friend me on fb. I am praying for you! =)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Hi Emily,
      I really can’t give advice because I’m not a therapist and I’d be afraid of saying the wrong thing. If possible, seek out a therapist who IS knowledgeable and can help you. Life is short, and you don’t want to be 100 years old and look back and say, “Wow I wish I’d enjoyed my life more!”

  112. Emily says

    Hi, my names Emily. I’m 17 years old and I have just a few some what personal questions…
    Now I know that sounds SO rude and I’m soo sorry 🙁 I’m honestly just trying to find some peace. Around a year ago I started dieting, it turned into a bit of an obsession and around half way through I became vegetarian(I respect your vegan that is so COOL) but through out the way it kind of turned me into an anorexic.
    So now on recovery.(after losing 40 lbs of muscle and fat :\) I’m around 114 lbs and I’m 5′ 6″ now that may not seem like too thin but I was like 150 lbs before…
    I don’t know why I’m writing my life story here but I just wanted to ask you how you do it. I know you run every day for so long (I run around a 5k everyday for summer but its not as much and it’ll probably diminish when school starts… Senior year :))
    How do you not feel guilty… I can’t eat healthy recipes that are fat free if they taste decadent. Because it makes me feel extreme guilt. I feel like I don’t deserve it. But I want to this is my teen years and I want to be happy. I want to go to college and be successful.
    and I have such a huge intense fear of fat.(even good ones) and I LOVE coconut but it’s all saturated fats and it freaks me out D:
    Now I’m not asking you to be my therapist and change my life or anything. I’m just asking for a few tips to be happy, and not think about food around the top and associate it with guilt all the time(you don’t hafta explain the last part, thats all me)

  113. Emily S says

    Hi Katie! I’m 18 and I have loved to cook and bake ever since I was little. I just recently have become a huge fan of your website, however I haven’t gotten to try out any of your recipes yet! (Which is killing me because they all look so amazing!) When I saw your post for today, though, I got an idea. Even though I love to cook or bake, I was always limited as to how much or what I could bake because my family didn’t want a bunch of stuff in the house or for things to go to waste or for me to “experiment” with recipes. Along with those excuses, we don’t really have all the best equipment. We have a microwave and a stove and two ovens. We have a mixer, a Crock-Pot, a toaster. We also have an extremely old blender with two settings (high or low) and an ice cream maker only because I bought that for myself with my own money last summer. (I can’t use that often either, though, because of limited freezer space!) So… getting back to my idea. I was thinking you could make a group of recipes that is all “hands on” a.k.a. appliance free. This wouldn’t necessarily have to exclude the microwave for melting or it could if you wanted it to. But I can’t do many of your delicious recipes that call for a Vita Mix or even a food processor because we don’t have one. Right now one of our ovens is down and the one that works is very slow. Plus, it’s summer! We don’t want it on anyways. Just an idea, but I thought I’d share. By the way, also thought you would like these links 🙂

    http://ohsheglows.com/2012/01/05/top-21-vegan-dessert-recipes-of-2011/
    Maybe you can find some inspiration for your next posts!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcus-samuelsson/marcus-samuelsson-recipes_b_908820.html#s315506&title=Vegetarian_Picnic_Sandwich

  114. Emily S says

    Hi Katie! I’m 18 and I have loved to cook and bake ever since I was little. I just recently have become a huge fan of your website, however I haven’t gotten to try out any of your recipes yet! (Which is killing me because they all look so amazing!) When I saw your post for today, though, I got an idea. Even though I love to cook or bake, I was always limited as to how much or what I could bake because my family didn’t want a bunch of stuff in the house or for things to go to waste or for me to “experiment” with recipes. Along with those excuses, we don’t really have all the best equipment. We have a microwave and a stove and two ovens. We have a mixer, a Crock-Pot, a toaster. We also have an extremely old blender with two settings (high or low) and an ice cream maker only because I bought that for myself with my own money last summer. (I can’t use that often either, though, because of limited freezer space!) So… getting back to my idea. I was thinking you could make a group of recipes that is all “hands on” a.k.a. appliance free. This wouldn’t necessarily have to exclude the microwave for melting or it could if you wanted it to. But I can’t do many of your delicious recipes that call for a Vita Mix or even a food processor because we don’t have one. Right now one of our ovens is down and the one that works is very slow. Plus, it’s summer! We don’t want it on anyways. Just an idea, but I thought I’d share. By the way, also thought you would like these links 🙂

    http://ohsheglows.com/2012/01/05/top-21-vegan-dessert-recipes-of-2011/
    Maybe you can find some inspiration for your next posts!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcus-samuelsson/marcus-samuelsson-recipes_b_908820.html#s315506&title=Vegetarian_Picnic_Sandwich

  115. lisajean says

    Hi Katie!
    My sweet chocolate lovin’ cousin, Tammy, sent me your website this morning and I can’t stop looking at all your wonderful looking recipes. Wow, to think you can actually eat “healthy” chocolate deserts. Can’t wait to try them out. Keep doing what you are doing and thanks for sharing your talent. Lisajean.
    p.s. Where do you live? I’m in NC and my cousin is in NY.

  116. lisajean says

    Hi Katie!
    My sweet chocolate lovin’ cousin, Tammy, sent me your website this morning and I can’t stop looking at all your wonderful looking recipes. Wow, to think you can actually eat “healthy” chocolate deserts. Can’t wait to try them out. Keep doing what you are doing and thanks for sharing your talent. Lisajean.
    p.s. Where do you live? I’m in NC and my cousin is in NY.

  117. sharon harbeck says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog and want to try so many of your recipes. The problem is, I’m on a lo-carb, sugar-free, dairy free, non-gluten diet (for a problem with yeast) Most of your recipes are definitely ones that I can have, BUT there is one thing I’m not sure about. You often list a sweetener (such as honey, sugar, maple syrup, etc.) AND a packet of stevia (nun-naturals?) Is this IN ADDITION to whatever other sweetener is used, or INSTEAD of the other sweetener/s? The only sweetener that doesn’t promote yeast growth, to my knowledge, is stevia, so I’m limited to that. I will be thrilled if you could answer my question, provided I explained my situation in an understandable way! Thanks so much!

  118. sharon harbeck says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your blog and want to try so many of your recipes. The problem is, I’m on a lo-carb, sugar-free, dairy free, non-gluten diet (for a problem with yeast) Most of your recipes are definitely ones that I can have, BUT there is one thing I’m not sure about. You often list a sweetener (such as honey, sugar, maple syrup, etc.) AND a packet of stevia (nun-naturals?) Is this IN ADDITION to whatever other sweetener is used, or INSTEAD of the other sweetener/s? The only sweetener that doesn’t promote yeast growth, to my knowledge, is stevia, so I’m limited to that. I will be thrilled if you could answer my question, provided I explained my situation in an understandable way! Thanks so much!

  119. Carolyn says

    You’re coming out with a cookbook, right?
    Does it have a set release date yet? (I’m saving my Barnes N’ Noble gift card for it…)

  120. Carolyn says

    You’re coming out with a cookbook, right?
    Does it have a set release date yet? (I’m saving my Barnes N’ Noble gift card for it…)

  121. Charlotte says

    Katie..I literally just made this inspired from your cookie dough chick pea recipe after a run because I was parched and wanted a smoothie and bananas are good but my digestion is not great so I have to eat fruit alone instead of mixing it in things SO I used a can of chickpeas and a bit of ice, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and made a hummus shake. SUPER thick and it was like your healthy cookie dough but drinkable and thicker than most smoothies. can be watered down for a bigger smoothie as well. SO good when it’s really cold…I added more salt and true lemon to taste. you MUST try true lemon if you haven’t yet..I add it to most things I make as it sweetens things with stevia too…I hope you read this and try my suggestions as I LOVE and follow your brilliant recipes and feel like you’d enjoy these variations as well.

  122. Charlotte says

    Katie..I literally just made this inspired from your cookie dough chick pea recipe after a run because I was parched and wanted a smoothie and bananas are good but my digestion is not great so I have to eat fruit alone instead of mixing it in things SO I used a can of chickpeas and a bit of ice, cocoa, vanilla, salt, and made a hummus shake. SUPER thick and it was like your healthy cookie dough but drinkable and thicker than most smoothies. can be watered down for a bigger smoothie as well. SO good when it’s really cold…I added more salt and true lemon to taste. you MUST try true lemon if you haven’t yet..I add it to most things I make as it sweetens things with stevia too…I hope you read this and try my suggestions as I LOVE and follow your brilliant recipes and feel like you’d enjoy these variations as well.

  123. Eric Jaffa says

    RE “I really don’t like gyms. They are smelly and sweaty and filled with people running around in a frenzy. And treadmills make me feel like a hamster, never actually going anywhere.”

    When the weather doesn’t let you run outside, do you go to a gym to use the treadmill in spite of what you wrote there?

  124. Eric Jaffa says

    RE “I really don’t like gyms. They are smelly and sweaty and filled with people running around in a frenzy. And treadmills make me feel like a hamster, never actually going anywhere.”

    When the weather doesn’t let you run outside, do you go to a gym to use the treadmill in spite of what you wrote there?

  125. Debbie says

    Hi Katie, I found your site while searching for a recipe for the “powerballs” we get at the local coffee shop. We have since made and enjoyed several versions of fudgie babies. Our favorite is dates with pecans, cocoa, and coconut. My kids are not allowed to bring nuts of any kind to school, however, and I have tried without success to make a no-nut fudgie (subbing oats for nuts was too dry). Any suggestions? Thanks!

  126. Debbie says

    Hi Katie, I found your site while searching for a recipe for the “powerballs” we get at the local coffee shop. We have since made and enjoyed several versions of fudgie babies. Our favorite is dates with pecans, cocoa, and coconut. My kids are not allowed to bring nuts of any kind to school, however, and I have tried without success to make a no-nut fudgie (subbing oats for nuts was too dry). Any suggestions? Thanks!

  127. Zel Allen says

    Hi Katie, Your desserts are awesome! How do you stay so slim eating all those sweet, chocolaty goodies? We definitely have something in common – our love of innovative vegan food. Thought you might like to know about VEGAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS, my new cookbook just out by Book Publishing Company. My recipe for Apricot, Date, and Hazelnut Sticky Pie and the frozen Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte are right up your alley. You can take a peek inside the book on the Amazon website. Drop in to my Vegetarians in Paradise website for an amazing vegan journey into a ton of vegan articles, recipes, and fun browsing. Zel Allen

  128. Zel Allen says

    Hi Katie, Your desserts are awesome! How do you stay so slim eating all those sweet, chocolaty goodies? We definitely have something in common – our love of innovative vegan food. Thought you might like to know about VEGAN FOR THE HOLIDAYS, my new cookbook just out by Book Publishing Company. My recipe for Apricot, Date, and Hazelnut Sticky Pie and the frozen Cinnamon Peanut Butter Torte are right up your alley. You can take a peek inside the book on the Amazon website. Drop in to my Vegetarians in Paradise website for an amazing vegan journey into a ton of vegan articles, recipes, and fun browsing. Zel Allen

  129. Sarah says

    I am so so so so sooooo super excited that I found this blog! I was searching for healthy desserts and this site was the first to pop up. All I can really say is, “THANK YOU GOOGLE!!”

  130. Sarah says

    I am so so so so sooooo super excited that I found this blog! I was searching for healthy desserts and this site was the first to pop up. All I can really say is, “THANK YOU GOOGLE!!”

  131. April says

    Hi Katie,
    I’m about to buy my first food processor! I’ve looked at a lot (LOT…) of models, but there are so many that I feel completely over my head… I remember reading that you have a cuisinart once, but what model do you have? Do you have any recommendations? (Like Cuisinart prep plus 11 cup vs the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 cup Vs the Cuisinart Elite Collection? Gahhhh) Thanks so much!

  132. April says

    Hi Katie,
    I’m about to buy my first food processor! I’ve looked at a lot (LOT…) of models, but there are so many that I feel completely over my head… I remember reading that you have a cuisinart once, but what model do you have? Do you have any recommendations? (Like Cuisinart prep plus 11 cup vs the Cuisinart Pro Custom 11 cup Vs the Cuisinart Elite Collection? Gahhhh) Thanks so much!

  133. Akshaya says

    Hi Katie,

    Just came across this website and am more convinced than ever that chocolate can totally be the foundation of a new religion! I wanted to check what kind of bakeware you use – aluminium? Non stick? Silicon? I’m not sure what to buy myself, as a usually accident prone newb to the baking scene.

  134. Akshaya says

    Hi Katie,

    Just came across this website and am more convinced than ever that chocolate can totally be the foundation of a new religion! I wanted to check what kind of bakeware you use – aluminium? Non stick? Silicon? I’m not sure what to buy myself, as a usually accident prone newb to the baking scene.

  135. gloria says

    Question! I was at the health food store today and they have something called coconut butter (which is a caramel color and in small hardish drops like chocolate) and then there is coconut oil that is solidified. Which is the one I will need? or shall I look for coconut creme concentrate?
    Thanks SO much

  136. gloria says

    Question! I was at the health food store today and they have something called coconut butter (which is a caramel color and in small hardish drops like chocolate) and then there is coconut oil that is solidified. Which is the one I will need? or shall I look for coconut creme concentrate?
    Thanks SO much

  137. Shannon says

    Hello, I really enjoy browsing through your recipes, although I haven’t tried many of them just yet. I’ve been recently browsing through some recipes requiring peanut butter, and noticed that even for large amounts (multiple tablespoons) the calorie count for those certain recipes are verrry low. I would believe that for a tablespoon of peanut butter, it’s at least 95. Do you tend to use a very very low calorie peanut butter? Or would it just be a mistake in the counting? I can’t get enough of peanut butter, but the high calorie content stops me from indulging as much as I’d like to.

  138. Shannon says

    Hello, I really enjoy browsing through your recipes, although I haven’t tried many of them just yet. I’ve been recently browsing through some recipes requiring peanut butter, and noticed that even for large amounts (multiple tablespoons) the calorie count for those certain recipes are verrry low. I would believe that for a tablespoon of peanut butter, it’s at least 95. Do you tend to use a very very low calorie peanut butter? Or would it just be a mistake in the counting? I can’t get enough of peanut butter, but the high calorie content stops me from indulging as much as I’d like to.

  139. Sarah Van Alsten says

    Hi Katie,
    I really love your blog by the way! Delicious! But I was reading an article recently that stunned and apalled me and I wanted to get it out to the community. I’ll post something about it on my blog, but I’m a new blogger so not many people would see it. I hoped you might be able to make a post about it to spread awareness: it’s important information for vegans especially! http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/why-bananas-might-not-be-vegan-anymore
    It’s about a new spray being used on bananas that is made with animal parts. This is just horrific. (Not only because of the animal parts, but because I love bananas and it is terrible to think I may have to either give them up or that I have been eating something that hurts animals!) Thank you for your help if you can provide some!

  140. Sarah Van Alsten says

    Hi Katie,
    I really love your blog by the way! Delicious! But I was reading an article recently that stunned and apalled me and I wanted to get it out to the community. I’ll post something about it on my blog, but I’m a new blogger so not many people would see it. I hoped you might be able to make a post about it to spread awareness: it’s important information for vegans especially! http://www.shape.com/blogs/shape-your-life/why-bananas-might-not-be-vegan-anymore
    It’s about a new spray being used on bananas that is made with animal parts. This is just horrific. (Not only because of the animal parts, but because I love bananas and it is terrible to think I may have to either give them up or that I have been eating something that hurts animals!) Thank you for your help if you can provide some!

  141. Alysha Chandler says

    I was wondering if you can tell me where to buy xylitol? I have never bought or cooked with it and am excited about trying it in some of your amazing “sweet” recipes. Thanks!

  142. Alysha Chandler says

    I was wondering if you can tell me where to buy xylitol? I have never bought or cooked with it and am excited about trying it in some of your amazing “sweet” recipes. Thanks!

  143. Megan says

    Katie – I made your deep dish cookie pie the other day and needless to say, it didn’t last long after that! My husband asks me to make another one about every other day! Question though…for the fall, do you think you could replace one can of chickpeas with one can of pumpkin??

  144. Megan says

    Katie – I made your deep dish cookie pie the other day and needless to say, it didn’t last long after that! My husband asks me to make another one about every other day! Question though…for the fall, do you think you could replace one can of chickpeas with one can of pumpkin??

  145. Kerry says

    On the top of the page on one of your recipes, it said it was your favorite recipe of all time. I forget which one it was and wondering if you could help me with that. I just found this site last night and have been truly addicted to checking out all that’s here. I have a lot of creating to do! Thank you for this site

      • Kerry says

        I have to say that I am so excited to have found this site. The recipes here will definitely be used for my ‘cheat meal’ dessert. I did find the recipe I was referring to. It is Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Fudge Cake. That one sounds amazing! On a personal note, you are truly gifted and I appreciate all that you do to give us healthy, yummy meals. 🙂

      • Kerry says

        I have to say that I am so excited to have found this site. The recipes here will definitely be used for my ‘cheat meal’ dessert. I did find the recipe I was referring to. It is Raw Chocolate-Raspberry Fudge Cake. That one sounds amazing! On a personal note, you are truly gifted and I appreciate all that you do to give us healthy, yummy meals. 🙂

  146. Kerry says

    On the top of the page on one of your recipes, it said it was your favorite recipe of all time. I forget which one it was and wondering if you could help me with that. I just found this site last night and have been truly addicted to checking out all that’s here. I have a lot of creating to do! Thank you for this site

  147. pat says

    Hi Katie!

    I am so happy to have found your blog while trying to make ice cream with my vita mix. Thank you i am truly inspired and am trying new ideas from your site. I did want to let you know of something I found to be very helpful again back to the ice cream in the vita mix, there is a company called LC foods at holdthecarbs.com that has a product called thick’n saucy it is made up of vegetable /and plant/tree gums. WOW i added a little to your volume ice milk and it tasted amazing! vanilla (i will try chocolate soon i promise) soft serve ice cream! flavor and with thick’n saucy texture too!!! and a huge serving ! I have expiremented using guar gum and xanthin gum and on their own way too hard to control texture and LC foods thickner does not effect the taste as the single gums did. Just wanted to pass that on to you.

  148. pat says

    Hi Katie!

    I am so happy to have found your blog while trying to make ice cream with my vita mix. Thank you i am truly inspired and am trying new ideas from your site. I did want to let you know of something I found to be very helpful again back to the ice cream in the vita mix, there is a company called LC foods at holdthecarbs.com that has a product called thick’n saucy it is made up of vegetable /and plant/tree gums. WOW i added a little to your volume ice milk and it tasted amazing! vanilla (i will try chocolate soon i promise) soft serve ice cream! flavor and with thick’n saucy texture too!!! and a huge serving ! I have expiremented using guar gum and xanthin gum and on their own way too hard to control texture and LC foods thickner does not effect the taste as the single gums did. Just wanted to pass that on to you.

  149. Amy says

    I’m so excited that I found your blog! Could you please tell me what website you use to figure out your calories, etc, for your recipes? Thank you.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Depends on the recipe. Often I’ll start with spark recipes or calorie count, but I end up having to look some of the ingredients up by hand because those websites don’t have some of the ingredients and can also often be very off on measurements. You have to be very careful if using an online calorie counter. (For example, spark recipes tells me there are 20 calories in a cup of oats.)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Depends on the recipe. Often I’ll start with spark recipes or calorie count, but I end up having to look some of the ingredients up by hand because those websites don’t have some of the ingredients and can also often be very off on measurements. You have to be very careful if using an online calorie counter. (For example, spark recipes tells me there are 20 calories in a cup of oats.)

  150. Amy says

    I’m so excited that I found your blog! Could you please tell me what website you use to figure out your calories, etc, for your recipes? Thank you.

  151. krystal says

    Oh, maybe this is a better place to ask. Have you tried freezing any of your recipies? You have such yummy food I wanted to see if I could make it in advance before baby number 3 is born and no time is to be had. =)

  152. krystal says

    Oh, maybe this is a better place to ask. Have you tried freezing any of your recipies? You have such yummy food I wanted to see if I could make it in advance before baby number 3 is born and no time is to be had. =)

  153. Ginger says

    Hey girl, I’m being really nosy… but you seem pretty amazing… how old are you? I’m 30, just to be fair. ‘Liked’ you on Facebook, by the way. Thanks! That’s it.

  154. Ginger says

    Hey girl, I’m being really nosy… but you seem pretty amazing… how old are you? I’m 30, just to be fair. ‘Liked’ you on Facebook, by the way. Thanks! That’s it.

  155. Bonnie says

    I just love your blog and your recipes. Did I mention that I love your recipes?! 😉
    I have truly been telling everyone about your website since another mom told me about it. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough as do my girls. I especially love that we can have a piece of chocolate pie after school and we don’t have to feel guilty about it.
    Thank you!

  156. Bonnie says

    I just love your blog and your recipes. Did I mention that I love your recipes?! 😉
    I have truly been telling everyone about your website since another mom told me about it. I love the chocolate chip cookie dough as do my girls. I especially love that we can have a piece of chocolate pie after school and we don’t have to feel guilty about it.
    Thank you!

  157. alloyjane says

    “Sure, something like a Big Mac only costs a buck. But do you know how much triple bypass surgery costs? I can guarantee it’s more than a bag of chia seeds!”

    Brilliant. That’s a great point to make for people silly enough to question the value of conscientious food choices. Cheers!

  158. alloyjane says

    “Sure, something like a Big Mac only costs a buck. But do you know how much triple bypass surgery costs? I can guarantee it’s more than a bag of chia seeds!”

    Brilliant. That’s a great point to make for people silly enough to question the value of conscientious food choices. Cheers!

  159. Morgan says

    I LOVE your website! I adore your baked oatmeal recipes. I’m thinking about creating my own, possibly one involving peppermint and chocolate for around Christmas time? Have you ever attempted this and if so any tips?

  160. Morgan says

    I LOVE your website! I adore your baked oatmeal recipes. I’m thinking about creating my own, possibly one involving peppermint and chocolate for around Christmas time? Have you ever attempted this and if so any tips?

  161. Leanne says

    Hi Katie,

    I would like to be removed from your mailing list please, i tried to unsubscribe from a comment thread and now i get about 10 emails a day asking to ‘manage my subscription’ when i click on the link it takes me to your page and say an email will be sent ot me shortly. I get the email and am asked to click on the link and it takes me to your page again. This goes on and on and on and floods my inbox. I love your receipes but i dont need the junk mail.

    Thank you 🙂

  162. Leanne says

    Hi Katie,

    I would like to be removed from your mailing list please, i tried to unsubscribe from a comment thread and now i get about 10 emails a day asking to ‘manage my subscription’ when i click on the link it takes me to your page and say an email will be sent ot me shortly. I get the email and am asked to click on the link and it takes me to your page again. This goes on and on and on and floods my inbox. I love your receipes but i dont need the junk mail.

    Thank you 🙂

  163. melissa says

    Katie, is it possible to add a “print” button to your recipes? I love to skim through and print out recipes I want to try and it’s a real hassle when there isn’t a printable version on the website. I end up having to copy and paste them into a blank word document and then printing. Any suggestions?

  164. melissa says

    Katie, is it possible to add a “print” button to your recipes? I love to skim through and print out recipes I want to try and it’s a real hassle when there isn’t a printable version on the website. I end up having to copy and paste them into a blank word document and then printing. Any suggestions?

  165. Jeri Wendzel says

    Sorry if this is a repeat question, there were too many comments to look through! What is spelt flour and does it have a lower calorie count than regular flour? Just wondering how you can get all these amazing desserts with so few calories and I’ve noticed you use that a lot.

  166. Jeri Wendzel says

    Sorry if this is a repeat question, there were too many comments to look through! What is spelt flour and does it have a lower calorie count than regular flour? Just wondering how you can get all these amazing desserts with so few calories and I’ve noticed you use that a lot.

  167. anonymous says

    hello, fabulous recipes!
    have you ever thought of making a healthy vegan eggnog? i can’t find a good recipe anywhere! especially a single serve one

    • Liz says

      Katie, I was wondering the same thing! My husband and I both adore eggnog, but this past year we have decided to be (mostly) vegan. Plus we would love to enjoy the drink a little more often, but we have to restrain due to the enormous amount of calories! I am obsessed with your blog, and I just know you could conjure up a delicious recipe with your dessert magic!

    • Liz says

      Katie, I was wondering the same thing! My husband and I both adore eggnog, but this past year we have decided to be (mostly) vegan. Plus we would love to enjoy the drink a little more often, but we have to restrain due to the enormous amount of calories! I am obsessed with your blog, and I just know you could conjure up a delicious recipe with your dessert magic!

  168. anonymous says

    hello, fabulous recipes!
    have you ever thought of making a healthy vegan eggnog? i can’t find a good recipe anywhere! especially a single serve one

  169. Rachel says

    Katie- I am really enjoying your writing and your recipes- I just made the Flourless Black Bean Brownies for my family yesterday. I have two questions for you about chocolate:
    1. Do you use fair trade chocolate in your recipes, and is there somewhere online that you work to shed light on the human trafficking/child slavery issue that can be attached to a lot of the cocoa products we are able to purchase?
    2. Do you have any recipes that use cocoa nibs (not chocolate chips)? I bought a bag and other that just snacking on a couple at a time I don’t really know what to do with them.
    Thanks!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yes, I always use fair-trade chocolate. For chocolate chips, I usually use Whole Foods brand, but sometimes Enjoy Life. My favorite chocoalte-bar companies are Sweet Riot and Endangered Species.

      I don’t think I have any cacao nib recipes, except for sometimes calling for them to be sprinkled on top of things like my raw mint chocolate milkshake or cookie dough milkshake.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yes, I always use fair-trade chocolate. For chocolate chips, I usually use Whole Foods brand, but sometimes Enjoy Life. My favorite chocoalte-bar companies are Sweet Riot and Endangered Species.

      I don’t think I have any cacao nib recipes, except for sometimes calling for them to be sprinkled on top of things like my raw mint chocolate milkshake or cookie dough milkshake.

  170. Rachel says

    Katie- I am really enjoying your writing and your recipes- I just made the Flourless Black Bean Brownies for my family yesterday. I have two questions for you about chocolate:
    1. Do you use fair trade chocolate in your recipes, and is there somewhere online that you work to shed light on the human trafficking/child slavery issue that can be attached to a lot of the cocoa products we are able to purchase?
    2. Do you have any recipes that use cocoa nibs (not chocolate chips)? I bought a bag and other that just snacking on a couple at a time I don’t really know what to do with them.
    Thanks!

  171. connie says

    Hi – LOVE your recipes and all your info. Can you please post nutritional info for the Choc. Chip Cookie Pie? or at least post the carbs or approx carbs. I need to know. Thanks. 🙂

  172. connie says

    Hi – LOVE your recipes and all your info. Can you please post nutritional info for the Choc. Chip Cookie Pie? or at least post the carbs or approx carbs. I need to know. Thanks. 🙂

  173. Krista says

    Which of your recipes are good for freezing? I try to make a lot of food on the weekends and freeze it for the rest of the week, but I don’t know what foods should/ shouldn’t be frozen… In particular, I’m looking at the lo mein recipe with veggies and the Mexican tomale pies… Thanks!

  174. Krista says

    Which of your recipes are good for freezing? I try to make a lot of food on the weekends and freeze it for the rest of the week, but I don’t know what foods should/ shouldn’t be frozen… In particular, I’m looking at the lo mein recipe with veggies and the Mexican tomale pies… Thanks!

  175. Amy says

    You have probably answered this somewhere that I just can’t find yet. I never cook or bake just for myself, so I’m wondering – how do I convert your single recipes into multiple servings? Would I just simply multiply all the ingredients by the # of servings I want to make? For example, if I made your carrot cake, I’d want to make an entire 2-layer cake!

  176. Amy says

    You have probably answered this somewhere that I just can’t find yet. I never cook or bake just for myself, so I’m wondering – how do I convert your single recipes into multiple servings? Would I just simply multiply all the ingredients by the # of servings I want to make? For example, if I made your carrot cake, I’d want to make an entire 2-layer cake!

  177. Hannah says

    Hello!

    I just have to thank you for posting all of these brilliant recipes! My mother is temporarily restricted from dairy, eggs, wheat, and sugar, and these recipes are allowing her to have some treats. I simply love baking for restricted people, and I, too, am a healthy eater, as well as a chocoholic. Your blog is just wonderful!
    And the photography is amazing! I have an interest in photography, and your’s is brilliant!
    Thank you so much for this!

    Hannah, The HorseCrazyBookWorm.

  178. Hannah says

    Hello!

    I just have to thank you for posting all of these brilliant recipes! My mother is temporarily restricted from dairy, eggs, wheat, and sugar, and these recipes are allowing her to have some treats. I simply love baking for restricted people, and I, too, am a healthy eater, as well as a chocoholic. Your blog is just wonderful!
    And the photography is amazing! I have an interest in photography, and your’s is brilliant!
    Thank you so much for this!

    Hannah, The HorseCrazyBookWorm.

  179. Mandy says

    Hi Katie, Inspired by your awesome recipes, and sick of my ghetto old blender, I’m finally springing for a Vita-Mix. Do you think the two speed version is good enough, or should I just pay a little more for the multi-speed option? Love your site, Thanks!!

  180. Mandy says

    Hi Katie, Inspired by your awesome recipes, and sick of my ghetto old blender, I’m finally springing for a Vita-Mix. Do you think the two speed version is good enough, or should I just pay a little more for the multi-speed option? Love your site, Thanks!!

  181. Allison says

    Like Mandy, the above poster, I have a hardware question for you. I have a Vita-Mix, a Cuisinart immersion blender (with all of the bells and whistles) and a Cuisinart. Do I need to bother getting a Magic Bullet? What would be the advantage, or what could I do with it as opposed to the other tools I already have in my kitchen?

  182. Allison says

    Like Mandy, the above poster, I have a hardware question for you. I have a Vita-Mix, a Cuisinart immersion blender (with all of the bells and whistles) and a Cuisinart. Do I need to bother getting a Magic Bullet? What would be the advantage, or what could I do with it as opposed to the other tools I already have in my kitchen?

  183. Keoni says

    Hi Katie all my friends love your blog and I wanted your advice I was born fat then I became really skinny at gym everyone would laugh at me I wanted the hate to stop I eat a lot but nothing happens I’ve talked to an adult but they didn’t say much about my body they said I was still growing but I’m not sure I want to get fatter I want some curves. People say eat more calories but it’s not healthy I don’t want to damage my body what should I do?

  184. Keoni says

    Hi Katie all my friends love your blog and I wanted your advice I was born fat then I became really skinny at gym everyone would laugh at me I wanted the hate to stop I eat a lot but nothing happens I’ve talked to an adult but they didn’t say much about my body they said I was still growing but I’m not sure I want to get fatter I want some curves. People say eat more calories but it’s not healthy I don’t want to damage my body what should I do?

  185. Sarah @ bakeonthrough.com says

    Hi Katie! I’m trying out veganism because of you and so far I love it! 🙂

    Anyway, I had a question. How do you handle a situation where someone does something nice for you, except you can’t/ don’t want to eat it? For example, I rarely talk about my food habits, so its understandable that this happened but for my birthday this year, someone baked me a cake, not knowing that I am insanely obsessive about my food consumption, how much I eat and what I eat. Of course it was loaded with calories, fat, and dairy and I’m on an extremely low calorie diet (I’m 4’8″ so I can’t eat as much as other people!) in addition to (trying hard at) being vegan. I ended up eating some of it (I couldn’t finish a slice and I tried to take a small one and she said “no you have to take a big slice!” and felt completely sick after but I didn’t want to be rude after she went out of her way to do something nice for me.

    What would you have done or do you have any tips?

    Thanks!

  186. Sarah @ bakeonthrough.com says

    Hi Katie! I’m trying out veganism because of you and so far I love it! 🙂

    Anyway, I had a question. How do you handle a situation where someone does something nice for you, except you can’t/ don’t want to eat it? For example, I rarely talk about my food habits, so its understandable that this happened but for my birthday this year, someone baked me a cake, not knowing that I am insanely obsessive about my food consumption, how much I eat and what I eat. Of course it was loaded with calories, fat, and dairy and I’m on an extremely low calorie diet (I’m 4’8″ so I can’t eat as much as other people!) in addition to (trying hard at) being vegan. I ended up eating some of it (I couldn’t finish a slice and I tried to take a small one and she said “no you have to take a big slice!” and felt completely sick after but I didn’t want to be rude after she went out of her way to do something nice for me.

    What would you have done or do you have any tips?

    Thanks!

  187. Eireann says

    Hi Katie,

    Just wondering if you’re able to tell me if Truiva is the same as NuNaturals Stevia that you seem to use in a lot of recipes. Is it just a different brand or a completely different product? More natural? Better for you? Thanks!

  188. Eireann says

    Hi Katie,

    Just wondering if you’re able to tell me if Truiva is the same as NuNaturals Stevia that you seem to use in a lot of recipes. Is it just a different brand or a completely different product? More natural? Better for you? Thanks!

  189. Emily says

    Was wondering if you you could list flour substitutes using Almond and Coconut? You list a lot of other substitutes but not those very much. I know grain free is common with a lot of healthy dessert making. 🙂

  190. Emily says

    Was wondering if you you could list flour substitutes using Almond and Coconut? You list a lot of other substitutes but not those very much. I know grain free is common with a lot of healthy dessert making. 🙂

  191. Nancy says

    Hi Katie,

    I LOVE your blog, it is so helpful and health-inspirational!

    Please can you share what you have as your mini-breakfast before you go running? I’m stuck for ideas.

  192. Nancy says

    Hi Katie,

    I LOVE your blog, it is so helpful and health-inspirational!

    Please can you share what you have as your mini-breakfast before you go running? I’m stuck for ideas.

  193. Brigid says

    Hi Katie,

    I just found your blog and I’m thrilled. I’m not vegan yet – just starting to research.

    I’m physically disabled (but not in a wheelchair) and it’s challenging to cook because of the standing. As I’ve looked through your blog I’ve noticed how quick and simple so many of your recipes are and I’m sure I’m going to be able to manage them which makes me so happy.

    I’m going to look for that ISI Easy Whip machine because it would make life even more pleasurable. I’m Canadian so I guess I’ll check out Crate and Barrel to see if they have Canadian stores to ship from.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. I’m a chocoholic. I also adore oatmeal in all its glorious forms. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see so many recipes containing those two heavenly ingredients. I’m so glad you’re on Pinterest too because I love that site.

  194. Brigid says

    Hi Katie,

    I just found your blog and I’m thrilled. I’m not vegan yet – just starting to research.

    I’m physically disabled (but not in a wheelchair) and it’s challenging to cook because of the standing. As I’ve looked through your blog I’ve noticed how quick and simple so many of your recipes are and I’m sure I’m going to be able to manage them which makes me so happy.

    I’m going to look for that ISI Easy Whip machine because it would make life even more pleasurable. I’m Canadian so I guess I’ll check out Crate and Barrel to see if they have Canadian stores to ship from.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful blog. I’m a chocoholic. I also adore oatmeal in all its glorious forms. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see so many recipes containing those two heavenly ingredients. I’m so glad you’re on Pinterest too because I love that site.

  195. Jini says

    Hi, there. =)

    I’ve been enjoying your blog a lot for the past year – I must admit, almost exclusively for the desserts. I recently was put on a low sodium diet for an inner ear issue (which I imagine is a pretty common diet in America, considering the amount of high blood pressure we have!) and I’ve noticed I can’t find sodium content in most of the recipes you post. I’m sure I could just try them without adding the salt, using sodium free baking powder, etc… but I’m wondering if you know off hand of any of your desserts that would be very low sodium/sodium free and still as delicious…? =)

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I know the fudge babies are low-sodium. And the 3 ingredient chocolate bars, raw chocolate fudge, coconut banana butter, hot chocolate butter, chocolate frosting shots… But other than that, I unfortunately don’t really know.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I know the fudge babies are low-sodium. And the 3 ingredient chocolate bars, raw chocolate fudge, coconut banana butter, hot chocolate butter, chocolate frosting shots… But other than that, I unfortunately don’t really know.

  196. Jini says

    Hi, there. =)

    I’ve been enjoying your blog a lot for the past year – I must admit, almost exclusively for the desserts. I recently was put on a low sodium diet for an inner ear issue (which I imagine is a pretty common diet in America, considering the amount of high blood pressure we have!) and I’ve noticed I can’t find sodium content in most of the recipes you post. I’m sure I could just try them without adding the salt, using sodium free baking powder, etc… but I’m wondering if you know off hand of any of your desserts that would be very low sodium/sodium free and still as delicious…? =)

  197. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,

    your blog is amaaaazing!!didnt know there were so many possibilities to eat healthy desserts..
    you blend a lot in your recipes and I was wondering what kind of blender you use or if you can recommend a good blender? that would be great since mine doesn’t work very well and I’d like to buy a new one and start making ALL your desserts 😉

    Silvia

  198. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,

    your blog is amaaaazing!!didnt know there were so many possibilities to eat healthy desserts..
    you blend a lot in your recipes and I was wondering what kind of blender you use or if you can recommend a good blender? that would be great since mine doesn’t work very well and I’d like to buy a new one and start making ALL your desserts 😉

    Silvia

  199. Kimber says

    Hi- thanks for all the great recipes you share for more mindful eating. You use bananas in so many recipes and I was wondering if you have any thoughts on what could be substituted for the bananas in some of the recipes. I’m allergic to latex and can’t eat bananas.

    Thanks!

  200. Kimber says

    Hi- thanks for all the great recipes you share for more mindful eating. You use bananas in so many recipes and I was wondering if you have any thoughts on what could be substituted for the bananas in some of the recipes. I’m allergic to latex and can’t eat bananas.

    Thanks!

  201. Hank Fritz (The Rainbow Patch) says

    Super recipes, but how about making them printer friendly? I collect recipes on-line and use them for pot-lucks, church dinners and my own kitchen. It would be wonderful it they could be printed.

    Thanks

    Hank

  202. Hank Fritz (The Rainbow Patch) says

    Super recipes, but how about making them printer friendly? I collect recipes on-line and use them for pot-lucks, church dinners and my own kitchen. It would be wonderful it they could be printed.

    Thanks

    Hank

  203. Eileen says

    Hi Katie,
    I was searching through your various recipes and could not find anything for a chocolate doughnut. I have tried a few of your recipes already and love them all…but I would LOVE to see a recipe for a super chocolatey, dense, healthy (maybe even low calorie?) doughnut!
    Please make one!!! I would appreciate it very much!!!

  204. Eileen says

    Hi Katie,
    I was searching through your various recipes and could not find anything for a chocolate doughnut. I have tried a few of your recipes already and love them all…but I would LOVE to see a recipe for a super chocolatey, dense, healthy (maybe even low calorie?) doughnut!
    Please make one!!! I would appreciate it very much!!!

  205. TMB says

    Hi Katie,

    I Stumbled Upon your blog and am super excited to try several of your recipes. I have been in the process of going Vegan since November 2012. I know you are all about chocolate; however, would there be a slight chance that you could/would be able to revamp lemon bars? I have a recipe that everyone loves and says they are the best they have ever had (the trick really, is to use fresh lemon juice over concentrate). But it’s the white flour, powdered sugar, refined white sugar and eggs that are not gluten or vegan friendly. Okay, just wondering. Thanks!

  206. TMB says

    Hi Katie,

    I Stumbled Upon your blog and am super excited to try several of your recipes. I have been in the process of going Vegan since November 2012. I know you are all about chocolate; however, would there be a slight chance that you could/would be able to revamp lemon bars? I have a recipe that everyone loves and says they are the best they have ever had (the trick really, is to use fresh lemon juice over concentrate). But it’s the white flour, powdered sugar, refined white sugar and eggs that are not gluten or vegan friendly. Okay, just wondering. Thanks!

  207. Stephanie says

    Hi Katie! I’m a huge fan!

    I’m a new vegan and I love my new lifestyle. However, I still crave Little Debbie cakes! I like the cakey style of them with the soft icing in the middle. Can you post a recipe of something like Little Debbie’s Christmas Tree Cakes? Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  208. Stephanie says

    Hi Katie! I’m a huge fan!

    I’m a new vegan and I love my new lifestyle. However, I still crave Little Debbie cakes! I like the cakey style of them with the soft icing in the middle. Can you post a recipe of something like Little Debbie’s Christmas Tree Cakes? Thanks so much!!! 🙂

  209. KMR says

    Hi, Is there a printer friendly version of your recipes. I often want to print them, but don’t want all of the photos and “extra” stuff.
    Thanks,
    k

  210. KMR says

    Hi, Is there a printer friendly version of your recipes. I often want to print them, but don’t want all of the photos and “extra” stuff.
    Thanks,
    k

  211. Ada H. says

    Hi there,

    I just put your website on my bookmark bar– I go here that often! I have a request. Do you remember those dirt-cup things that people used to bring in for their birthdays in elementary school? They basically consisted of cool whip, pudding, crumbled oreos, and gummy worms, if I remember correctly. (Maybe there were other ingredients, too, but as a 10-year-old I didn’t pay attention.) Delicious, but obviously not healthy. Could you come up with healthier version?

    Thanks!
    Ada

  212. Ada H. says

    Hi there,

    I just put your website on my bookmark bar– I go here that often! I have a request. Do you remember those dirt-cup things that people used to bring in for their birthdays in elementary school? They basically consisted of cool whip, pudding, crumbled oreos, and gummy worms, if I remember correctly. (Maybe there were other ingredients, too, but as a 10-year-old I didn’t pay attention.) Delicious, but obviously not healthy. Could you come up with healthier version?

    Thanks!
    Ada

  213. The Sustainable Mama says

    I am the opposite! I hate running but love lifting weights! Tell me your secret! haha. I love your blog and was super excited to see that you are vegan. I have recently taken to eating a nutritarian diet, which is mostly vegan. So I am definately going to be checking out your recipes alot! I just made the chocolate bars… they are in the freezer right now! Thanks for making such a wonderful blog!

  214. The Sustainable Mama says

    I am the opposite! I hate running but love lifting weights! Tell me your secret! haha. I love your blog and was super excited to see that you are vegan. I have recently taken to eating a nutritarian diet, which is mostly vegan. So I am definately going to be checking out your recipes alot! I just made the chocolate bars… they are in the freezer right now! Thanks for making such a wonderful blog!

  215. Leah Bickers says

    Hi katie! I have followed your blog for quite some time now, I too love healthifiying recipes, definitely cutting down on bad fats and sugars, and love that you do a lot of “single portion” recipes. Is there any chance i could tag you/one of your recipes or ideas in one of my blog posts in the future? I’m not sure what all the proper etiquette may be but would love if you gave me your permission to do that 🙂
    Thank you for your blog–Keep it up!!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sure! I’d be honored :). I do ask that people link to the recipe instead of copying/pasting the entire recipe into a new post, but otherwise I have no problems whatsoever with anyone using my photos or linking to the blog.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sure! I’d be honored :). I do ask that people link to the recipe instead of copying/pasting the entire recipe into a new post, but otherwise I have no problems whatsoever with anyone using my photos or linking to the blog.

  216. Leah Bickers says

    Hi katie! I have followed your blog for quite some time now, I too love healthifiying recipes, definitely cutting down on bad fats and sugars, and love that you do a lot of “single portion” recipes. Is there any chance i could tag you/one of your recipes or ideas in one of my blog posts in the future? I’m not sure what all the proper etiquette may be but would love if you gave me your permission to do that 🙂
    Thank you for your blog–Keep it up!!!

  217. Madeleine says

    Hi there!

    I’m an Associate Editor for the Taste and Food sections of The Huffington Post.

    We’re doing a roundup of no-bake cookie recipes, and would love to feature yours! We will include a photo from your blog, and a link to your recipe, but not the recipe itself. Please let me know if this is okay with you!

    Best,

    Madeleine

  218. Madeleine says

    Hi there!

    I’m an Associate Editor for the Taste and Food sections of The Huffington Post.

    We’re doing a roundup of no-bake cookie recipes, and would love to feature yours! We will include a photo from your blog, and a link to your recipe, but not the recipe itself. Please let me know if this is okay with you!

    Best,

    Madeleine

  219. Onya says

    I NEED to tell you how happy I am that I found your website. It may have actually been the best thing that has happened in my 18 years of life! I’m trying to lose weight but have a penchant for desserts and I love baking things so thank you so much! You’re pretty amazing! And I can’t wait for your cookbook!

  220. Onya says

    I NEED to tell you how happy I am that I found your website. It may have actually been the best thing that has happened in my 18 years of life! I’m trying to lose weight but have a penchant for desserts and I love baking things so thank you so much! You’re pretty amazing! And I can’t wait for your cookbook!

  221. Mariah says

    Katie,
    where do you get your stevia packets
    I’m trying to find a good place to buy it that is semi cheap?
    Thanks!
    P.S.
    LOVE your website

  222. Mariah says

    Katie,
    where do you get your stevia packets
    I’m trying to find a good place to buy it that is semi cheap?
    Thanks!
    P.S.
    LOVE your website

  223. kathleen says

    What size food processor do you use for to make your dips (chocolate cookie dough, brownie brownie, etc)? The texture is off when I make mine, and I was wondering if maybe I’m using a processor that is too big. Thanks!

      • Sandra says

        I have a 600 watt oster blender and a cuisine food processor but now I want to juice whole fruits and veggies and make nut butters with ease. I am sure you could “vouch” (using your word) for some other manufactures products. These products, blenders, juicers whatever are very expensive, so since you have probably experimented with some others than mentioned above, would you kindly recommend your tried and true favorite ones. Thank you and love your recipes have made many, Best of luck with your endeavor! 🙂
        Sandra

      • Sandra says

        I have a 600 watt oster blender and a cuisine food processor but now I want to juice whole fruits and veggies and make nut butters with ease. I am sure you could “vouch” (using your word) for some other manufactures products. These products, blenders, juicers whatever are very expensive, so since you have probably experimented with some others than mentioned above, would you kindly recommend your tried and true favorite ones. Thank you and love your recipes have made many, Best of luck with your endeavor! 🙂
        Sandra

  224. kathleen says

    What size food processor do you use for to make your dips (chocolate cookie dough, brownie brownie, etc)? The texture is off when I make mine, and I was wondering if maybe I’m using a processor that is too big. Thanks!

  225. Sarah says

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while, and I really like the new format. Except…there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to view comments from the main page of the blog. If I click on the title of a specific post I can see the comments, but otherwise there’s no way to see them, or even to see if there ARE any comments. Am I missing something? In the previous format, it was nice to be able to click on the comments link right under the question at the end of the post.

      • Sarah says

        I just thought to check on a PC, and I can see the comments link from there. But I can’t see it on my Mac.

      • Sarah says

        I just thought to check on a PC, and I can see the comments link from there. But I can’t see it on my Mac.

  226. Sarah says

    I’ve enjoyed your blog for a while, and I really like the new format. Except…there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to view comments from the main page of the blog. If I click on the title of a specific post I can see the comments, but otherwise there’s no way to see them, or even to see if there ARE any comments. Am I missing something? In the previous format, it was nice to be able to click on the comments link right under the question at the end of the post.

  227. Rachel says

    Katie i stumbled across your website recently and absolutely love it!! You are an inspiration! I am a nutritionist in Australia and am always trying to find ways to modify recipes and make them healthier to follow a more ‘clean eating’ approach… so needless to say your recipes are very close to my heart and passion. Well done on all your awesome work and keep up the delicious baking 🙂 Rach x

  228. Rachel says

    Katie i stumbled across your website recently and absolutely love it!! You are an inspiration! I am a nutritionist in Australia and am always trying to find ways to modify recipes and make them healthier to follow a more ‘clean eating’ approach… so needless to say your recipes are very close to my heart and passion. Well done on all your awesome work and keep up the delicious baking 🙂 Rach x

  229. Autumn says

    Hey CCK!! I am a huge fan of your website and I use it all the time, especially when baking for friends… They’re always amazed when I tell them they’re eating vegan!!

    I know you said you hate weight lifting (so do I), so I was wondering if you have tried yoga? Yoga and pilates have entirely changed my body, as it is a form of weight training. It feels amazing too!! It’s very relaxing and the stretching makes you feel soo good. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t already! It might eliminate your weight training 🙂

  230. Autumn says

    Hey CCK!! I am a huge fan of your website and I use it all the time, especially when baking for friends… They’re always amazed when I tell them they’re eating vegan!!

    I know you said you hate weight lifting (so do I), so I was wondering if you have tried yoga? Yoga and pilates have entirely changed my body, as it is a form of weight training. It feels amazing too!! It’s very relaxing and the stretching makes you feel soo good. Definitely give it a try if you haven’t already! It might eliminate your weight training 🙂

  231. Val says

    Hey Katie!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your recipes! I follow you on Pinterest and just love too see what you come up with! What a talent! Anyway, I noticed today that you live in Dallas(right?)…anyway, I didn’t read through all the comments but I was looking to see if you have classes. I recently moved to Dallas and have been wanting to go to some sort of cooking party or show to learn how others make their healthy creations. 🙂 My mom had gone to a raw class in San Diego and got certified…it sounded like such a fun “date-night”! Anyway, I just thought I’d ask. You seem like such a fun person…thought it would be such a fun atmosphere to gather 4 or 5 couples and make an evening of it…and you could get paid! 😉 Feel free to email me…then you could find me on FB to see that I’m not some creeper. lol.
    Have a great day!

  232. Val says

    Hey Katie!
    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your recipes! I follow you on Pinterest and just love too see what you come up with! What a talent! Anyway, I noticed today that you live in Dallas(right?)…anyway, I didn’t read through all the comments but I was looking to see if you have classes. I recently moved to Dallas and have been wanting to go to some sort of cooking party or show to learn how others make their healthy creations. 🙂 My mom had gone to a raw class in San Diego and got certified…it sounded like such a fun “date-night”! Anyway, I just thought I’d ask. You seem like such a fun person…thought it would be such a fun atmosphere to gather 4 or 5 couples and make an evening of it…and you could get paid! 😉 Feel free to email me…then you could find me on FB to see that I’m not some creeper. lol.
    Have a great day!

  233. Jill says

    Hi Katie!
    After raving about your recipes to anyone who will listen, and using them myself on almost a daily basis, I figured it was high time I send you an official thanks:) You probably hear this a lot, but I actually use many of your low/no sugar recipes for my 16 month old little girl. Of course my husband and I enjoy many of the yummy chocolate ones ourselves, but many of your breakfast items and baked goods are perfect for little ones! My baby eats baked oatmeal and breakfast cookies nearly everyday. Thank you for making parenthood that much easier on this first time mommy!

  234. Jill says

    Hi Katie!
    After raving about your recipes to anyone who will listen, and using them myself on almost a daily basis, I figured it was high time I send you an official thanks:) You probably hear this a lot, but I actually use many of your low/no sugar recipes for my 16 month old little girl. Of course my husband and I enjoy many of the yummy chocolate ones ourselves, but many of your breakfast items and baked goods are perfect for little ones! My baby eats baked oatmeal and breakfast cookies nearly everyday. Thank you for making parenthood that much easier on this first time mommy!

  235. Nancy says

    Hello! I realized the other day that I seem to tell people about your website on a daily basis. I transitioned to about 90% vegan (can’t seem to give up pizza- my all time favorite food) after Christmas to prepare for a major surgery I just had in February. Now with others being so kind and bringing me food so I don’t have to cook for my family until I recover I am realizing how much better and stronger I felt with meat and dairy out of my life. I am looking forward to returning to my former healthier lifestyle once I get my arm strength back to cook (I had a preventative bilateral mastectomy because I have the breast cancer gene and I’m only 35). I’m loving the new oatmeal recipes and taught my husband to make the pb banana breakfast pudding for me during my recovery because I CRAVE it!!!! You are awesome and I want to buy your cookbook for sure! Just thought I’d pass on some happy thoughts today to you and hope you have a fabulous week!
    Hugs, Nancy

  236. Nancy says

    Hello! I realized the other day that I seem to tell people about your website on a daily basis. I transitioned to about 90% vegan (can’t seem to give up pizza- my all time favorite food) after Christmas to prepare for a major surgery I just had in February. Now with others being so kind and bringing me food so I don’t have to cook for my family until I recover I am realizing how much better and stronger I felt with meat and dairy out of my life. I am looking forward to returning to my former healthier lifestyle once I get my arm strength back to cook (I had a preventative bilateral mastectomy because I have the breast cancer gene and I’m only 35). I’m loving the new oatmeal recipes and taught my husband to make the pb banana breakfast pudding for me during my recovery because I CRAVE it!!!! You are awesome and I want to buy your cookbook for sure! Just thought I’d pass on some happy thoughts today to you and hope you have a fabulous week!
    Hugs, Nancy

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yeah, unfortunately I’ve seen it. A few other people have sent me that link… Apparently one of them tried to leave a respectful comment on the girl’s site, and she deleted it!

      If she’s going to do that, I guess there’s not really anything I can do. In the end, stealing my content is only embarrassing to her, as that cookie dough recipe in particular is pretty famous, and people who stumble across her site will probably notice the recipe is mine without credit.

      I wish plagiarizers could understand that it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with unique recipes (with a lot of failed experiments along the way!). When you steal someone’s content and pass it off as your own, you are not only stealing their words but also their time.

      In any case, thanks for such a sweet comment!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yeah, unfortunately I’ve seen it. A few other people have sent me that link… Apparently one of them tried to leave a respectful comment on the girl’s site, and she deleted it!

      If she’s going to do that, I guess there’s not really anything I can do. In the end, stealing my content is only embarrassing to her, as that cookie dough recipe in particular is pretty famous, and people who stumble across her site will probably notice the recipe is mine without credit.

      I wish plagiarizers could understand that it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with unique recipes (with a lot of failed experiments along the way!). When you steal someone’s content and pass it off as your own, you are not only stealing their words but also their time.

      In any case, thanks for such a sweet comment!

  237. Darcy says

    I am interested in trying your version of Nutella, however, I don’t use it that often so it sits in my pantry. Can your version safely sit in the pantry for a couple months?
    Also, every time I try and de skin hazelnuts I don’t have much luck-your best solution?

  238. Darcy says

    I am interested in trying your version of Nutella, however, I don’t use it that often so it sits in my pantry. Can your version safely sit in the pantry for a couple months?
    Also, every time I try and de skin hazelnuts I don’t have much luck-your best solution?

  239. Amanda says

    Hi Katie – love your recipes 🙂

    You mentioned that you don’t think lifting weights/strength training is fun… you should download the (free) app Nike Training App… someone in the gym told me about it one day at its the BEST thing ever. Theres these 15 minute “Get Focused” work outs that are strength training for targeted areas… arms, legs, back, etc. It’s so awesome and makes strength training a million times easier.

  240. Amanda says

    Hi Katie – love your recipes 🙂

    You mentioned that you don’t think lifting weights/strength training is fun… you should download the (free) app Nike Training App… someone in the gym told me about it one day at its the BEST thing ever. Theres these 15 minute “Get Focused” work outs that are strength training for targeted areas… arms, legs, back, etc. It’s so awesome and makes strength training a million times easier.

  241. Josette says

    Hey Katie I came across your site the other day and I’m very excited to try out your recipes. I never used to enjoy cooking but blogs like yours have been inspiring me to spend more time doing it so thank you so much for that! On a side note I was wondering if you were a vegetarian or vegan when you lived in the Philippines and if so was it difficult?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I was! It was pretty easy… provided you like mango ;).

      Seriously, though, I had no problem being vegan there. They have a wonderful supply of fresh vegetables and fruits for using in all sorts of stir fries, curries, etc. They even have a few vegan restaurants!

      • Josette says

        Thanks! I’ve been a few times before but this October will be my first time as a vegetarian/almost vegan.

      • Josette says

        Thanks! I’ve been a few times before but this October will be my first time as a vegetarian/almost vegan.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I was! It was pretty easy… provided you like mango ;).

      Seriously, though, I had no problem being vegan there. They have a wonderful supply of fresh vegetables and fruits for using in all sorts of stir fries, curries, etc. They even have a few vegan restaurants!

  242. Josette says

    Hey Katie I came across your site the other day and I’m very excited to try out your recipes. I never used to enjoy cooking but blogs like yours have been inspiring me to spend more time doing it so thank you so much for that! On a side note I was wondering if you were a vegetarian or vegan when you lived in the Philippines and if so was it difficult?

  243. Reagan says

    How do you get your ideas for recipes? Or do you find them off of another website? Your recipes are so unique! I really want to try the Detox Juice!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I usually think of ideas while I’m eating or running. I also like those little recipe books at the checkout counter. They aren’t healthy or vegan, but they give me inspiration for flavor ideas or types of desserts to make.

      And reader requests are great inspiration as well!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I usually think of ideas while I’m eating or running. I also like those little recipe books at the checkout counter. They aren’t healthy or vegan, but they give me inspiration for flavor ideas or types of desserts to make.

      And reader requests are great inspiration as well!

  244. Reagan says

    How do you get your ideas for recipes? Or do you find them off of another website? Your recipes are so unique! I really want to try the Detox Juice!

  245. Sarahcuzzi says

    Hi, I just started jogging for a healthier lifestyle. I was wondering, when you first started jogging did you right away run eight miles? If not, how much did you run and how long did it take you to build up to eight miles?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      No, definitely not ;). I think I started by walking 4 minutes, running 5. Then building up from there. Walking 2, running 10. I don’t really remember how long it took me to build up… maybe a few months?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      No, definitely not ;). I think I started by walking 4 minutes, running 5. Then building up from there. Walking 2, running 10. I don’t really remember how long it took me to build up… maybe a few months?

  246. Sarahcuzzi says

    Hi, I just started jogging for a healthier lifestyle. I was wondering, when you first started jogging did you right away run eight miles? If not, how much did you run and how long did it take you to build up to eight miles?

  247. Jenn says

    Well Katie, I have to say that I personally dislike chocolate (unless preggers) but I read your blog daily and regularly make stuff from it for my family. You are awesome and yes, this chocolate-hater will be buying your cook book once its available up here in Canada 😉

  248. Jenn says

    Well Katie, I have to say that I personally dislike chocolate (unless preggers) but I read your blog daily and regularly make stuff from it for my family. You are awesome and yes, this chocolate-hater will be buying your cook book once its available up here in Canada 😉

  249. Samantha ward says

    Hi Katie!
    I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I just LOVE it! I have not tried ONE recipe I didn’t like (and I have made A LOT of your recipes). I first found you on Pinterest and have recommended your site to literally anyone who will listen. (Man on bus?) So many of my friends and family now love your blog too! It’s so straight forward and easy to use. From a non blog reader (i usually just go straight to the recipe) I catch myself always reading yours. Theyre always entertaining! Even my boyfriend (not a healthy food lover) LOVES your recipes: a true sign of a successful recipe! I just wanted to say thank you.
    Ps my favourite is the fudge babies. I think. Can’t wait for your recipe book!

  250. Samantha ward says

    Hi Katie!
    I’ve been following your blog for a year now and I just LOVE it! I have not tried ONE recipe I didn’t like (and I have made A LOT of your recipes). I first found you on Pinterest and have recommended your site to literally anyone who will listen. (Man on bus?) So many of my friends and family now love your blog too! It’s so straight forward and easy to use. From a non blog reader (i usually just go straight to the recipe) I catch myself always reading yours. Theyre always entertaining! Even my boyfriend (not a healthy food lover) LOVES your recipes: a true sign of a successful recipe! I just wanted to say thank you.
    Ps my favourite is the fudge babies. I think. Can’t wait for your recipe book!

  251. Joellen Fabiani says

    Katie, do I have an exact amt of the garbanzo beans for the choc hip cookie cups bcuz I couldn’t find a can or cans that would equal what your recipe calls for & the batter came out way too soupy, so I had to add more quick oats & it just didn’t come out or taste right..appreciate if u could update recipe with cups versus grams…thx a bunch! Made your black bean brownies & they were a HUGE hit & tasted delish that no one even knew they were made with black beans!!!

  252. Joellen Fabiani says

    Katie, do I have an exact amt of the garbanzo beans for the choc hip cookie cups bcuz I couldn’t find a can or cans that would equal what your recipe calls for & the batter came out way too soupy, so I had to add more quick oats & it just didn’t come out or taste right..appreciate if u could update recipe with cups versus grams…thx a bunch! Made your black bean brownies & they were a HUGE hit & tasted delish that no one even knew they were made with black beans!!!

  253. maria dimaria says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes!! I’ve tried quite a few and liked them all.
    I would love it if the nutritional information was on the same page though. It’s quite tedious to have to go find it.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Maria

  254. maria dimaria says

    Hi Katie,
    I love your recipes!! I’ve tried quite a few and liked them all.
    I would love it if the nutritional information was on the same page though. It’s quite tedious to have to go find it.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Maria

  255. Samantha says

    Hi Katie.
    I am in the process of working with several moms at my daughter’s preschool to create a cookbook. I love your peanut butter pretzel bars. Am wondering if you would be OK with us printing your recipe (we would sub peanut butter for sun or soy butter – I will have to test these out). We would of course credit you in our book. Feel free to contact me via email. Thanks!

  256. Samantha says

    Hi Katie.
    I am in the process of working with several moms at my daughter’s preschool to create a cookbook. I love your peanut butter pretzel bars. Am wondering if you would be OK with us printing your recipe (we would sub peanut butter for sun or soy butter – I will have to test these out). We would of course credit you in our book. Feel free to contact me via email. Thanks!

  257. Amy says

    Just popped on here and read about your dislike of weight lifting. I’m the SAME way, but my gym offers BodyPump classes (tons of gyms do!) that are an hour of weightlifting to music. I freaking LOVE those classes. Maybe you will, too!

  258. Amy says

    Just popped on here and read about your dislike of weight lifting. I’m the SAME way, but my gym offers BodyPump classes (tons of gyms do!) that are an hour of weightlifting to music. I freaking LOVE those classes. Maybe you will, too!

  259. Victoria says

    Funny! I also just read about your dislike of weigh lifting and was coming on to say, “I didn’t like it either, until I found BodyPump.” It’s a 55 min bar bell class set to fun music (lots of Top 40 hits) that hits every major muscle group. It’s made me love lifting weights, and the muscles I can now see on my body are a nice motivation to keep pumping! If you go to the Les Mills website (just Google Les Mills BodyPump) you can find a class near you with their locator. Just try it! Just once! 🙂

  260. Victoria says

    Funny! I also just read about your dislike of weigh lifting and was coming on to say, “I didn’t like it either, until I found BodyPump.” It’s a 55 min bar bell class set to fun music (lots of Top 40 hits) that hits every major muscle group. It’s made me love lifting weights, and the muscles I can now see on my body are a nice motivation to keep pumping! If you go to the Les Mills website (just Google Les Mills BodyPump) you can find a class near you with their locator. Just try it! Just once! 🙂

  261. Tasha says

    Hi Katie-

    I am a runner and a tennis player. I have been attending Barre Fit classes for the past 9 months. It is building my muscle tone and has made me stronger. No heavy weights. The heaviest we ever use are 5 lb hand weights. It is an hour class and I try to go three times a week. Your legs will shake, your abs will burn, and your rear end will get tight!

  262. Tasha says

    Hi Katie-

    I am a runner and a tennis player. I have been attending Barre Fit classes for the past 9 months. It is building my muscle tone and has made me stronger. No heavy weights. The heaviest we ever use are 5 lb hand weights. It is an hour class and I try to go three times a week. Your legs will shake, your abs will burn, and your rear end will get tight!

  263. Ange says

    I would love, love, LOVE it if you can make a recipe on how to make your own cookie butter like Trader Joe’s! I’ve made some and yet to have it be as close as I’d like 🙂

  264. Ange says

    I would love, love, LOVE it if you can make a recipe on how to make your own cookie butter like Trader Joe’s! I’ve made some and yet to have it be as close as I’d like 🙂

      • SincereSweetToothSarah says

        Oh my goodness I was wondering that too! That is so awesome! I’m a Christian too! It completely changes life and I’m so grateful to God every day for showing me the world in the right light and for Christ! God is the best and he loves you and EVERYONE so much! When we go to heaven, I’m sure He’ll ask you to cook your amazing food for Him! Yum! Katie, thanks for sharing that!

      • SincereSweetToothSarah says

        Oh my goodness I was wondering that too! That is so awesome! I’m a Christian too! It completely changes life and I’m so grateful to God every day for showing me the world in the right light and for Christ! God is the best and he loves you and EVERYONE so much! When we go to heaven, I’m sure He’ll ask you to cook your amazing food for Him! Yum! Katie, thanks for sharing that!

  265. Kinzie says

    Katie… I was wondering if you think chickpea flour could be used as a substitute for your recipes that call for cans of chickpeas… I’m thinking specifically of the bowl o’ cookie dough recipe. 🙂 Obviously there would need to be added moisture… I ordered a bag of the stuff (can’t even remember why now), and need to use it! 🙂

  266. Kinzie says

    Katie… I was wondering if you think chickpea flour could be used as a substitute for your recipes that call for cans of chickpeas… I’m thinking specifically of the bowl o’ cookie dough recipe. 🙂 Obviously there would need to be added moisture… I ordered a bag of the stuff (can’t even remember why now), and need to use it! 🙂

  267. Ciera says

    1) Do you have a healthy lemon cake recipe? You know… the lemony cake with creamy white frosting?
    2) Is your chocolatecoveredkatie instagram account active?

    3) LOVE THIS SITE!

      • Ciera says

        No worries! I actually did find a recipe similar to a lemon cake that you made (a microwave lemon mug-cake???) that could be great with better ‘n cream cheese frosting) as for the Instagram account I wasn’t sure if it was yours… it is called chocolate covered katie though…. Can’t wait to see what you make next 😛 And thank you so much for responding!!!!

      • Ciera says

        No worries! I actually did find a recipe similar to a lemon cake that you made (a microwave lemon mug-cake???) that could be great with better ‘n cream cheese frosting) as for the Instagram account I wasn’t sure if it was yours… it is called chocolate covered katie though…. Can’t wait to see what you make next 😛 And thank you so much for responding!!!!

  268. Ciera says

    1) Do you have a healthy lemon cake recipe? You know… the lemony cake with creamy white frosting?
    2) Is your chocolatecoveredkatie instagram account active?

    3) LOVE THIS SITE!

  269. Camille says

    Hi Katie,
    What kind of a dog is Henry (aside from absolutely adorable, of course) ? He looks a lot like my Doxle (part Daschund, part Beagle), and I was curious if they were indeed the same mix.
    Thanks!
    Camille

  270. Camille says

    Hi Katie,
    What kind of a dog is Henry (aside from absolutely adorable, of course) ? He looks a lot like my Doxle (part Daschund, part Beagle), and I was curious if they were indeed the same mix.
    Thanks!
    Camille

  271. Lizzie says

    Hi Katie!
    I just got braces and now I can’t eat some foods that I love. An example would be candy bars with nuts and caramel such as snickers. Could you create a recipe that tastes like that stuff but without the textures of them?
    You would be my Hero!
    Thanks a Bunch!

  272. Lizzie says

    Hi Katie!
    I just got braces and now I can’t eat some foods that I love. An example would be candy bars with nuts and caramel such as snickers. Could you create a recipe that tastes like that stuff but without the textures of them?
    You would be my Hero!
    Thanks a Bunch!

  273. Jess says

    Hi Katie!
    I love your blog! Am constantly making your version of oatmeal- so yummy!
    I’m doing research for a school project and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.
    If you could convert a retro game into a food product what would it be and why?
    Thanks xxxx

  274. Jess says

    Hi Katie!
    I love your blog! Am constantly making your version of oatmeal- so yummy!
    I’m doing research for a school project and I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.
    If you could convert a retro game into a food product what would it be and why?
    Thanks xxxx

  275. Vivianne says

    Hi Katie!

    Great website and very nice recipes.

    I work at an advertising agency and I would like to use one of your photos for an ad.

    I read that you make your own photos. Could you please contact me or give me your information how I could contact you?

    Thank you in advance!

    Vivianne

  276. Vivianne says

    Hi Katie!

    Great website and very nice recipes.

    I work at an advertising agency and I would like to use one of your photos for an ad.

    I read that you make your own photos. Could you please contact me or give me your information how I could contact you?

    Thank you in advance!

    Vivianne

  277. Katie Long says

    Hi from another Katie! 🙂 I just got an e-mail that the “Healthy Frosting Shots” recipe I pinned from your blog had to be removed. Why is that? I made it once….actually it failed because I didn’t have a good can of coconut milk, but I ended up freezing it and it made decent ice cream! 😉

  278. Katie Long says

    Hi from another Katie! 🙂 I just got an e-mail that the “Healthy Frosting Shots” recipe I pinned from your blog had to be removed. Why is that? I made it once….actually it failed because I didn’t have a good can of coconut milk, but I ended up freezing it and it made decent ice cream! 😉

  279. Katie Long says

    Oh, No problem! I was just worried that I had done something wrong! It said you had complained about someone else pinning or repinning the post. Weird!

  280. Katie Long says

    Oh, No problem! I was just worried that I had done something wrong! It said you had complained about someone else pinning or repinning the post. Weird!

  281. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,
    I am very new to your website. In fact, today is my first day. I would like to make some of your chocolate recipes. I was diagnosed with diabetes 2, and have it now under control without any medications!! [from an AIC of 6.5, in three months and only with changing my way of eating I am back at an AIC of 5.9]
    I do not know if you are aware that is a natural sweetener online that can be utilized on your recipes [I will try them with it]. The good thing that I found out about it, it does not have an after taste and do not give you spikes in your blood sugar.
    It is very important to me to do your chocolate recipes because my beautiful granddaughter of 9 y/o was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 1/2 y/o.
    I want to surprise her with your chocolate fudge!
    My best to you
    Silvia
    PS: if you want to investigate this sugar substitute, it goes by the name of LAKANTO

  282. Silvia says

    Hi Katie,
    I am very new to your website. In fact, today is my first day. I would like to make some of your chocolate recipes. I was diagnosed with diabetes 2, and have it now under control without any medications!! [from an AIC of 6.5, in three months and only with changing my way of eating I am back at an AIC of 5.9]
    I do not know if you are aware that is a natural sweetener online that can be utilized on your recipes [I will try them with it]. The good thing that I found out about it, it does not have an after taste and do not give you spikes in your blood sugar.
    It is very important to me to do your chocolate recipes because my beautiful granddaughter of 9 y/o was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 3 1/2 y/o.
    I want to surprise her with your chocolate fudge!
    My best to you
    Silvia
    PS: if you want to investigate this sugar substitute, it goes by the name of LAKANTO

  283. Andrea says

    Hi Katie! I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it! I see you have a lot of peanut butter and chocolate combo recipes which is the ultimate pairing for me! which one is your favorite? Looking forward to the publication of your cookbook, congrats!

  284. Andrea says

    Hi Katie! I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it! I see you have a lot of peanut butter and chocolate combo recipes which is the ultimate pairing for me! which one is your favorite? Looking forward to the publication of your cookbook, congrats!

  285. Hattie says

    I am soooooooooooo happy I stumbled across your blog!! I am recovering from anorexia but have always adored baking! Strange I know but there you go! Anyhow I love eating healthily but I do still love baking and until now I thought combining the 2 was impossible but not any more!! So Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to trying everything on here!! 🙂 xx

  286. Hattie says

    I am soooooooooooo happy I stumbled across your blog!! I am recovering from anorexia but have always adored baking! Strange I know but there you go! Anyhow I love eating healthily but I do still love baking and until now I thought combining the 2 was impossible but not any more!! So Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to trying everything on here!! 🙂 xx

  287. KG says

    Hello Katie! You don’t have to respond because I know you’re super busy, but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy and appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I love to try dessert recipes but I find I feel a bit guilty when I see all the sugar and things it takes to make them. With your recipes, I don’t feel so guilty if I pop 3 cupcakes 😉 I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  288. KG says

    Hello Katie! You don’t have to respond because I know you’re super busy, but I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy and appreciate all the work you put into this blog. I love to try dessert recipes but I find I feel a bit guilty when I see all the sugar and things it takes to make them. With your recipes, I don’t feel so guilty if I pop 3 cupcakes 😉 I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

  289. Kumar says

    I have a recipe titled “Snow Caps.” And I was wondering if you could make a healthy version 9if I gave you the recipe).

      • Kumar says

        Cream: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
        Add: 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate squares, mixing well
        Add: 1 and 1/2 cups flour, Alternately with 1/4 cup milk
        Stir In: 1 cup rolled oats. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Cool; Remove from baking sheet (I put them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes).
        Dip In: 1/4 cup milk mixed with 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then dip into 1 cup flaked coconut. (After this step I chill them for a little longer to make sure that they are firm, and that the coconut sticks-for the most part).

      • Kumar says

        Cream: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt
        Add: 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate squares, mixing well
        Add: 1 and 1/2 cups flour, Alternately with 1/4 cup milk
        Stir In: 1 cup rolled oats. Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheet. Cool; Remove from baking sheet (I put them in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes).
        Dip In: 1/4 cup milk mixed with 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar, then dip into 1 cup flaked coconut. (After this step I chill them for a little longer to make sure that they are firm, and that the coconut sticks-for the most part).

  290. Kumar says

    I have a recipe titled “Snow Caps.” And I was wondering if you could make a healthy version 9if I gave you the recipe).

  291. Tabitha says

    Hi Katie, what do you normally eat (if anything) before you go running? And how long do you normally wait between eating and running? Thankyou 🙂

  292. Tabitha says

    Hi Katie, what do you normally eat (if anything) before you go running? And how long do you normally wait between eating and running? Thankyou 🙂

  293. trajayjay says

    I’m no bodybuilder, and I definitely couldn’t hang out in a gym for 3 hours (which is usually the time that people who like working out, work out) but I think I enjoy muscular exercise because I have too much energy in my muscles. I think if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, then your muscles get all jittery and you just need to do something with it. For me, I can run, but I also feel a sensation in my pectorals to lift, or my hamstrings and quadriceps to lunge. Maybe that’s how.

  294. trajayjay says

    I’m no bodybuilder, and I definitely couldn’t hang out in a gym for 3 hours (which is usually the time that people who like working out, work out) but I think I enjoy muscular exercise because I have too much energy in my muscles. I think if you eat a lot of carbohydrates, then your muscles get all jittery and you just need to do something with it. For me, I can run, but I also feel a sensation in my pectorals to lift, or my hamstrings and quadriceps to lunge. Maybe that’s how.

  295. Lara Arar says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love your blog. By far, it is my favorite one. I love desserts more than anything, but I also like healthy-eating. And when I read your blog, I discovered that they can walk hand-by-hand, so I just want to say “thank you” a million times. Or more than that.
    OH, and I tried your Double brownie batter pancakes, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait to try your other desserts….
    And… I was curious about one thing. Can you tell me how many calories you eat in a day? Like, to maintain your weight. Thanks again!

  296. Lara Arar says

    Hi Katie! I absolutely love your blog. By far, it is my favorite one. I love desserts more than anything, but I also like healthy-eating. And when I read your blog, I discovered that they can walk hand-by-hand, so I just want to say “thank you” a million times. Or more than that.
    OH, and I tried your Double brownie batter pancakes, and it couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait to try your other desserts….
    And… I was curious about one thing. Can you tell me how many calories you eat in a day? Like, to maintain your weight. Thanks again!

  297. kate flynn says

    How do you get your squash to be formed spaghetti strands? i have attempted on several occasions both microwaved and in the oven and both times it comes out mushy!! i ate it as the taste was the same but not what I was aiming for 🙂

    kate
    x

  298. kate flynn says

    How do you get your squash to be formed spaghetti strands? i have attempted on several occasions both microwaved and in the oven and both times it comes out mushy!! i ate it as the taste was the same but not what I was aiming for 🙂

    kate
    x

  299. Hilda Burnett says

    I love all your recipes and find them delicious, healthy, and simple! However, some of the recipes such as baked beans, and sloppy joes are high in sodium. Do you have any suggestions to lower the sodium such as a soy sauce substitute (vegan Worcestershire sauce)? I also like that you include nutrition info. I will be buying your cookbook when it comes out for myself and my daughters. Keep up the good work!

  300. Hilda Burnett says

    I love all your recipes and find them delicious, healthy, and simple! However, some of the recipes such as baked beans, and sloppy joes are high in sodium. Do you have any suggestions to lower the sodium such as a soy sauce substitute (vegan Worcestershire sauce)? I also like that you include nutrition info. I will be buying your cookbook when it comes out for myself and my daughters. Keep up the good work!

  301. thatbohoblog says

    Hi Katie! LOVE your blog and amazing recipes! Hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you in a couple of my blog posts.. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!
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  302. thatbohoblog says

    Hi Katie! LOVE your blog and amazing recipes! Hope you don’t mind that I mentioned you in a couple of my blog posts.. 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!
    Post: thatbohoblog.wordpress.com

  303. Tricia Caputo-Lerda says

    Katie:
    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this blog!! I am all about healthy eating and sometimes it’s so rough when you are craving something sweet, but can’t bare to bring yourself to eat something laden with corn syrup or chemicals. (It almost gives me nervous ticks even looking at that junk in the grocery store. haha 🙂 ) This is right up my alley. So far I’ve only tried the cookie dip (loved it), and I have the coconut crack bars in the freezer now. Thanks again, you’ve definitely made life a lot more enjoyable for the obsessively healthy eater/food hippie. I will be recommending everyone to visit your page. I’ve already shared it on my facebook page several times.

    Sincerely,

    Tricia Caputo-Lerda

    P.S. I can’t seem to find Mori-Nu Tofu, what is the difference between this and regular and will it make a difference? I am sure someone has already asked this, so I am sorry if this is a repetitious question.

  304. Tricia Caputo-Lerda says

    Katie:
    I am so happy to have stumbled upon this blog!! I am all about healthy eating and sometimes it’s so rough when you are craving something sweet, but can’t bare to bring yourself to eat something laden with corn syrup or chemicals. (It almost gives me nervous ticks even looking at that junk in the grocery store. haha 🙂 ) This is right up my alley. So far I’ve only tried the cookie dip (loved it), and I have the coconut crack bars in the freezer now. Thanks again, you’ve definitely made life a lot more enjoyable for the obsessively healthy eater/food hippie. I will be recommending everyone to visit your page. I’ve already shared it on my facebook page several times.

    Sincerely,

    Tricia Caputo-Lerda

    P.S. I can’t seem to find Mori-Nu Tofu, what is the difference between this and regular and will it make a difference? I am sure someone has already asked this, so I am sorry if this is a repetitious question.

  305. Makayla says

    Hey Katie,
    I know you sample and taste all your recipes that you make, but what do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Could you give me some examples? (i.e. hummus, dried fruits, nuts, salads, cereal, etc.) I eat just like you – very committed to healthy foods. I just thought I could get some different ideas from your diet. Healthy food is my passion in life! Thanks! 🙂

  306. Makayla says

    Hey Katie,
    I know you sample and taste all your recipes that you make, but what do you typically eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Could you give me some examples? (i.e. hummus, dried fruits, nuts, salads, cereal, etc.) I eat just like you – very committed to healthy foods. I just thought I could get some different ideas from your diet. Healthy food is my passion in life! Thanks! 🙂

  307. Mia Natsume says

    Hi Katie,
    Just found your blog and tried the frosting shot recipe—yum! I’ve posted it to my FB page this morning—hope it brings you a few more viewers! Would love to send you some of my product to try if you like. Let me know! All best, Mia

  308. Mia Natsume says

    Hi Katie,
    Just found your blog and tried the frosting shot recipe—yum! I’ve posted it to my FB page this morning—hope it brings you a few more viewers! Would love to send you some of my product to try if you like. Let me know! All best, Mia

  309. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie! I love you recipes and I’m so glad I found this site! I am just wondering, since you are a vegan do you use vegan chocolate or do you just use normal and give yourself a break on that one item?

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I guess I’m confused… vegan chocolate IS regular chocolate. In fact, many brands of chocolate chips and chocolate bars are “accidentally” vegan, meaning the manufacturer didn’t even set out to make a vegan product. It just happened that way.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      I guess I’m confused… vegan chocolate IS regular chocolate. In fact, many brands of chocolate chips and chocolate bars are “accidentally” vegan, meaning the manufacturer didn’t even set out to make a vegan product. It just happened that way.

  310. Elizabeth says

    Hi Katie! I love you recipes and I’m so glad I found this site! I am just wondering, since you are a vegan do you use vegan chocolate or do you just use normal and give yourself a break on that one item?

  311. linda rosario says

    Hi Katie,

    How are you doing? I shared one of your latest posts to my friends. I found it really interesting. I read your post about Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie and I can say that is really amazing!

    By the way, I saw some guest writers on your blog. I wish I can contribute too. I want to write an article about Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe . I hope you will find it interesting. If you have other topics that you want me to write about, I would be thrilled to research and write about them too.

    I am excited to hear from you even if it is just a short rejection note that you can’t have me as a guest author. I honestly fell in love with your blog and I am already a big fan of it. Receiving a simple email from you is a pleasure for me.

    Cheers,

    Linda Rosario

    Aspiring Food Blogger

  312. linda rosario says

    Hi Katie,

    How are you doing? I shared one of your latest posts to my friends. I found it really interesting. I read your post about Chocolate Greek Yogurt Pie and I can say that is really amazing!

    By the way, I saw some guest writers on your blog. I wish I can contribute too. I want to write an article about Super Moist Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe . I hope you will find it interesting. If you have other topics that you want me to write about, I would be thrilled to research and write about them too.

    I am excited to hear from you even if it is just a short rejection note that you can’t have me as a guest author. I honestly fell in love with your blog and I am already a big fan of it. Receiving a simple email from you is a pleasure for me.

    Cheers,

    Linda Rosario

    Aspiring Food Blogger

  313. Lexi says

    Dear Katie,
    I LOVE your recipes! How do you make all of these up? Its actually fun to look at your recipes and try them! Ever since I’ve used your bean cookie dough dip I’ve been addicted reading and trying to your recipes! How did you get this idea to start blogging your recipes? Are your recipes from scratch or do you get some idea somewhere? Mixing healthy and yummy is NOT easy! You make it easy! 🙂 You where saying that this is your job, blogging but how do you make money? Thank you for all the yummy intriguing recipes, Katie!
    Sincerely,
    Lexi
    P.S. You should make a restaurant! I always send my mom and sister the emails of the recipes like “Hey Mom! Check this out! Should I make it for you?” 😉 Your pictures are very artistic, Chocolate-Covered-Katie! I’d like to see you chocolate covered…. 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Most of the recipes are from scratch, but I get ideas everywhere… I get a lot of ideas from those little tear-out recipe books (like Taste of Home or Betty Crocker) at the grocery store checkout line. I do a lot of experimenting, and many of the experiments fail before I get a good recipe!
      As for the money thing, basically I get some money from advertisers in exchange for allowing their ads on the site.
      Thank you for such a sweet comment! 🙂

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Most of the recipes are from scratch, but I get ideas everywhere… I get a lot of ideas from those little tear-out recipe books (like Taste of Home or Betty Crocker) at the grocery store checkout line. I do a lot of experimenting, and many of the experiments fail before I get a good recipe!
      As for the money thing, basically I get some money from advertisers in exchange for allowing their ads on the site.
      Thank you for such a sweet comment! 🙂

  314. Lexi says

    Dear Katie,
    I LOVE your recipes! How do you make all of these up? Its actually fun to look at your recipes and try them! Ever since I’ve used your bean cookie dough dip I’ve been addicted reading and trying to your recipes! How did you get this idea to start blogging your recipes? Are your recipes from scratch or do you get some idea somewhere? Mixing healthy and yummy is NOT easy! You make it easy! 🙂 You where saying that this is your job, blogging but how do you make money? Thank you for all the yummy intriguing recipes, Katie!
    Sincerely,
    Lexi
    P.S. You should make a restaurant! I always send my mom and sister the emails of the recipes like “Hey Mom! Check this out! Should I make it for you?” 😉 Your pictures are very artistic, Chocolate-Covered-Katie! I’d like to see you chocolate covered…. 🙂

  315. v says

    i am have just spend hours checking out your recipes. i love experimenting with healthy substitutes and making things vegetarian/vegan too, but i’m not quite as practiced as you. 🙂 i am really impressed by your blog and i love the way you write your posts with the question of the day and the story behind the recipe etc… i’m totally in awe of you and to top it off, you’re beautiful too. glad to know that there is a book in the works!

    with love and admiration, from south africa,
    v.

    ps. i’ve spend some time living in china too (hubei and jiangsu provinces). i became vegetarian while living there.

  316. v says

    i am have just spend hours checking out your recipes. i love experimenting with healthy substitutes and making things vegetarian/vegan too, but i’m not quite as practiced as you. 🙂 i am really impressed by your blog and i love the way you write your posts with the question of the day and the story behind the recipe etc… i’m totally in awe of you and to top it off, you’re beautiful too. glad to know that there is a book in the works!

    with love and admiration, from south africa,
    v.

    ps. i’ve spend some time living in china too (hubei and jiangsu provinces). i became vegetarian while living there.

  317. Nicole says

    I have one quick question…
    You love and eat chocolate every day 🙂 Where do you find vegan chocolate? I haven’t really seen or found vegan chocolate before but would like to try it. Any suggestions?

  318. Nicole says

    I have one quick question…
    You love and eat chocolate every day 🙂 Where do you find vegan chocolate? I haven’t really seen or found vegan chocolate before but would like to try it. Any suggestions?

  319. Stephanie says

    Wondering if…maybe, just maybe, you have a hidden eating disorder, that maybe you’re not making public, or perhaps even hiding from yourself. Some of the signs are there…life seems to revolve around food — aware of the calories of everything that you post — “healthy” versions of everything. Etc. On the surface, you make it sound like you have a very non-eating-disordered perspective about food & exercise, but I do wonder what’s underneath this all…and this comes from a person w/a long history in this area. Then again, maybe I’m totally wrong and just projecting my own stuff onto you. Also, perhaps you are naturally thin, but in your pictures, you look a bit like some of the other people who I have known who have had issues in this area, including some who I met in the hospital. Also, just so you know, I love your website; I recently discovered it and am sort of obsessed with it; I have spent hours (my compulsive, food-obsessed nature) browsing it, although I have yet to make anything.

    • Stephanie says

      Just want to add…I hope I’m not offending you in any way, and again, I may be totally wrong. I looked a bit more at the site and saw that people have asked you about this before. I’m not basing my question solely on the pictures of you, as people can have eating issues at any size, but just the combination of factors. I would have wondered the same thing even if there were no pictures.

      • Emma_B says

        I really don’t get why people find that it’s ok to meddle in people’s weight, high or low. It is so rude and part of this sick society’s obsession with this subject.
        The thing I found refreshing about Katie’s blog is exactly the healthy attitude towards food. It is actually the readers who “forced” her to submit the calories for the recipes.
        From what I read, she also does a good amount of running for years. She is very active, eating vegan-healthy food and has a good attitude towards life. All things combined with genetics contribute to a healthy body, in this case a thin one.
        But really, it’s not our right to know what she eats or how much sports she does. Just because someone is some-what of a public figure doesn’t mean he is obligated to be a “role model”, whatever that is. It’s her choice what to share and what not to share.
        But I guess what bothers me most about everyone’s comments about her weight is – let’s say you’re right, and she has an eating disorder. Do you really think that pointing at someone with an eating disorder and saying “you look terrible, way too skinny” (disclaimer – Katie, you look lovely:)) will help? If you really are familiar with E-D you should all know that that’s the worst, most destructive approach. It is the family’s and close friends job to have a conversation about it and consult with a professional.
        Sorry if that came off as bullying, it is meant in general to all comments about weight.

        • chocolate-covered katie says

          Thanks, Emma :).
          Stephanie: I’m not offended, but I have addressed your questions before, so please read my responses in my High Calorie Recipes post, Hello from CCK post, My Healthy Scare post, and on this FAQ page and remember that you really can’t make any judgments about someone you don’t know in real life. My blog is 100% about food because that is the topic of the blog; it doesn’t mean my life is 100% about food… I prefer to keep my personal, non-food-related life separate from my job. Hope that clears things up!

        • chocolate-covered katie says

          Thanks, Emma :).
          Stephanie: I’m not offended, but I have addressed your questions before, so please read my responses in my High Calorie Recipes post, Hello from CCK post, My Healthy Scare post, and on this FAQ page and remember that you really can’t make any judgments about someone you don’t know in real life. My blog is 100% about food because that is the topic of the blog; it doesn’t mean my life is 100% about food… I prefer to keep my personal, non-food-related life separate from my job. Hope that clears things up!

      • Emma_B says

        I really don’t get why people find that it’s ok to meddle in people’s weight, high or low. It is so rude and part of this sick society’s obsession with this subject.
        The thing I found refreshing about Katie’s blog is exactly the healthy attitude towards food. It is actually the readers who “forced” her to submit the calories for the recipes.
        From what I read, she also does a good amount of running for years. She is very active, eating vegan-healthy food and has a good attitude towards life. All things combined with genetics contribute to a healthy body, in this case a thin one.
        But really, it’s not our right to know what she eats or how much sports she does. Just because someone is some-what of a public figure doesn’t mean he is obligated to be a “role model”, whatever that is. It’s her choice what to share and what not to share.
        But I guess what bothers me most about everyone’s comments about her weight is – let’s say you’re right, and she has an eating disorder. Do you really think that pointing at someone with an eating disorder and saying “you look terrible, way too skinny” (disclaimer – Katie, you look lovely:)) will help? If you really are familiar with E-D you should all know that that’s the worst, most destructive approach. It is the family’s and close friends job to have a conversation about it and consult with a professional.
        Sorry if that came off as bullying, it is meant in general to all comments about weight.

    • Stephanie says

      Just want to add…I hope I’m not offending you in any way, and again, I may be totally wrong. I looked a bit more at the site and saw that people have asked you about this before. I’m not basing my question solely on the pictures of you, as people can have eating issues at any size, but just the combination of factors. I would have wondered the same thing even if there were no pictures.

  320. Stephanie says

    Wondering if…maybe, just maybe, you have a hidden eating disorder, that maybe you’re not making public, or perhaps even hiding from yourself. Some of the signs are there…life seems to revolve around food — aware of the calories of everything that you post — “healthy” versions of everything. Etc. On the surface, you make it sound like you have a very non-eating-disordered perspective about food & exercise, but I do wonder what’s underneath this all…and this comes from a person w/a long history in this area. Then again, maybe I’m totally wrong and just projecting my own stuff onto you. Also, perhaps you are naturally thin, but in your pictures, you look a bit like some of the other people who I have known who have had issues in this area, including some who I met in the hospital. Also, just so you know, I love your website; I recently discovered it and am sort of obsessed with it; I have spent hours (my compulsive, food-obsessed nature) browsing it, although I have yet to make anything.

  321. Femke says

    Hi Kate,

    I’m very fond of your blog! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    I tried your One Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe this morning, it was delicious!
    I do have question however:
    The recipe says: “1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder” do you mean 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons or 1+2 tablespoons?
    You usually write the measurements in cups but also in grams.
    I live in Holland so I’m used to a gram scale. Could you tell me what the measurements are in grams?

    Thank you.
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    Femke

  322. Femke says

    Hi Kate,

    I’m very fond of your blog! Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    I tried your One Minute Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe this morning, it was delicious!
    I do have question however:
    The recipe says: “1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp cocoa powder” do you mean 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons or 1+2 tablespoons?
    You usually write the measurements in cups but also in grams.
    I live in Holland so I’m used to a gram scale. Could you tell me what the measurements are in grams?

    Thank you.
    Greetings from the Netherlands!

    Femke

  323. Maggie says

    So, buying baking is kind of my downfall healthy-eating-wise. I’m hoping to get set up at some point where I can try out some of these recipes. I’ve been looking into using beetroot in chocolate recipes though and they all seem to add huge amounts of sugar. Beets seem to be sweet enough already, is the extra sugar really necessary? Couldn’t you use them as the sweetener instead?