Chocolate-Covered Bananas

                A continuation to my “Food to Boost your Mood” series,  we are at our last stop. This time I’ll introduce three items that will surely send you to a cloud nine of happiness.

                First up, bananas are full of potassium, but what you may not know is that they also contain tryptophan, a brain chemical that helps to regulate mood, according to Ara DerMarderosian, University of the Sciences. Bananas are also a good source of B vitamin folate, and having low levels of the vitamin has been linked to depression. Another would be chocolate. Dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants, but it’s also been found to reduce the stress hormone cortisol, according to a study in the Journal of Proteome Research. Last of the Healthy Trio is peanuts. According to a study by the United States Department of Agriculture, low magnesium levels are linked to lower energy. Chomp on magnesium rich foods, like beans and nuts, to make sure you don’t fizzle out too quickly each day.

                These health and mood boosting food will surely provide you the energy you need when you’re studying or cramming. Read more for this easy and quick uplifting and scrumptious dessert! Enjoy!

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Apple Caramel

           Let me tell you an interesting story behind this recipe. Well, I was shopping for good quality strawberries and unfortunately, there weren’t any. I’m not surprised because after all they are not in season. Then I passed by these good-looking apples and boy did they give me such cravings! A little info:  besides the known association of red with courage,violence and bravery, it has that other side. It can also bee seen as stimulating and lively, very friendly. Also apples contain fiber and antioxidants that relieve stress. It also contains a lot of nutrients that help prevent chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Maybe that’s why I was attracted to those apples. Not only is it good for the body, it is also a stress reliever.

           This recipe is really a no-brainer and is just meant to satisfy your cravings ala minute! Click the dessert for the video.

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S’mores Cupcake

S’more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham crackers.

We thought of making this treat because it’s very easy to make. There’s really no exact recipe for making this. You don’t have to be very exact when it comes to making this treat.

Be creative and just be imaginative! In this recipe we wouldn’t be using graham. We’ll be using crushed biscoff biscuits!!

Now let’s start!!

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Spiced Napoleones

Napoleones is a layered puff pastry filled with custard cream and glazed with white sugar on top. It comes with small square size and a larger rectangle size and usually sold in boxes. Biting into napoleones gives you a crunchy sensation from the layered puff then a soft, creamy and sweet taste from the custard cream filling and sugar glaze.

This is one of my all-time favorite sweet so I thought of giving it a little twist: Napoleones with green cardamom pastry cream. I thought of putting green cardamom pastry cream filling because there was some leftover from the macarons I made. (hehe)

This was also very easy to make because I bought an already made puff pastry.

Here’s the recipe!~

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Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies are considered a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition. Whoopie Pies have also been known as a “gobs” in Western Pennsylvania. In Maine, these treats are more like a cake than a pie or a cookie, as they are very generously sized (about hamburger size). They are so huge that you’ll want to share one with a friend. Also, a big glass of milk is almost mandatory when eating a Whoopie Pie. Traditional whoopies pies are made with vegetable shortening, not butter. The original and most commonly made whoopie pie is chocolate. but cooks like to experiment, and today pumpkin whoopie pies are a favorite seasonal variation.

For this Whoopie Pie, I used Italian Meringue because it is very stable for a hot climate like here in the Philippines

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Leche Flan

Leche Flan is a classic and all-time favorite Filipino dessert. It is not only popular in the Philippines but also around the world especially in Europe. The word Leche Flan is from the Spanish word flan de leche, which means milk flan because it is mostly composed of milk and eggs.

Fiestas and any celebration here in the Philippines will not be complete without the presence of a Leche Flan. Nowadays, there are a lot of variations of this dessert like Coffee, Chocolate, etc. but classic will always be the best.

This is also my favorite dessert and just this day I craved for it. I made one and I wanna share with you how it is made.

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Sweet Potato Pudding

These past few days, I’m watching a lot of cooking shows and I got a lot of ideas that I can use for future purposes. Watching those kinds of show helped me grow as an aspiring chef. One dish that really captures my attention is the Carrot Pudding, it seems so easy to make and looks enticingly delicious. So I thought of making another variation of it by substituting Carrots to a Sweet Potato.  I also used Sweet Potato because honestly, I seldom eat Carrots and Sweet potato goes well with everything; savory or sweet.

So here’s my version of that delicious Pudding.

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