Category Archives: Coffee

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

 Salted Caramel Mocha Granola has all of the flavor of a Starbucks favorite! Just a few simple ingredients for this delicious sweet and salty snack!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I am kind of the queen of granola in case you haven’t noticed. It is quickly becoming my favorite thing to play around with in the kitchen. I love how quickly it comes together and the endless variations of add ins and flavor combinations, but most of all I like having easy, delicious snacks around the house.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

My Mocha Granola recipe is our go to, but I decided to try putting a new spin on it. Last year around the Holidays I tried a Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks and was totally hooked. I rarely go for a super rich, chocolatey coffee drink, but this was basically heaven in a cup. All of my Starbucks gift cards from Christmas were gone in like a week, and my skinny jeans were feeling a little too tight. Luckily, it is not offered year round!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Once the idea for Salted Caramel Mocha Granola got in my head it was pretty much all I could think about. I thought of a couple different ways to approach it like adding a caramel sauce or making granola clusters with caramel in the center, but eventually simplicity won out and I settled on adding chunks of caramel in the granola and topping it with course sea salt.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Yum. Just yum.

This is the perfect afternoon pick me up or great over ice cream and yogurt! Give this a try, you won’t be sorry!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup caramel squares, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  3. Add oats and stir mixture until all oats are completely covered in the chocolate coffee mixture.
  4. Grab a large baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, and add half of the chopped caramel squares, bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove oats from oven, let them cool about 10 minutes, and while still warm sprinkle the rest of the caramel over the granola mixture.
  8. When the granola is completely cool add the sea salt over the top
  9. Store in an air tight container

 

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing

It is a Monday that doesn’t feel like Monday!
Halleluiah!

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

I have spent the entire weekend covered in paint. When I cracked open the first can of paint I was 100% sure I was going to regret my decision to spend ALL WEEKEND painting by myself. Surprisingly enough, I have loved it. Mr. Maebell has been away on a hunting trip and he took the dogs with him so the house has been quite in the most fantastic way. Just me, a paint brush, and netflix.

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

We I have converted one of the spare rooms into an office. You heard me right, an office! Maebells is legit now! :) It is getting a nice coat of mossy/light green paint and a gallery wall so I can finally hang some wedding pictures. It is so refreshing to change things up. While I was out it I repainted a bathroom too!

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

If there is one thing I am sure of it is that any type of home improvement should be rewarded. Which is exactly why I made these Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing. They seemed like just the way to treat myself after a weekend of spackle, sand paper, and paint.

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting

So just in case your looking for a way to reward your self this holiday weekend whip up a batch of these little guys! You won’t be sorry!

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • For the cupcakes:
  • 1½ cups gluten free bisquick
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ cup cold coffee
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup canola or coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon red food coloring
  • For the icing:
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean*
  • *If you don't have vanilla bean just use 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract total
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl until well combined.
  3. Add the coffee, milk, beaten eggs, oil and food coloring. Stir until mixture is completely incorporated and smooth.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and carefully scoop the cupcake batter into the molds. (I used an ice cream scoop, it helps to give them nice round tops)
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until set and a tooth pick comes out clean.
  6. Remove cupcakes from tin and let them cool on a wire rack.
  7. While cupcakes are cooling combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. This is easiest if you use a stand or hand mixer. Beat the cream cheese and butter for 30-45 seconds or until they are fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and continue to beat the mixture until all the sugar is incorporated and the mixture begins to thicken.
  8. Cut open the vanilla bean and scrape or squeeze out the inside seeds. Beat the frosting about 30 more seconds so the vanilla is distributed evenly.
  9. Store icing in the fridge until the cupcakes are completely cool.
  10. Frost cupcakes and enjoy.

 

Dark Chocolate Coconut Mocha Donuts

This is what a happy morning looks like in my house.

Baked Coconut Mocha Donuts  with Dark Chocolate Coconut Glaze
Last weekend I woke up to a quiet house and a clear schedule. I poured myself a cup of coffee and got to work.
I love baking. I know some people don’t enjoy the measuring or the mess that comes with proper baking, especially proper gluten free baking. But I adore it, something about the pouring, measuring, and mixing is totally therapeutic to me.

Baked Coconut Mocha Donuts  with Dark Chocolate Coconut Glaze

This particular morning I was ready to try my hand at donuts. I had written out a couple different flavor combinations and had finally decided on “Cherry Cheesecake.” My thought was to bake fresh cherries into the donuts, do a cream cheese glaze and drizzle crushed (gluten free) graham crackers over the top. Sounds fantastic right? Well I opened up the fridge to start getting out ingredients and a bag of unopened coconut fell out of the fridge. That was all it took. A quick glance of coconut and the smell of coffee already lingering around my kitchen and just like that “poof!” I didn’t want cherry donuts. I wanted Coconut Mocha Donuts. I didn’t just want them. I HAD to have them.

Baked Coconut Mocha Donuts  with Dark Chocolate Coconut Glaze

I scrapped my plans, turned to a different page in my notebook and started scribbling. Pretty soon cocoa powder was flying around the kitchen and through the cloud of flour and sugar in the kitchen these little beauties started to form. The donuts are filled with rich dark chocolate cocoa powder and espresso powder to make perfect, soft donuts. They are then dunked in a dark chocolate glaze laced with coconut extract and then dunked in toasted coconut.

Baked Coconut Mocha Donuts  with Dark Chocolate Coconut Glaze

Heaven folks. This is heaven.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Mocha Donuts

To be totally honest with you, I do not have a big sweet tooth in the mornings. I will almost always pick savory over sweet when it comes to breakfast, however these little beauties have totally changed me.

Bring on the chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Mocha Donuts

5.0 from 2 reviews
Coconut Mocha Donuts
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 9
 
Ingredients
  • Donut Ingredients
  • 1 cup AP Flour or Bisquick (I used GF Bisquick)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder (I used one to go packet)
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • Glaze Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons coconut extract
  • ½ cup coconut for toasting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and sugar until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add milk, sour cream, and beaten egg.
  4. In a small bowl or cup combine the hot water with the instant coffee powder until dissolved. Pour coffee into donut batter and mix well.
  5. Spray donut pan with cooking oil and spoon batter into donut molds.
  6. Bake donuts 12 minutes, carefully remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
  7. While donuts are cooling combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and coconut extract until a thick glaze forms.
  8. Turn the broiler on your oven to low. Pour shredded coconut into a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast coconut until lightly brown, this will take about one minute. Watch closely so it does not burn.
  9. Dunk cooled donuts in chocolate glaze and then dip in toasted coconut.
  10. *Note: There is enough glaze to double dunk your donuts or to completely coat with glaze. Donuts will need to be stored in the fridge.

For more Coconut Mocha creations try my Blended Coconut Mocha and my Coconut Mocha Snack Mix!

Adapted from Joy the Baker

Blended Coconut Mocha

Blended Coconut Mocha

Growing up my family was split into two teams.

Team Mom, Team Dad, Team Brown eyes, Team Blue eyes, Team gimme-all-the-coconut, Team I-will-die-if-I-eat-one-shred-of-coconut. As I sit here writing this, sipping a Coconut Mocha can you guess which team I am on?

Yep, team leader for the brown eyed, coconut lovers right here. My blue eyed, I-prefer-a-coke-float counterparts are rolling their eyes.

Whatever. More for me :)

I have shared my love for the combination of coconut, coffee, and rich dark chocolate before when I shared the Coconut Mocha Snack Mix. That was earlier in the year when it was too darn cold to be walking around drinking icy drinks. Lucky for us, summer is in full swing which means it is all but required to make this ice cold chocolaty drink to bring in the new season.

Just in case you have never had it this is a knock off of Starbucks Coconut Mocha Frappuccino. I tried this drink for the first time years and years ago in Hawaii, and fell head over heels in love. Since then they have occasionally brought it back during the summer. The last couple years I have eagerly waited for summer to come around to see if they would bring back my beloved drink, but no such luck.

Blended Coconut Mocha

That is why I had to come up with my own version, which has probably saved me a ton of money and calories, so I should probably be grateful. I like to keep things simple so no crazy ingredients here, just coffee, milk, coconut extract, vanilla syrup and some chocolate. But the key is to add some toasted shredded coconut to the top. So. Good.

You can use this recipe as a base and adjust to your preferences. Want more chocolate? Do it! Want more coconut? By all means, go for it! One thing is for sure, you have to give this one a try. It is the best way to beat the heat!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Blended Coconut Mocha
Recipe type: Drink
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Serves: 1-2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • ¼ cup milk or fat free half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
  • 5-7 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder*
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • ⅛ cup shredded coconut for toasting
Instructions
  1. Heat your broiler to low and place the coconut in a oven proof dish, let it sit under the broiler 30 seconds to one minute or until golden brown. Let the toasted coconut cool.
  2. Combine cold coffee, milk, vanilla syrup, cocoa powder and coconut extract in a blender. Add ice cubes and blend approximately 40 seconds until ice cubes are totally crushed.
  3. This makes one large drink or two small drinks as pictured.
  4. *For a sweeter more chocolaty version use a tablespoon of chocolate syrup in place of the cocoa powder.

I used the cold brew method for the coffee, you can find that here.

Simple Iced Coffee

Today we are talking coffee.

Simple Iced Coffee
I find people fall into three distinct categories when it comes to a cup of Jo. They love it, hate it, or load it with sugar, chocolate, and various syrups and whipped creams until it no longer actually tastes like coffee.

Which one are you? I fall firmly into the first category. I go to bed at night looking forward to my piping hot cup of heaven every morning. I used to use fabulous sweet creamers, especially those fancy seasonal ones, but over time I have become a purist and drink it black or with just a smidgen of cream. I told you I take my coffee seriously.

Every year I run into the same predicament, I live in the South where summers are knock your socks off hot and humid. There is no way you can gulp down a regular cup of coffee when it is 100+ outside. There is just no way. So, I had to perfect my version of iced coffee. Of course, you can just brew coffee and let it cool, but it was never strong enough for me. So I opted for the cold brew method. You have probably seen this before, the concept is simple, just pour 12 ounces of coffee grounds into a large pitcher, cover with one gallon of water, let it sit overnight then strain. Voila! Perfect, bold cold coffee!

Iced Coffee

I let my coffee sit overnight or about 8-10 hours. This gives you a medium boldness. What I mean by that is it is similar to the strength you would find at Starbucks. If that is too dark for you just adjust your time to around 6 hours. If that isn’t dark enough just let it sit longer.

Iced Coffee

So a couple tips:
-Quality of coffee matters, choose at least a medium roast. But remember, the bolder the better!
-Flavored Coffees work really well. I like the hint of chocolate or cinnamon from some of the flavored coffees. They normally aren’t strong enough to over power your drink. They just add a little something extra. My favorite is the Iced Mocha Coffee from Archer Farms at Target.
-Stir it around for a minute or so as soon as you mix it to make sure the coffee grounds are completely saturated.
-When you strain the mixture use cheese cloth and a wire mesh strainer. I triple layer my cheese cloth.
-I normally strain my mixture twice, but when in doubt do it again. Nobody wants coffee grounds in the bottom of your cup!

Iced Coffee

Holy Moses, I told you this was simple but I am making it sound so complicated! :)

The great thing about this method is it gives you a whole pitcher of ready to go iced coffee which makes grab and go mornings so easy. I generally use 6-8 ounces of iced coffee, 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup, 3 tablespoons fat free half and half to make my iced coffee, but you can definitely adjust that based on your own preferences.

Simple Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee
Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 12 ounce package of ground coffee
Instructions
  1. Combine coffee and water in a large pitcher, stir coffee several times to make sure all grounds are completely saturated. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. Using a mesh strainer and a triple layered cheese cloth strain the coffee into a clean pitcher. If needed pour the coffee through the strainer twice, to ensure all of the grounds have been removed from the coffee.
  3. Discard cheesecloth and the coffee grounds.
  4. Enjoy!

 

 

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Iced Coffee