Gluten Free “Oreo” Balls

Hey y’all!

It’s the holiday season, and sometimes it can be hard to find a good gluten-free dessert recipe to have at parties. I found this recipe from Hello Gluten Free, and I’m making these to have on Christmas day! Oreo balls have only 3 ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese, and white chocolate. Sadly, original Oreos aren’t gluten-free, but gluten-free options are available! I used Glutino cookies, which have SUCH good chocolate flavor. I think these are way better than Oreos, which are mainly just sugar. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can totally use regular Oreos with this same recipe! I haven’t tried it with plain Oreos (disclaimer), but I’m sure it’ll taste good!

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Some things I noticed while making these:

The mix was pretty soft before rolling them into balls, so I refrigerated the mix in a bowl for 15 mins before rolling them into balls. This helped the mix to not stick all over your hands and turn into a gooey mess.

I used 33 cookies, but the recipe calls for 30. The last three I crumbled by hand and mixed into the bowl of already processed cream cheese and cookies to give it a little more texture.

Buy two packs of cookies! A pack only comes with about 20, so you’ll need the extra cookies unless you make half of a recipe. (Also means more cookies to eat plain… yes please!)

Buy two packages of white chocolate chips. I ran out of white chocolate about 2/3rd of the way through dipping the Oreo balls, so some ended up just being drizzled with white chocolate, then I used a little dark chocolate as well. They were pretty, but they needed more coverage.

That being said, let’s get started!

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Gluten-Free “Oreo” Balls from Hello Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 30 chocolate gluten-free sandwich cookies (I used Glutino)
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package white chocolate chips (I needed two bags)

Directions

 Step 1
Using a food processor, blend together cookies and cream cheese until smooth.
Step 2
Roll into 1 inch balls and place on wax paper, then set in the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
Step 3
Melt white chocolate chips and roll each ball in the melted chips to cover. Place on wax paper to cool and serve. Best kept in the fridge or freezer.

 

This recipe was taken from Hello Gluten Free’s Gluten Free Oreo Ball Recipe. For more information and tips on making these, check out the original post here.

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Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

Hey yall! It’s national hot cocoa day, so I decided to share a healthy(-ish) alternative to the traditional hot chocolate. This is my favorite hot chocolate recipe, because it uses almond milk but is still super tasty. This recipe makes about 5 servings! I also included a single-serving recipe for those days you just want a little something sweet. 

Almond Milk Hot Chocolate

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups Almond milk (1 qt.) (I like the sweetened vanilla kind, but you can also use original)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Dash  Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon (you can use regular salt, this stuff is just better in my opinion)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in medium saucepan & stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk & stir until hot.  Remove from heat & add vanilla. Beat with a whisk until foamy, pour into mugs and enjoy!

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-Almond Milk Hot Chocolate for One-

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • Dash Himalayan pink salt & nutmeg or cinnamon

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in large mug. Heat almond milk in a microwave for 1-1/2 minutes or until hot. Gradually add hot almond milk to cocoa mixture in mug, stirring until well blended. Stir in vanilla. DONE!

Hope you enjoy!

Chloe

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Winter Skincare Favorites

Hey y’all! It’s that time of year when skin gets dry, lips get chapped, and foundation just won’t apply the way you’d like it to. In this post, I’m going to tell y’all about my favorite skincare products for the cold months and hopefully can save some of you from the dreaded flaky foundation. you’re welcome! Now let’s get started.

First up is an overnight moisture mask from Clinique that I’m going to link Here. This mask is a creamy, oil-free facial mask that helps hydrate skin overnight for a soft, dewy glow when you wake up in the morning. I use this about once or twice a week in the winter, and around once a month the rest of the year, but you can also use it every night if your skin REALLY needs help.

Next is a serum by Estee Lauder ( here ). I use it around my eyes, on my lips, or on my entire face ( gotta do what you gotta do, am I right? ). This repair serum maximizes the power of skin’s natural renewal and really combats dry skin. I use it in the mornings before my daily moisturizer.

Alright, so this is my favorite primer anyway, but it’s ESPECIALLY lovely this time of year. The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (yep, click here) is a LIFESAVER… or should I say foundation saver? Either way, this primer is  “infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.”(thanks, @ Sephora’s product info section). Anyway, this primer is super moisturizing and my foundation stays looking flawless all day. No kidding, like “I did my makeup at 7 am and now its 10 pm and still looking FLAWLESS” kind of good.

SKINCARE

For cleansers, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (right here)  is fantastic at any time, but especially winter. This gel cleanser for all skin types gently washes off everyday impurities like dirt and makeup – EVEN MASCARA- without drying the skin. this stuff is good. Amino acid-rich soy proteins to help support natural elasticity and healthy skin, while rosewater is notable for its calming and balancing properties. The cleanser is further enriched with calming cucumber extract to soothe the skin and borage seed oil to nourish. In short: really good, doesn’t dry out your skin.

My favorite eye cream is the Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (here ). This eye cream is super hydrating and diminishes dark circles. It actually works! Also, it’s relatively inexpensive, at only $15, but check your local T.J.Maxx, because I got mine there for $3.

Last but not least is a Goji Lip Balm by Sephora Collectio (lol right here). This product come in a range of six different balms, each with a different ingredient to nurture lips all day long. The Goji Lip Balm, specifically “nurtures and protects”. Also, this lip balm only costs $6. Just saying.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and, from now on, will be blessed with hydrated skin.

I’m writing this while wearing fuzzy pants with ice skating polar bears on them as I procrastinate studying for finals. Maybe I should take my own advice from my last blog post?

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  -Deuteronomy 31:6