Welcome to day 8 of my Friends by Recipes Challenge!

Today, I am going to be featuring someone who inspired me to start this blog in the first place, Chocolate Covered Katie!

Katie is such a great girl, and she has the most amazing recipes. All of her recipes are so easy, that I decided to make a few of them. (Just one recipe wouldn’t do her justice!)

First, I tried a recent recipe of hers:

“One lil Pumpkin” Muffin

(covered in chocolate)

  • 1 T canned pumpkin
  • handful chocolate chips
  • pinch pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3T flour
  • sweetener of choice
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1 1/2T water, nondairy milk, or oil (such as coconut), or a combination

Procedure: Follow the directions for a Single Lady Cupcake, subbing pumpkin for the applesauce and adding the chips and spice. Also, sub the oil for water or nondairy milk if desired.

The insides....mmmm....

I used cacao nibs for the chocolate chips (I still haven’t found those 100% dark chocolate chips yet, Katie! I’m going to have to look in another Whole Foods), and used 2 drops of stevia to sweeten. I then topped it with another dollop of pumpkin and some cacao nibs.

Yum! Yum! I think these would be great to prepare while making dinner, and just pop them in the oven before you eat dinner. Then, the cupcake will be done by the time you are done eating.

Then I made some Better-n-Rice Pudding

So comforting on a cold morning...

2 cups non-dairy milk
2 servings cooked oatmeal (i.e. start with 80 grams uncooked)
2 tsps cinnamon
2 Tbs vanilla extract
up to 1 cup raisins

Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then turn down to low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pudding is the desired consistency.  Cooking the oats twice makes them even fluffier and gives the recipe a real pudding-like taste.

The recipe makes 2-4 servings, depending on how big the eater’s appetite is and whether the pudding is being consumed as a meal or a snack.

And finally, her famous Fudge Babies!

Rolled in Cocoa powder and coconut shavings!

Fudge Babies


  • 1 c walnuts (120 grams)
  • 1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (230 grams) (If you want a sweeter result, up the proportion of dates.) (If you’re unsure as to what dates to use, or you want measurements in cups, not grams, see fudge baby FAQ post)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you want the balls to be (I used 4T extra dark)


1. Chop/blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc.  (No need to blend the dates first; I just blend everything all at once.)

2. Roll into cutey-pie little balls.  (Use plastic wrap if you need to.)


Thanks for all of this recipe-making fun, Katie!!

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

Have you gone over to this Chocolate-Covered Vegan‘s blog yet? If not, go now!





5 Responses to #8 Friends by Recipes: Chocolate Covered Katie

  1. I love Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog! 🙂
    I’ve always wanted to make her fudge babies but when I buy dates and walnuts I end up snacking on them until theres no more left to use up!
    Twice cooked oatmeal sounds interesting too, I never thought about that..
    Enjoy the rest of your week,
    Nicky 🙂

  2. Awwwww Alex, your words are too kind, as usual. And I want to eat the pudding right off the screen.
    P.S. Just became a fan of your fbook page 🙂 :).
    Love ya!

  3. Love the coconut! I’m going to have to add that to the list of new combos now that I’ve also copied Katie with my (S)ara(h)bars 🙂

  4. I Love reading Chocolate Covered Katie…I think her blog was one of the first I ever started to follow!!

  5. I just started reading Katie’s blog from HEAB and really enjoy it! I have yet to try the oatmeal pudding, but it’s definitely on my list!

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