Chocolate-Covered Katie has gained mass appeal for her incredible site providing people with delicious recipes that you would never believe is healthy for you. She has provided ways to feast on cooked or raw treats that are for everyone, including those with allergies. I’m excited to give you the sexy scoop on Chocolate-Covered Katie.
You have created an incredible resource for people to access the most deliciously healthy treats. What was your inspiration for getting into all of this?
I started it while in college, as a means of keeping up with friends back home. Originally it wasn’t even a food blog… However as I wrote about my adventures, food bloggers began commenting on my site. I made friends with them and soon started writing more of a food blog. Somewhere along the way, I realized that the posts I enjoyed writing (and photographing) the most were the posts about dessert!
Do you suffer from any allergies and if so, how do you get around them when cooking/baking?
I don’t suffer from any food allergies, but I know a lot of my readers do. I try very hard to test substitutions on my recipes so that people who are allergic to, say, soy or gluten or peanuts can still make as many of the recipes as possible. (All of the recipes are already free of eggs and dairy.)
What is your favourite sweetener to use and why and which do you avoid?
I don’t have just one favorite sweetener. For the best taste and texture in a recipe while still keeping it as healthy as possible, I’ll usually employ a combination of a natural sweetener like stevia with another sweetener such as coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or molasses.
What is the biggest nutrition misconception you always have to clear up for people?
There IS room for dessert in a healthy diet, and there is no need to feel guilty about indulging… it doesn’t make you any less healthy, as long as you use real ingredients (not chemicals) and really pay attention to the flavors and savor every bite!
What advice would you give to mothers trying to create healthy treats for their children who are addicted to refined sugar?
There’s no need to ban desserts completely… Just learn to make healthier versions of their favorites.
If you could cook/bake healthy for anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Probably my great grandmother. She was the most fantastic cook I’ve ever met, and I would love the chance to turn the tables and be the one to cook for her.
What is your favourite on-the-go snack and why?
It changes by the day… Today it might be my homemade protein bars.
What five ingredients do you suggest everyone should have in their cupboards or fridge for creating healthy indulgences?
Unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, applesauce, at least one type of whole-grain flour such as spelt flour, a good non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut milk, and salt. That last one is surprisingly important, as a pinch of salt can bring out the sweetness in desserts.
What must-have appliance would suggest for the novice in the kitchen that won’t break the bank?
A food processor! Yes it might cost around $200, but it is well worth the investment. My food processor (a Cuisinart 7-cup) is over 15 years old. In terms of kitchen gadgets, it was the best money ever spent.
If you had to convert someone to indulge in healthy desserts, what dessert would you make for them?
Maybe something like my Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies… they’re delicious!