Enjoy Life: Dark Chocolate Morsels

When Enjoy Life Foods messaged me and asked if I’d like to try and review their new dark chocolate morsels I didn’t have to think twice. This is the sixth product review I’ve done for ELF, and just like everything else I’ve tried, these morsels are delicious.

001I had to try them by the handful because, well…because I had to.

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Once I knew they were rich and decadent on their own, I wanted to try them in a tried and true recipe. SO, I made my coffee energy bites that I am obsessed with and added 1/2 cup of these chocolate morsels for an extra special treat. They were delicious.

006005I promise these are the last photos of coffee energy bites you’ll see for a while. I think…

Next, I wanted to make a chocolate treat that started as brownies, then turned to muffins, and then turned to breakfast pucks. The texture and density changed throughout the baking process so much that I couldn’t call these a brownie or a muffin. They are gluten free, dairy free, and almost sugar free (the only sugar in these are from the chocolate morsels, giving each chocolate puck about 2.5G of sugar.) Boy oh boy were they tasty.

Don’t let the word breakfast fool you, these are rich and pair perfectly with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert. Otherwise, the flax seed, coconut oil, and nutrient packed GF flour make these an acceptable breakfast bite on the go.

Dark Chocolate Breakfast Pucks

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  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup xylitol
  • 2 large flax eggs (2 tbsp flaxseed + 6 Tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all purpose GF flour
  • 1/3 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels

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  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray 7-8 standard-sized muffin tins with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare flax eggs in a small bowl and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Melt coconut oil on the stove. Then stir in the flax egg, xylitol, vanilla, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Lastly, add the flour, then the chocolate morsels.
  4. Scoop batter evenly into 7-8 muffin tins until 3/4 full, and bake for 22-26 minutes, or until the breakfast pucks start to pull away from the sides and they spring back to the touch. Be careful not to overcook or they will get crumbly. Remove from oven and let rest in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a plate or rack.

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I love the visible flakes of flax seed in these. I use a flax and ancient grain GF flour mix that is a 1 for 1 swap, meaning I don’t have to use my brain while baking. The ingredients in the flour alone are enough to set your day up for success! I found this amazing flour at Costco!

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I tend to be a terrible judge when it comes to my baked goods, and can be a bit harsh on myself, but I shared these with my coworker and she loved them. I will eat just about anything, but have high expectations for my treats, so it was nice to know they passed the civilian (non limited eaters) test! While these tasted fine alone, I enjoyed them with a scoop of the cookie dough ice cream I had from my waffle creation. I had to finish it off somehow!

Q: Are you too harsh on yourself when judging the food you make? Guilty!

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53 comments

  1. Um YUMMO! The Breakfast Pucks look amazing and the name actually makes them more badass! I am the worst when it comes to baked goods, even if its a complete fail I’ll say to myself, “Meh, I’ll still eat them” and usually others will too I am just terrified of what they will think! More often than not, they enjoy my “fail” treats too. Most of the time…. :D I also need to get my booty to costco because that flour is WICKED. I really love Enjoy Life products, especially their chocolate (but I mean, its chocolate… I love most chocolate.). Their chocolate chunks on top of oatmeal are the most amazing things, they get all melty and I swoooooooooooon <3

    ps, you continue to be my baking goddess.

  2. I am totally harsh on myself about my own food. When I make something new I stare my husband until he takes his second or third bite and hound him with questions about whether it’s good or not. ;p

    I’m reeeeally going to have to make the coffee energy bites!! I must say the pucks look pretty delicious as well. :)

  3. PLLLLAAAASE. CAN WE OPEN OUR B & B AND SERVE THESE TO OVERNIGHT RUNNING/YOGA/ACTIVE GUESTS!?!? This camera…. I just love the final shot, where you can see all the seeds and the bites are kind of laying on top of each other in a line. Sigh. They look so delicious.

    I think you could totally organize your own running race and call it ‘chocolate morsel marathon’ or something, and at the end, you could have a huge bucket of these for the runners. I would totally run that.

    1. AHH YES..to all of this. To the B&B menu addition, and HELLS YES to the chocolate morsel marathon..even if you’re the only contestant..you’d get ALL THE CHOCOLATE!

  4. I’m seriously laughing big time right now because I’m just stepping away from a photoshoot using the Enjoy Life morsels as well — thank you for letting me indulge in my chocolate addiction for a little while longer :) And I totally get you on having super high standards for my baked goods — I’ll literally watch people like a hawk when they’re trying them just so I can be sure to pick up on their exact facial expressions. I actually probably stress them out :lol:

    1. HA! That is awesome, I really hope you loved these as much as I did! I watch too..or sometimes I do the complete opposite and walk the other way and pretend I didn’t even give them anything and if they comment to me..I know they liked it..if they don’t…well..thankfully that doesn’t happen often! HA!

  5. i dont care what something looks like as long as it’s delish. and these are delish and i want to eat all of them. i remembered a couple of weeks ago that a little dark chocolate is good for you so i’ve been having a square of dark chocolate every day :)

  6. I loveeeee these!! I just discovered them this fall and can’t get enough of them when baking yummy treats. I’ve made energy bites similar to those before, but I’ve never heard of coffee ones!! I NEED to make those. I’m obsessed with coffee. If I wasn’t currently living in a hotel I would be making those today, but I pinned for later. Thank you for sharing!

    Ashley, Married to the Game

  7. I’ll eat most of the ‘creations’ that I bake; however, if something I bake doesn’t ‘blow me away’, I won’t serve it to anyone else. In my mind, you can’t go wrong with sugar, flour, and butter but I know not everyone feels that way ;)

  8. Are the chocolate morsels vegan? I only ask because I’ve been searching for some. I’m very critical of anything I make if I’m going to give it as a present or serve at a dinner party. If it’s not “OMG!” good, it doesn’t make the cut. If I’m giving cupcakes away as testers, I want honest feedback (good and bad).

  9. YAY!!! I’ve been waiting for you to post the recipe for these ever since you mentioned them. They look and sound fabulous, especially with all of that chocolate! (You know me… ;) ) I’ve wanted to try Enjoy Life’s chocolate chips for a while now, but because I hadn’t heard any reviews, I was having a hard time pulling the trigger. They’re so gosh darn expensive at my local grocery store! But you may have just convinced me to splurge. :)

    And I am SO guilty of being a perfectionist with recipes! In the next one I’m going to post, everything tastes fine but I remade them over and over until they looked absolutely perfect. It’s all about the aesthetics when it comes to food photography and Pinterest! ;)

    P.S. I LOVE the second shot of your energy bites and the second shot of your muffin/brownie/puck deliciousness. I’m a sucker for repetition, and the warm colors in both really pop! :)

    1. These chocolate chips are REALLY good, but I totally understand the price tag being a bit of a deterrent. I would have a hard time justifying buying these often! Once in a while though, YES! I totally love that you’re a perfectionist with your photos..because I get to enjoy the gorgeous final product! I am the same way though, as much as I can be!

      YAHOO I GOT THE AMY PHOTO APPROVAL!

      1. You are TOO cute!! I’m sitting here laughing at your last line! :D Does a place like Costco sell the chocolate chips for a slightly cheaper price?

        And I HIGHLY recommend checking out foodgawker.com now that you’re getting more serious about photography. I submit all of my stuff there, and it drives a good amount of traffic. Plus there’s always lots of amazing images for photo shoot inspiration too!

  10. the morsels sound delicious, but i’m more and more impressed with your photography every time you post — ah-may-zing! if you lived closer i’d want to go on photo tours together :)

  11. I like how you incorporated the word “puck” into a recipe, well done kiddo. These look awesomeeeee. I’m currently eating oatmeal made in chocolate muscle milk and its the same color as your pucks. I wish I was eating pucks instead.

  12. OMG HERE IT IS !!! HERE IT IS!!!! THE RECIPE I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! I can now go to sleep and dream about these! I bet I will dream that these little nuggets of love are actually space ships and we blast off into space and land on Planet COCONUT.

    PS: Your handfuls are pathetic. LMFAO – common now, I thought we were TWINS – there are only 14 chips there!

    1. I had to be appropriate for the photo..let’s be real..I def just poured the bag straight into my mouth. If it were the middle of the summer in Arizona I would have been had chocolate all over my body. Chocolate wasted.

  13. Chocolate chips straight from the bag is one of my favorite treats. Also I’m with Gigi on you needing to up your handful size. That just doesn’t cut it ;) but these are great recipes…simply but still delicious. Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well!

  14. I discovered these chocolate bits a while back and they’re the “gold” standard around here as a substitute for regular chocolate. I’ll have to try your newest protein bites.. I love those snacks!! I’m curious about the GF flour, I use cup4cup but it’s pricey.. the costco flour will have to go on my list to try. Would it have that “rice” flour texture when you bake, say, muffins with it??

    1. Ohhh wonderful question, I made some scones with this flour, and have baked a few batches of cookies and the texture is NOTHING like rice flour. I haven’t baked muffins yet…but maybe I will give those a try and let you know!!

  15. gahhhh why can’t we live closer so we can eat goodies, drink wine and watch sappy chick flicks together friday night? although.. i guess i can’t say too much because i may just have a date. not getting hopes up though.

    anyways, loving all the new photos with your camera. i’m about 95% sure i’m using my tax return to get a DSLR. eeeek! <3

    you are my valentine beautiful!

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