Dessert Recipes

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

ChocolatePumpkinDoughnuts-6466.jpg

Tis the season for all things pumpkin. Since I love my Healthier Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts so much, I thought it would be fun to try it with a chocolate twist. I present a Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze. This recipe is also baked like the non-pumpkin version.

I actually drafted this recipe last year but never got around to blogging it. I had the photographs done and everything. I considered using the recipe and photos from last year. But, I decided to test out the recipe one more time just to be sure it would come out okay. It did! And since I had some cute mini pumpkins, I decided to re-shoot the donuts, too. Read on for the recipe…

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

Normally, I like to roll my baked doughnuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture. Because I’m lazy like that. When you can have dessert in under 20 minutes, the extra few minutes it takes to make the glaze can add up.

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

So, if you’re looking to shave off a couple minutes from this recipe, these Healthier (baked) Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts would also be delicious rolled in cinnamon sugar. If you’re looking for as much chocolate-y goodness as possible, then definitely set aside a couple extra minutes to whip up the chocolate glaze recipe.

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

To make these Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts extra beautiful, add some orange or Halloween-themed sprinkles on top!

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

It was difficult to not eat all six of these Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts. But, I managed to share them with hubby and save one for the next day. It was pretty good cold, straight out of the fridge. But, I think they’re best when they’re eaten with that fresh-baked warmth still in them. Mmm!

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze

Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Here’s a quick & easy dessert that’s a perfect use of leftover canned pumpkin – Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze. I’m loving baked doughnuts because I can make them so quickly and they’re just so darned good. One batch never lasts long in our house. We gobble them right up and you can, too, with this recipe.
*Vegetarian, Vegan options*
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts
  • ½ cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup, plus ¼ cup granulated sugar (preferably raw, brown sugar would probably be delicious)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon, plus ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup milk of choice
  • 1 large egg (or sub flaxseed egg)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
Chocolate Glaze
  • ½ tablespoon butter (or sub Earth Balance)
  • ½ tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips (use vegan option if preferred)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar, sifted Note: Do NOT skip sifting or it will be more difficult to get a smooth glaze
Instructions
Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 6-count doughnut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium-large bowl, add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In another medium-large bowl, whisk together pumpkin and milk. Whisk in egg. Add vanilla extract and white vinegar and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (careful to not over-mix).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Note: This dough is pretty thick, so you’ll want to spread the tops as flat as possible using the back of a spoon or spatula.
  6. Tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 7-9 minutes, until doughnuts are cooked through (when a toothpick inserted into the doughnut comes out clean). (Mine were perfect at 8 minutes, but oven temperatures can vary, so check at 7 minutes)
  7. Make the chocolate glaze (recipe follows).
  8. When doughnuts are safe to touch, but while they’re still warm, dip the smooth side (bottom) into the chocolate glaze.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Chocolate Glaze
  1. Place butter and milk in a medium microwave safe bowl. Heat until butter is almost melted, about 20-30 seconds. Add chocolate chips, let sit for a minute and then whisk until the chocolate chips are melted and the mixture is combined. Whisk in vanilla extract. Whisk in powdered sugar until evenly combined.
Notes
Note: You can use cinnamon sugar instead of the chocolate glaze if you want to save some time or prefer the different flavor/topping. Stir ¼ cup granulated sugar with ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon with a fork and dip warm doughnuts into the sugar mixture.


Be sure to check out my Healthier Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts and Healthier Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts.

 

Hope you enjoy this baked Healthier Chocolate Pumpkin Doughnuts Recipe with Chocolate Glaze!

By the way, what is your favorite brand of canned pumpkin? Though I prefer using organic canned pumpkin, I must say Libby’s is probably the best. Libby’s canned pumpkin is not only a beautiful, vibrant orange color, it has a great texture and flavor, too!

FitBloggin 2014 – Around Savannah, GA

FitBloggin2014-Day4-3624.jpg

When I attend conferences, I almost always try to maximize my free time on the last day. Most conferences end in the morning leaving the rest of the day with plenty of time for more adventures. Since I drove to Savannah, this was especially easy to do for FitBloggin. And I’m so glad I decided to stay in town after the conference ended. I got to spend some time with some great bloggers.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

There was one shop I definitely wanted to hit up before leaving town – The Savannah Bee Company. I headed there with Shannyn, Kyra, Martinus, and Nikki. We wanted to do a mead tasting, but sadly, they weren’t able to do one until 12:30pm since it was a Sunday.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

Luckily, there were plenty of other things to check out in the shop. The Savannah Bee Company not only has a wide variety of honey flavors, but they have other treats, from lotions to honey-roasted coffee.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

They have a great sample bar at the front where you can taste the honeys the shop offers. I was surprised at how much the honeys differed in taste. The tupelo and winter white were my standout favorites, so I brought a bottle of each home to enjoy later.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

I also tried the honey comb, which was really good. It’s sweet, warm, and chewy. I’ve always wanted to try honey comb straight up, so this was a real treat for me! There was also bread, apples, and cheese in case you wanted to make a savory-sweet sample.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

Our next stop was a cupcake shop just down the block, Sweet Carolina Cupcakes.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

I hadn’t planned to eat any cupcakes since we hadn’t had lunch yet, and I was still hoping to score some macarons. But, when Martinus kindly offered for each of us to share a bite of his red velvet cupcake, I couldn’t resist. It was delicious, and the frosting was nice and buttery. Thank you, Martinus!

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

{Blogger shenanigans}

One of my favorite things about attending conferences is how you’re around people who are just as weird as you are. Every group has their quirks, and I love the blogger ones. We totally get taking lots of photos of food, photos of people taking photos of food, selfless galore, and other randomness. I love hanging out with fellow bloggers!

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

After a couple more photo ops, Martinus and Nikki headed back to the hotel to catch a tour. I wish I’d had more time in Savannah to participate in one of the many historic tours they offered. Guess I’ll just have to go back soon!

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

Kyra, Shannyn, and I had worked up an appetite, so we headed back towards the river to grab lunch. En route, we learned that the macaron shop was closed on Sunday. That was a bummer, but I was happy to at least have some delicious honey to enjoy at home later. Plus, I had one more stop I really wanted to make, and I had a good feeling they’d be open.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

We hit up the Chart House, which was located in a beautiful stone building right on River Street. We had a great view of the bridge and passing boats. The weather was warm, but we opted to eat out. With the breeze, it was really lovely.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

I was torn between two very different options for my lunch order – a salad or the short ribs. I’ve been on a short rib kick lately, so I figured what the heck, why not get those today. They were a little tougher than I wanted, but the flavor was delicious. It was a heavy choice for lunch outside, but it’s what I was feeling.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

{Shannyn, Me, Kyra}

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

For our last shop stop, we visited River Street Sweets. I really wanted to pick up some pralines for hubby, and I scored one pound to take home. The shop had chocolate and original flavors, but I opted for 100% original.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

I had to be out of the parking deck of the hotel by 3pm, and the girls had flights to catch, but we had about another hour to spend around town. So, we opted to check out some of squares in town.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

We took a leisurely walk through the squares, marveling at the giant, arching trees with their sweeping branches covered in moss.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

There were historic monuments throughout. You could spend a long time wandering around, checking out all the sites and reading all the plaques. It’s a nice setup.

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

{Up}

FitBloggin 2014 - Around Savannah, GA

We made it to the location of Forrest Gump’s bench, which has since been moved to a museum, before turning back towards the hotel. Our afternoon walking around Savannah was the perfect end to a beautiful weekend. Thank you Shannyn, Kyra, Martinus, and Nikki for helping me end the conference on a sweet note! Let’s get cupcakes in Denver, too!

I felt ready to head home but also like I wanted the FitBloggin fun to continue. I’d met so many great people throughout the weekend, and I look forward to keeping up with them over social media and potentially to even seeing them in person! As you may have read on other FitBloggin posts, the event was really great for a blogger recharge. I spent the drive home feeling really appreciative for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful event. I was also really inspired by so many of the other bloggers who attended. I could spend all year hearing their stories about their healthy living journeys.

With my batteries feeling super-charged, I also brainstormed how I could apply the inspiration and learnings of the weekend to make both my blog and life better. I must say, I’m especially inspired to start blogging about healthy living again. That used to be a big focus here on The Chic Life, and I’ve dialed back in recent years. Well, I’m ready to bring that back to the blog with renewed energy. I also want to do more posts to give back and share some of the things Ive learned over the years to help my fellow bloggers as others have helped me. So, long story short (TL;DR) stay tuned for some posts on health & wellness and some tutorials coming up!

Thank you to Roni and everyone who helped make FitBloggin another success! I met so many great people over the weekend, and I wish I had gotten more photos with all of them. To those I met, please know I really enjoyed meeting and chatting with you, even if only for a short time. Hope to see everyone in Denver in 2015!

***

Here are my other FitBloggin 2014 recap posts:

***

Thanks for stopping by!

Desserts in Durham and The Honeycutters

DowntownDurham.jpg

We went to Durham this past weekend to visit my MIL for Mother’s Day. We had plans to eat in to celebrate. The boys were in charge of picking up food. Wanting to contribute something (other than a purse I picked out for my MIL at the Green Jeans Sale), I decided to do what I do best – find dessert.

Downtown Durham

My friend Ben suggested Scratch Bakery in downtown Durham. So, I headed to the downtown area, parked my car, and went on a bit of a dessert adventure.

Doughnut Muffins

Ben mentioned that Scratch had something special – doughnut muffins. I was surprised to see any left since I went 30 minutes before closing, around 2:30pm. I happily scooped up some to take back to the house. But, I wasn’t done there. I thought the doughnut muffins could be more of a snack. I also picked up some cake (see later photo). But, I wanted more. Scratch was sold out of many items, so I decided to get a variety of desserts from multiple places.

The Cupcake Bar Durham

I went on to get cupcakes from The Cupcake Bar. Many of the cupcakes were decorated with graduation flair since there were many college graduations that weekend. I was sad there were no Mother’s Day themed cupcakes but glad the shop stayed open pretty late. I ended up hitting up this spot after a pit stop at…

Cocoa Cinnamon Latte

Cocoa Cinnamon. It’s been over a year since I first visited this cool little coffee shop, so I was excited to make a return trip. This coffee shop was just outside of the downtown area, so it was an easy two minute car ride from where I was. I was a little nervous about finding somewhere to park and then somewhere to sit since the lot and building are on the small side. But, I lucked out and got a space since someone was leaving just as I pulled up. And though the inside of Cocoa Cinnamon is a bit small, they have quite a bit of outdoor seating. I was ready to share a table with a stranger, but I found an open table in the front.

I ordered the See-line Woman – a latte made with molasses. It was delicious! I love how Cocoa Cinnamon has several unique coffee offerings. I happily sipped on my latte whilst working on a blog post for an Easy Spiced Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe. I got to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air, though I wasn’t sure how long that would last. Most of the day, I toted around a Northface jacket (couldn’t find an umbrella!) since the sky (and weather report) threatened rain. Towards the end of my coffee break, I started hearing thunder. Though it didn’t start raining, it was enough to at least have me thinking it was time to head home.

Durham Dogs

The dogs had a pretty good time this weekend, too, and were playing when I got back. Bailey and Chessie played with a new tug-of-war toy, and that was funny to watch. Chessie is goofy and seems to just like the act of playing. Bailey, on the other hand, wants to WIN! He kept pulling the toy away from Chessie and keeping it from her. Silly boy!

The Honeycutters Concert

My BIL took us all to a small concert to see The Honeycutters on Saturday night. They are based in Asheville, NC, and they are an original country roots band. Country isn’t my favorite genre, but I really like some styles and select artists. I really liked The Honeycutters’ music and ended up getting a CD to take home. I guess some people may think I just like Pitbull and Britney since I’m a Zumba instructor, but I like a lot of different types of music. Sometimes, these smaller bands are harder to find, so you need a good reference with the inside scoop, like my BIL.

Here’s a video (see above) in case you’d like to hear one of the songs I really liked from the show – Mr. Cody.

Scratch Bakery Honey Almond Cake

And we may or may not have dug into that other Scratch Bakery treat – honey almond cake – after the show. Yum! I loved the slightly sticky almond topping. It had a bit of the savory-sweet thing going on with honey and salt, which added great balance.

We gave hubby’s mom her purse on Sunday, and she loved it. Woohoo! It was a navy blue Carolina Herrera bucket-style purse with a long strap and gold details. I hope she gets lots of great use out of it.

We had another great trip to Durham and a wonderful weekend!

Hope you’re all having a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

Kronuts Have Hit Charlotte, NC!

KronutBakery-8028.jpg

When I heard kronuts were finally available in the Queen City, I knew I needed to find out more…Stat! I learned from my friend Keia’s article on Creative Loafing that Fourth Ward Bread Company was planning to kick off their grand opening with a kronut bar from 6:00-6:30pm last Friday. Naturally, I planned to be there to help celebrate and do some research for you guys.

KronutBakery-8047.jpg

And, “What is a kronut?” you may ask.

Kronut = croissant + donut

Yup, you read that right! It’s the next big thing since sliced…err…the cupcake.

KronutBakery-8014.jpg

Located off of Graham Street in uptown Charlotte, this new bakery is centrally located. There is a lot of construction around Graham Street for the baseball stadium, so there may be detours, but they are worth it if you can get your hands on the elusive kronut. Trust me!

KronutBakery-8085.jpg

KronutBakery-8033.jpg

KronutBakery-8036.jpg

I love the open, airy feeling inside the bakery that welcomes you with a big bear hug of natural light.

KronutBakery-8039.jpg

KronutBakery-8059.jpg

KronutBakery-8091.jpg

KronutBakery-8028.jpg

I left straight from work to hit up the grand opening and arrived just in time to see the kronuts in process.

KronutBakery-8049.jpg

KronutBakery-8050.jpg

{Crème Brûlée in progress}

KronutBakery-8025.jpg

{Lemon}

KronutBakery-8065.jpg

{Crème Brûlée – complete}

KronutBakery-8064.jpg

{Coffee}

KronutBakery-8068.jpg

I was so excited to finally try the famous kronut. Could it really live up to all the hype? Flavor-wise, I went for my favorite – Nutella. I ordered two – one for me and one for hubby.

KronutBakery-8071.jpg

However, after just a bite or two, I knew I needed more. More flakey, sweet, doughy, chocolately goodness. More edible happiness.

KronutBakery-8075.jpg

Just look at all those layers. How could you not want just one more kronut?

I ended up finishing my first kronut and got two more to go (Strawberry and Crème Brûlée). I figured dinner would probably be a good idea, so I went home for savory eats before digging into my last kronut…which ended up being half of the Nutella and half of the Crème Brûlée.

I will need more of these very soon, I can already tell.

KronutBakery-8089.jpg

But, Fourth Ward Bread Company has more than just kronuts! They will also be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner most nights, so check em out for all kinds of eats. Grab a nice, sunny spot to read a book. Get some treats to go. Go crazy!

Tip #1: I’ve heard the kronuts sell out in about the first hour of opening, so if you want kronuts, go early! Your dessert-stomach will thank me!

Tip #2: Follow @sugarrmann on Instagram for behind the scene photos of the delicious baked goods at Fourth Ward Bread Company!

Which do you think is ruling the dessert world – the kronut or the cupcake?

Shopping Downtown and Salt at the Ritz {Amelia Island, FL}

AmeliaIslandSalt-6297.jpg

We spent a lot of time walking around downtown Amelia Island on our Florida vacation and made a couple stops as we went.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6255.jpg

I loved this cute little boutique, lori + lulu, where I got a pretty, flowy, coral top that I’m planning to wear for work and fun. Make that – I’ve already worn to work. :)

AmeliaIslandSalt-6260.jpg

{post-lunch ice cream}

AmeliaIslandSalt-6261.jpg

I loved this antique market, 8 Flags, where I found some vintage silver wear for food photo props. They had a lot of interesting memorabilia in there, so it could be fun to visit, even if you don’t think you’re in the mood to shop (though you’ll likely find something you like – they have a ton of stuff).

AmeliaIslandSalt-6263.jpg

After our boat tour, lunch, and ice cream, we headed back to our B&B, the Hoyt House, to relax.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6266.jpg

Isn’t the house gorgeous?!

***

And then it was time for dinner.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6270.jpg

When I originally asked friends and co-workers for suggestions on a Florida vacation spot, the Ritz at Amelia Island was one of the first (and top) recommendations. Unfortunately, they’re not pet-friendly, so I’m really glad we were able to find the charming Hoyt House where Bailey was a welcome guest.

Fortunately, the Ritz does have a few places non-guests can visit, like the Spa and Salt, one of their on-site restaurant.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6295.jpg

Salt’s theme is pretty obvious – it’s all about the salt. There are pink Himalayan salt lamps and candle votives all around. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you’re greeted by a display of various salts of all shades, shapes, and flavors – they have over 40 types!

AmeliaIslandSalt-6272.jpg

We decided to try the Chef’s Adventure Menu. I was a little nervous because I’m not all that experimental with my food, especially when it comes to gourmet eats. But, after talking about it more with our waiter and after he assured me he could make sure I didn’t get anything raw (sushi – ok, beef tartare – hmm?).

AmeliaIslandSalt-6274.jpg

AmeliaIslandSalt-6279.jpg

AmeliaIslandSalt-6283.jpg

Our waiter gave us two glasses of sparkling wine, I’m guessing because he found out we were celebrating our anniversary.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6271.jpg

There was bread a-plenty in three options. We didn’t want to fill up on this, but…

AmeliaIslandSalt-6276.jpg

…they had butter from France to enjoy with the bread…

AmeliaIslandSalt-6287.jpg

…and a cute serving dish of three of their signature salts. We started with three types with the bread and got two more with the main courses.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6297.jpg

So, you got to top the bread with French butter and gourmet salts. Yum! I’ve never topped bread with salt before, but it was a fun and interactive way to eat it.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6288.jpg

I’m so glad the kind team at Salt printed a copy of the menu for me because I would never remember all the intricate details of this wonderful tasting menu. First up, we started with an Amuse Bouche – “Strawberry Gazpacho / Toasted Pistachios / Micro Basil”. This was a great way to kick our meal off as the gazpacho was light and refreshing.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6293.jpg

As soon as we saw our first dish of the adventure menu, we knew we’d made the right choice.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6292.jpg

“1st Course: Kajiki Wrapped in Potato / Pickled Snow Peas / Yuzu Gel / Rice Crisp / Gremolata”

Isn’t this one gorgeous!? I think I would have been okay to eat this one raw (or less cooked), but since we’d already talked about no-raw-foods, the chef cooked mine a little extra. I thought it was still delicious – one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. The fish had a great texture and flavor, and I really enjoyed the crispy potato outside. The little details of the micro greens and edible flowers were icing on the cake. The combination of ingredients was just so unique, and I’d never had kajiki before. Who knew I liked it? Too bad kajiki seems to come from the West coast because I would totally order this fish again. I’d love to order the dish again, too, but I’m not sure you can even do that, and it’s a little far for dinner from home anyway.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6306.jpg

“2nd course: Hawaiian Gray Snapper / Corn & Lobster Ravioli / Grilled Squash / Tomato Vinaigrette”

The 2nd course was another happy surprise. I’m not a big fish eater, so I rarely order it, and I tend to stick to the same types, but apparently I like Hawaiian gray snapper. Yum! But, it wasn’t just the fish, the entire plate was a playful medley of deliciousness. And just look at all those colors. I thought every bit of this was a pleasure to eat, and surprisingly, hubby said he thought it was the best kale he’s ever had. He doesn’t even like kale that much, but he enjoyed it this time.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6310.jpg

We had a great view of the ocean just outside and watched the sun slowly set as the skies turned from blue to pink.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6308.jpg

We didn’t do the wine pairings of the dinner, but I did get a glass of red to go with the 3rd course.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6318.jpg

“3rd course: Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin / Purple Potato Espuma / Fried Egg / Fava Beans / Morels / Chimichurri”

AmeliaIslandSalt-6323.jpg

We were starting to get pretty full by this point, but we kept going. The beef was very tender and had a great flavor. I loved the nice sear on the outside. And, I’ve always wanted to try morels. I feel like those are something I only see on Food TV. You guys know I’m not much of a mushroom fan, but I thought they were quite tasty and went very well with the beef. I also really enjoyed the fava beans and various sauces on the plate.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6324.jpg

Check out the tempura poached egg! I’ve definitely never seen that before.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6328.jpg

And for dessert: “White Chocolate Mousse / Caramelized Rhubarb Compote / Fresh Strawberries / Creamsicle Ice Cream”

AmeliaIslandSalt-6329.jpg

I was so happy dessert was light because we were truly stuffed by the end of this meal, though we were slightly crossing our fingers that we would get one of the soufflés we kept seeing at tables around us. The dessert was a unique mixture of mousse, compote, and ice cream. I enjoyed experiencing the different textures and temperatures of the components of this dessert.

AmeliaIslandSalt-6442.jpg

And since we were so absolutely stuffed from dinner, we took our complimentary sweets (and salts – not pictured) to go and enjoyed them on the car ride home. I also stopped by the Salt shop earlier in the week and selected a couple salts to bring home for cooking later.

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Salt at the Ritz. The service was impeccable, and the food was so unique, beautifully plated, and simply delicious. I’m so glad we tried that adventure menu because it really helped make the entire experience extra special.

***

My other Florida road trip posts are available here:

***

Thanks for reading! Want to have a say in what recipe will be blogged first? Go to my Facebook page and like your favorite photo to vote (click)!

Best Desserts in St. Augutine, FL

StAugustineDessert-5701.jpg

You guys know me – I have a major sweet tooth! After our delicious dinner at The Floridian, I knew I wanted to bring home some dessert for later. What I didn’t know is that I was about to accidentally go on a bit of a dessert crawl in search of the best desserts in St. Augustine, FL.

StAugustine1-5675.jpg

I spotted these chewy-looking bars on the way into The Floridian and couldn’t resist snagging one to enjoy later. They were very similar to “magic bars” with lots of chocolate and coconut. Mmm…

StAugustineDessert-5686.jpg

We headed closer to the water, just meandering around, and wound up at A1A Ale Works, which was a recommendation from Food Blog Forum by Julie @ The Little Kitchen.

StAugustineDessert-5683.jpg

We didn’t intend to go here for dessert – we came for the beer!

StAugustineDessert-5679.jpg

I was ready to check out one of their drafts when I noticed that they make their own root beer. It’s not every day you find homemade root beer (which I love!), so I decided to try that for a bit of a liquid dessert. The root beer was light and refreshing, perfect for the hot summer night.

StAugustineDessert-5681.jpg

Hubby got real beer.

StAugustineDessert-5690.jpg

After our liquid refreshment, we continued down the waterfront towards the fort.

StAugustineDessert-5710.jpg

I started mapping dessert options on my phone and realized that we were right at one of the tourist streets that seemed to have many of the best.

StAugustineDessert-5704.jpg

Fudge Buckets was our first stop.

StAugustineDessert-5696.jpg

StAugustineDessert-5700.jpg

StAugustineDessert-5693.jpg

I’ve always been a fan of fudge, but these guys had the most unique fudge flavors I’ve ever seen, including Red Wine…

StAugustineDessert-5699.jpg

…Root Beer Float…

StAugustineDessert-5694.jpg

…and my favorite – Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt. *drool*

StAugustineDessert-5698.jpg

Not only does Fudge Buckets have a slew of unique flavors, their packaging is pretty fab, too. The fudge is served up in small “buckets”, so they’re easy to transport and enjoy.

StAugustineDessert-5701.jpg

We had a great time chatting with Michelle of Fudge Buckets about all of her delicious fudge. Okay, we had a great time tasting what seemed like almost all of them, too! And we brought home 5 buckets of fudge for later.

***

Side note – right next to this place was The Hyppo, which has gourmet popsicles. I wanted to try one, but once night fell it was pretty cool outside. I’ve heard great things about their popsicles, so stop by and let me know what you think!

StAugustineDessert-5708.jpg

I wasn’t looking for more dessert at this point, but when I saw that Bon Ami had French Macarons, I had to scope it out.

StAugustineDessert-5706.jpg

Inside, a beautiful rainbow of macaron flavors.

StAugustineDessert-5707.jpg

I quickly selected 6 to take home, with flavors ranging from Earl Grey to Birthday Cake.

StAugustineDessert-5714.jpg

And for our final stop, we swung by Columbia Restaurant, a recommendation from one of the girls at the Whole Foods brunch. We’ll have to come back for dinner, but on this occasion, we were in search of something sweet.

StAugustineDessert-5717.jpg

We quickly discovered the White Chocolate Bread Pudding – (from the menu) “Our dad and grandfather’s favorite dessert,simply put, this is the best bread pudding that we have tasted anywhere we have ever visited. Our version is made with white chocolate, La Segunda Central Bakery Cuban bread, Sunny Florida Dairy milk and Florida eggs, topped with a rich Don Casimiro Classic Silver rum sauce.

Uhh…yes, please! This was exactly what we were looking for when we set out on our accidental dessert crawl. The others could be enjoyed later, but for something hot and now – this bread pudding was the ticket. I’d never seen a white chocolate bread pudding before, and it was a nice surprise. I loved the play on this classic dessert.

StAugustineDessert-5721.jpg

With full stomachs (and shopping bags), we headed back towards Flagler College and to the B&B.

Next time – breakfast at the B&B!

***

Check out the previous posts from our Florida trip here:

***

By the way, sorry these posts are taking so long to get up. The stomach bug on vacay really set me back, and I’ve recently started a new project at work that has me on lock down. It’s tough when you can’t do anything with the blog or email from 8am-6pm (or even 8pm most days) I already have some yummy, summer recipes to share with you guys, so I’m hoping to get through these vacation posts pretty quickly so I can get those recipes posted! Thanks for reading!

Related Posts with Thumbnails