About ChocolateAndCarrots

Caroline is a wife, new mom, food blogger, recipe developer and photographer from South Carolina. She is OCD about having the kitchen sink clean, a major chocoholic, and loves modern, simple styles. Caroline runs chocolate & carrots where she primarily focuses on healthier baking. She also has a mom blog called crackers & carrots where she documents everything pregnancy and baby. Connect with her: Facebook, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram!

Flan {Cinco de Mayo}

Cinco de Mayo is in just a few days! Let's celebrate!All throughout my schooling, I took Spanish. Every year all of us kids would look forward to Cinco de Mayo parties. There would be loads of tacos, burritos, virgin margaritas, fried ice cream, and of course, flan!Never before in my life did I like flan. I tried it once back when I was little and decided I didn't like it...never trying it again.I'm so glad, despite my preconceived notion that flan was gross, that I tried this recipe. I love the creamy texture and sweetness!If you've never had it before, or think that you don't like it like I did, give it a try. It's a good blend between a cheesecake and pudding. Smooth and delicious!Plus, it helps that this recipe is a little 'lighter' in fat and calories. … [Read more...]

Bird’s Nest Cake for Easter

Easter is right around the corner! It's time to start thinking about what decadent and precious dessert you'll be whipping up for your friends and family.If you ask me, you should make this lovely little cake. It's the kind of super chocolatey that screams for a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.In addition to being absolutely delicious, it's also too cute! You'll have all of the women oo-ing and ah-ing over it! Trust me. I did!Plus, they'll be in for a surprise when you cut the cake to reveal a vanilla chocolate chip frosting inside!Happy Easter and Happy Baking!Bird's Nest Cake adapted from Martha Stewart Ingredientscanola oil spray 1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder + some for dusting 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 tablespoon instant espresso … [Read more...]

Quick Valentine’s Day Dinner Pizza Recipe

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!This year Valentine's Day is on a weekday.How about making a heartfelt, homemade dinner that is also quick to make?!?Pizza is the answer.Making a batch of dough isn't hard at all, either. It just requires some waiting time while it rises. If you don't have time for that, you can always buy pre-made dough!Easy-peasy!For this Valentine's Day dinner, you have the option of two pizzas:I Love You PizzaHeart shaped pepperoni pizzaWill You Be My Heart-ichoke PizzaWhite artichoke pizzaThis year for Valentine's Day, go the simple route and fill your Valentine full of love and Heart-ichokes!Whole Wheat Pizza Dough adapted from Eating Well Ingredients3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie: Too Pretty To Eat

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding...Oh, bring us some figgy pudding...Oh, BRING us some figgy pudding, and a cup of good cheer!No figgy pudding here, just the Christmas classic: decorated sugar cookies!Now, don't expect to pop these pretty designs out in an hour. To save me some sanity, I baked the cookies one day and decorated the next.Don't let me scare you now, but it actually took me a total of 9 hours to decorate all of the cookies. And don't fret either. It was a joyous occasion listening to Christmas music on Pandora and decorating until my heart's content.It's an especially great idea for homemade Christmas gifts for you friends and family.You can even get your kids involved. For example, you could decorate the main body of the tree and let the kids … [Read more...]

Skillet S’mores Mini Dessert Recipe

When you can't swing a bonfire or face the mess of traditional s'mores, these skillet s'mores are the perfectly portioned desserts. Whether you want to make them during the middle of the heat of summer or in the dead of winter, this mini dessert is easy to whip up and will satisfy those cravings. Use the graham crackers to dip into the marshmallows and melted chocolate. This gives you all the S'mores yumminess with the chocolate, marshmallow, and graham crackers together, without a bonfire! Brilliant!Mini Skillet S'mores from From Brazil To You Ingredients60% cacao chocolate chips marshmallows low-fat honey graham crackers[sc:adsense ] How-ToIn an oven safe container (I used mini skillets), line the bottom with chocolate chips. Broil in the oven until … [Read more...]

Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies

Now that Summer has passed and you are in full-on Halloween and Thanksgiving mode, the infamous pumpkin pie is here! I made this pie for the first time last year and it was the belle of the ball. Even my grandmother who is the greatest baker I know was stumped at what this pie was made of. Needless to say, it had her in a trance...a pumpkin pie trance. I promise, you'll have your family and friends all dying for this recipe. And as my husband says, 'It's the perfect combination of textures. My favorite pie you've made thus far.'Also, the great thing about this pie is that it can easily be made in one big pie too, if you'd prefer that over miniature pies.Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Essential EquipmentNon-Stick Four Cup Pie … [Read more...]