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Chocolate Eclair Squares (and a video with bloopers)

Today I want to share with you guys the delicious dessert that Christopher made for my birthday. If I remember correctly this recipe originally came from my mom. It’s one that we’ve been making in my family since we found out about my heart condition (see here for more info on my heart and why I limit sugar in my diet) so I can’t remember exactly where we first found this recipe. But it’s delicious!

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Chocolate Eclair Squares {no sugar added}


24 chocolate graham crackers (we buy the ones with the lowest sugar and then shake off the excess sugar crystals before using them)
2 (3.4 oz) boxes of sugar free white chocolate instant pudding (also delicious with vanilla flavor)
3 cups unsweetened almond milk (or preferred milk)
1 (12 oz) container of sugar free Cool Whip
1 (3.4 oz) box of sugar free chocolate instant pudding
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or preferred milk)


1. Place 8 crackers in the bottom of a 13 x 9″ pan.

2. Mix white chocolate pudding and 3 cups almond milk and let set for 2 minutes. Gently fold in Cool Whip. Pour 1/2 on graham crackers then top with another layer of crackers. Pour remaining pudding over crackers. Top with last 8 crackers.

3. Mix the chocolate pudding with 1 1/2 cups almond milk and let set for 2 minutes. Spread over top layer of crackers.

4. Chill 6 hours. We usually just make it the night before.

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Why yes, yes I do eat it straight out of the pan sometimes. No shame in my game. 😉

It has been awhile since I made a chatting-with-the-camera video for the blog so on Sunday I decided it was high time. In this video I briefly confess how many pieces of this chocolate eclair dessert I ate on my birthday and then I go on to show how out of practice I am at making videos. 😉 Enjoy watching me be terrible on camera, haha!

As bad as that freeze frame is, you should see the other two options Youtube gave me. 😉

Are you good at sitting down and talking to a camera on the fly? Obviously I am way out of practice, ha!

Do you have a favorite birthday dessert?

Love Rach


Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy 2015, friends! The Chinese New  Year arrived yesterday and Christopher and I celebrated as we always do by making homemade Chinese food! As a bonus addition… we made a video this year. A little cooking video if you will.

Here’s the thing about this – I wasn’t planning to do a video. So what you see is 4 day old hair (yes, same hair from the pictures on Monday), a make up less face complete with dark circles under the eyes, and a giant (warm) tacky sweater. 🙂 Don’t judge me for not washing my hair. It has been SO cold here this week that I have tried to keep my shower to 3 minutes or less because the longer I’m in the hot water, the worse it is when I get out. I often let my hair go 2-3 days without washing, but 4 is pushing it even for me. And definitely not the day I’d want recorded, but this is real life my friends. 😉 {and for those concerned… I did wash my hair last night after this video and survived without turning into an icicle}. So enjoy a peak at our real life on Chinese New Year. 🙂

For those of you who don’t care to watch a 7 1/2 minute long cooking video, you should watch the last 30 seconds to see our adorable mutt eating Chinese food. Because, well, he’s adorable. 😉

chao fen

chao fen{Click recipe card to see larger}

jiao zi and man tou

We also had jiao zi (dumplings) and man tou (steamed bread)! Two of our other favorites. I cheated and bought both of them from the frozen section of our international market and then just steamed them for 15 minutes. So quick and delicious!

Happy Chinese New Year, friends!

Do you like Chinese food? 
Would you buy soy sauce that was marketed as “luscious”? 

Love Rach