chilly poro cheesecake bites [cookies & cream mini cheesecakes]

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You can’t resist the cuteness that is the Poro! I definitely can’t because I totally bought the Poro artist summoner icon. RP well spent.

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These little puffballs are so adorable, I just had to turn them into some sort of sweet treat. I had thought about making them into little truffles or cake pops, but I wanted to go for something on the colder side since they live in frigid Howling Abyss. That’s when I decided on crafting little “cheese”cakes in the shape of Poros!

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So why is it “cheese”cake? Well, because there’s no cream cheese in it! :) It also packs a punch with nearly 10g of protein!

So let’s chill out and whip up these cute little cheesecakes!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. pinch of salt
  2. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  3. 2 teaspoons of agave
  4. 1 cookie dough Quest Bar
  5. 1/2 scoop of Quest coconut oil powder
  6. 1 scoop of Quest cookies and cream powder
  7. 3 medjool dates, pitted
  8. 1/3 cup of almond milk
  9. 1/4 cup of walnuts
  10. 3 strawberries
  11. 6 oz of soft tofu

BUILD ORDER

This recipe takes about 25 minutes to prepare. Chill time is about 10 minutes. This makes 6 servings.

Each serving contains: ~9.8g of Protein,  5.5g of Fat and 5.5g of Net Carbs

OPENING

  1. In a food processor, combine your pitted dates and walnuts.
  2. Add in your cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Place 6 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Evenly distribute the walnut and dates mixture into each cupcake liner. Compress the mixture in each liner.
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  4. Clean out your food processor for the next step.

MID GAME

  1. In your food processor, combine your tofu, coconut powder and agave nectar.
  2. Add a pinch of salt, your cookies and cream powder and almond milk. Blend till thoroughly combined.
  3. Evenly distribute each the filling into each cupcake liner.
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LATE GAME

  1. Separate the chocolate chips from the cookie dough Quest bar.
  2. Take the “dough” part of the Quest bar and microwave it for 10 seconds. Using your hands, roll it into a “tootsie-roll” shape. Divide the shape into 6 even parts. Divide each of those 6 parts evenly. Now, roll each small section into horns. If you want to add more details, take a tooth pick and draw notches into your horns.
  3. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for about 15 seconds or until the chocolate has become malleable (NOT MELTED!).
  4. Mold the chocolate pieces into eyes. I did two versions — big round eyes and closed eyes.
  5. Slice your strawberries. This will form the tongue.
  6. Now, decorate your Poro faces! Place 2 horns into each cheesecake. Place the eyes in the center (using a toothpick, dab some of the cheesecake on top of the eyes). Finally, place the strawberry tongue in at the bottom.
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  7. Let chill in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Eat!

GG WP! :) Now you have some chilly little Poros to enjoy while you ARAM it up!

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😀

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pharah’s raptora kofta [egyptian kofta]

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I will protect the innocent!

Pharah is one of my favorite heroes in Overwatch and I spent a lot of time flying around with her during beta. Jumping around, hovering, shooting rockets… She’s just a fun hero to play.

So, I decided to dedicate a recipe to her!

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Since Pharah is Egyptian, I had to go with a dish common to that area. After some research, I found a dish called “kofta”. The challenge was then trying to make these kofta resemble Pharah in some way.

And then it dawned on me — create a design that resembles Pharah’s helmet from her Raptora battle suit! Typically, kofta are served on a skewer and in a long sausage-shaped form. I had to adapt this recipe slightly in order to create the helmets. :)

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I didn’t know how to get blue into her helmet design without using some sort of dye. Blue isn’t really a color that naturally occurs that often in savory foods. So, I tried the next best thing: red onions!

Let’s get cooking!

UNIT COMPOSITION

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  1. salt
  2. pepper
  3. 2 teaspoons of cumin
  4. 2 teaspoons of coriander
  5. 2 teaspoons of paprika
  6. 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  7. 1/2 tablespoon of butter, melted
  8. 1 cup of parsley, chopped
  9. 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  10. 1 lb of ground beef (80/20 preferably!)
  11. 1 red onion
  12. 1 yellow onion, dice 1/6 of it and reserve the rest

BUILD ORDER

Prep time for this is about 20 minutes. Cook time is about 20 minutes. This will make about 9 koftas.

Adapted from Cgendy’s Kofta Recipe

OPENING

  1. In a large bowl, combine your ground beef, melted butter, garlic, seasonings and parsley.
  2. Add in your diced onion and mix thoroughly.
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  3. Begin forming the meat into golfball-sized balls and place them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
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MID GAME

  1. Now here comes the fun part — designing the helmets! Take your remaining yellow onion and slowly peel apart the layers. They should be in the shape of half cylinders.
  2. Cut out the visors from the yellow onion by creating triangles. They should look like bird’s beaks.
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  3. Repeat this process for the red onion. This will create the back of the helmet. You’ll want to save the scraps for later.
  4. Place the red onion slice opposite facing the yellow onion.
  5. Using your scraps, create the bottom half of Pharah’s helmet as shown:
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LATE GAME

  1. Pre-heat an oven to 350° F.
  2. Bake the kofta for about 20 minutes.
  3. Eat!

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GG WP, Hero!

Don’t forget to save some for your team!

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Perhaps I’ll see you flying around in the Temple of Anubis when beta is back online? :)