Light the Bonfire of Love with Chocolate Logs!

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Lag b’Omer, Beautiful People! Our sages said, “Who is wise? One who learns from every person” (Ethics of Our Fathers, 4:1). The first person in our lives we have a chance to learn from is MOTHER. From her we learn kindness, caring, and most importantly, unconditional love. Sometimes, it’s not a biological mother who does the mothering in one’s life, as proven by a phone call I just received from my adopted son. Here is a musical tribute to all mothers by the great Itzhak Perlman and the renown cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot.

This year, Mother’s Day coincided with a Jewish holiday Lag b’Omer. It is one of the less known holidays, yet a very important one. We celebrate it by lighting bonfires in memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai who was called “Botzina Kadisha” (“The Sacred Lamp”) and whose teachings “illuminate the darkness and confusion of this world and serve as a beacon of light by which to navigate the vicissitudes of life” (www.aish.com). Rabbi Shimon taught the importance of brotherhood and love among all people.

As I can’t very much light a bonfire in the blogosphere, I am contributing Chocolate Logs both to the memory of Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai and the fire of motherly love.

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The first thing you do is make it sweet. Cream room temperature Smart Balance, or any butter substitute of your choice, with brown sugar.

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Don’t let this array of ingredients scare you! Put your coconut flakes aside for now and mix everything else together with your creamed Smart Balance and brown sugar. Start by introducing spelt flour, little by little, then add coconut flour. For our purposes, spelt is considered gluten free, but if you are allergic to gluten or have a celiac disorder, make sure to consult your physician. Add some olive oil, coconut milk, a splash of vanilla extract, and a shot of rum – we are celebrating, after all! Finally, it wouldn’t be my recipe without double chocolate, so throw in a goodly measure of cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chips. Mix it all up, roll into logs, and roll your logs in coconut flakes.

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Bake them for about 18 – 20 minutes, or until they pop up from the baking sheet, and enjoy the fire of love!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup Smart Balance
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 cup spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (coconut flakes) for rolling

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Mist baking sheet with oil.
  • Cream room temperature Smart Balance with brown sugar. Gradually introduce both kinds of flour. Add the rest of ingredients, except shredded coconut. Mix thoroughly.
  • Form logs, roll in shredded coconut.
  • Bake for 18 – 2- minutes until easily removed from baking sheet. Logs will be soft and chewy, rather than crunchy. Cool on rack.

Enjoy!

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39 Comments Add yours

  1. domnuio says:

    Love it so much !

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    1. Thank you so much – I am so glad you like it!

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      1. domnuio says:

        חג שמח

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      2. חג שמח to you as well!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging!

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for the link to your beautiful post!

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  2. tu1074 says:

    Reblogged this on Tu1074's Blog and commented:
    Reblogged at tu1074wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging.

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  3. Hello, another wonderful recipe. To late for today in Germany, but why not, we celebrate a second mother day tomorrow, with the famous logs. Also thank you fo the wise words. 😉 Michael

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    1. Always my pleasure, Michael!

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  4. spearfruit says:

    Sounds very tasty Dolly – thank you! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much – I am glad you like it!

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  5. reocochran says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Dolly!👑 May it have been full of happy, peaceful moments. 🙏

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    1. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well, dear Robin, with blessings and best wishes!

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  6. You’ve lit my fire!! I feel all the Mother’s Day love!!
    Yummy!
    Happy Mother’s Day, dear Dolly!

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    1. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, my dear purple friend!

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      1. Thanks, Dolly! It’s been a wonderful day! Church with oldest, youngest called me. Quick drive thru burger lunch, with purple milkshake!! NAP!! Very important!! Unpacked 4 boxes, got rid of some stuff, and got to see my babies before they went home. Wunnerful!! (Remember Laurence WElk?)

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      2. Purple milkshake – wow! I can’t remember Laurence Welk – I wasn’t here yet – sorry. I am glad you had a good time!

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      3. Haha, that’s ok. He was Hungarian, or something, I think. Yeah, the purple milkshake, is pretty much the best thing ever! lol
        How was your Mother’s DAy?

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      4. Nice and peaceful and enjoyable. Couldn’t go sailing, as planned, because of some technical glitches, and then it rained, so we were glad we didn’t go. Mother’s Day sailing postponed till next Sunday. Kids texted and called,

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  7. Dolly,
    Happy Mother’s Day to you 💐
    Vanessa x

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    1. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, dear Vanessa!

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  8. Just a little late, but Happy Mother’s Day, dear Dolly. Tink was right to send us here before we headed off to bed. We were curious about the bonfires and loved reading about the symbolism and the message of Lag B’omer — and listening to and watching the beautiful videos.

    “To fix YOU” – what a beautiful purpose that locked in boy was sent to fulfill – and such an encouraging message for all of us.

    As usual, I loved the recipe, but learning from your words of introduction is always my most favorite part. This post was no exception. Thank you.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. Thank you so much! When I came across that video, it made me cry! I do miss my school and my kids – I call them all my kids!

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      1. I relate totally – some of my “kids” were older than I was at the time!
        xx,
        mgh

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  9. Megala says:

    Interesting chocolate logs!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Megala, I am so glad you like them!

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  10. Sounds so delicious Dolly, as always.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Myra! A word from you means a lot to me!

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  11. Kymberly says:

    Hi there! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to resolve this issue. If you have any suggestions, please share. Thank you!

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    1. Unfortunately, I am totally technologically ignorant. I wish I could help you, dear!

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  12. TechEbook says:

    ! Kids texted and called,

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  13. markmhamann says:

    ! I relate totally – some of my “kids” were older than I was at the time!

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    1. Thank you for your comment – so you have worked with adults? My hat is off to you! I only worked with kids, ages 5 – 21, and had the honor of being everyone’s “Grandma.”

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