West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew

PB Lover month

When I went to West Africa in 2016, I was excited to try new foods and taste new flavors.

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

Ten Ways to Improve Your Peanut Butter Sandwich

PB Lover month

  1. Try a flavored peanut butter (Dark Chocolate Dreams and Fit and Nutty are two of my favorites)
  2. Add fresh fruit (banana slices, berries, and grapes add a great texture and flavor)
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  3. Top with chocolate chips.  Because chocolate.
  4. Use a flavored bread.  Imagine Peanut Butter Brownie with strawberry jelly on banana bread, … or Bliss’s cinnamon peanut butter with grape jelly on raisin bread … yum!
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  5. Eat it warm!  Get out the panini press because the only thing better than peanut butter is gooey peanut butter.
  6. Turn it into French toast.
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  7. Smear on a unique jelly or jam.  Grape and strawberry are great, but there are some other great options.  My favorites are blueberry preserves, carrot cake jam, apple pie jam, and huckleberry jelly.
  8. Use produce instead of bread.  I personally love Espresso nut butter sandwiched between sweet potato toast or Mighty Maple peanut butter on apple slices.
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  9. Use two types of nut butter and/or two types of jelly.  Hear me out: Nutella + crunchy peanut butter + strawberry jelly.  
  10. Cookie cutters can make cute mini-sandwiches
Peanut Butter Cookie Hummus

Peanut Butter Cookie Hummus

PB Lover month

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

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Confession:  I love to eat raw cookie dough.

Photographic evidence from 2009:

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Raise your hand if you are going to die early from salmonella poisoning.

(my hand is raised)

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Peanut butter cookie hummus is a safe, egg-free way to eat raw cookie dough.  You can eat it on carrots, pretzels, cookies, chocolate bars, or (of course) a spoon!

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Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Question: Do you eat raw cookie dough?  What is your favorite cookie?

P.S. I’m linking up with Angie and her cohosts Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Jenny @ Apply To Face Blog for Fiesta Friday.

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Smoothie

Apple Cinnamon Peanut Butter Smoothie

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

PB Lover month

Have you seen the crazy milkshakes that are available at restaurants like Burger Batch in downtown Winston Salem?

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Kitchen Sink Pancakes

Kitchen Sink Pancakes

October is National Pretzel Month

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I think you can put anything in a pancake.  I mean, just look at the IHOP menu.

  • cupcake pancakes
  • double blueberry pancakes
  • chocolate chip pancakes
  • strawberry banana pancakes
  • Mexican tres leches pancakes
  • German chocolate pancakes
  • vanilla spice pancakes
  • New York cheesecake pancakes

…and that is just at IHOP.  At the right restaurants, you can buy pancakes with apples, lemon and poppy seeds, cherries, peaches, pumpkin, and anything else you imagine.  Pancakes are so versatile that you can include everything (except the kitchen sink).

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mix-ins (I used pretzels, peanuts, raisins, and chocolate candies)

Directions

  • Combine oat flour, yogurt, milk, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Mix well.
  • Fold in your choice of “mix-ins.”
  • Lightly spray a griddle with nonstick spray.  Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the griddle.  Let cook on one side until bubbles begin to form on the surface of the batter.  Flip and continue to cook 2-3 minutes, until a spatula easily slides under the pancake.  Transfer to a plate.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Antonia @ Zoale.com and Laurena @ Life Diet Health for Fiesta Friday.

Cinnamon Apple Snack Mix

Cinnamon Apple Snack Mix

October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month and National Apple Month and National Pretzel Month!

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As a child, my brother and I ate popcorn daily after school.  I still love a big bowl of salty popcorn, but I recently discovered a better way to enjoy this snack.

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Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

Mint Chocolate Cookie Bars

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Do you know what happens when you look in your pantry and think, “What can I make with these ingredients that will look really pretty so that people will want to eat it at the potluck?”

You end up mixing M&Ms and crushed Oreos into cookie bars.  I must say, it was a success.

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Ingredients

  • 1 box devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or applesauce
  • 1 cup mint chocolate M&Ms (I only used green and white candies)
  • 1 package mint chocolate Oreos

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
  • Mix together cake mix, eggs, and oil until well combined.
  • Fold M&Ms into batter.
  • Place 10 Oreos in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  Fold crushed Oreos into batter.
  • Bake for 5 minutes.  Remove pan from oven and press remaining 20 Oreos into the top of the batter.
  • Return to oven and bake an additional 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cookie bars comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into 20 rectangles.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts Liz @ spadesspatulasandspoons.com and Deb @ Pantry Portfolio for Fiesta Friday.