Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Peanut Butter Blossom Oatmeal

Does anyone else see the perfection of celebrating National Peanut Butter Day (today, January 24) during National Oatmeal Month (January).  It’s a match made in heaven!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (or water, but milk will yield a creamier result)
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Hershey Kiss

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Peanut Butter S’more Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter S’more Sandwich Cookies

PB Lover month

“They were almond cookies, although they could have been made of spinach and shoes for all I cared. I ate eleven of them, right in a row. It is rude to take the last cookie.”

– Lemony Snicket

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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.

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

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Unlike most single ladies, I don’t hate Valentines Day.  But I do not celebrate Valentine’s day.  I plan to spend February 14 like any other day.  I will go to work, complete assignments for grad school, and constantly make this face as I walk around campus:

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But I know that some of you have a less passive response to red heart balloons.

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Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

Cranberry-Banana Gingerbread (with Blind Spot Nutbutters)

December is national fruitcake month.

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Depending completely on your personal opinion, my childhood was either blessed or deprived.  Why? Because, to my knowledge, I never tasted fruitcake.

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This fact doesn’t disappoint me.  Cursory research says that fruitcake was originally created to last for a full 365 days.  A baked good that lasts more than a month is a little freaky.  What do they put in that stuff?

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So here is my version of a fruitcake with bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and (of course) nut butter.  I figure that any loaf with fruit in it can be called “fruitcake,” right?

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Unlike real fruitcake, this bread will only last for about a week in the fridge (if you manage not to eat the whole loaf at once).

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Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1.2 oz (about 3.5 tablespoons) Gingerbread Cookie Blended Nut Butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped

Direction

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8X4 inch bread pan with nonstick spray.
  • In a blender, combine bananas, egg, oatmeal, nut butter, and baking soda.  Blend until smooth.
  • Stir in spices.
  • Fold in chopped cranberries.
  • Pour into greased baking pan. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Slice and top with anything you would like! Butter, jam, more nutbutter, etc.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

Cookies and Cream Frozen Yogurt (Blind Spot Monthly Recipe Series)

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Want to know what I ate on my fifth birthday?

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Squirrely Tail No-bake Cookies (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

Squirrely Tail No-bake Cookies (Blind Spot Monthly Series)

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When I played soccer, my coach developed a list of foods that were not allowed to pass through any player’s lips.

  • Soda
  • Chocolate
  • Fried Foods
  • Hamburgers
  • Pork
  • Condiments
  • Milkshakes
  • Cake
  • Etc.

The diet started around the second week of March (and it literally felt like a DIEt). By the third week of March, I was always craving something that tasted “off-limits.” It was around this time that I first made peanut butter no-bake cookies.

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I am not saying that these cookies are healthy, but they do not contain any of the “forbidden foods.”  In high school, they quickly became a favorite snack for my entire soccer team.

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In preparation for the Blind Spot feature for March, I slightly tweaked the cookie recipe from high school to compliment my favorite nut butter: Squirrely Tail!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Blindspot Squirrelly Tail blended nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, mix sugar, margarine, and milk.
  • Bring to a full, rolling boil (large bubbles that you can’t stir down) over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in nut butter and vanilla until nut butter is melted.
  • Stir in oats.
  • Working quickly, drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto waxed paper. (Tip: if you don’t work quickly enough, you can crumble the batter to make granola.)
  • Let cool.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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