Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

Mint Chocolate Peanut Butter

PB Lover month

November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

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This recipe has been wandering through my mind for over a year now.  It would peek in unannounced, reside for a day or two, and disappear for a few weeks, only to return when I least expected it.  The combination is so unconventional that I feared giving the recipe a life outside my brain.  What if it doesn’t taste as good as I have imagined?

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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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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.

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Pop Tarts

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Next week, my older brother will celebrate his 25th birthday.  He has lived 9125 days, and I estimate that he has eaten Pop Tarts for breakfast at least 9000 times.

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Yes, I realize that would mean that he ate Pop Tarts when he was only 4 months old.  He probably did.

 

 

His favorite flavor is frosted strawberry.  Although I don’t eat Pop Tarts nearly as often as he does, I do love just about anything with cinnamon.

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And that’s where this recipe was born.  In the picture above, there are three types of homemade Pop Tarts:

  • Frosted Strawberry (for Brother)
  • Cinnamon Roll (for myself)
  • Chocolate Chip (for everyone because the world loves chocolate)

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Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups oatmeal ground into flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-4 tbs cold water

Filling Ideas:

Directions

  • Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor.  Pulse 20 times, and then let the food processor run until all ingredients are well combined and become a ball of dough.  I had to stop the food processor several times to break up large chunks of coconut oil.
  • Divide dough into two equal parts.  Wrap each half in plastic wrap and flatten slightly.  Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator and let sit for about 10 minutes (it seems weird, but it worked).  Roll dough between two pieces of plastic wrap until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Using cookie cutters or a knife, cut dough into as many pieces as possible before re-rolling and cutting.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Place half of the dough pieces of a cookie sheet lightly sprayed with non-stick spray.  Place about 1 tablespoon of filling in the middle of each piece of crust.  Leave about 1/4 in on each side so that the filling will not come out the sides when it bakes.
  • Place a second piece of dough on top of each bottom piece.  Use a fork to seal the edges.  Use a toothpick to poke holes in the top of each pop tart.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Let cool.
  • I topped mine with a simple glaze (powdered sugar + milk), but that is completely optional.
  • Eat and enjoy!  These can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

 

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P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohosts  Lizet @ Chipa by the dozen and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook for Fiesta Friday.

The Best “Lazy” Turtles

The Best “Lazy” Turtles

April is National BLT Month

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I know what you are thinking to yourself.  You are thinking, “Self, April is national BLT month, and that is not a BLT.”

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