Posts Tagged ‘peanut butter’

I tried to come up with a more complex name for this. Really, I did. But then my dad declared me a “football savant” for dominating last week’s NFL weekly picks and I lost interest in anything other than basking in the glory.

So here’s the deal with this “recipe” – I realize strawberry season has come and gone, but the grocery store is still selling them which means I am still buying them. And will continue to do so until I get tired of this combination which, based on my track record here, should be approximately never.

Nailed It/Failed It: Peanut Butter Strawberry Chocolate Chip Toast

Verdict

Can I declare a verdict on my own creation (that I realize is nowhere near original)? Because I am. Nailed. It. It’s entirely possible I eat this multiple times a week (read “daily”). My husband thinks it’s weird “because of the toast”, but that’s what makes it awesome. How else is the peanut butter going to get a little on the melty side?

Process

Toast the bread of your choice (I typically use sandwich thins, but my mom gave us a loaf of wheat bread because we looked poor and hungry and I’m a fan of that as well). While your bread is toasting, cut your strawberries to whatever size you’d like. Once your toast pops, smear as much or as little peanut butter as you’d like. Then top with strawberries and a few chocolate chips and prepare to be addicted.

(I’ll also make this without the chocolate chips for breakfast. Seriously. I have a problem. Send help.)

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to cut back on the desserts. It’s obviously going well.

And by “going well” I mean I’m totally not fighting myself daily. Nor am I giving in to my husband’s suggestions of going to get ice cream. And buying Girl Scout cookies is so not happening. Nope. I’m just cruisin’ along, ignoring sugar in all its various forms. I’m not even thinking twice about it.

Because spending all day thinking about how I already have all the ingredients for peanut butter swirl brownies would be ridiculous.

Nailed It/Failed It: Skinny Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge Brownies

Verdict

Eh. A resounding endorsement, I know. These were definitely¬† more cake like than brownie like. And a dryish cake at that. I didn’t hate them, but I didn’t love them. The husband, however, was a huge fan.

Alterations

You may have noticed I haven’t directed you back to Pinterest yet. That’s because this was actually a combination of two pins I saw – Skinny Fudge Brownies and Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. I was mostly interested in the peanut butter swirl version but didn’t want to use a box mix. Enter the skinny version.

I used the Skinny Fudge Brownie recipe, swirled in melted peanut butter, and baked it in my pretend 8×8 pan (I don’t know what the dimensions of this pan are, and I’m too lazy to measure it).

Original recipes from Life on Food and Lose Weight by Eating.

I, along with my sisters, am borderline completely obsessed with tradition. And, if you ask my parents, it never took much for us to declare something a tradition. Basically we had to do it once. Mostly these traditions apply to Christmas – watching Christmas Vacation Thanksgiving night, cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning, stockings before breakfast, gifts after breakfast. . .you get the idea.

Also in the tradition mix? The type of Christmas cookies to be baked. Acceptable ones include sugar cookies, mint sandwich cookies, Mexican wedding cakes, and peanut butter blossoms. Unacceptable ones include chocolate chip cookies (why my dad thinks those are Christmas cookies I will never understand).

Based on the above information, you can see how it took a fair amount of courage for my husband to suggest a new type of cookie to add to the mix. And you can see how it was nothing short of a Christmas miracle that I acquiesced.

Spoon Fork Bacon: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches

Verdict

Nailed it. The husband and I have renamed these Crackies because a) they’re cookies made from crackers (we’re so clever!), and b) they’re addictive. Ridiculously so. You’ve been warned.

Alterations

To be completely honest, I didn’t even look at the recipe until a few minutes ago because it seemed rather self explanatory. And other than the powdered sugar that didn’t make it into my peanut butter, I’d say it was. Also, I obviously didn’t completely cover mine with chocolate. But I did use colored sugar (and snowflake crackers) to make them festive!

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon.

 

Welcome to the week after Thanksgiving – when we all claim to be on a sugar and carb detox (until the Christmas cookies make their appearance)! Of course, you have to ease into that detox or you’ll get a cramp and drown. And that’s where this bowl of oatmeal comes into play.

Peanut Butter and Peppers: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Verdict

Nailed it. I’m pretty sure that if this oatmeal had been in my life earlier, I never would have gone through the “oatmeal makes me gag” phase. I halved the recipe and had it as a snack because I can’t really do sweet breakfasts without feeling slightly nauseous all day, but I can promise you this would be delectable any time of the day. I fully intend to have it for dessert.

Alterations

I used regular milk, real sugar instead of stevia, and skipped the peanut butter chips because I didn’t have any. That’s probably my top life regret right now.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Peanut Butter and Peppers.