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Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes
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Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal – Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?
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Watermelon Jam – A perfect recipe to use watermelon juice!
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How to Freeze Half & Half Milk and Save Money!
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Homemade Chocolate Chip Carrot Bread
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Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad
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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe
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Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles
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Baked Brown Sugar Apples – Great Way to Use Up Apples
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Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake
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SNICKERS Cracker Sandwiches – Great for snacking!
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Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Frosting Donuts
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PHIN & PHEBES Ice Cream Love (aka your new love affair)
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Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies
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Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Chocolate Covered Cherry Peanut Butter Cookies
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Good for You Triple Chocolate Brownies
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Kidney Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting

Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes

Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They’re perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

This recipe brings together 2 of my favorite things: Halloween and pancakes!

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast meals on the weekend.  On the week I usually grab a protein bar and I’m out of the house but on the weekend it’s time for a slower pace.  This is one of my favorite pancake recipes because they come out extra fluffy and moist.  The mix is easy to make and you’ll have it on your pan ready to make pancakes in just a few minutes!
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

But we aren’t just making any pancakes, we’re making them specifically for Halloween, so let’s cause a fright! First up, grab your black (or orange) icing.  Put a few drops on the pancake and spread around.
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Now grab your spooky cereal. If you’ve never experienced Count Chocula, Boo Berry or Franken Berry please rush to the store immediately.   The cereal pieces are ghosts you guys! Ghosts! 
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Now grab some cereal pieces (and marshmallows) and make your pancakes festive.  This would be a fun treat for kids as they can decorate however they want.
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Isn’t this such a fun breakfast idea for Halloween? It does fall on a Saturday this year so it’s the perfect time to make some pancakes!
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Hope you enjoyed my Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes.  Happy Halloween!
Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

 

Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes
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Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3 tablespoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons white sugar
  5. 3 cups milk
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 stick of butter melted
  9. Black or Orange Icing
  10. Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereals
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Add milk, vanilla, eggs and butter and continue to stir.
  3. Heat a nonstick sprayed frying pan over medium high heat. Once heated scoop 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto the center of your pan. Brown on both sides.
  4. Let pancakes cool for 1 minute and then ice the top of the pancake with your Halloween colored icing and cereal pieces.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Servings: 4-6
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Spooky Halloween Frosted Pancakes with Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Franken Berry Cereal on top. They're perfect for a fun holiday breakfast!

 

Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal – Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?

A protein packed Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal breakfast recipe! Who doesn’t want chocolate for breakfast?
Boy, it’s gotten chilly here quick.  Ever year I say the same thing about the weather changing so fast.  One week you’re dabbing the sweat away on your face and then suddenly you need gloves to keep your fingers from going numb in the garden.   The air conditioner is out of the window and we’ve moved on to bringing the big comforters out of Winter storage.  The cats are slowly walking towards their heated cabins (yes, they are heated houses and yes, they are spoiled), Xanadu is knocking on the blankets every night to get under and they’re wanting to snuggle on their mama all night long.
A protein packed Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal breakfast recipe! Who doesn't want chocolate for breakfast?

Luckily I love Fall and I love being chilly.  I love sweaters, coats, boots and the crisp feel of the chill on my face in the morning.  As the seasons change so does my choice of food.  Near the end of September I start to get a love of Earl Grey and English Breakfast teas back instead of my usual green tea in the Summer.   My breakfast of a protein bar slowly transitions into a pumpkin English muffin with a little bit of soy butter on top.    One breakfast I’ve been loving (and admit to having this for lunch too) is Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal.   I haven’t said anything on the blog but I’m 4 months meat free.  I quit cold turkey (literally) eating meat a few months ago and haven’t had any regrets.  I look forward to veggie black bean burgers and love my vegetable soups to keep me warm.  With meat no longer in my diet I started to feel tired in the first few weeks.  I wasn’t taking any supplements and I wasn’t really looking at what I lacked, protein.  Suddenly I started putting protein powder in my foods, eating protein bars and drinking shakes and it was such a turnaround on how I felt.  

With this Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal I get what I need: protein to keep energy up and chocolate.  Because who doesn’t need chocolate?  And who doesn’t need chocolate in the morning?  I look forward to waking up now!
A protein packed Double Chocolate Protein Oatmeal breakfast recipe! Who doesn't want chocolate for breakfast?

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Watermelon Jam – A perfect recipe to use watermelon juice!

This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you’ll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

This year we grew a bunch of watermelons in the garden.  If you’re looking for a good container fruit to grow, watermelon is the direction you should go in.  On each plant we usually get 3-4 watermelons which quickly adds up when you have a few plants!   By the way did you know that watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable? It is a fruit because it grows from a seed. It’s a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same family as pumpkins. I had no idea!  
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

With watermelon cut to enjoy in fruit leather (recipe coming soon) we are left with quite a bunch of watermelon juice.  I always freeze some juice to enjoy in smoothies throughout the Winter, but I wanted to do something with the watermelon juice now, so I made some watermelon jam.

This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

I love making homemade jam with blueberries so I decided this time to make a watermelon jam recipe. And because I think all jam tastes and smells better with a bit of cinnamon we’ll throw some of that in to make it extra special.  This recipe calls for 16 cups of watermelon juice (watermelon is 92% juice) but if you don’t have that much just scale down the recipe.

 Start with a big pot of your watermelon juice.
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

Bring it to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat to medium high.
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

And then continue to lightly boil for the next 2-3 hours.  You will see the watermelon start to break down and thicken to a dark jam color.  This is mine after 3 hours.
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

I’ll let the jam sit for a few minutes to thicken up completely and then I’ll quickly get it in mason jars,  You can see how thick the jam got here.
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

I bet noone will believe you when you tell them this jam is watermelon jam!
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

 Now throw in a mason jar and into the fridge it goes.  This would  make a great holiday present too!
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

When it’s ready to spread on a bagel or toast, smear a bit all over and enjoy your homemade jam!
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

 

Watermelon Jam
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Ingredients
  1. 16 cups watermelon juice (seeds out)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 2 tablespoons cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium high. Keep a eye on this so it doesn't boil over. Skim foam as it rises. Check and stir every 15 minutes.
  3. Continue to boil for 2-3 hours (mine took 3 hours). Depending if you reduce the recipe yours might done faster, so keep checking to make sure it doesn't burn.
  4. Let sit for 5 minutes. Immediately place in mason jar. The jam hardens quickly so if you let it sit for longer it will be tough getting it out of the pot.
  5. Place in refrigerator and enjoy!
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This watermelon jam recipe is the perfect way to use up watermelon juice. All you need to do is simmer it and you'll have jam soon enough to spread on a bagel.

How to Freeze Half & Half Milk and Save Money!

Do you have Half & Half milk close to the expiration date but don’t want it go bad because of how expensive it was? Don’t worry, you can freeze it!

You know the situation. You buy Half & Half milk because you are craving homemade ice cream.  You only need a cup but the store only has a quart of it.  Even worse, it’s $5.79.  So you ponder “Should I just buy a carton of ice cream already made?” or “Should I suck up the price and make my own?”.  You decide to go against the grain and make your own.  You take it home and make your ice cream.  You’re feeling good about yourself and keep telling yourself you’re going to use the rest of the Half & Half for something else and you won’t let that money go to waste.  Then you open the refrigerator again and you see that Half & Half staring back at you for the 90th time.  You know the expiration date is coming up in 4 days.  You panic. You let the Half & Half down. It’s going to go waste. You wasted money!  Ahhhh, the agony of defeat!

But now you won’t ever let that happen because I’m here to tell you how easy it is to freeze Half & Half milk.   All you do is measure it out into freezer bags (I usually do 1 cup per bag because recipes call for that) and then freeze them.  When you need that Half & Half for a recipe, defrost it and you have your milk.  You’ll never have to throw away money again!

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Carrot Bread

 This delicious homemade Chocolate Chip Carrot Bread is easy to make and uses 6 carrots. It’s great for leftover carrots and a sneaky way to get vegetables into a dessert!

There’s something magical about a warm piece of homemade carrot bread, isn’t there?  Maybe it’s the love that goes into making it.  Maybe it’s the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove that fills your kitchen.  Maybe it’s the feeling of Fall being around the corner.  Or maybe it’s just the great feeling of knowing there’s a bunch of vegetables in this bread and that makes it healthy, right? 

With a whole bunch of carrots just picked from the garden and a whole bed of seeds just planted I’m stocked with carrots.  We’ve been eating some processed junk for dessert lately so I was on the mission to bake something delicious that could use our batch of just picked vegetables.  My mind immediately went to the carrots, what could I make? There’s carrot cake, carrot cake cupcakes but I wanted something a little more savory without the frosting on top, so carrot bread was what I started daydreaming about.

This bread is delicious and really hits that Autumn dreaming spot.  I can imagine this would be a Fall or Winter favorite on those chilly days where you’ll curl up with a blanket, book and a hot cup of tea.  This can be a delicious breakfast or a dessert and it would be a perfect hit at holiday dinners, potlucks and friendly get togethers.
 This delicious homemade Chocolate Chip Carrot Bread is easy to make and uses 6 carrots. It's great for leftover carrots and a sneaky way to get vegetables into a dessert!

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Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad

 

Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad recipe. This delicious fruit salad is a great last minute dessert. 

This Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad is one of my favorite desserts to make in a rush for those friends that stop over for dinner, to a kids birthday party where you need a treat for adults, or just for you because you’ve had a bad day and you deserve a treat.  If the last choice is your option, I also would recommend eating this on a couch, with cozy socks on, cats on your lap while watching Law & Order.  

Tropical Fruit Whipped Cream Salad recipe. This delicious fruit salad is a great last minute dessert.

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Crazy Candy S’mores, Indoors Microwave Recipe

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Who’s ready to get their S’mores on?  Get your S’mores on.  Get your S’mores on.  Getcha Getcha Getcha your S’mores on.  

In NYC I don’t exactly have the normal campfire setting (woods, campfire, tents…bears?), but you don’t always need a campfire to make S’mores.  That’s right, you can’t keep a city girl away from S’mores.    S’mores makes a quick and delicious dessert for a rooftop party, friends get together, or a delicious dessert after you eat dinner and pause House of Cards half way through.  So let’s make S’mores, day or night!

S’mores is such a fun treat because everyone can customize their own.  You need your basics: graham crackers, chocolate bar and marshmallows but then the creativity comes in.   I love creating a tabletop full of additions, from more chocolate (!), fruits, nuts and spicy jalapeno peppers (my favorite!).     Also you need to make it cute.  Decorate it with napkins (it’s going to get messy in there), plates, and fun signs to get the party started.

My favorite signs:
Get Your S’MORE On!
S’MORE Love!
And Love You S’MORE for your special someone…

Have fun and get creative and then get your hands chocolaty and dive in!

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This is what you’ll need:
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars
Honey Maid Graham Cracker Squares
Kraft’s Jet Puffed Marshmallows

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Creative Additions:
Sprinkles
Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups
Hershey’s Chocolate Chips
Chopped Bananas
Nuts – peanuts, walnuts
Fruits – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches
Chopped Jalapeno Peppers

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Directions:
Place graham cracker on microwave safe plate.
Add chocolate and marshmallow on top.
Microwave for 5-8 seconds.
Add creative additions now.  
Put graham cracker on top and smoosh together to make the S’more.
Enjoy!

Let’s get started to build one of my favorites.
Crazy Candy Smores Indoors Microwave Recipe

I might or might not have ate a few pieces of that chocolate while making this setup. 
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Now start to build your own.  My favorite is double the chocolate with a bit of spice. I add in a handful of chocolate chips and then chopped jalapenos.  If you’ve ever had a chocolate bar with peppers baked in, then you’re going to love this!

Don’t you just love a cupful of chocolate chips? I need this to sip every morning to wake me up. 😉
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Goodness gracious, I’m in love.
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Want another fun S’more?  Add in a Mini Peanut Butter Cup, chopped banana and some almonds.  It’s the perfect salty and sweet.
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Now go on and have a fun weekend and get your S’more on!

Look for the S’mores display at Walmart where you can pick up all your supplies!  What’s your favorite way to enjoy S’mores?
Smores

 

Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles

These Oreo Chocolate Pudding Peanut Butter Popsicles will bring all the boys to the yard.

Ok, not just boys. Girls, children, cats, dogs, gnomes.  Practically everyone.    Once you make a batch of these, they will be gone right away and then your family will be requesting a new batch.  So you’ll make another  and they’ll be gone right now.  And then you have to have a popsicle intervention because these are that good and addicting.

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What’s not to love about these?
Oreos – check
Chocolate Pudding – check
Creamy Peanut Butter –  check

I mean once you have the 3 most important food groups in a a recipe, you’re pretty much set to be satisfied.

If you really love these popsicles and the ingredients then I hope you’ll pin these in Peanut Butter & Co’s Pin-To-Win Sweepstakes.  It would mean alot to me, plus I want everyone to enjoy these tasty beauties.  

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Baked Brown Sugar Apples – Great Way to Use Up Apples

Do you know the apple song?  It goes something like this:

Apples, Apples, you are so pretty. Apples, Apples, you are so yummy.  Apples, apples, come over here. Apples, Apples, get in my belly.

Have you heard of it before?  Oh, no?  That’s probably because I just made it up.

Goodness, I love apples.  My favorite is Fuji, I say no Fuji apple left behind.  But sometimes I’ll be in the apple aisle (usually where I hang out), touching all the apples, oohing and awwing at some new varieties, googling what each one taste likes (I’m in the aisle a long time) and I end up with a variety of apples in my cart.  Honestly, Granny Smiths aren’t my favorite to eat raw, but I think they’re one of the best to bake with.

That’s why when I saw the Granny Smiths starting to age on my counter top I begun thinking of what to do with them.   I hate when anything goes to waste.  Seeing a lettuce head go back in my refrigerator (that we grew!) turns me to tears.  Seriously.  And don’t get me started on tomatoes that are forgotten about.  I’ll save that for my next psychiatrist visit.  So there’s some Granny Smith apples, slowly starting to fade.  I can see their end soon.  But we can’t let that happen.. we must save the apples!

So when life gives you almost at the end Granny Smiths, you give life baked brown sugar apples!

Oh goodness gracious, these are delicious.   It’s like eating warm apples in a pie, but without the crust.  The apples are covered in a brown sugar butter glaze and they are just the key to my apple loving heart.  Serve with some whipped cream or ice cream on top and you have your new favorite dessert!  If you have leftovers, I will warm them up in the morning, chop them into bite size pieces and throw on top of my oatmeal.  MMMMM.  

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Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake

Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make.  You won’t believe how fudgy this cake is!

Mug cakes are great because they are fast and small serving (either single or double).  This recipe makes 2 so I will share or I make it for breakfast one morning and have it for the next morning as well.   If you’re saving the second cake, make sure to heat it up in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds before eating. It’s going to get all ooey gooey chocolaty in the middle and you’re going to fall in love.  Believe me.    On lazy mornings I will eat it directly out of the mug, bu sometimes I like to get all fancy and push it out of the mug onto a plate.  This is also great because if you’re having guests over you can very quickly make up a few cakes and throw them on a plate.  Pour some chocolate on top (I used white chocolate) and everyone will ooooh and ahhhh them while thinking you were baking all morning.  
Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!

Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!

Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!

Go ahead, make this Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake.  I’m positive you will love it!  Enjoy!
Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!

Cocoa Banana Mug Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 overripe banana
  2. ¼ cup peanut butter
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 2 teaspoons sugar
  5. 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  6. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mash the banana in a large mug with a fork. Add the peanut butter and egg and mix thoroughly. Stir in the sugar and cocoa and beat until smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the better between two mugs. Microwave (on HIGH) separately for 1.5 to 2.5 minutes each until risen and firm.
  2. Eat out of bowl or gently pull out of mug to present on plate.
Notes
  1. You can add chopped nuts or dried fruit along with the chocolate chips if you'd like.
  2. For a wow factor, pop your cakes out of the mug and serve on a plate. Melt some chocolate and drizzle on top of the cakes.
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Chocolate Lovers Banana Mug Cake that only takes 2 minutes in the microwave to make. You won't believe how fudgy this cake is!

SNICKERS Cracker Sandwiches – Great for snacking!

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Do you know who I am when I’m hungry?  I’m this person here who thinks a delicious SNICKERS® Almond (yum) bar should be plated and be called dinner.  Forget about a full meal.  I’m hungry and therefor cranky.   Have you ever tried to decide what to have for dinner while hungry?  Do you end up sitting on the kitchen floor banging your head against the cabinet because you just want food to magically appear?  Ok, me too.
Snickers Cracker Sandwiches

Because I don’t want you to turn all cranky on me,  I’m giving you a nice little snack.  This is perfect for a afternoon pick me up and super perfect for a fun party appetizer. Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Salt = Yes, please.  Hi Snickers Cracker Sandwiches, say hi to my friends.
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You only need 3 things to make these little irresistible sandwiches, SNICKERS Peanut Butter Squares, crackers and a little bit of salt.  

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Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Frosting Donuts

Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts.  Recipe makes 10 donuts.  These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

Green tea is totally my favorite cup of the moment. I go in between green jasmine and jasmine pearl because it’s so hard to pick a favorite.  My tea preference changes on the weather, so with Spring visibly right around the corner (hopefully) my morning cup has changed from dark to a light green tea.  In the Spring I crave freshness, seeing the markets slowly have more fruits gets me excited.  I’ve been buying raspberries and watermelon to get ready for our own garden season (coming soon).  

Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

 

Say hi to my  new best friends,  Vanilla Peanut Butter Donuts with Matcha Green Tea Frosting.
Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

I used the matcha green tea powder to make a super smooth frosting that is perfect for spreading on a donut or a cupcake.  For these, I threw the frosting in a piping bag and put on top of vanilla with a touch of peanut butter donuts.  These were a big ol hit and gone within minutes.  
Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

The frosting not only looks pretty but it tastes amazing too.  Wish just 2 teaspoons of green tea matcha powder, it transforms the frosting to give it that green tea taste.  Even if you aren’t serving these to tea lovers, I can be pretty sure they’ll be none left at your party!   I also love how pastel this frosting turned out, doesn’t it scream Spring?
 Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!   

The donuts are moist and “cakey”.  They are half cake, half donuts, 100% delicious.  I love filling my donut pan up pretty full to just have the tops flat instead of the visible hole.    So if you’re ready to start Spring on the sweet side, throw on your prettiest dress and make these Vanilla PB Donuts with Matcha Green Tea Frosting!  
Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!  

Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Frosting Donuts
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Donuts
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  6. 2 tablespoons melted butter
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Matcha Green Tea Frosting
  1. 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  2. 1 1/4 cup powdered confectioners sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon milk
  4. 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease your donut plan.
  3. In a large bowl mix your flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and nutmeg together. Beat in butter, milk, eggs, vanilla and peanut butter
  4. Fill each donut cup 3/4 full. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing them from pan.
For frosting
  1. Beat together butter and sugar. Add milk and green tea powder.
  2. Frosting only needs to be mixed for a few seconds.
  3. Frost donuts with knife or piping bag.
Notes
  1. Makes 8-10 donuts.
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 Recipe for Matcha Green Tea Vanilla donuts. Recipe makes 10 donuts. These are perfect for a tea party, birthday party or dessert!

PHIN & PHEBES Ice Cream Love (aka your new love affair)

Let me introduce you to PHIN & PHEBES Ice Cream,  better known as your future bff.

I first learned about this new ice cream at NYU’s Women’s Entrepreneur Festival.  We were ready to sit down to hear a investor panel talk and suddenly one of the girls at my table asked me if I tried the ice cream.  What, there’s ice cream?  Turns out I got in the line for “cookies only”, not “cookies and ice cream”.  So I jumped back up, ran to the ice cream line and got 2 nice scoops of creamy ice cream.  Then my ice cream loving heart was changed forever.

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The next day I contacted PHIN & PHEBES to tell them they were making the best ice cream I ever tasted in my life.    Sometimes people can exaggerate when they say “This is the best (insert food) I ever tasted!” but I’m being 100% honest here that this is “da bomb” (do they still say that?).   The ice cream comes in multiple flavors, all of which I’m reviewing below.    

But first, a little about these awesome ice cream making ladies.   Phin & Phebes (pronounced “Fin” and “Feebes”) make ice cream in Brooklyn, New York. They make unique and interesting flavors with a little something for everyone. All of their flavors start out in their home kitchen and then they produce them on a larger scale to share with you!  Their philosophy about ice cream is simple: it should be fun for adults and kids, unpretentious, delicious (of course) and surprising in the best way possible. 

They made their  first batch of ice cream in February of 2010 when looking for a yummy wintertime hobby. They brainstormed a flavor that was inspired by the Ritz cracker sandwiches filled with marshmallow and peanut butter that they loved as kids. They cranked it up a notch though and covered these in caramel and chocolate and broke them up into a sweet cream base. The results? “Fluffnut” ice cream, their first flavor and also now the name of their dog.

No more waiting, let’s get to the ice cream!

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Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies

Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies Recipe. These cookies will melt in your mouth with ooey gooey chocolate bites and delicious Fruity Pebble cereal.

If you’re like me then you might bake something to take with you on a trip.  I love making a batch of banana bread to eat for breakfast in the hotel, or sometimes it’s muffins.  This time though I decided to make Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies for our upcoming trip to London! They are the perfect treat to reach for instead of grabbing a $5 chocolate in the mini bar (candy bar?).

Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies. These cookies will melt in your mouth with ooey gooey chocolate bites and delicious Fruity Pebble cereal.

These cookies are awesome for many reasons:
Fruity Pebbles – who doesn’t love them?  They were a part of almost everyone’s childhood.  Plus they’re colorful and cute.
Pudding – again, who doesn’t love pudding?  This is going to make the cookies moist and creamy and oh so delicious!
Chocolate  – enough said.  When melted, even more creamy.
All formed into a gooey ooey cookie that you’ll fall in love with.

You’re going to need 1 cup Fruity Pebbles. This is added at the very end before you bake them.  Each bite of the cookie is going to have a little of Fruity Pebble.
Fruity Pebbles Chocolate Pudding Cookies. These cookies will melt in your mouth with ooey gooey chocolate bites and delicious Fruity Pebble cereal.

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Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins

Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips.  These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go!  Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins

These banana muffins are based around one of my most popular recipes on the blog, Mini Moist Crumble Banana Muffins.  I receive emails all the time from people proclaiming their love to these muffins and expressing how much their kids like them too!  The tweak I made to these is first I made them full size, so they’re hearty enough for breakfast.  I also added some high quality white chocolate chips to really give each bite a sweet balance with the bananas.

The banana taste is there, but it’s not super strong. I shared these with my banana bread loving friend and my not so much banana loving Matthew and both of them loved them so much they ate multiples.  They’re a winner across the board.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips. These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins

Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips. These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins 

Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips. These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins

Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips. These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins

 

Moist Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 ripe bananas
  6. 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  7. 3 tablespoons melted butter
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  10. Optional: Melted white chocolate to drizzle on top when done
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray your muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In another bowl mix bananas, sugar, butter and egg until smooth.
  5. Add flour mixture into banana mixture and continue to mix so everything is combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and stir with spoon to evenly distribute.
  7. Spoon this into the muffin pan, filling each muffin spot 3/4 full.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until the sides of your muffins are slightly brown.
Notes
  1. Makes 6-8 regular size muffins.
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 Delicious recipe for Banana Muffins made with white chocolate chips. These are perfect for a hearty breakfast on the go! Baking time is 20 minutes and makes 8 regular size muffins

 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Peanut Butter Cookies

This is my Valentine to you! It comes in the shape of a cookie with a milk chocolate covered cherry on top.  When you bite into one (good luck only eating one) you will see hearts in your eyes!

I received these delicious Milk Chocolate covered cherries from Santa Barbara Chocolate Company and immediately ate one when I opened the box.   I mean how can you say no when you see these?
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 I’ve fallen in love with Santa Barbara Chocolates in the past weeks and have been baking up a storm with their chocolate chips too, but today this is all about these beautiful cherries that are hand dipped in their custom milk chocolate and filled with cherry juice (from Morello cherries) .   Not too sweet and of highest quality, the morello cherry is the perfect compliment to the milk chocolate.  When you bite into one and feel that cherry explode into your mouth (getting sexy here) you’ll understand why.  I can honestly say these are the best chocolate covered cherries I ever tasted and trust me, I’ve done alot of tasting research in my days.

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So there I was, sitting with this box of chocolate covered cherries, eating 1 by 1.  My brain said “Do something with them, be creative” while my belly said “Just eat them all”. So I combined these 2 wishes, I made cookies with them and then ate them all. :D)

These cookies are based on my favorite Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe but with something a little extra (with a ton of flavor) – cherries!
The cookie base will melt in your mouth while the chocolate covered cherry has a little crunch when you bite into it.
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Good for You Triple Chocolate Brownies

Triple Chocolate Brownies that are kinda good for you since they’re made with applesauce and egg whites.  Enjoy this chocolate lovers recipe!

It wasn’t even a week ago I was showing you my red bean brownies (with sinful frosting), so are you surprised to see another brownie recipe up here?  Yeah, me neither.  

This week I’ve been feeling the January blues.  Maybe it’s the constant chill on my cheeks when outside, maybe it’s the cold knee caps when waiting for the bus, maybe it’s the Winter comfort food binge, maybe it’s a long list of jobs that need to be completed (but instead I put on my pajamas and watch Amazon Prime videos while feeling guilty for not completing the jobs).   So what do I do but make another batch of brownies?   But this time I add sprinkles, but because sprinkles automatically equals a party, right?  

Triple Chocolate Brownies that are kinda good for you since they're made with applesauce and egg whites.  Enjoy this chocolate lovers recipe!

These Triple Chocolate Brownies are going to make for a better Winter time treat because there’s not that much guilt involved in them.  I’m using AllWhites Egg Whites which is 100% liquid egg whites with no yolk, fat-free, cholesterol-free and low-calorie egg product packed with essential nutrients and vitamins.   These can be found in your refrigerated dairy section and is a great source of protein to keep on hand (just this morning Matthew made a egg sandwich with them).  Instead of adding a bunch of oil I’m substituting most of it with applesauce.  This is going to cause those brownies to be fudgy and moist in the middle!  

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Kidney Bean Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

These delicious chocolate brownies are made with kidney beans instead of butter and oil.  They’re topped with yummy peanut butter frosting! As a brownie lover I have to tell you they are amazing!

If you had to ask me my favorite treat, it would be a 3 way tie.

First, there’s donuts.  What’s not to love about them?  They’re sweet, they have icing, they’re cute and circle shaped, they often have sprinkles.  I just love them.

Recently, I’m all about scones and clotted cream.  A nice big spoonful of cream.  There’s a shop nearby that has mixed berry scones and it’s out of this world.  It’s the best scone I ever had.  I hope Matthew is reading this and understands this means I want a date to the scone place.  As soon as possible.  Thanks  babe.

Third, there’s brownies. Just say the word “Brownie”.  Don’t you feel better?  It doesn’t matter if they are homemade brownies, bought in a shop, or made from a box.  I’ll say yes to any brownie.  My favorite brownies are moist and fudgy when you bite into them.  There’s always a thick layer of frosting on top, to the point that it makes up 1/2 of the brownie.   I need a brownie right now.

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Did someone ask for a brownie? Ok, I did.  Say hello to these Sorta Healthy Red Bean Brownies with Sinful Peanut Butter Frosting.

I like to call them sorta healthy because they are made with red beans (I love creating desserts with beans!).  Instead of butter and a lot of oil, the red beans take care of that and make the brownies moist.  I’m not calling them healthy because let’s be honest, if you want a brownie, you’re probably not going for healthy. In fact I’d say you have one goal: eat a brownie, make sure it’s delicious.  

The Peanut Butter Frosting is sinful.  The dictionary tells me that sinful means wicked;  extremely enjoyable in a way that makes you feel guilty.  And that’s pretty much this frosting.  I made a tweet a few nights ago exclaiming that I couldn’t stop eating frosting. This was that frosting.  It’s delicious. It will change your life.  You will want to clean the bowl.  You will clean the bowl.

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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies that everyone is going to love!  This easy from scratch cookie recipe is one of my most requested and is considered “the best” at bake sales!  These homemade cookies combine chocolate and peanut butter to make one delicious cookie!

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.   Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are the key to my cookie loving heart.  The cookies rise beautifully giving them a chunky style that you can sink your teeth into. There’s chocolate chips melted inside along with the taste of peanut butter in every bite.  

Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies that everyone is going to love!  This easy from scratch cookie recipe is one of my most requested and is considered "the best" at bake sales!  These homemade cookies combine chocolate and peanut butter to make one delicious cookie!

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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting

The time is close… who else is getting excited wrapping presents and smelling pine when they walk in the door?
Who else is sad that no matter how hard you try, your cats will never love the idea of dressing up for Christmas?
Every year I try… every year I fail.

Goblin is thinking “Please someone help me…I’m not a reindeer.”
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And in this one Xanadu is plotting on how to push me off the bed tonight..
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 One of these days I’ll get them in a costume.. maybe while the’re sleeping! 🙂

I am a donut (or doughnut if you must) lover.  As a kid my mom worked at the donut shop and she would always bring me home my favorite blueberry donut.  At Halloween she’d bring me home little festive munchkins that were decorated like Frankenstein and pumpkins.   Sometimes before school for breakfast on a busy day, I’d run into the gas station and buy a donut.  So what I’m saying is that the donut love has been strong for a long time.

I’ve been craving a good homemade donut but wanted to make them fun for the holidays, so I decided to do a #CandyCaneHacks donut recipe. Say hello to Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting.
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The donuts are chocolate are oh so moist. I only made a batch of 6 because I wanted to play it safe.. and only eat 6. 🙂
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I used Dark Chocolate Dreams from Peanut Butter & Co for the peanut butter frosting.  The frosting  is ridiculously good.   So much that after I made it, I ate way too  many spoonfuls and then worked out 30 minutes later because of pure guilt.  It was worth it though, that frosting can’t be beat.  Because I love you and want you to get your frosting on, use coupon code YUMSQUADLOVE to get 25% off your entire order at Peanut Butter & Co this December.  What a stocking stuffer that would be….
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The frosting is magical. I’m serious guys. It casts a delicious spell on you when you can’t do anything but eat it.  I went back at least 6 times and took a spoonful of this.  It’s so fluffy and has the perfect peanut butter taste to it.
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You’ll want to crush up your candy cane until it’s almost powder like.  I like when it gets that consistency where is’t not too big you’re going to feel a crunch, instead it’s just like peppermint sugar on top.
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And then donuts are ready to be eaten!
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I know I’ve already told you I eat M&M cookies in bed, but I also want to tell you I ate a donut in bed a few nights ago.  Again, I started with a half, and then went back, grabbed the other half and crawled back into bed.  I just remember falling back asleep with sweet sugary dreams!
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Enjoy these donuts friends!

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Chocolate Donuts with Peanut Butter Candy Cane Frosting
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For the donuts
  1. 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup water
For the frosting
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate peanut butter
  3. 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons milk
Extra
  1. 1 Candy Cane - crushed up
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add oil, vanilla and water and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into donut pan and bake 10-12 minutes. Let donuts cool.
For the frosting
  1. Use softened butter and mix with peanut butter (I use a hand mixer).
  2. Slowly add in confectioners sugar and milk. Continue to mix until frosting is fluffy.
  3. Spread frosting on donuts. Sprinkle crushed up candy cane on each one.
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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