Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Frequently, I get mistaken for someone who does not like dessert or sweet things because I’m healthy.  I either try to convince them that I do very much like my dessert despite the ‘yeah right’ look in their eye or I just smile politely and think ‘if they only knew’.  Why has the universe convinced everyone that healthy eaters are poor deprived souls with an anti-dessert movement?  Tis not so.  These Healthy Honey Peanut Butter Cookies would have anyone singing praises for desserts! By now, you should know my husband is my guinea pig.  He knows it.  I know it.  It’s a mutual agreement!  I thrive off the challenge of sneaking health into my recipes.  I’m always plotting my next recipe with some hidden health benefit and hoping to knock it out of the park on the very first try. To be honest, I usually have to bake something a few times before I hear the magical phrase, ‘babe… this is REALLY good!’  Not this time.  As soon as my healthy honey peanut butter cookies were pulled from the oven, he downed at least 4.  They are chewy, soft, sweet and nutty.  Everything you dream a peanut butter cookie to be. I really love Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  I know, I know.  I keep mentioning it.  But have you tasted it’s fluffy goodness in my Banana Zucchini Muffins or Morning Glory Muffins? I’m not getting paid for my opinion… I seriously just love the flour.  It’s finely ground whole wheat flour which results in light, fluffy baked goods. I actually got the idea for this healthy peanut butter cookie recipe from the back of the...
Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler

When it comes to fresh peaches, I am hooked up!  My brother and sister-in-law have a crazy producing peach tree along with some of our generous neighbors (love you all!).  Since peach season comes and goes oh so quickly in the Fall, I stock up.  I’m actually surprised that I have any leftover to freeze because I cannot contain myself from eating dozens at a time.  Oh, I love biting into a ripe peach and having the juice run down my chin despite attempting to eat like a civilized person. Okay, back to the cobbler.  Even if you don’t have an abundance of peach trees around you, thank goodness frozen peaches are available all year long.  Since peaches have a thin skin which don’t protect the fruit well enough from pesticides, I recommend purchasing organic peaches.  Also, there is no comparison for the fresh-from-the-garden taste of organic produce. Also, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t mention whole wheat pastry flour…. again.  It really makes this peach cobbler recipe light and fluffy without skipping out on nutrients.  You would think I’m running an illegal scam with how much I promote this flour, BUT I promise I’m not getting paid off for my opinion.  I really do use it in everything!  My miracle whole wheat bread, blueberry waffles, and Banana Zucchini Muffins are just a couple of many recipes where I’ll help you fall in love with whole wheat pastry flour.   If you can make a recipe healthier without compromising taste, why not?  Instead of cool whip or whipping cream, try scooping on my blender ice cream or pouring on some coconut...
Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

It was a sad, sad day when I discovered ice cream triggered my migraines.  I grew up where 3 scoops of ice cream after dinner was as reliable as the sun setting.  A life without ice cream seemed pretty grim.  But alas, I’m not a quitter.  I love food and dessert way too much to forever say farewell to one of my most favorite treats.  Ice cream sandwiches.  These homemade ice cream sandwiches are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious-full.  Sit back, kick up your feet, and indulge.     There are a couple surprising ingredients in these ice cream sandwiches.  Ready?  Garbanzo beans in the cookies and frozen bananas in the ice cream.  Don’t judge before you try them.  Garbanzo beans have a very mild flavor and create a chewy, soft base for my Chocolate Cookies, Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies.  I’m beyond addicted.  My husband knows to quickly grab a couple freshly baked because I feel no remorse for engulfing the entire batch.  My latest record: 2 dozen in 24 hours.   And for the ice cream… who knew frozen bananas created smooth, creamy vanilla-like ice cream?     In order to make these delightful, splendid homemade ice cream sandwiches, you’ll need a quality blender.  Myself?  I’m a VitaMix woman.  It’s an exquisite machine.  It has a tamper that helps break up air pockets and push contents down making blending super easy.  I use it every. single. day.  However, I don’t want to discriminate.  There are lots of Ninja and BlendTec fans out there too.  Whichever way you choose…  reward yourself by making...
Chewy Ooey Gooey Brownies

Chewy Ooey Gooey Brownies

Let me clear up a big misconception about healthy eating… you can eat healthy and totally indulge on dessert!  Did you catch my confession on eating an entire batch (2 dozen) of my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies? I feel no embarrassment nor regret and will do it again very very soon.  Someone should warn these brownies that they’re in for the same fate… but I will have already devoured them by the time the messenger gets here.  Poor delicious, sweet brownies.  That’s what you get for being yummy and healthy. Okay, before I get lots of sugar-haters rebuking me for using 1/2 cup of sugar (don’t worry… I still love your passion!), you can substitute the sugar for 1/4 cup honey.  Although I loved the results with just 1/4 cup honey, it did not pass my ‘husband-must-LOVE-it-or-I-don’t-post-it’ test.  Although we’re not huge chocolate fans here (don’t worry… the shock wears off in a few seconds), my husband actually had seconds.  We topped them with fresh strawberries and some of my creamy dairy-free blender ice cream.  So delicious! Wait… I haven’t told you the secret ingredient yet, have I?  I know sugar can be pretty magical, but get ready for a surprise! You better sit down.  The secret ingredient is sweet potato!  I’m almost as excited as when I dropped that garbanzo beans are used in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A which is linked to anti-aging benefits, cancer prevention and the maintenance of good eyesight.  SO…. we’ll just tell ourselves that eating these brownies helps reduce our wrinkles and fine lines.  Right, ladies? To bake a sweet potato, first preheat the oven to...
3 Ingredient Blender Ice Cream

3 Ingredient Blender Ice Cream

    It was a sad, sad day when I realized that dairy and sugar were my migraine triggers.  No dairy?  No sugar?  No ice cream?!?!?!  Well, I’m not a quitter.  Life without ice cream just seemed to grim.  However, eating ice cream was not worth having a migraine which knocks me out for a couple days.  What was a girl to do? Well, I found a creamy, smooth and perfect solution!  Almond milk, frozen bananas, and frozen fresh pineapple did the trick.  No dairy.  No sugar. No migraines. I know I’m not the first to use a frozen banana in blender ice cream, and I definitely don’t want to be the last!  I want you to have success each and every time.  You know I have to say it… you HAVE to purchase a quality blender!  I’m a Vitamix girl.  Others have had success with BlendTec and Ninjas, but here’s a post why I chose Vitamix. Okay, back to the bananas.  I’m frequently asked how I freeze my bananas.  First, you want to wait until they’re completely yellow and before they’re too ripe (no brown on the inside).  In a gallon-size freezer lock Ziplock bag, place 6 peeled bananas inside, whole or cut in halves or quarters, and seal the bag.  Place in the freezer for at least 5 hours before using.  SUPER easy. Fresh pineapple is a frequent visitor in our home.  It doesn’t stay long… or should I say doesn’t last long.  So… as soon as I chopped up fresh pineapple chunks, I have about 2 cups join the bananas in the freezer.  Same thing, just thrown them in a...
Jamba Juice Mango-A-Go-Go Smoothie Copycat

Jamba Juice Mango-A-Go-Go Smoothie Copycat

The weather is warming up (YAY!) and that means it time to whip out some more satisfying smoothie recipes.  How about some Jamba Juice classic smoothies copycats?  Let’s begin with Mango-A-Go-Go.  Not only did I copycat it’s satisfying flavor, but I did so with only 4 ingredients.     I’m sure you’ve noticed how Jamba Juice has an assembly line of high quality blenders, right?  Well, read here why I decided to buy a Vitamix and now can’t go one day without it.  Others have had great success with a BlendTec or a Ninja, but I will always be a Vitamix girl.  Whichever way you chose, it’s worth the investment!  How else are you going to make this smooth and slushy mango smoothie?       When picking orange juice, read the ingredients!  Many have added sugar or preservatives.  The closest to freshly squeezed orange juice is Simply Orange.  It’s not-from-concentrate and you can taste the quality in comparison to others.  I’m an avid water drinker, but when needed for recipes I only purchase Simply Orange juice.     PrintJamba Juice Mango-A-Go-Go Copycat Ingredients2 cups natural orange juice (or you can do 2 cups water and 1 orange peeled) 1 cup fresh pineapple 1 frozen banana 2 cups organic frozen mango chunksInstructionsIn a Vitamix blender, add ingredients in order listed. Blend on high until smooth and slushy. Enjoy!3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/jamba-juice-mango-go-go-smoothie-copycat/   More Jamba Juice copycats are coming your way!  What are your favorite Jamba Juice smoothies?  ...

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