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...
Sauteed Asparagus with Coconut Oil

Sauteed Asparagus with Coconut Oil

The first 20 seconds says it all… I’ve watched it a 100 times.  Make that 101. Picture me puckering my lips while elegantly throwing up my hands and using a flowing French accent to say, “No miserable, overcooked asparagus in your kitchen! Make your cuisine a passionate affair!” If you’ve sautéed asparagus, you know how quickly it can turn from crispy to soggy.  AND then you’ve just wasted your money because no one eats the soggy mess.  As the 1980s say, been there done that.  SO stick with me and I’ll let you know how to keep it crispy and scrumptious. If you haven’t taken the coconut oil leap yet, it’s time to jump on before the bandwagon leaves.  Coconut oil and its nutrition benefits are through the roof, off the chain, and wicked good.  Apparently, I’m bringing all the 1980 quotes back tonight.  How did I go from elegant French to parachute pants and big hair in the same post? ANYway, coconut oil has been proven to assist in weight loss, reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, lower chance of heart disease, and improve skin and hair.  Since falling in love with coconut oil, I can’t remember the last time I used butter.  I spread it on anything you normally would spread butter on… like my blueberry waffles, whole wheat bread, and my banana zucchini muffins. As far as crispy asparagus goes, coconut oil is the perfect companion.  This sauteed asparagus is going to be fought over like candy. Here are a couple parting tips.  Coconut oil is meant for low to medium cooking temperatures so make sure you cook on low-medium heat.  Also, you literally only cook asparagus...
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...
Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

It’s a miracle.  I mean a full blown, modern day miracle.  I have tried numerous whole wheat bread recipes and have bombed each loaf.  They resembled flavorless bricks instead of fluffy, light scrumptious bread.  Well, I am a food blogger.  KINDA embarrassing if I can’t figure out how to make healthy whole wheat bread.  And my friends, I finally did it!   Okay, since I’ve wasted enough ingredients on failed bread attempts for the both of us, I’m going to share what made the difference.  First, make sure to let the yeast foam for at least 10 minutes before adding it to the other ingredients.  I definitely wasn’t allowing enough time for the yeast to activate. Second, whole wheat pastry flour.  You HAVE to try it.  You’ll see this flour is pretty much all my recipes because it’s the miracle flour.  It keep all the health benefits of whole wheat but creates the light and fluffy texture we all crave in baked goods. I transitioned from spreading butter on breads, waffles, pancakes and anything else to spreading on coconut oil instead.  We love it.  Coconut oil has a slight sweetness and creamy texture just like butter and the health benefits rock.  This superfood helps control weight, ease digestion, helps manage Type 2 Diabetes, and slows aging by doing fabulous things to your skin and hair.  Your mouth and body will thank you for making this substitution.   This whole wheat bread recipe is perfect.  I’ve made is several times… and it’s been a success each time.  Really… you have NO idea how big of an accomplishment this is for me. Print Easy Whole...

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