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Honey Sweetened Coconut Oil Peanut Butter

I finally did it. 
I made peanut butter and now I curse myself why I hadn’t done it earlier. 
Easy. Fast. Cheap. Delicious. 
It takes me 5 minutes to make it. 

it has 3 ingredients. 

and if I let them, my kids would devour it in one sitting. 

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I buy my peanuts in bulk: roasted and salted

Unsalted will do, too but you will need to add a pinch of salt to the recipe. 

Depends on how thick you like the peanut butter you can adjust the amount of coconut oil. 

So there are no precise measurements in this recipe. 

It all depends on how sweet you like it and how much coconut oil you want in it. 

My last recipe looked like this:

2 cups roasted salted peanuts 

2 TBSP raw honey

2 TBSP coconut oil 

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Because I run out of coconut oil the last batch came out a little too thick. Still delicious, though. 
My kids were fighting over it, and the younger one didn’t let me finish with the pictures.

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She is a little piggy when it comes to food. She eats my dinner and then what’s left from her sister’s plate so this delicious creamy stuff was just too much to say no to! 

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As for the directions how to make it, well… 
You will need one of those super powered ( 🙂 ) blenders: Vitamix or Blendtec
I have Blendtec and I am LOVING IT 

Directions: 

1. Throw the peanuts and blend on “ice crushing” mode.

2. Scrape the sides and blend it on “ice crushing” mode again.  

3. Scrape the sides and blend on “smoothie” mode. 

4. Scrape the sides add coconut oil and honey. 

5. Blend on “smoothie” mode again. 

6. Adjust the flavor adding more coconut oil or honey.  

7. ENJOY

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Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I found this recipe on the package of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips. I didn’t buy those chips for the recipe. It just happened that trying to come up with some ideas how to use the chips I looked at the package and read the recipe. I normally would use them for “Thick, Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Smitten Kitchen – our family’s all time favorite. Sometimes I like to add an extra sweetness to this original recipe using different kinds of chocolate chips. This time I thought about peanut butter and that’s why I bought them but when I read the recipe on the box I’ve decided to make them.

And by an accident I’ve discovered the new family favorite cookies!!! 

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup white sugar (original recipe calls for 2 cups of white sugar)

1 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup peanut butter chips (or more)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 F.

2. stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Beat buttter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in peanut butter chips.

3. Using a rounded teaspoon drop the dough onto ungreased cookie sheet (I used aluminum foil). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake; cookies will be very soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling. (the original recipe says to bake them 8 to 9 minutes but in my case 8 minutes was too short and the cookies weren’t baked inside)

4. Cool slightly leaving on the baking sheet; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

those cookies are almost like a tiny, thin brownies; crunchy on the outside and so moist and chewy inside. they are delicate to handle because they are really thin. I tried to make an ice cream cookie sandwiches but those cookies seemed to be too thin and delicate. They were falling apart too easily but I really, really enjoyed the flavor:

From this recipe I got about 45 cookies!!! And today, two days after I made them, they are all gone already… .

btw, Happy Birthday America!

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Almond milk dark chocolate peanut butter smoothie

I am not the biggest fan of drinking any kind of nut milk just by itself. When I had to stop breastfeeding for the first month I had to feed my daughter with almond and coconut milk because she wouldn’t drink the formula or cow milk. Btw, today she a milkaholic where milk means the real stuff 🙂

A few weeks ago, when I had to start taking iron supplement I’ve decided to change my diet a little bit, as well.

The easiest way for me was to make all kinds of smoothies but instead of regular milk or fruit juice I’ve decided to start using almond milk. Homemade almond milk. I buy all our nuts in bulk and the first few times I bought already blanched and cut almonds. Though, after comparing prices of not blanched and blanched (and cut) almonds I stopped acting lazy in this case 😉

The recipe couldn’t be any easier to make and to find on the Internet. So being a little redundant, here is the recipe:

1 cup raw almonds (soak overnight, peeled and rinsed)

3 cups of filtered (bottled) water

Blend, extract milk from the pulps by using a nut milk bag, a clothe, strainer…

Honestly I still don’t drink that milk by itself but in a smoothie is really delicious. I think, I’m hooked to it. In addition I do not strain pulps from the liquid. I love the thick texture and more nutty flavor it creates in smoothies. I did it once just to have a picture of it for this post 🙂

I kept it, though and later added to my smoothies.

As for the recipes I almost never remember the quantity of fruits and veggies I use. I always have the idea of what I want to incorporate in a smoothie and I follow the plan. Almost always, though, when I try it there is something missing in taste so I start adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make it taste better.

The same happened this time.

More or less the ingredients were:

1 cup of fresh made almond milk (with pulps, of course),

1 apple,

1/2 small banana,

1 Tbsp, fresh squeezed lemon juice (more if desired),

1/4 cup chia seeds,

1 Tbsp, Dark Chocolate Dreams,

fresh mint leaves, to garnish (they would work perfect if blended together, as well).

A little more about Dark Chocolate Dreams – I bought that stuff thinking that it will help me to eat more peanut butter but when I tasted it at home I didn’t like it at all. As a somebody who really doesn’t like throwing food away I kept it. Finally I found a great use for it. Smoothies. I use it instead of sugar or honey or any other sweetener. It works beautifully for that purpose.

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Peanut Butter Oat Bites

I know that this is my second post today 🙂

I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post this recipe and a few more pictures of the doves! 😉

And nop, my husband doesn’t go hungry all day, neither my daughter. My daughter has her diapers changed everytime it needs to be done. I even had the time to read a few stories to her and to do the laundry – 3 loads!!!

Oh, and we went for a morning walk and were able to take an advantage of estate sale. Too bad I didn’t have my camera with me. I don’t think thy would let me take any pictures of the inside, anyway.

Back to my cookies!

So you know, they are very peanut butter(y), and you can’t eat lots of them at once! maybe one or two. really. but they are pretty good.

To make them you’ll need:


2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 confectioners sugar

3 Tbsp. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 cup quick oats

1/4 cups raisins

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup finally chopped lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove pan from heat, than stir in peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, honey and vanilla.

Allow mixture to cool and stir in Rice Krispies…

…and oats and raisins. I did not have mini chocolate chips so I didn’t use them, but if you have them this is the right time to add them, as well 😉

Form mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll each ball in chopped peanuts (I did not use them).

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.

AND… I couldn’t help myself.

Doves again!

Ok, now I think I’m done with blogging for today!

Have a great evening, everybody!

Not ordinary Sunday’s dinner… and not ordinary cookie…

Yesterday he wanted to surprise me!

Like, really really surprise me!

But I didn’t want to cooperate, so I ended up watching him bringing piece after piece bags with groceries, flowers, candles, etc… He said he is cooking a dinner. HE IS COOKING a dinner.

Hmmm… .

Valentine’s dinner.

Double “Hmmm…”.

The card is a little bit chewed because our daughter got into it very fast after it’s appearance in our place!

You have to know that it is VERY hard to surprise me! Mostly because I’m suspicious. Very! And I DO NOT cooperate easily with a plan that is not mine… And honestly I almost never have a plan… So If you have a plan, and you want me to follow it… Hm… we are in trouble!

In addition it is very hard to cook in my kitchen without me wandering around and peeking from behind your back and pointing stuff out.

So, what I’m trying to say is that we ended up cooking together. It was faster, less messy, and less frustrating for him… and at the end thinking about the cleaning, for me!

But I still appreciate him cooking for me 😉

Romantic Dinner Served! Yumm!!!

So, today I wanted to do something romantic, too. So I baked.

Those are peanut butter-oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chips cookies shaped into hearts 🙂

but wait wait… be honest with you I shaped them because I wanted to have something nice to take pictures off and to say that I was nice and romantic, too…

but wait wait… I really wanted to be romantic. He said that those cookies are delicious, and I think the shape didn’t add anything special to it. lol

but wait wait… I wanted to do both… be romantic, and have a romantic things to take pictures off.

So it worked out pretty well, I guess 😛

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So let’s say:

HE COOKED FOR ME

I BAKED FOR HIM

and it was very Valentine-like 🙂

…and…

you don’t have to know that only a few of them are shaped like that… but… ssshhh…. it’s a Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies

Yesterday,
All my troubles seemed so far away…,

… and I baked

Chocolate Chip-peanut butter cookies

Recipe

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (I mixed it with white Nestle chocolate chips)

1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, brown sugar, butter, sugar and eggs. Mix until creamy. Stir in vanilla.
3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture until blended. Add chocolate chips and stir until evenly mixed in.
4. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with a fork.
5. Bake 9 to 11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 36 cookies.