Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Don’t drink your calories.  That’s kind of one of my mottos.  My aunt said she thought about it the other day when tempted to order a fancy drink at a coffee shop.

I used to drink my calories like a champion.  Gatorade, orange juice, milkshakes, Frappuccinos, soda.  And my body paid for it.  I stopped pretty much cold turkey and reaped the rewards.  Plus I didn’t really miss any of those things.

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

But every once in awhile rules are meant to be broken.  Especially around the holidays (and when you need a super easy blog post 🙂 ).  I made Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate and it is kind of the best thing since sliced bread or at least regular hot chocolate.  Because what’s better than peanut butter and marshmallow melted into drinkable heaven?

It is rich and rather sweet, so I swapped it for dessert instead of dessert and caloric drink like old me would have and really you definitely do not need dessert after this, nor do you need a large portion.

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

It’s easy to make, gluten free, and perfect for these super chilly winter days.  I’m thinking this is a must for Christmas morning present opening.

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Super warm and comforting, it is extra creamy from the marshmallow fluff melted right into the beverage.  the peanut butter flavor is prominent with a hint of vanilla.  My favorite might just be the topping of more fluff and peanut butter.  I loved to get the topping and the beverage all in one drink.

You will absolutely love the peanut butter and marshmallow drink!

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Fluffernutter White Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 4 drinks

Ingredients

4 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love!)
¾ cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup marshmallow fluff, plus more for serving
¼ cup creamy peanut butter, melted, plus more for serving
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan, stir together milk, white chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, and peanut butter that has been melted in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Place over medium heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until everything has melted together and the mixture is steaming hot. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste.
  3. Divide evenly among mugs. Tip: if your mugs are microwave safe, warm them for about 1 minute before filling with hot chocolate.
  4. Top each mug with a dollop of fluff and a drizzle of melted peanut butter. Serve immediately.
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Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!  Thanks to T.R. Crumbly from Gluten Free Crumbly for hosting!

BARS

BROWNIES

CAKES

CONFECTIONS

COOKIES

SNACKS

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Choices are good.  It’s nice to be able to choose which movie to watch, what to wear, or what to have for dinner.  Our lives are based on the choices we make, both big and small.  Good and bad.

Think of all the choices we make in a day.  Some come naturally but others cause debate whether within ourselves or among those around us, even if they seem like simple decisions.  And all those choices and decisions build and build to make our lives, sometimes for better sometimes for worse.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

It’s easy to look back on the past and see where we might have chosen a different path.  But that’s not fair to ourselves because a different decision may have led to exactly the same place, no matter how hard we wish this wasn’t the case.

That is a difficult fate to face for me.  All those options and the ones I chose.  The ones that led me here.  What could have been, might have been, should have been.  It’s a lot to consider.  But now there is nothing I can do about it, so I have to embrace those choices and try to make better ones in the future, knowing years from now, I’ll have some of the same regrets.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

The best thing about choices is that there is always another one to make, another chance to do better.

When it comes to these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches, I don’t want to make choices, but I have to because I made them several ways, although I do recommend trying each variety.

These are a breeze and a blast to make, almost therapeutic.  The base is a salty, crunchy pretzel, which I topped with either salted caramel peanut butter (I know!) or pumpkin pie cookie butter (oh yeah!), followed by another pretzel.  I also hid a mini marshmallow in the center of some for a nice surprise.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Then half of this sweet and salty dessert sandwich is dipped in chocolate (or carob in my case) and drizzled in white chocolate.

These are great to serve at a Halloween party.  Making these is an easy choice!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Ingredients

½ bag mini pretzel twists
1 cup pumpkin spice cookie butter
1 cup salted caramel peanut butter
½ cup mini marshmallows
3 cups dark chocolate or carob chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Spread the pretzel twists on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon of either the pumpkin spice cookie butter or salted caramel peanut butter onto a pretzel. Top with a couple mini marshmallows if desired, followed by another pretzel. Press together gently so the butter forms a seal. Repeat with remaining pretzels and butters.
  2. Once all the pretzels are filled, melt the chocolate or carob chips with 2 tablespoons of vegetable in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip half of each pretzel sandwich into the mixture and place back on the parchment to set.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips with the remaining ½ tablespoon vegetable oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Using a fork or spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the pretzel sandwiches.
  4. Allow to set completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Guys, it’s time for a fun giveaway, but first let’s talk cookies.  Like some of the best cookies I’ve ever made.  Cookies that prove in a lot of cases more is better.

In these cookies, my favorite Flourless Almond Butter Cookies meet my favorite Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies to make giant super cookies.  Yeah, super cookies.  They’re a thing now.

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

First, these cookies are a breeze to make.  No creaming or pulling out the stand mixer and dirtying a million dishes.  No chilling in the refrigerator waiting impatiently for the dough to be ready to be baked.  Measure, mix, scoop, bake.  I may have made these in the morning and ate them hot from the oven.  #sorrynotsorry #cookiesforbreakfast

Now let’s talk about why the combination of these two cookies that are totally craveable on their own makes them even better.  The almond butter cookies bake up flat and relatively crunchy while the peanut butter cookies puff and are super moist and rich.  Together, they make wonderful cookie babies.  That just happen to be gluten free!

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

On the bottom is the crunchy almond cookie which bakes around the gooey peanut butter cookie.  Eat one before the other, eat them together, melt marshmallows on top.  Whatever you do, just make these cookies.

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Now back to that super awesome giveaway.  My friends at Peanut Butter and Company are going to give one lucky reader 1 jar of Old Fashioned Smooth Peanut Butter and 1 jar of Bestie Almond Butter.  You will just love them.  Use them to make the cookies, awesome PBJs, or spread them on a banana or apple.

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Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Flourless Almond and Peanut Butter Cookies + Giveaway!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 15 Cookies

Ingredients

Almond Cookies
1 cup creamy almond butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chocolate or carob chips
Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup Reese’s Pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Make the almond cookies. In a medium bowl, stir together almond butter, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, egg, and chocolate or carob chips. Set aside.
  3. Make the peanut butter cookies. In a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, egg, and Reese’s Pieces.
  4. Take about 2 tablespoons of the almond butter mixture and about 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture and smoosh them together. Place on the baking sheet with the almond butter cookie down and repeat with all the dough.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown and mostly set. Serve warm or cool completely on the tray. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in zipper bags for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies #SundaySupper

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I used to be a bacon addict.  Weekend mornings meant Mom was either microwaving a batch or we were headed to McDonald’s for a fast food sandwich (always on a hamburger bun for me).

Then I went through a very odd phase where I ate bacon and a baked potato most nights for dinner.  Definitely not the healthiest time in my life.  Luckily it didn’t last long.

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Now bacon isn’t among my favorite foods.  I enjoy it every now and then, typically not more than a couple times a year.  But when I saw this Sunday Supper’s theme of bacon, I knew I wanted to participate with a sweet and savory combo.

Peanut butter is one of those foods I crave and I thought it would pair really well with bacon.  I cooked up a pound of artisan bacon, though now I cook it in the oven instead of the microwave.  Mom and Dad ate most of it, but a fair portion was reserved for these cookies.  I also saved the bacon fat and roasted some sweet potato fries in it.  Best.  Decision.  Ever.

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Back to the cookies though.  They are my all-time favorite, super peanut buttery, peanut butter lovers’ cookies.  These are naturally gluten free and have so much more peanut butter flavor than any other cookies out there.  Plus, they are a breeze to make.  No big mixers.  No chilling the dough.  Just cookies asap.

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I amp up that peanut butter flavor with Reese’s Pieces.  And then there’s the bacon.  The bacon flavor permeates the entire cookie.  The crispy pieces are a great contrast to the super soft, slightly underbaked cookies.  Oh, and then the melty Reese’s Pieces take the cookies totally over the top.

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I definitely recommend these hot from the oven or reheated in the microwave.  A mound of marshmallows on top is a great choice too.

I definitely see more bacon in my future, even if it’s just in these cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 9 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

½ cup Reese’s Pieces

½ cup crumbled crispy bacon

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together peanut butter, sugar, baking soda, vanilla, and the egg until fully combined. Stir in the Reese’s Pieces and bacon.

Scoop approximately golf ball sized mounds of dough onto the cookie sheet. Bake about 20 minutes, until light golden brown, serve warm or cool completely on the pan. Cookies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 30 seconds.

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Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes!

Bacon in Appetizers

Bacon for Breakfast

Bacon for Dessert

Bacon for Dinner

Bacon in Beverages

Bacon for Lunch

Bacon as a Side Dish

 

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Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

This past weekend, my parents and I got to do something really cool.  We went to the Fox Theater for Forgotten Harvest’s Comedy Night with Jay Leno.  First, the Fox Theater is an awesome spot.  It is jaw dropping gorgeous.  Alton Brown was there the night before for his tour, which I’d like to see, but my days of going out two late nights in a row are over never existed, so next time, Alton.  Next time.  But I did see his drone flyby of the theater and it is awesome.  Take a look.

Fox Theater

Next Forgotten Harvest is a local charity that rescues food that is going to be thrown away and gives it to those who are hungry.  What they are doing to help people out is remarkable.  This was their 24th annual Comedy Night.  They shared the story of a few families whose lives have been improved by their resources.

Jay Leno

After a couple live auction items, which raised $30,000 total, Jay Leno hit the stage.  Don’t get me wrong, Jimmy Fallon is great, but I still miss seeing Jay on TV every night.  He was as funny as ever and performed for about an hour and fifteen minutes without notes or even taking a drink of his water.  I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

As he was wrapping up his set, Jay donated $10,000 and offered tours of his garage to anyone in the audience who was willing to donate $2,000.  Very cool and very generous.  Jay truly seems like a great guy.  It was a great night from start to finish and I am so glad we were able to attend.

Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

I’m also super glad I made these Triple Peanut Butter Blondies.  They are a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.  The blondie is super dense, fudgy, and chewy.  Plus it’s loaded with peanut butter.  Then I added Mini Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter chips, along with white chocolate chips for balance.

Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

I didn’t love these hot out of the oven, but once they cooled, the peanut butter flavor intensified and the rich, gooey texture shined like the star it is.  Needless to say, as I was cutting these up, I kept taking taste after taste.  By the way, how is it that I don’t feel as guilty eating all those little tastes as I do eating a blondie when I clearly ate way more than one blondie???  Girl math???

Anyway, back to these blondies.  Make them.  Really.  They are crazy good.  Also, I made them gluten free and no one could tell!

Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

Triple Peanut Butter Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 18 blondies

Ingredients

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1 ¾ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour (I love Bob’s Red Mill)

¼ teaspoon baking powder

1 cup Mini Reese’s Pieces

1 cup peanut butter chips

½ cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 inch pan.

In a large bowl, stir together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar until combined. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix until fully combined.

Add salt, flour, and baking powder and stir until almost fully incorporated. Stir in Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter, and white chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars. Blondies may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or individually frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Baker by Nature

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Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

I love to get dressed up.  Ever since I was little this has been the case for me.  I have always loved dresses and heels and presenting my best face to the world.

My love of wearing nice clothes and shoes and playing with makeup has only intensified as I have grown up and learned more about creating my own style.  I love putting together outfits that represent me and not something I saw on TV or my mom chose for me.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

It amazes that people stare at me with dirty looks, as though I am doing something wrong by wearing a dress and heels instead of the sweatpants they seem to find so fashionable.  I have even had someone question me repeatedly over looking nice.  Where was I going?  Why was I wearing these clothes?  What was wrong with me?

When did our society decide that it’s not okay to look nice?  Even worse, when did it decide that it’s not okay to be an individual?  If you don’t want to dress up, that’s your deal, but don’t tell me what to do.  The great thing about life is that we are all unique individuals.  No one’s stares or comments are ever going to get me to change who I am.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

And because I like company, I took some unassuming marshmallows and dressed them up too.  What does that mean?  It means I dipped them in carob, white chocolate, and peanut butter chips and drizzled them accordingly.  You could also add nuts or sprinkles for a bit of crunch, but these are amazing as is.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Not only are these little treats delicious, but they are also easy to make and gluten free.  They would be awesome to serve at a party or wedding or baby shower.  I also think they would make great s’mores.  I think we should all investigate 🙂

Whether you like to dress up or not, you will love some fancy dressed up marshmallows!

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: About 30 marshmallows

Ingredients

1 10-ounce bag regular sized marshmallows

1 cup dark chocolate or carob chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

3 tablespoons pure vegetable shortening

Instructions

Place marshmallows on a piece of parchment paper.

Place carob or chocolate chips in one microwave safe bowl, white chocolate chips in another, and peanut butter chips in a third. Add 1 tablespoon shortening to each bowl.

Melt chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Place one marshmallow on a fork and dip into one of the coatings. Roll around with the fork to coat completely. Place carefully on the parchment and allow to set. Repeat until all the marshmallows are used.

Take the fork and drizzle the remaining coatings onto the marshmallows to create a pretty design or pattern. Have fun! If at any time the coatings harden too much, place them back in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Allow marshmallows to set completely before placing in an airtight container and storing at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

Soooo … Guys … I have some news.

I am officially in the quarter finals of the Bluecat screenplay contest!!!!!!!!!

I found out last night during the Super Bowl and cried happy tears for the first time in my life, and then Coldplay started singing, so the tears kept coming.  By the way, I love Coldplay and wished there was more of them during the show … but I digress.

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

I might only be 26 but I have worked on my writing and hoped for a moment like this for years.  It was such a relief and shock and all the things.  I am so grateful because it means maybe I am a good writer and I can make it.  I’m still on a high today.

It’s just the first step in a lot of steps … seriously like a million, but a step in the right direction is more than I have taken in a long time.

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

For now, I’m going to keep writing and hope that I make the semi-finals.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me!!!  I declared this my year, and maybe the power of positive thinking and believing in myself (some of the time anyway) really is working.

You know what else is making this a great year, these Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars.  These are almost as good as placing in the quarter finals.

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

I swapped out flour for old fashioned and quick oats, added tons of peanut butter and mini Reese’s Pieces and then some carob chips.  Feel free to use chocolate chips, of course.

I was a little afraid the oats wouldn’t hold together, but they totally did, and I was left with the oatmeal cookie of my dreams.  It is soft and chewy and insanely gooey with an underdone center and tons of Reese’s Pieces and chips.

I highly recommend that you eat these warm or pop them in the microwave before devouring because that intensifies the gooey.  Mom declared these one of the best things I’ve ever made and I have to agree.  As I was cutting them up, I kept taking little samples for myself.  You’ll be doing the same thing.

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

Gluten Free Monster Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 18-24 bars

Ingredients

3 cups old fashioned oats, gluten free if necessary

1 ½ cups quick cooking oats, gluten free if necessary

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup mini Reese’s Pieces

1 cup carob or chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 by 13 inch baking pan and line it with parchment. Butter the parchment.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until light and fluffy. I did this by hand, but a hand or stand mixer will work as well.

Add both kinds of oats and baking soda and stir until well incorporated. Fold in the Reese’s Pieces and chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake 30-40 minutes until puffed, golden brown and mostly set in the center. Do not cook until it is all the way set or the bars will be dry. Cool completely in the pan (or don’t ;) ), cut into bars and serve. Bars may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen, individually wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.

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Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

I’m behind the times a lot. When I was young I was the last person to learn swear words. Jokes went over my head and the politics of being popular in school just didn’t click with me.

I’d like to think I’ve caught up since then. I try to stay up on fashion and entertainment. I follow news events and consider myself well read. But things always slip past me.

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Like Harry Potter.

I remember buying the first book at a grade school book fair, but I couldn’t really get into it. I was probably a little too young. I’d like to go back to the books one day, but for now, I’ve started the movies.

Typically I watch a movie every Friday and Saturday night. Most of the time I find something in the new releases OnDemand, but this week, there were few choices. After scrolling through Amazon and trying to think of something, Mom suggested Harry Potter.

Neither of us were sure we’d like it, but it seemed as good an option as any.

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

I’m in love and obsessed and I’ve only seen the first movie. It’s smart and funny and cute. It has the right balance of seriousness without being terribly dark. I like the characters and find it reasonably easy to follow. Where have I been all these years?

At least I found it now, I guess. I’ll be finding more time to watch Harry Potter and you need to find some time to make these Apple Crisp Granola Bars. Luckily in the busy holiday season, you won’t have to find much time since these gluten free go to snack or breakfast treats are no bake.

They have all my favorite flavors from apple crisp – apples, oatmeal, cinnamon, nuts – plus a heaping helping of peanut butter. If there’s anything that could make apple crisp better, it’s peanut butter. You will love these chewy, crunchy, hearty, healthy bars. Don’t be late to this recipe 🙂

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Apple Crisp Granola Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 12 bars

Ingredients

2 ½ cups quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 ½ cups puffed rice cereal (gluten free, if necessary)

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract

½ cup walnuts

½ dried apples, chopped

Instructions

Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave for an additional minute. The mixture should be bubbling. If it is not, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

Stir in the vanilla, followed by the oats, cereal, and cinnamon. Once well combined, stir in the walnuts and apples.

Pour into the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Using a sharp, preferably serrated knife, cut into bars. Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

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Homemade Butterfingers on SheKnows!

Homemade Butterfingers

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to let you know my recipe for Homemade Butterfingers is up on SheKnows!  It’s my first Experts Among Us post and I am super excited about it.  Plus, Butterfingers are easy to make and gluten free.  Hint: they’ll use up all that leftover candy corn you have lying around.

 

Please take a minute to check my post out!!

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