Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

These yummy little babies can be found in our refrigerator to grab anytime you need a little pick me up. Quite often, a couple of these energy bites are my breakfast. Thanks to our daughter for getting us hooked on this healthy snack.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

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2 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup chopped almonds
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 Tbl chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, hand mixer works well. Form into balls (I make mine small, using my 1½” cookie scoop). Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This recipe makes approx 48 – 1½” diameter energy bites, approx 86 calories per bite. Original recipe found at thecreativebite.com.

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Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

It’s my favorite! Well, I probably say that about quite a few cookie recipes, but really, this is right up there at the top.

Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

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1½ cups oats
1¼ cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together oats, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixer, and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Drop large scoop of batter onto cookie sheet, press down just a bit to make a disc shape. Bake for 9-10 minutes, do not over-bake. I bake mine exactly 9 minutes, take out of oven, then leave on the cookie sheet about 10 minutes to finish their bake and cool. Makes approx 2½ dozen.

Peanut Butter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nothing earth-shattering here, just big, delicious cookies that were my total diet yesterday. Thought I would share…

Peanut Butter Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3¼ cups flour
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. With electric mixer in large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until all combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Drop big rounded 2″ diameter scoops onto non-greased cookie sheet (I do eight cookies per sheet). Press down with fingers making a disc, then make cross marks with fork. These are big, so I press with fork around each cookie four times. Bake 10-11 minutes. Do not over bake! I pull mine out at 10 minutes so they remain soft inside. Grab a glass of milk and forget cooking dinner!
Makes approx 30 big cookies.

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Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake

This is a delicious way to eat your oatmeal!

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Bake 1

4 cups old fashioned oats
1½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2¹⁄3 cups almond milk (or other milk)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy

Preheat oven to 375°. In medium bowl, stir together oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In large bowl, stir together milk, brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, and lemon juice. With electric mixer on lowest setting, mix in bananas and peanut butter. Add oat mixture and mix just until incorporated. Pour mixture into sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan, spread evenly. Bake 20-25 minutes, until set. Serve while hot on a plate or in a bowl with syrup, cream, milk, bananas, raisins, you decide! Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in refrigerator for 5-7 days and reheated. You can make half a batch and bake in 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ baking pan. Recipe from shelikesfood.com.

Other Breakfast Ideas:

Baked Frittata

Bacon, Tomato, & Cheddar Bake

Breakfast Pizza

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Harvest Grain & Pecan Waffles

 

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

One bite and I was hooked! I love the consistency, it’s a chewy, dense feel as you bit into the bar. If you are a peanut butter and chocolate fan, this might be your favorite easy bar recipe too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 13″x9″ baking pan with foil, leaving overhang, and spray with non-stick spray. In large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Lay a piece of foil over top of baking pan after about 30 minutes if you think it might get too brown. Cool completely. Remove bars from pan lifting with foil overhang, peel foil away, and cut into bars.
Recipe from tasteofhome.com.

Other Bar Recipes:

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Chewy Peanut Payday Bars

Chocolate Chip Toffee Shortbread Bars

Caramel Nut Bars

Chocolate Cherry Bars

Milk Chocolate Peanut Bars

Chex Scotcheroos

I am loving these chewy stacks of sweetness! Give them a try!

Chex Scotcheroos

Chex Scotcheroo Stacks:
12 cups Chex cereal (I used corn and rice)
2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter

Line large trays or cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper or silpats. Measure Chex cereal into a large heatproof bowl. In saucepan, combine corn syrup and sugar over medium heat. Bring to boil then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth. Pour over cereal and gently fold together until cereal is completely covered. Scoop out onto prepared trays, I used a large ice cream scoop to make 30 stacks. When cool and set, make the topping.

Topping:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Microwave on 50% power for 3-4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted together and smooth. Spoon 1 Tbl of mixture over each stack. Let set up at room temperature or put in fridge to speed up the process. Makes 30 large stacks. Mixture can be pressed into a sprayed sheet pan and then drizzle topping over and cut into bars.

The original recipe is found at prettyplainjanes.com.

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

My little twist on banana bread because I love peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2¼ cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 5 small or 2 regular size loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In large bowl mixing by hand, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs and banana; mix thoroughly. In smaller bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla to buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to creamed mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in peanut butter chips. Scoop batter evenly into prepared pans, sprinkle tops with a little sugar if desired. Bake 35 minutes (small loaves), 50 minutes (large loaves) or until golden brown and pick in center comes out clean. Cool in pans at least 15 minutes before removing. Cool completely before slicing for clean slices (usually I can wait, messy slices taste just as good).

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Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

When our daughter came for a visit she made these delicious healthy bars. The recipe is found at sallysbakingaddiction.com. I am thinking maybe the name Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars would be better. They probably are healthier than many other dessert bars, but there are still a fair amount of calories in each bar. So, it’s all about portion control, or, do as my husband and I did and just have these bars for dinner! We are so happy…and healthy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Optional add-ins – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. With electric mixer, cream brown sugar and peanut butter. Mix in vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts (or whatever add-ins you choose). Press dough into prepared baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes, until bars are lightly golden and set in center. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
Makes 16 squares, approx 240 calories each.

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Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

Taking the peanut butter cookie to a higher level of peanuty flavor!

Peanuty Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2¼ cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 bag peanut butter chips
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and salt; mix until just combined. Stir in peanut butter chips and honey roasted peanuts. Drop rounded scoops (about 2 Tbl) of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press down with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake 11-12 minutes, remove just before cookies start to brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Make about 44 cookies. Of course adding chocolate chips would be absolutely wonderful!

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Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

If you’re a bread person like me, make this Peanut Butter & Honey Braid, grab a glass of milk and be happy!

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

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2 ¹/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/2 cup butter, cold
2/3 cup milk, cold
3-4 Tbl peanut butter
2-3 Tbl honey

Preheat oven to 425°.  Cut butter into baking mix until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk until dough comes together. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly 10 to 12 times. Roll dough into 15″x9″ rectangle.  Spread jam lengthwise down center 1/3 of dough (center 3″ pictured below). Make 3” cuts at 1″ intervals on long sides. Fold strips over filling.  Pick up with two spatulas and move onto Silpat lined baking sheet or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Glaze with following glaze when slightly cooled.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
milk (enough to make drizzle consistency, add a little at a time)

Whisk together until smooth and drizzle over braid.

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