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Monday, February 27, 2012

yummy yum yum OATMEAL CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS


Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars
*it is sorta like a chocolate oatmeal no bake cookie, but extra creamy and special. it almost reminds me of fudge, but with the added texture of the oats and occasional chewy sweetness of the dried cranberries--yum!
**I doubled her recipe

1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes, this is what gives its creamy texture and flavor)
2 cups oats
1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries
I know I know... not the healthiest thing in the world...but what a yummy treat
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.

Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.

Spread into a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour. Store in refrigerator.

CAULIFLOWER POPPERS

Cauliflower Poppers...these are delicious!!

I have said before that I am not a big fan of raw cauliflower (yucky) but after I made skinny mashed potatoes using cauliflower I knew it was my new favorite lo-carb substitute.

What you will need:
2 heads of cauliflower
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Wash and clean the cauliflower. Cut off and discard the stem. Cut the cauliflower up into small pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower pieces and thoroughly coat each piece.
Place cauliflower pieces onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for one hour and turn 3 times during cooking until each piece has a nice brown coloring. The browner they are the better.
Remove from oven and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

new recipe I just made ! yum

German-Chocolate Fudge Bites

(Makes 10-14 balls)

These were inspired by this recipe.
■3/4 cup pitted dates (I like Sunmaid, because they are softer.) (120g)
■1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
■1/16 tsp salt
■2 T cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder)
■2 T shredded coconut
■1/3 to 1/2 cup raw pecans
■optional: feel free to add some chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients together very well. (I recommend using a food processor.) Squish the dough together. (I transferred the dough to a plastic bag then smushed it together in the bag. It’s much less messy this way!) Roll into balls, cookie-cuttered shapes, or bars… or you can even use it for a pie crust!