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Chocolate PB Oat Smoothie

I’m a big fan of peanut butter and have been since I was a kid. It’s just one of those classic foods that people of all ages love. If you’re a peanut butter lover too, you’ve probably seen PBfit® Peanut Butter Powder on the shelves at your grocery store. I received some complimentary samples of both the Chocolate and Original PBfit products, and learned a little more about them. They have 87% (yes 87%) less fat than traditional peanut butter and 1/3 of the calories. So that’s great news for peanut butter fans who are trying to cut calories!

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Colossal Cookies

Colossal Cookies @ NancyC

There’s a little cafe I sometimes go to that sells Colossal Cookies. I thought the cafe came up with that name, but apparently there really is a type of cookie that is officially called a Colossal Cookie! They’re typically made with oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips. And you’d never know it, but there’s no flour in these–just a little baking soda!

A friend and co-worker of mine, Rick, emailed me a recipe for these cookies and I also checked one out at Allrecipes–they were pretty similar. I made a few small changes in the amounts of oats and chocolate chips used, and they turned out really well! Some recipes say to flatten the cookies a little with a fork before baking–I tried baking these flattened and unflattened, and I like them unflattened better–they come out a little thicker and chewier.

The batter for these cookies is very thick and there’s a lot of it, so you’ll want to use your largest mixing bowl when you make these!

COLOSSAL COOKIES by NancyC, adapted from Allrecipes

Makes about 34 large cookies

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 5 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

In an extra-large bowl, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract and peanut butter, mixing well. Mix in the baking soda, then add the oats and chocolate chips until well blended–you should end up with a thick dough). Drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough 3 to 4 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets (I baked 8 at a time on my cookie sheets). You can flatten the dough slightly with a fork if you want a cookie that’s a little flatter, wider, and more crispy, but if you like your cookies thick and chewy, don’t flatten! I didn’t flatten mine.

Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 17 minutes, until cookies just start to turn golden. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheets, then place cookies on wire racks to cool completely.

Colossal Cookies II @ NancyC

I really love these oaty, chewy, chocolatey, peanut butter cookies! Have you ever made or heard of Colossal Cookies?

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie @ NancyC

When it comes to pie-making, I’m more of a beginner. I just haven’t made a lot of pies. But I did make a pie for Pi Day, which was March 14. And it was a very easy pie–one with a pre-made cookie crust. All I had to do was mix up the filling and let it chill in the fridge. What could be easier than that?

The filling for this Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie is made with heavy whipping cream, which makes it nice and rich. And there’s peanut butter in it, of course, along with marshmallow cream. The filling is topped with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and some chopped, salted, dry roasted peanuts which give the pie a great sweet-and-salty taste!

CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER PIE by NancyC, adapted from RealSimple

Makes one 9″ pie

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups marshmallow cream
  • 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (9-inch) pre-made chocolate graham cracker or cookie pie crust (I used a 6-oz. Oreo Pie Crust)

For Topping:

  • 1/3 cup chopped salted dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 -3 Tablespoons semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (you could use regular-size chips instead and other flavors if you prefer–milk, white, or dark chocolate; or peanut butter)

Using an electric mixer, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Beat in marshmallow cream and creamy peanut butter.

Spread mixture into the pie crust and top with chopped peanuts and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Chill until firm, about 4 to 5 hours.

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate in a pie! Did you make or eat any pies for Pi Day?

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

PeanutButterChocChipBreakfastCookies@NancyCreative.com Cookies for breakfast? That sounds like a great idea to me! I’ve been wanting to make some breakfast cookies, so I was happy to find a recipe for them in my review copy of Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook by Unknownfood and fitness expert Camilla V. Saulsbury (Robert Rose, softcover). This cookbook is filled with 281 wholesome whole-grain recipes using naturally gluten-free grains and grain flours like amaranth, sorghum, teff, chia, buckwheat, and millet. There are recipes for breakfast dishes; soups, stews, and chilis; salads and sides; meatless main dishes; seafood, poultry, and meat main dishes; breads, muffins, and snacks; and desserts. Some of the yummy-sounding recipes in this book include Salted Caramel Banana Waffles, Lemony Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Soup, Rainbow Chard, Chia, and Apricot Salad, Ancient Grain, Avocado and Mango Tacos, Fresh and Juicy Beef and Amaranth Burgers, and Flourless Fudge Brownies. And several breakfast cookie recipes caught my eye–I decided to try these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies–I just love the chocolate and peanut butter combination! These yummy cookies are thick, chewy, oaty, and chocolatey with a light peanut butter taste. They’re smaller cookies, so you’ll probably want a couple of them for breakfast or a snack. They’re very easy to make and have healthy ingredients like honey and coconut oil, so you can feel good about eating them. I substituted some non-gluten-free ingredients since I don’t have to eat gluten-free, and I thought they turned out great with the substitutions (see my notes in the recipe below). So whether you make them gluten-free or non-gluten-free, they’re a yummy treat for breakfast or snacktime!

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAKFAST COOKIES from Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook  Makes 30 gluten-free cookies (I’ve included notes for non-gluten-free cookies, too) 

  • 1 1/2 cups certified GF quick-cooking rolled oats (for non-gluten-free, use regular quick-cooking rolled oats)
  • 1 cup amaranth flour (for non-gluten-free, use all-purpose unbleached flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon GF baking powder (for non-gluten-free, use regular baking powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter (for non-gluten-free, use your favorite peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup liquid honey, pure maple syrup, or brown rice syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract (for non-gluten-free, use regular pure vanilla extract)
  • 2/3 cup GF semi-sweet chocolate chips (for non-gluten-free, use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in eggs, peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and vanilla until just blended. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Drop batter by 2 Tbsp. onto prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies 2 inches apart. With a metal spatula, flatten each mound to 1/2-inch thickness. Bake, one sheet at a time, in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until just set at the center. Let cool on pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool completely. Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Acorn Treats

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I saw these fun fall treats on the Hershey’s site and they were so cute I just had to make them! They’re so easy, too…kids would have a lot of fun making these. Acorn Treats are great for fall parties, snacks, and fun food gifts…they’re perfect for any autumn get-together or celebration!

The Royal Icing acts as the “glue,” attaching the Kisses and peanut butter chips to the Mini Nilla Wafers. The icing is very easy to make (see directions below), but if you don’t want to make your own, you can use purchased icing that comes packaged in a container with a small tip. I’ve also seen other bloggers use creamy peanut butter as the “glue,” and you could even try Nutella. Whatever you use, you just need a small dab! I used the Royal Icing (see recipe below), and I was very happy with how that worked out.

You can use either milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or pumpkin-spice flavored Kisses–I decided it would be fun to have a variety, so I used all three! For the top part of the acorn, I used peanut butter chips on the “acorns” with milk and dark chocolate Kisses, and semi-sweet chocolate chips on the “acorns” with pumpkin-spice Kisses. You can also use butterscotch chips.

Have fun trying these out!

ACORN TREATS slightly adapted from Hershey’s

Makes 64 to 73 treats per bag of Hershey’s Kisses

  • Royal Icing (see recipe below) or use purchased decorator icing that comes in a container with a small tip
  • 1 (10 to 12-ounce) bag of Hershey’s Kisses-Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, or Pumpkin Spice–or a combination of these flavors! (Depending on size, bags contain about 64 to 73 kisses).
  • 1 (11-ounce) box Mini Nilla Wafers
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag peanut butter chips or 1 (12-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (or substitute butterscotch chips); or use a combination of flavors (you won’t need the whole bag, so if you already have part of a bag of chips left over from another recipe, that should be enough)

Prepare Royal Icing: Stir together 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 Tablespoon warm water (the original recipe says to also use 1 1/2 teaspoons of pasteurized dried egg whites (meringue powder), but I couldn’t find any, so I left it out–I used an extra Tablespoon of powdered sugar instead). Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer or mix by hand until spreadable. Add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to get desired consistency (I added an additional ncAcornTrts3nmTablespoon plus a teaspoon of water to get a stiff, spreadable icing). Transfer icing to pastry bag with desired tip. Cover icing and tip of pastry bag with damp paper towel to keep icing from drying out. Note: If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can use a toothpick to dab small amounts of the icing on the Kisses and chips. This recipe makes about 1/2 cup icing, which is plenty for what you’ll need.

To assemble treats: Place mini vanilla wafers on a tray or plate with flat side of cookie toward the top. Squeeze a small amount of icing onto the bottom of a Hershey’s Kiss. Immediately press candy bottom onto vanilla wafer cookie. Allow icing to set.

Place small dab of icing on bottom of peanut butter or semi-sweet chocolate chip. Immediately attach to top of cookie to finish acorn. Let icing set before serving.

That’s all there is to it! Super-easy!

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Have you made any fun, easy treats to celebrate autumn this year?

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