Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dark Chocolate Pecan Bars

Dark Chocolate Pecan Bars
I came across this recipe as I was going through a bunch of the blog drafts that I have been saving for the past few months.  I knew I had made it back in the Spring, but I couldn't find any pictures saved. That's when I remembered that these were so delicious and I was so excited making them that I never took any photos before they were completely eaten (which didn't take very long at all, less than a day I believe).  So I figured I better make another batch, remember to take photos, and maybe savor them a little longer, if possible.  I do have to admit though, that the recipe shown uses cashew butter instead of pecan butter, because as I always say, you can often use whatever you have on hand at the time and substitute things in a recipe, especially nut butters, whenever needed. I didn't feel like going to the grocery store that I sometimes feel that I live at, this morning, and I had a jar of cashew butter with a "best before" date less than a month away, so I figured that would work.  And, as you can see by the photos, it certainly did.  As usual, anything made from scratch tastes better, so if I had raw nuts, like pecans, or cashews on hand, pureeing them in the food processor would have been a nice step, but jarred varieties, provided they have no, or very few other ingredients, work just as well.  I ate one large piece before going out for a walk today, and gave my kids each a piece when they got home from school.  The rest are being saved for snacks tomorrow or going into the freezer, so I can have a treat at a later date as well.  If you want to know exactly what they taste like, think of a super gooey, fudgy brownie, that melts in your mouth.  Ya, that good.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Strawberry Pecan Baked Donuts

Strawberry Pecan Baked Donuts
Everybody loves donuts.  Especially my kids.  But obviously I want them to grow up strong and healthy, so donuts are not on our everyday menu.  But with this easy recipe, they can be! I had a large container of raw pecans that I had bought in bulk, so they weren't as expensive as pecans can sometimes be, but this recipe can easily be made using any type of nut, or nut butter if you don't have a food processor to make your own.  You could also substitute out the whole wheat flour for a gluten free variety, or use a vegan source of milk plus vinegar instead of the buttermilk.  The options are endless, but the results will be the same. Simple, easy to make, delicious and nutritious breakfast treats (or snacks) that your kids are sure to love.  As you can see by some of the photos, I did put a little Nutella on top of some of the donuts, but it is totally not necessary in my opinion.  Just something fun for a special Sunday breakfast.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm back!  As you may notice by looking at the dates of my posts, it's been almost three months since my last entry.  In other words, I basically took the summer off to spend a lot of quality time with my kids, my husband, my extended family, and friends.  I still spent a lot of time in my kitchen baking, cooking, trying out new recipes and perfecting old ones, but I chose to go to the beach, or the pool, or a neighbor's house afterwards instead of sitting at my computer organizing recipes and photos.  But now that my kids are back in school (6th and 2nd grade!), I don't have any great excuses as to why I am not writing up new and exciting recipes for the world to enjoy.

This is a very basic chocolate chip cookie recipe, with the healthy twist of using mostly whole wheat flour.  It is basically the same recipe you will find on the back of most bags of chocolate chips, but I felt that a food blog is not complete without the most standard American cookie recipe, and my family's favorite.  And since it is back to school time, what better way to send your kids off with a little love than a homemade chocolate chip cookie as a snack. 

I hope everyone reading this has a great school year, and I promise to keep posting new and exciting recipes that will be perfect for quick weeknight dinners, fun weekend get togethers and of course, school lunches.