Easy Easter Cookies

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I don’t know about anyone else, but lately I feel as though time has been getting away from me more and more. There ALWAYS seems to be some much to do and just never enough time. I figured that adding one more kid to the mix a little over a year ago, wouldn’t upset the running of our smooth engine (ha ha..) of a household, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Two kids, no big deal. Three kids…absolute insanity. I never realized how unraveled everything could get being twisted and pulled like a piece of taffy ALL DAY LONG.

Never the less things I used to have time for, I just don’t anymore. So when I do make something, it needs to be quick, easy and of course fun! I volunteered to make the cookies for my daughter’s preschool class, because I haven’t made anything in a bit and I was feeling the desire to get in the kitchen and create.

Miniature colored dough bunnies and carrots cookies

 

I’m not sure how other Mom’s out there in the world balance kids, a relationship and all the other things that life blesses us with, but for me I had to let go of some of my passions in order to give my children the attention that not only they need, but which they deserve. What that means for this brief moment in time is letting go of trying to make sufficient time to create elaborate decorated cookies, cupcakes, cakes and cake pops. Because try as I might, I am unable to balance that act of doing time intensive creations and  caring for my kids properly.

Let me just add that the little guy is such a PIA , a cute one though and right now and is into EVERYTHING, so until that level of curiosity can be tamed as his independence grows, my stuff needs to be put on a shelf for the meantime figuratively and literally. I may moan about it at times, but overall it’s really fine because I love hanging with my peanuts, they’re awesome. I have also found other things to fill in the tiny cracks of time I find throughout the day, which quells that need to constantly create for now.

But when I do decide to be creative in the kitchen, playing it smart counts for everything. I’ve come to realize and embrace that the abundant plate that life has given me at this point in my life always borders on being full, so there is little to no room for outer distractions or extra time intensive work. Which brings me to these cookies. Quick, easy, fun to make and especially eat, they were a hit among the kids and teachers alike.

colored dough carrot cookies for easter

 When I started making these I had one idea in mind, but since I had dough left over I made a whole bunch of goodies. And they all started with theses bad boys.

Large chocolate cookies with colored dough carrots

 Simple round scalloped cookies with colored dough piped on them to look like carrots. They bake together and prep and clean up is super fast….like really super fast.

 

This is what you will need….

  • Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough
  • Orange and Green Gel Food Coloring
  • Decorating Bags
  • Cookie Cutters in whatever shape you like
  • Food safe markers (black)
  • Large round pink sprinkles

Now for cookies I have to admit I use two recipes that I myself did not create. I exclusively use two sugar cookie roll out recipes from LilaLoa. Her End-All for Chocolate Cookies and Vanilla 2.0 Cookie recipes are hands down the best and since trying them out, never found another reason to even try another recipe. So if you are needing or wanting to try new cookie dough recipe these are it. They bake perfectly every time and seriously don’t spread at all. ( Have I mentioned how much I LOVE theses recipes???)

Anyhooooo, You can begin by coloring some of the vanilla sugar cookie dough with the food coloring.

Colored dough decorated carrot cookies

 

 A little of this goes a very looooong way so make an appropriate amount for your baking needs. Start by adding a little water to the cookie dough and mixing it up, so that it becomes very soft and will be easy to pipe out of a decorating bag onto the cookie. But do not add so much water that it becomes liquid like, you just want it to have semi soft peaks. When you get it to the desired consistency add in a few drops of food color to achieve the color you want. Then repeat this process for the second color. Bag the mixture into a decorating bag and just place it to the side for a minute. I the meantime roll out an cut your cookie shapes. 

When all your dough is rolled and paced on a baking sheet you can start adding the carrots. I practiced a bit on a piece of wax paper first to see how I wanted to make them.

colored dough practice carrot cookies

 

I started with the actual carrot first. Just a bunch of zig zaggy lines.

pipe colored dough carrots onto cookie

 

And then I added the greenery on top. Just a bunch of vertical wavy lines worked perfectly.

greenery carrot top cookies

 

And then I baked those dad boys up!

Colored dough carrot cookies easter

 

Remember when I told you not to add too much water???? Well in these guys case I sort of overdid it ūüôĀ But you can get better lines like I did on these carrot cookies I made last year , but only if you keep the consistency a bit tighter. These were for a bunch of three and four year old, so I’m pretty positive they didn’t care about the loss of detail on my cookies as much as I did.

Either way I had so much fun making them (and my kids did too!) that I made a whole bunch of miniature versions as well! I just used a whole bunch of scalloped mini cutters I had, I believe Wilton makes them.

mini carrot cookies easter colored dough

 

And then because these were so fast and easy, my mind started wandering and I figured I better add in some bunnies to the mix, so those carrots would not go to waste!!! Makes sense right????

mini bunny cookies for easter

 For the bunny noses I just used large pearl Sprinkles these were also a Wilton product. I added them before I baked them ad they held there shape perfectly. I drew on the eyes and the whiskers using a food safe pen, the brand I use is Food Doodler, but Wilton also makes them.

easy miniature bunny cookies for easter

 Just wait until the cookie has cooled before drawing any details or else it will be too soft the draw upon. And then you have an army of sorts of mini bunnies and carrots!

MIni bunny and carrot colored dough cookies

 The larger cookies I shipped of to the students of preschool and the minis were packaged up and sent as gifts for the teachers, who never fail to ask me if by chance I baked anything for the party ūüôā You just can’t buy great tasting cute cookies made with fresh ingredients, things like this have to be created from the love of baking!

I do hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to pin away so others can see how easy these are!!

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Bunny Bites Frozen Yogurt

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If you know me , then you may have seen these  little creations or these. Then you might have realized it would only be a matter of time, before I made another version. I can’t help myself, most of the time my brain just works like this! Some people think of making great architectural structures or the next big technological leap and I think of what I can make out of yogurt.

Just my way of expressing my creativity and doing my part to contribute to the grand scheme of things! ūüôā

Frozen Yogurt bunny bites carrot shapes

Truth is my kids can’t get ENOUGH of these, so it’s my job to think of the next great thing to create. And since I use Greek yogurt to make these they do add a nice protein punch into their diets and make me willing to make them whenever they want them. I personally use Fage yogurt, because it is hands down the best yogurt EVER! (That is strictly an opinion of mine, which makes it sort of a fact in my world.)

The idea of these cute bunny bites popped into my head randomly this morning as I did the half asleep shuffle into the bathroom to brush my teeth. Because most people think of things like this at that strange moment in time right???? Or not.

frozen yogurt bunny bites carrots

Anyways they are super easy to make and only take minutes of your precious time.

This is what you will need……….

  • Yogurt (Greek, I use Fage brand, but use what you like)
  • Food coloring orange and green
  • Decorating bags or plastic baggies to pipe
  • Wax paper

I also use plain yogurt which I flavor and sweeten at home, personally I like it that way as do my kids, but you can use whatever flavor preference you like. Next tint your yogurt orange and green.

tint yogurt

Scoop each mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip off a small piece of the corner to pipe the shapes. Starting with the orange create the shape of the carrot by piping a zig zig type of line onto a sheet of wax paper. Be sure the wax paper is on something that will allow you to transfer the piped images into the freezer.

frozen yogurt carot bunny bites pipe orange

After all the lower portions of the carrots are finished, start adding the greens on top. I also did this by adding a zig zag pattern.

add green frozen yogurt carrot bunny bites

After they are all done, place them in the freezer for about an hour! They will be little frozen bites afterwards

frozen yogurt carrot shaped bunny bites

Be mindful they will melt! But they usually don’t last that long!

What other fun shapes would you like to see these made into???

Give me an idea or four as I would love a new challenge!

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Baby Bird Nest Cookies (No Bake Haystack Cookies)

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I’m really, really, REALLY over the winter. I cannot wait to till the smells, colors and sensation of springtime begin to invade all of my sense with it’s rejuvenating essence. I am that person that complains about the cold of winter AND the sweaty in places I shouldn’t be days of summer.

I’m really not a fan of the extremes of either season. If I had it my way I would live in a climate that is eternally spring like and fall like. But since I live in NY which is none of these and am not planning on moving anytime soon, I guess I’ll have to suffer.

Whatever, either way I now that spring is almost here and in a show of good faith I though I would make something to reflect my absolute love of it. Now nothing makes me think of spring more that the incessant chitter chatter chirping that goes on in the morning and as of late it has returned, and to honor those talkative little birdies I recreated them in edible form.

So weird, right. But I hang on the left side of almost normal, pinkie swear!

No Bake Baby birdie haystack nest cookies

Baby Bird Nest Cookies

These are the some of the easiest cookies you can ever make, as they require NO baking and just a little patience. They can be tweaked with ingredients and color coordinated with any type of season.

Like little red birdies for Valentines day…get it love birds.

Red love bird nest cookies for Valentines day

 

Or you can use green candies for St. Patrick’s Day. If you have mini marshmallows you could also make them little leprechaun hats!

Green birds nest cookies for st patricks day

 

And for the Christmas holiday season you could go with red and green birdies and create some mini Santa hats for them!

Christmas love birds nest cookies haystacks

So many different ways to make these little birdies more festive. And they are guaranteed to be a hit, because they are Cadbury eggs, so that leave just about negative 100 chance survival rate for those little guys. 

Read along, grab the recipe and full how to make as I share all of this bite sized fun with my latest guest post over at  Bake it Up a Notch !

 Enjoy and happy creating!!!

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Da’ Bomb or Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bombs

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 I NEED to share these with you now as it’s important….really important.

Chocolate brownie peanut butter BOMBS….

Now before you roll your eyes in that “Oh, just another cake ball recipe” way. Let me explain to you that cake balls these are NOT.  
These are awesome deliciousness dipped in chocolate…like a sweet nectar of yum from the Gods of dessert. Several years back, when I worked in a bagel bakery cafe in five towns there was a baker who used to come up with the best desserts. He did all the normal run of the mill stuff, but every once in a while he would bring something up front that we would all run and grab as we knocked customers to the side…seriously.
 
First come, first serve right!!!
 
His brownie bites were one of those treats! Now mind you this was years before the cake pop craze had hit, so his little bite of brownies mixed to perfection with frosting and dipped in chocolate was a new taste experience for most of us. It wasn’t til’ I had a cake pop years later that I realized he had been making the “brownie” version of them. 
 
I have been wanting to recreate something like it for some time now, but haven’t had the opportunity until recently. You see I had about half a batch of my incredible creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting left over from my daughter’s birthday and it seemed almost fate that it should pair itself with a lovely chocolate brownie.
 
It was destiny I tell you…. destiny.
 
Hence these brownie bombs were born. They look  similar to cake balls and if you want to call them that I won’t be mad or anything, but I am pretty positive if you make them, THEN eat one, you will be forced by some inner version of yourself to proclaim that these are not mere cake ball, but cake BOMBS.
 
Because they are seriously Da Bomb! 
 
 
 
This is what you will need to make them…….
 
  • A pan of prepared brownies, box mix is fine (I’ll explain a little more on this later)
  • 3-4 Tbsp Creamy Dreamy Peanut Butter Frosting 
  • Chocolate Candy melts
  • Peanut Butter (creamy)
  • Apple Sauce
  • Plastic baggie with the corner snipped.

 I used a good old box of Pillsbury Brownie mix to make these. Please don’t shudder in disgust if your a puritan and only bake from scratch, for me box mixes have the ability to make this busy Mom’s life easier.

 
 
I’m  a huge fan of Pillsbury mixes of all sorts, so that is my go to for box mixes of any kind. Prepare the brownies according to the instructions, BUT instead of using the amount of oil it calls for cut it in half and make up the difference in apple sauce. (So 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil.) The reasoning behind this is that if you only use oil after it’s all mixed up and you dip them they will ooze. This happens a lot with cake pops (to me anyway) if I use only oil. It doesn’t affect the flavor at all when using applesauce.
 
Let the brownie cool completely before you crumble them up in to a big bowl. Add in 2-3 tbsp of creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting and mix with a big spoon. Start with a small amount and add if you need more. You want the mixture to be soft and pliable to the touch after mixed and not a big bowl of mush.
 
 
The recipe I have for creamy dreamy peanut butter frosting can be found {{HERE}} I suggest that you use the half recipe, you will not use the full amount of frosting you make, so save the remainder in the freezer, use it for something else or just eat it straight from the bowl with a pink spatula…I won’t judge…promise!
 
After you mixed the brownies and the frosting you can roll them out immediately. I use a Tbsp. measurement and scoop out all the mixture then roll them up.
 
 
They don’t have to be perfect little rounds, unless you want them to be. ūüôā I think a little blobby and imperfect give them character and  make them more like bombs anyway!
 
 
You do not have, let me repeat that, you do not have to refrigerate these, you can begin dipping them in your candy melts immediately. Melt your candy melts in the microwave in 30 second bursts until the it begin to melt and mix, mix, mix. 
 
Do not overheat the candy melts or they will never thin properly, they will be done before you think they are. If you need to you can add in a tsp. or two of oil to thin it out, but if you melt it slow enough and mix it enough you shouldn’t have to even add anything. 
 
I had a handy dandy little candy dipper thing a ma bob, which was cheap and made cheap. Trust when I tell you a fork works just as well. Now bombs away into the candy melts…..let the excess drip away, you can shimmy the fork or candy dipper so all the extra melted chocolate falls away.
 
 
Place them on a wax paper lined cookie sheet to set.
 
 
Hold on, hold, on your not done yet. Although if you wanted to be you could be. But chances are that you have extra candy melts just sitting there begging to be utilized, well here is you chance to let them shine. Add in a tbsp. of creamy peanut butter to your leftover candy melts and stir to incorporate it into the melted chocolate. 
 
Now you have peanut butter flavored chocolate to drizzle on top. Pour this into a plastic baggie and snip a small piece of the corner off and go back and forth over each little bomb to give it a little something extra.
 
 
Let them set…and then arrange them all sort of cute and take pictures of them to entice people or you could just share them instead. 
 
Whatever you choose it’s entirely up to you!!
 
 
 
Full recipe/instructions can be printed from {{HERE}}
 
 
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies with Filling

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Sometimes I feel obnoxious and¬†let that part of my character shine its not so sunny disposition onto the world around me. I am human so I assume that we all have our days of not so “wonderful”?

Well I had one of those day recently and guess what happened???

I decided to make ridiculously¬†obnoxious¬†cookies to mirror my mood. I couldn’t help myself really, it all sort of happened after I started playing around with white chocolate earlier in the week. All sorts of ideas started rolling around in all that space inside my head. And eventually those ideas shimmied themselves towards a little thought about macadamia nuts stuck somewhere in-between here and there and I realized I was in trouble..

And I had to make these…I just had to!

I mean how could I not! Delicious chewy, soft with a hint of crispy, sweet, buttery, white chocolate, macadamia cookies filled with white chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough frosting/filling. Yeah, so it’s a bit much, but whatev’s because they are awesome and even better washed down with a tall cool glass of milk.
I felt compelled to share these because as much as I love chocolate chip cookies and cookie dough frosting, my real love of anything cookies are the white chocolate version. Add in some macadamia nuts and make some flavored frosting to schmear all over them. Cookie heaven about sums it up.
The original recipe for the cookie is a Ghirardelli recipe, but over time I have tweaked a few things to make it more the way I like cookies., which are chewy and soft not overly crisp.
To make them this is what you will need:
For the cookies:
  • 1 cup Butter (softened¬†to room temperature)
  • 1 ¬†cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 ¬†cup brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups of white¬†chocolate¬†chips
  • 1 cup Macadamia nuts chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl add in butter, sugar and brown sugar and mix well.
Add in eggs, one at a time, vanilla extract and add to mix. Add in package of instant pudding, flour, baking powder and salt. Combine all ingredients well. Finally add in white chocolate chips and chopped macadamia nuts, mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated. The pudding helps keep them soft and chewy.
I used a tbsp measurement to scoop out the cookie dough and placed them about an inch apart on a cookie sheet.
Although I don’t show it, be sure to flatten the cookies a little before placing them in the oven so they are not super poofy after they bake. Bake then for 10-11 minutes or until the edges start to crisp and begin to brown. Don’t over bake them as then they will be too crispy (for my¬†liking¬†anyway) These work best with the filling it the cookies are soft.
While the cookies completely cool, you can make your filling/frosting.
This is what you will need:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup of butter softened
  • 3/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 white chocolate chips finely chopped
  • 1/4 macadamia nuts finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp¬†heavy¬†cream/milk/half and half
In a bowl combine the butter and cream cheese.
Add the vanilla extract.
Add the brown sugar, mix well.
Add in the flour a bit at a time.
Add in white chocolate and nuts, mix well
If the frosting look/feels too dry add in the heavy cream I tbsp at at time until you reach your desired consistency.

****Make sure you really chop your chips and nuts super fine, stick them in a blender if needed, because they all but dissipate in the frosting, which flavor it wonderfully!Now all that is left to do is spread in-between cookie, squish and eat..

 

Repeat as needed until the desire to eat more has been fully quelled.
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Chocolate Banana Bear Bites

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I have been stuck inside the house for a few days with the kids. Lots of snow and overall “not fun” slushy cold, wet weather has been happening  quite a bit lately so I am hesitant to drag three kids out of the house. With that said the kids and I have becoming more than a little stir crazy over the past few days.

I mean how many princess dress up parties, hide and seek, let’s pretend, face painting, stories and play doh can be utilized before things get….a little played out, for me anyway?

When I get in one of those it’s winter and I’m stuck in the house going crazy ruts, my mind longs to find was to express itself. Today was no exception as I was slicing bananas and getting cereal ready for the kids, my brain started piecing together the ingredients into this cutsey of a bite sized treat. I never claimed to be Georgia O’Keefe as my creativity expresses itself in “other” ways

Chocolate banana bear bites for kids

They were ridiculous easy to make as you can probably see only use a few things to make them. I’m sure if I wanted to I could make them even more elaborate and silly for the kids, but I have found simple and silly get the same surprised and thrilled reaction just to see funny little tidbits like theses whenever I included them at meal times.

This is what you will need.

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Miniature Chocolate Chips or large round sprinkles
  • Cheerios or some other version of ring type of cereal.

Slice your bananas and add two cheerios to either side of the sliced banana. Add a large chocolate chip in the middle and place two miniature chocolate chips (or sprinkles) as eyes.

chocolae banana bear bites healthy treat kids

So easy and so silly, especially when you stick them on top of a stack of miniature pancakes and your kids are squealing that they have “bears” on their food ūüôā My oldest wanted to know specifically if it was “Little Bear” I told her yes, because if I didn’t it would be an hour long conversation of what bear it was, where did he live, did he have any sisters, what is his favorite color…on and on.

pancakes with mini chocolate banana bear bites

So I lied and told her yes!

Easy is the best way right  and breakfast gets eaten in a normal frame of time.

chocolate banana bear bites with pancakes

Hope you enjoy ūüôā

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Bites

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Guess what is seriously right around the corner??

No, no, no… Not ¬†Mother’s Day or my Birthday (Both of which are on the same day this year….hint, hint, hint a rooni.)

Summer!!!

That’s right the season of sweating through the heat and humidity anxiously¬†awaiting¬†the changing leaves and cooler temps. as you melt in a pool of your own sweat. Sorry, I tend to think ahead sometimes, but in my defense I have gone through my share of Summers pregnant.

All I¬†remember¬†is being hot, hot and hotter and not in the “I look goooooood” type of hot. I’m talking about big, awkward, fat; sweating in all the wrong places,¬†hormonal¬†fueled¬†miserable type of hot.

Pregnant in the summer is just not cool.

But¬†lets get to the point! Summer is coming and my clothes are still to tight. Feels like I’ve been eating too many of my sugary treats I have posted throughout the winter, although I did give birth 6 month ago (I wonder how long I can cling to that excuse.)

So snacks have been getting smaller and healthier to some degree hence better for my tight clothing dilemma AND my kids love them! Chocolate chip peanut butter frozen yogurt bites. I swear with each new thing I make the name of it gets longer and longer.

I’ve made a few different fun versions of these frozen yogurt bites which you can see here or here. These are so simple to make and my kids eat EVERY. SINGLE. ONE and always ask for more.

To make them this is what you will need….

  • 6 oz container of Plain ¬†GREEK yogurt
  • 2-3 Tbsp of creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp.vanilla extract
  • Handful of mini chocolate chips
  • Sweetener of choice
  • Wax paper
  • Decorating bag and star tip (#18, #21 or your choice) OR Plastic baggie.
In a small bowl mix the yogurt, peanut butter, vanilla and sweetener of choice until creamy. Now just to clarify a few things I use a Greek yogurt, because it is thicker, creamier and has a higher protein content then regular yogurt. I also use plain yogurt and sweeten it myself using honey because that is how my kids like it.  You can sweeten it any way you like.
You can also use vanilla flavored yogurt if you prefer, I just prefer making my plain into vanilla because I think it tastes better (Don’t even get me started on HOW MUCH better and easy homemade yogurt is, I’ll share that in another post.)
Moving on…..Fill your decorating bag or your plastic baggie (cut a small piece of the corner off) with the mixture and begin piping your yogurt bites onto a sheet of wax paper. Mine look all fancy schmancy because I used a star tip.
After they are all piped add a few chips to each bite.
Put them in the freezer for about an hour, longer is fine too! When they come out they are ready to eat!!
Trust, when I tell you they won’t last long!!
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Peanut Butter Yogurt Chocolate Banana Bites

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I do my best to feed my kids a wholesome diet filled with a rainbow of fruits and veggies and quality protein. But regardless of my wonderful parenting intentions, I am not as fortunate as some of those “other” ¬†parents. You know, the ones whose kids eat anything and everything and are open to trying “new” foods. Because here in my world, my kids are all about wrinkled up noses and smooshed faces, groaning and¬†whining….

“NNNNNOOOOOOOOO…I don’t wanna!” or better yet “Yuck.”

Their picky aversion to mostly anything and everything that isn’t crapola, has created an opportunity for me to get creative and experiment in the kitchen. And snack time munchies are the best time for me to make new food combos that they are a little more receptive to eating if they are “fun” leading me to my most recent “winner” of a snack.

In a nutshell they are hollowed out banana pieces, dipped in chocolate, filled with peanut butter yogurt on a stick. Because if you have kids like mine, well then you know anything on a stick is just more interesting to eat. These are easier to make then you would think, as most of the items can probably be found in your fridge.  And YES there is such a thing as peanut butter yogurt, just make it yourself; easy and delicious!
****If you have a peanut aversion, you could also use almond butter in place of peanut butter…just a though.
This is what you will need….
  • Bananas
  • Plain or Vanilla GREEK yogurt
  • Chocolate (I use a dark chocolate 70%)
  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Sweetener of choice (if needed)
  • Nuts for garnish
  • Lolly stick or wooden sticks
  • Wax Paper
  • Lolly stick or wooden pop sticks

Start by slicing your banana into bite sized pieces. Two inches or so is perfect!!

Hollow them out, you can use a sharp knife to do this, but I found it faster and easier to use a round decorating tip. The one I used was pretty long since it actual use is for fillings and such.

They create a beautiful hollowed out circle!! Perfect for filling with yumminess!!

In  small bowl melt your chocolate  I use a dark chocolate content, because darker is better when it comes to chocolate. I  use a 70%, which might be too bitter for some on its own. But keep in mind that the sweetness in the yogurt and banana lighten up the bitterness. Ultimately use what you like. Dip the bottom of the bananas in the chocolate and set it on a piece of wax paper to set up.

This is when you can start making the deliciousness that is peanut butter yogurt. I use a Greek yogurt and I suggest you do as well, since it is thicker, holds its shape better and is so much better for you than regular yogurt in regards to protein content! I also use plain and flavor/sweeten it to taste, but you could also use a vanilla flavored and go from there.
I mix the yogurt, some honey for sweetness and a splash of vanilla and mix it all up. THEN I add in a nice hearty scoop of creamy peanut butter. You can add more or less to suit your taste but 1-2 tbsp should suffice. Now mix it up! An electric beater does wonders in poofing it up into a billowy, fluffy mix of peanut butter heaven.
Scoop the yogurt into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie with the corer snipped off and  put it of to the side for a minute. You should still have some chocolate let over from dipping, so make sure it is melted enough and put some in a plastic baggie with the corner cut off. Have your stick ready near by as you need to work fast with the next few steps.
Pipe a small amount of chocolate into the hollow of the banana.
Then pipe the peanut butter yogurt on top of the chocolate and add the pop sticks.
Let them set up in the fridge for a few minutes. You can stop here or go a few extra steps to add another level of yum. With your leftover chocolate add in a scoop of¬†peanut¬†butter and mix it all up. You know have peanut butter flavored chocolate…oh yeah! Pour this into a plastic baggie and cut a small hole in the corner.
If you have peanuts or another nut you like chop them up. Drizzle the chocolaty peanut butter mixture on the banana and sprinkle the nuts on top. Let them set.
Serve them and hoard one or seven for yourself. They won’t last!
Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have any questions, please fee free to leave a comment below!


Shamrock Frozen Yogurt Bites

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Just when I thought I was done with the St. Patrick’s day themed treats, I realized I forgot to post this one. Which is also so good that I needed to share it. I’m sure you’ve seen versions of these frozen yogurt bites, I make them all the time for my kids and thought I would dress them up for St. Patrick’s Day

Think of it as my good deed towards health.

These are super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand already!

This is what you need…

  • Yogurt ( I used¬†Greek¬†yogurt)
  • Green food dye
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic Baggie or decorating bag

Mix  yogurt and green food dye to get the color you desire.

Scoop mixture into a decorating bag or a plastic baggie and snip the corner off. Pipe the shamrock shapes onto a sheet of wax paper place on top of a cookie sheet. I made a bunch of swirls that resembled a shamrock, try a few different things to see what works for you!

Stick them in the freezer for a a bit. I actually left mine in the freezer overnight; because like a good exhausted, foggy brained mother of three I forgot I had put them in there. Needless to say the next day they were perfectly frozen, you could even see all the little ice crystals in them.

My kids loved them and ate them all!! You can do so many creative things with this!

 

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for reading along!If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!!

 

 

 


St. Patrick’s Day Treat Roundup

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Another holiday is almost here and gone!

Here is a roundup of all of the St.Patrick’s day themed treats and ideas I came up with this year! I hope you’ll find the time to try out one of these fun holiday inspired treats!!

Hope you enjoy these and have a fun and safe St.¬†Patrick’s¬†Day!! If you have any¬†questions¬† please feel free to leave a comment below!

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