153. bird feeder.

Milo and I made these simple bird feeders to hang in our tree out back.

We took some old toilet paper tubes, smeared peanut butter all over them, rolled them in bird seed and tied ribbon through them to hang from the tree. We have some hungry birds out back, so hopefully they will enjoy this special treat.

136. no bake energy bites.

Since we are pretty much packed up, there isn’t much I can make these days. But these no bake bites were pretty easy to throw together and help us have something to snack on in between all the packing and moving!

This recipe is extremely versatile, so change it up! Here’s where i found it originally.

No-Bake Energy Bites
 1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

 

 

96. healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookies.


COOOOOKIES! I love them. I don’t like having them in the house because I eat so lots of them. But I always want them.
So I try to find cookies to satisfy my cookie craving, but aren’t too incredibly bad for you. But, it usually takes fat and sugar to make a good cookie…

I was kind of skeptical of these cookies when I first saw them because they have no processed sugar, no flour, and on;y 1.5 tablespoons of oil. But they did have lots of good stuff – oats, coconut, chocolate, banana and peanut butter. The only added sugar is maple syrup, and I reduced the amount. The recipe called for 3/4 cup, but that seemed like alot for such a small amount of cookies, so I used 1/2 a cup, and that was sweetness a plenty.  (GAH! as im typing the recipe I see it was supposed to be 3/4 tbspn, not 3/4 cup…OOOPS! – that would explain why mine were extra sweet. )

The dough seemed pretty wet, so I was kind of nervous about how these were going to turn out – but they puffed up rather nicely; they are a little on the soft side; they fall apart pretty easily, but they taste really good. My batch made about 9 large cookies….I’m having a hard time sitting here not eating them all now.

The original recipe can be found here

Heres what I did:

1 cup rolled oats
2.5 tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 large ripe banana
 ¼ cup peanut butter
1.5 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tbsp pure maple syrup
Handful of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients (oats through to salt).
In a separate bowl, mash the banana. Add the peanut butter, oil, vanilla and maple syrup and whisk until smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips and raisins.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or coat with baking spray. Scoop out the dough and drop cookies onto the baking sheet about 1” apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until they start to turn golden. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes to help them firm up, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

86. peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.

Everything that is good about a cookie….all in one cookie.

I made these cookies once and brought them to a little party where I only knew the host. Later that day, someone from the party found me on facebook and sent me a message telling me not to tell her mom, but these were the greatest cookies she has ever had.

These cookies are adapted from the Peanut butter Oatmeal Gigantoid cookies found in one of my favorite cookbooks, Vegan with a Vengeance.

82. frozen chocolate and peanut butter banana bites.

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Three of my favorite things.  I’ve seen variations on pinterest, so I figured I’d take a stab at these. They looked pretty simple….and they are…except I can’t for the life of me ever figure out how to get chocolate to melt and be all spread-y and thin and nice. One of the recipes said to add milk; I know from the past anytime I do this, my milk gets hard and clumpy. So I did it anyway, and sure enough, that batch was ruined. I tried adding a little earth balance to that batch to make it thinner, but it was a lost cause.

To make these all I did was chop up a banana, spread some peanut butter on each piece, melt some chocolate (just melted it and worked with it – was kind of thick, so it was messy and hard to work with towards the end, which is why these are NOT pretty), and then dipped them in the chocolate. Put them in the freezer and now they are ready to go.

These will make a great after-dinner treat!

66. chocolate and peanut butter cupcakes.

I have a friend who wanted to learn how to bake cupcakes to prove to her coworkers that vegan baking is possible…and tastes good! So we made two dozen chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting tonight. For an added bonus we drizzled melted chocolate chips on top. Recipes from vegan cupcakes take over the world. (my cupcake bible)

54. peanut butter breakfast cookies.

Anyone else out there crave a second breakfast? I usually drink a smoothie around 8:30am, and by 10:30 am, my tummy is ready for second breakfast. Sometimes I eat yogurt and granola, dried cereal, nuts, muffin or some fruit. I try find snacks that are healthy – low in fat (or at least have the fat come from good fat sources), and low in sugar, or free from processed sugar.  I saw a recipe for these healthy peanut butter cookies and they were made from all natural, unprocessed ingredients, so i made them this morning. Yes, i made them in the morning before I went to work. They only have a few ingredients and bake for 12 minutes. Why not? Prep time was only a few minutes….And I think they will fit the bill for a second breakfast. They aren’t sweet and buttery like normal peanut butter cookies, so be warned; they do taste healthy, but I like that – they are substantial and made from all whole, unprocessed ingredients. Milo enjoyed them too, so thats a plus.

I feel like I say this with every recipe, but you can definitely keep working with this and make it your own. I think it would be great with some chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, etc. And if they arent sweet enough for you, try adding more sweetner or using different sweetners. These will do the trick for me. I got 8 pretty big cookies out of this:

1 3/4 cups oats,  ground in your vitamix or blender
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup flax seed, ground
1/4 cup soy or almond milk

Grind your flour and set aside. Mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup and milk. Add in the flax seed and mix well. Mix in the ground oats. Use a big cookie scoop and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Press down with a fork and bake 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

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