Posts Tagged ‘raisins’

Buckeye Granola Bites

These healthy peanut butter granola bites are dipped in dark chocolate to resemble buckeyes. They are a snacky, healthier version of the popular buckeye candies.

Buckeye Granola BItes

Today is yet another Buckeye football Saturday and therefore PB+Choc Saturday. I am actually tailgating today, but oddly enough NOT for the Ohio State game. Some friends are in town this weekend for the UT-Florida game and I will be joining them for the adventure! I have never tailgated at a game where I did not have a sworn allegiance so I’m just along for the ride.

While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

One year ago: Jalapeno Popper Fettucine Alfredo

Two years ago: Hazelnut Praline Paste

Three years ago: Pumpkin Danish
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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies #BrunchWeek

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

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Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies 1

Cookies for breakfast are even more acceptable when it’s cookies for brunch! These cookies were inspired by the “vegetable dessert” lovingly known as carrot cake. At first, it took a lot of restraint to not top these off with cream cheese icing, just like it’s dessert-cousin. In an effort to keep these breakfast cookies more breakfasty and less desserty, I topped half of them with shredded coconut (half without for the coconut haters). This small addition made all the difference, adding just the right amount of sweetness without being overbearing. And now you can start your day with cookies (without the guilt and/or judging eyes).

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies 2

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One year ago: Mini Greek-Style Meatloaves

Two years ago: Homemade Imo’s Pizza

Three years ago: Avocado Fries
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Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies are made even chewier by the addition of sweet raisins. If you love raisins, this will be your new favorite cookie.

Chewy Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

FINALLY!!! My first first-author manuscript has been accepted for publication in Eukaryotic Cell! I think I first submitted that silly thing in September and then two revisions later – BOOM. I’ll let you know when it’s on PudMed! Sweet glory let’s celebrate with cookies.

If I thought my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies couldn’t get any chewier, I have been proven wrong. While at dinner with my parents and their friends, I was told that adding raisins to cookies makes them soft and chewy. At first I thought he was referring to oatmeal raisin cookies, which I agreed are very chewy but no, he meant raisins in chocolate chip cookies. Of course I had to try it out.

The only change I made was substituting one cup of the chocolate chips for raisins, and I have to admit they did come out fantastically chewy. As long as you like raisins (and chewy cookies), you should definitely try it the next time you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies.

In addition to this fun new trick, I have also modified my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe to reflect another trick I’ve adopted – rolling the dough into balls before refrigeration. This allows the dough to be at it’s coldest when placed into the oven which reduces spreading and renders thicker cookies.

One year ago: Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Avocado Ranch

Two years ago: Irish Car Bomb Mini Cheesecake Bites
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Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One & Melt Buttery Spread

When I first got to try Melt, I fell in love with how fantastic it worked in my favorite chocolate chip cookie. Who knew a butter substitute could taste so good? After that it because my go-to butter substitute and I even participated in a challenge where I used it for all my butter needs for a week. Never heard of Melt? It is a healthy butter substitute made with “good” fats like coconut butter and  virgin coconut oil. It even comes in honey and chocolate flavors!  Unfortunately, I was unable to find those fun flavors in stores near me, but I gladly snagged some more of the regular.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel 1

After so much success using Melt as a substitute in baking and cooking in the past I decided to post about it as a condiment on a nice, warm, toasty cinnamon-raisin bagel. And since it is Single Serving Sunday, it’s a recipe for just ONE bagel!  Because if you are like me, you sometimes don’t need an entire batch of bagels, or don’t have room for them all in your freezer to save for later. So I whipped up this one bagel and immediately scarfed it down with some Melt spread on top.

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel 2

 One year ago: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
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Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Life without dessert is blasphemy. However, in an effort to get ready for all these weddings in which I am a bridesmaid I have recently been making slightly healthier options for dessert and then distributing the not-so-healthy treats you see on this blog to labmates and friends. Today I am sharing a healthier dessert option! It is actually one of the ways I suppress cookie cravings. Not that I don’t still eat cookies on a regular basis, but this is one way I resist having multiple cookies (or other baked buttery goodness) every single day – raw cookie dough balls made from ground nuts.

I have shared a couple other versions of these before such as chocolate chip cookie dough and s’mores cookie dough, and now I present peanut butter complete with traditional fork hash marks! The first time I made these bites they were a bit greasy so the second batch I reduced the raisins by 1 tablespoon and then added 2 tablepoons oats to absorb the oil from the ground up raisins and peanuts. If you are gluten-intolerant you can easily make these using gluten-free oats which can be found in the health food section of most groceries. I think dates would work in place of the raisins as well if you prefer. Allergic to peanuts? Try almonds and almond butter.

Raw Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

One year ago: Red Velvet Cake Batter Dip

Two years ago: Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seed Cookies

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Simple Lamb Meatball Gyros

I have not touched a single plant other than my baby basil growing on my porch in weeks. Yet somehow last week I contracted what looks like a small patch of poison ivy rash on the back of my right hand. It is strategically placed in an area that leads me to believe I shook hands with someone who had it on their thumb. WASH YOUR HANDS PEOPLE. Ugh! I’ll be soaking it in the Atlantic ocean this weekend for my cousin’s bachelorette party so hopefully that will help dry it out.

Speaking of washing your hands, be sure to also do so whenever you immerse your hands in raw meat to make burgers or these lamb meatballs. Mixing and forming raw meat is one of my least favorite tasks while cooking, so I took advantage of Bob since he was visiting for BBQ fest/a long weekend and delegated this step to him. Add that to the list of reasons why I like cooking with others O:-). Don’t worry, I was kind enough to turn on the faucet and dollop soap onto his hands afterwards.

These gyros would be a perfect weeknight meal because it comes together quickly and satisfies. But if you feel the need for a side, go for a Greek salad or if you have more time, oven roasted Greek potatoes.

Simple Lamb Meatball Gyros

One year ago: Spicy Basil Chicken

Two years ago: Buttermilk Ranch Mac & Cheese
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Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

Memphis may be experiencing highs in the 80s and lows only in the 60s, but that doesn’t stop me from craving a warm breakfast. The great thing about this oatmeal/cereal is that you can prepare it the night before and then reheat it in the morning, complete with some great toppings. It even has some quinoa in it instead of just being all oats so it’s packed with extra protein. And by the way even if you are not a quinoa fan, it blends right in. Which got me to thinking, maybe I should try adding quinoa to granola bars?

Hot Oat & Quinoa Cereal

One year ago: Blueberry Oatmeal Bagels
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Speculoos Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Granola Bars

In my opinion the best granola bars are the soft chewy ones, and after the no-bake peanut butter granola bars I made I wasn’t sure a granola bar could get any better. But after seeing Lindsay’s recipe for oatmeal cookie dough granola bar in her Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook, I decided that the granola bar base from the peanut butter bars were destined to be combined with cookie dough. And not just any cookie dough, but an oatmeal raisin cookie dough with Speculoos cookie butter mixed in. I even went so far as to mix the cookie butter into the granola bar base itself. They may not be the healthiest granola bars, but they taste just like an oatmeal raisin cookie but are better for you than a cookie! Which means they are highly addicting.

Speculoos Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Granola Bars

One year ago: Flavor-Injected Glazed Ham
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Carrot Cake Waffles

Yet again, another holiday has snuck up on me. Hard to believe it is already April and Easter is this weekend! I feel like I had corned beef and cabbage just yesterday. But thanks to Erin of Big Fat Baker and the Holiday Recipe Club, I remembered to start whipping up Easter treats in the nick of time.

For this holiday, our designated ingredients from which we had to choose at least one were spinach, carrots and eggs. This recipe incorporates the last two to create carrot cake waffles! Because what’s better than carrot cake for dessert than for breakfast? What took these waffles over the edge for me was the maple nut cream cheese spread. It’s divine!

Don’t forget to check out what everyone else made who participated this holiday. I am especially curious to see what Easter-themed recipes contain spinach since that one stumped me.

One year ago: Chocolate Cookies ‘n’ Creme Cookies

CARROT CAKE WAFFLES

Makes approximately 7 waffles

Ingredients:

WAFFLES

4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup 100% whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp sugar

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1-3/4 cups lowfat buttermilk

2 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1-1/2 cup finely grated carrots

Cooking spray for waffle iron

MAPLE NUT CREAM CHEESE SPREAD

8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened

3-4 Tbsp maple syrup

1/8 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Heat 4 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat until melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue to cook, swirling pan constantly, until butter is light brown and has faint nutty aroma, 2 to 4 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook, stirring constantly, 15 seconds. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda.  Set aside.
  3. Mix together the buttermilk and the egg yolks. Stir in the spiced butter and vanilla. Spray the waffle iron well and preheat it. Stir the wet into the dry ingredients. Add carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Stir gently to combine.
  4.  Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl with a whisk or electric mixer (make sure bowl and mixer are spotlessly clean) until they hold soft peaks. Stir them gently into the batter.
  5. Spread a 1/2 cup or so of batter onto the waffle iron and bake until the waffle is done, usually 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your iron. Spray iron with cooking spray between waffles as needed.
  6.  To make Maple Cream Cheese spread, simply combine nuts, syrup, and cream cheese and mix well. Serve waffles immediately with a schmear of Maple Cream Cheese spread, or keep them warm for a few minutes in a low oven. (You may also freeze cooled leftovers for homemade frozen waffles!)

Source: Adapted slightly from Willow Bird Baking.



Peanut Butter Cinnamon Raisin Apple Bars

Is anyone else deprived of Trader Joe’s like I am? Memphis used to at least have World Market but those were all closed down for some reason unknown to me a couple years ago, leaving me completely out of the loop when it comes to fun food finds. While visiting my family in east TN over the weekend, I made a trip into World Market (oh and btw they are getting a Trader Joe’s soon and I may start visiting a lot more) and snatched up a couple things.

One thing I found was the Peanut Butter & Co‘s cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter. I have been wanting to try it out for so long, sweet victory! First things first, I had to do the plain spoon test which this passed with flying colors – as if there were any doubt. But unfortunately, I decided I couldn’t eat the entire jar by itself, so I substituted it for regular peanut butter in a bar recipe I had seen awhile back on Two Peas & Their Pod.

Peanut butter and apples definitely work, and the combination was even more wonderful with the addition of cinnamon and raisins. Sure there’s a lot going on but none of it is overpowering. And the glaze on top seals the deal.

One year ago: Strawberry Fig Newtons

PEANUT BUTTER CINNAMON RAISIN APPLE BARS

Makes 24 bars

Ingredients:

BARS

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter*

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 heaping cup diced apples, peel removed (I used a Granny Smith apple)

GLAZE

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

2 Tbsp milk

2 Tbsp cup Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

*If you cannot find this, add some cinnamon and chopped raisins to regular peanut butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and brown sugar, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from the heat, and stir in the peanut butter, until creamy and combined. Set mixture aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the peanut butter mixture, mixing well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the prepared dry ingredients, and stir until batter is smooth. Fold in the diced apples.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, spreading the batter evenly to the edges of the pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and the edges are slightly browned. Remove bars from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool.
  6. While the bars are cooling, make the peanut butter glaze. In a small bowl, combine the sifted powdered sugar, milk, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Add more sugar if too thin, or more milk if too thick. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled bars. Cut into squares and serve.

Source: Adapted slightly from Two Peas & Their Pod.

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