Quick & Easy Paleo “Peanut Butter” Cups

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

What mom does not long for quick and easy food items to throw in front of her family? How about we make it nutritious, irresistible, and pretty to look at too?

In need of a super quick snack for my kids, I wanted to adapt my  Healthy “Peanut Butter” Cups recipe for an after school snack.  I did not want to mold or dip. I wanted to whir and dump and be done!  This recipe was the answer. It contains healthy fat  via the coconut oil and coconut butter and protein from the seed butter.  These quick and easy “peanut butter” cups are just as addicting as their counterparts.

You will want to store these in the fridge unless you live in a very cool climate.  They are better there anyway…it might help you resist them a touch more!

Ingredient Note:  I make my own coconut butter as it is really easy and much cheaper.  If you prefer to use all coconut oil, you can, but the results will be much softer, so freezer storage is a must.  Costco and Trader Joes both sell coconut oil at affordable rates, and it is an excellent healthy  oil to be subbing into your baked goods whenever possible!

Also, you can use any nut or seed butter you have on hand, they all work the same, just taste different!

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Quick & Easy Paleo ‘Peanut Butter’ Cups – Healthy Candy!
Serves: 15 mini muffin sized cups
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup nut or seed butter
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons maple syrup, honey, or preferred liquid sweetener. You want to do this to taste, but note that the more sweetener you add, the more soft the end product will be.
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, to taste.
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, whir all the ingredients except the chocolate chips until smooth.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, and pulse a couple of times to mix.
  3. Pour a generous tablespoon of the mixture into muffin liners (mini or large), silicone molds, or you favorite candy molds.
  4. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up, or in the fridge for about an hour.
  5. Drizzle with melted chocolate if you like (I just did it for the pictures!).

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Black Bean Brownies (Grain Free & Vegan)

Black Bean Brownies (Grain Free & Vegan) | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Tessa

Beans in a dessert??!!  People look at me like I have two heads when I suggest it, but believe me when I say, not a single person has ever been able to tell what these black bean brownies are made of!  They taste like real, dense, fudgey brownies.

Only difference is…they have the added nutrition of the beans incorporated! Go sneak some goodies into your family today!

Healthy, Moist Chocolate Brownies Made w/ Beans?!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 15 ounce can black beans (or 1½ cups cooked beans), thoroughly rinsed and drained.
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil or other oil/melted fat of choice
  • ⅔ cup sugar or more to suit your taste
  • 2 tablespoons chia meal or flax meal, or one egg
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a food processor bowl, add the beans, oil, sugar, and chia meal. Puree until smooth and beans are indiscernible.
  3. With the motor running, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour/spread into a greased or parchment lined 8 x 8 inch pan. The batter will not be deep.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
I like to use adzuki beans too. They’re easier to digest!
I use palm sugar and stevia.

 

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gluten-Free Option

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Gluten-Free Option | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Lynn

We all need quick and easy recipes. In fact, they are my favorite recipes. I love to cook, but the reality is that I am a busy mom like most of you. Quick and easy food is what I need most days.

These easy peanut butter chocolate chips cookies are just that. They are so easy to make and contain ingredients that most of you will have on hand. These cookies are perfect for those times when you need a last minute dessert or snack.

Some in my family deal with food allergies, so I made notes in the recipe on how these cookies can be made more allergy friendly.

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Easy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: makes 30 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or sun butter or other nut butter)
  • 1 yellow cake mix (or King Arthur gluten free yellow cake mix)
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine peanut butter, dry cake mix, oil, and eggs. Stir until well combined. This is a pretty stiff dough, but it will mix together.
  3. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Shape dough into balls about 1 inch in size. Place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart and flatten dough slightly.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  6. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, and then remove to wire rack to cool.

 

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding

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By contributing writer Kristia

If you are looking for a decadent dessert that will WOW your family or sweetheart, then I encourage you to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding.  This dessert is perfect for either a romantic dinner for two or an after school snack for your kids. The ingredients are most likely in your kitchen and it doesn’t take long to whip this dessert together. It’s so luscious that I don’t know if I’ll ever eat pudding from a box again.

For extra decadence, serve the pudding with homemade whipped cream and fresh berries.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding | The Happy Housewife

Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 (1/2 cup) portions
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, whisk together the milk, sugar, cocoa, and cornstarch.
  2. Turn the heat up to high and continue to whisk as the mixture starts to boil. Do not stop stirring. It takes about 6 minutes to bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, continue whisking for another 2 minutes.
  4. Remove pudding from heat. Stir in the vanilla.
  5. Pudding can be eaten warm or chill in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours to be eaten later. When chilling, place plastic wrap on the surface if you want to avoid the “skin”. Although the “skin” is fine to eat and can be stirred to loosen.
  6. Top the pudding with fresh berries or whipped cream.

 

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