How to Make Brown Sugar from White Sugar

How to Make Brown Sugar from White Sugar | The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Andrea Green

Did you know it is quick and easy to make brown sugar from white sugar?

This is a recipe you will want to bookmark, pin, or print out. That way, when you find yourself in the middle of making something like Baked Banana Split Oatmeal, and you go to get the brown sugar only to find that  (horrors!) you are out, you can make your own.

There are only two ingredients needed to make brown sugar: white sugar and molasses. How much molasses you add to the white sugar determines whether you have light brown sugar or dark brown sugar.

Although you can interchange light and dark brown sugar in a recipe, they do taste different, and it will effect the outcome of the taste of your recipe.

If you have a food processor, that is what I used to make my brown sugar from white sugar. However, this can also be made using a mixer. Either of them will work to thoroughly incorporate the molasses into the sugar.

How to Make Brown Sugar From White Sugar
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons to 4 tablespoons molasses
Instructions
For Light Brown Sugar
  1. To one cup white sugar add 1½ tablespoons molasses and add to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse the sugar several times. Scrape down sides and pulse until the molasses is well incorporated.
For Dark Brown Sugar
  1. To one cup white sugar add 4 tablespoons molasses and add to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse the sugar several times. Scrape down sides and pulse until the molasses is well incorporated.
Notes
A blender can be used instead of a food processor.

 

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No-Bake Key Lime Pie (Paleo)

No-Bake Key Lime Pie (Paleo) | The Happy Housewife
By contributing writer Tessa

This No-Bake Key Lime Pie is a perfect dessert for those days that you do not feel like turning on your oven!  It has bright, fresh flavor and is super easy to whip together! It also uses good-for-you ingredients.  Have fun with the crust. Any pre-baked tart crust will do, so just use your favorite.  In this recipe I have included a raw crust to keep the whole recipe out of the oven.

Impress someone today!

No-Bake Key Lime Pie (Paleo) | The Happy Housewife

No-Bake Key Lime Pie (Paleo)
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
For the Crust
  • 1 cup raw almonds (or any raw nuts)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Optional: stevia to taste ( I used 5 drops)
For the Filling
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked a minimum of one hour, longer is great! Macadamia nuts work well too.
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup full fat canned coconut milk or homemade thick and creamy nut milk
  • ⅓ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup honey ( I replace half with liquid stevia equivalent)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Grated zest of 1-2 limes (Essential to the lime flavor. Don't leave it out!)
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. For the crust, process almonds in a food processor until you have meal/flour consistency.
  2. Add remaining crust ingredients and pulse until well blended. You should be able to press the mixture together into a crust. Add more honey/lime juice if necessary.
  3. Press into greased individual tartlet pans or muffin tins, or make them into a bar using an 8 x 8 pan, or a pie pan.
  4. For the filling, process all ingredients until silky smooth (multiple minutes) in your food processor or high powered blender
  5. Taste and add more sweetener if you prefer, or more lime!
  6. Spread into the awaiting crust, and refrigerate until set and ready to eat.
Notes
If you have leftover filling like us, we sandwiched the creamy filling in between two Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Graham Crackers, Smoreables. I called them "Ice Cream Sandwiches" for my kid's sake. Can you imagine a chocolate version oozing amongst these...yum!!

 

No-Bake Key Lime Pie (Paleo) | The Happy Housewife

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Rice Krispie Spring Treats

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Last weekend we spent our Saturday making some fun spring Rice Krispie treats. My kids love Rice Krispies and I knew they would be excited about being able to create some delicious snacks and while getting creative with food.

My favorite part about Rice Krispie treats is that we always have the ingredients to make them, butter, marshmallow, and Rice Krispies! I also love that you don’t need to turn on the oven to make them and they are ready in just a few minutes.

We spent a few minutes on Rice Krispie’s Pinterest page getting some idea for our treats.

You should definitely check out their page for great and creative ideas for recipes. My girls picked out a few of their favorites and we got to work making our treats.

Since we’ve been studying birds and bugs all year we thought it would be fun to make the robin’s nests and caterpillar.

To say my girls were excited would be an understatement.

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It’s important to get your apron before you start.

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And of course gather your ingredients.

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Take turns mixing, and make sure there is enough left over for mom to eat some out of the pan.

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The girls were particularly excited about dying the coconut green. I can’t believe we’d never done it before.

colored coconut

Our finished Robin’s Egg nest treats, as you can see my girls had a little too much fun with the colored coconut! These were so cute and easy to make. I chose to use mini muffin tins for the mold because I thought it would be fun to make mini nests. You can use M&M’s or jelly beans for the eggs. You can find detailed instructions here.

finished nests

The caterpillar was also fun to put together.

rice krispie caterpillar

We used colored licorice for the face and the antennae. You can find detailed directions for the crawly caterpillar here.

rice krispie caterpillar finished

After we created our caterpillar and nests I let the girls create more treats with the leftovers. I was pretty impressed with their food design skills, and they were thrilled.

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We made all these treats from your basic Rice Krispie treat recipe. I’m impressed!

finished treats

My girls loved making these treats and the whole project took us less than an hour from start to clean up. They tasted great too and while their brothers didn’t help make them they definitely enjoyed eating them!

You can make these treats too! I’d love to see what you are creating so if you share your creations on social media use the hashtag #easytomake to inspire others to get creative too! You can also enter your Rice Krispie treat in their contest and win a gift basket. You can find out more about the treat making contest here.

For more spring treat ideas visit the Rice Krispies Spring Pinterest Board and RiceKrispies.com.

Follow Rice Krispies®’s board Spring has Sprung Recipes on Pinterest.

This post is sponsored by Rice Krispies, all opinions are my own. 


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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!

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy Housewife

 

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!).

Quick & Easy Paleo "Peanut Butter" Cups | The Happy Housewife

 

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