Line a 13×9 pan with foil making sure to leave overhang at the ends. Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray. In a large mixer bowl, beat together 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter until creamy. Gradually beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Stir in the remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, 3 cups pretzel pieces, and 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Press evenly into the prepared pan with a spatula.
Microwave remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and 3/4 cup peanut butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl on MED-HIGH for 45 seconds; stir. If necessary, microwave in additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring just until chocolate chips are melted. Spread this chocolate layer evenly over the powdered sugar mixture in the pan.
Sprinkle with the remaining pretzel pieces, pressing down lightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. Lift foil from the pan and peel off. Cut into 60 pieces and store in a covered container in the refrigerator. (Note: this get melty quickly, so I froze mine for an hour before placing out at party).
Nutella never touched my very picky palette until we traveled overseas. I was a devoted peanut butter fanatic with zero desire to change. Then I tried it and my world changed. I know I don’t have to tell you because I’m sure you already know, but Nutella is basically the perfect combination between chocolate and peanut butter. Now, let’s get something straight. Peanut Butter is still my homeboy, my #1 spread of choice, my I-need-a-quick-snack-with-a-spoon go to, but Nutella is no longer the enemy. Plus, it added just the perfect amount of flavor and spin to the ever classic puppy chow. Oh, dessert deliciousness.
Nutella Puppy Chow:
2/3 cup Nutella
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chips
9 cups Rice Chex cereal
2-3 cups powdered sugar (depending on how much you like)
Melt Nutella, butter, and chocolate chips at 30 second increments (about 90-120 sec) in a microwave safe bowl until all ingredients can be mixed smooth. In a large bowl, add Rice Chex cereal and top with Nutella mixture until cereal is evenly coated. Place 1 cup of powdered sugar into a large Ziploc bag or Tupperware container, pour in coated cereal, and top with an additional cup of powdered sugar. Shake till you can’t shake no more. Add in any additional powdered sugar to your liking. Store in an airtight Tupperware container.
I received a Magic Bullet this past Christmas. My original intention with it was breakfast smoothies, very simple. I never realized the wonders that the Magic Bullet would bring into my life! It comes with a little book of recipes – salsa, hummus, baby food, scrambled eggs, soups galore, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese … this list could go on and on. This past Sunday I wasn’t ready to move into the food category, but I thought it was the perfect day to test the waters with a recipe I found (where else?) on Pinterest. It’s basically a homemade version of my beloved Starbucks® Mocha Frappuccino® Light. Brilliant! It was a great afternoon treat: delicious, refreshing and relatively easy to make. I think it will be my go to treat this summer, making the coffee pre-beach and enjoying the frappe post-beach. Enjoy!!
I try to eat healthy and always explore new quick and easy AND healthy recipes. BUT…
Confession: I have a sweet tooth.
At times, I also have willpower, but recently the sweet tooth has been winning. My sweet tooth is a major fan of cookies. And in the cookies category, you truly cannot go wrong with Monster Cookies. Unless you’re dealing with a peanut allergy (peanut butter is an ingredient!) these cookies are a MAJOR hit at any event, across the board: work potluck, girls night, post-dinner party treat, baby shower, family dinner, a random Tuesday night… seriously. TRY THEM!
Congratulations! You officially made it through the 2012 festive feasting season. Studies show that the average American gains 1-2 pounds during the holiday season. And, those extra pounds tend to become permanent baggage. Yikes! Whether or not healthy eating, working out or weight loss was in your 2013 resolution, it’s time to get back on the horse.
Personally, one of the hardest parts of this time of year is going from constantly stuffing my face back to normal eating habits. I’m always hungry. My recommendation? Healthy snacks to help you through the day. Here’s one easy recipe idea, as well as 10 other snack ideas: