Archives for August 2014

Four Layer Everything Crunch Bars

 Four layers made of everything delicious you can possibly imagine in a dessert bar. They are rich, satisfying and oh so good!

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What can I say? I have no excuse for this one. All I knew was that I had to know what these bars taste like the moment I stumbled upon this recipe. Anything that consists of layers and has so many of my favorites combined into one, needed to be made as soon as humanly possible.

There is so much going on here, I barely know where to start. Is this the moment where I should use the phrase “A picture says more than a thousand words”? Haha, just kidding. There’s no way I could not tell you about them!

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What is your must-have when it comes to the perfect dessert? Peanut Butter, chocolate, caramel, something crunchy, chocolate or something fabulous like nougat? Check, check, and check. These bars clearly have it all.

If you’re a lover of all things sweet, you need this recipe in your life. [Read more…]

Caramelized Banana & Peanut Butter Oat Streusel Muffins

 One of my healthiest and most scrumptious muffin recipes. Complete with Caramelized Bananas, Creamy Peanut Butter and a Streusel Topping.

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Guilt-free indulgence has a name. And a very long one for that matter. I tried keeping it short and sweet, but couldn’t get myself to leave out either one of the components. Can you blame me? Caramelized bananas had to be part of the name, I mean we’re talking CARAMELIZED bananas here. Which is quite possibly one of my new obsessions. It’s what happens when you want to make banana muffins, but don’t have any ripe bananas and zero patience. More on that in a second.

Peanut butter, oats, and streusel are equally as dear to my heart, which is why I’m growing more and more fond of the name. I know it’s a mouthful, much like the muffins themselves, but one bite and you’ll understand why they deserve a special name.

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I took all of my breakfast wants and combined them into one amazing muffin. Not only was I looking for a quick breakfast on the go, but it had to be satisfying, give me a lot of energy and leave me looking forward to the next day when I could have another.

All of which were met in this handheld goodie. [Read more…]

Chocolate Dipped Microwave Caramels

 Homemade Caramels that only take 7 minutes to make from start to finish! You won’t believe how easy they are.

microwave-caramels Welcome to the first day of August. I can hardly believe I just typed those words. Let’s just say I’m glad we’re talking about the start of another summer month instead of a colder alternative.

So I’m going to be honest. Caramels aren’t the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of summer. Thermometer, lower temperatures (aka no humidity), and patience are some of the things I associate with caramel-making. Now don’t get me wrong, homemade caramels prepared the traditional way is one of my favorite things to do. I get excited every fall when the conditions are just right and we get to enjoy some caramelly goodness again.

microwave-caramels It turns out there’s another way to make caramels. And it’s with the help of your microwave. Who would have thought?

Now there’s no more waiting for anything. You can prepare homemade caramels anytime of the year in about 7 minutes. Best discovery ever? Yes, yes it is. [Read more…]