Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You say you want a revolution

  Getting things ready around here. So many ideas!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie. Oh My. Oh My.

The recipe arrived in my email one day from a friend.

And the email/recipe may have easily gotten tossed into the virtual "I will make that some day" pile. A very good intentioned pile. Just a pile where most recipes end up because of lack of time (free).

But at that same time (within the week) I was invited to a birthday party. A birthday party which required me to bring "a dish". What better than the recipe I had just been introduced to via email.  

What the heck. It looked like it would be easy enough too.

And boy was it. Peanut Butter, Organic Bananas, Vanilla, and Stevia/Agave.
I used a pre-made store graham cracker crust. For the sake of time.

From start to finish, this thing took me MAYBE twenty-five minutes.  If it hadn't been for the fact my blender refused to blend the bananas and peanut butter, I would have been done quicker. If you're wondering, I had to transfer the ingredients from the blender to a bowl and blend by hand. I wish I had a Blendtec!

And oh yeah...the pie? Um. Yeah. So it was pretty much one of the most delicious deserts I've ever had. I had concern that the the bananas would over power the dish. But that didn't happen. I was quite surprised. 

This is the original link I was sent (see below). The web site is for some young woman named "Chocolate Covered Katie". I really look forward to trying her No-Bake Pumpkin Pie in the next few weeks. Thanks Katie! Note: she mentions a "Healthy Chocolate Pie Crust." I'd definitely try that out next time.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

(Can be gluten and sugar-free!)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (230g) (Or another nut butter, or Sunbutter)
  • 3 medium bananas (300g) (See nutrition link below, for substitutions.)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt (My pb also has salt.)
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil, melted (Can sub with 1/4 cup extra pb; the texture will just change) (50g)
  • stevia extract to taste, or 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar, or liquid sweetener (such as pure maple syrup)
Blend everything together very, very well. (I used a Vita-mix for this.) Pour into a prepared pie crust or springform pan–this pie can easily be crustless!–and freeze until firm. (If not using the coconut oil, just chill in the fridge instead.) Pie should be kept cold; I keep it in the freezer. Just thaw before eating, and the mousse-like texture will come right back! If you want a deeper-dish pie, use: 1 1/2 c peanut butter, 4 1/2 bananas, 1 tbsp vanilla, a little over 1/8 tsp salt, 1/4c plus 2 tbsp coconut oil, and stevia to taste or 5 tbsp powdered sugar.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

My Weekend

I seem to really always enjoy a vacation that involves baking :)

So I wanted to make Buckeyes for my friends this past weekend. And thought I could; but ran into a bit of a snag when Trader Joe's told me they don't carry powdered sugar until the Holidays (and that was the only store I could get to that afternoon). Don't carry powdered sugar until the Holidays! Who does that! 

Anyways. I needed the powdered sugar for the recipe; but thought, "hey maybe I'll able to get away with regular sugar." So bought that instead.

Got started in the kitchen.

 My new buddy Nora helped.

But as it turns out, without the powdered sugar...the buckeyes weren't going to "happen." Too gooey to roll into balls.  

Switched gears. Woke up the next morning, bought some eggs and mixed up a batch of peanut butter brownies.

Oh my. Those things we yummy. Wow.