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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies (Oh yeah!)

I got a little creative in the kitchen this weekend, and man oh man – these came out excellent! My husband and I just adore these cookies. They are like a candy bar in cookie form. Simply heavenly and so easy.

What You Will Need:

flour, 3/4 cup
baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon
baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon
sea salt, dash
soften margarine, 1/2 cup
creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup
sugar, 1/2 cup
brown sugar, 1/2 cup
egg, 1
vanilla extract, big splash
instant oats, 1 cup
rolled oats, 1/2 cup
mini pretzels, crushed, 1 cup
chocolate chips, 3/4 cup

1. Cream margarine, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and sugars in a bowl. Add egg and beat in well.

2. Add flour through salt and combine.

3. Add oats, flour, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Stir in well.

4. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for around 10 minutes. So delish!

These are phenomenal! Make them right now!



Chocolate Pudding Treat

I often get a craving for chocolate, just like the next girl. I think that it is an unspoken rule that I need to eat chocolate once a day – it is just the way things were meant to be. 🙂 I wanted to satisfy my chocolate cravings, with a guilt-free dessert.

Thank goodness for sugar-free chocolate pudding!   Here is a quick idea for a simple, chocolate dessert for one (or as many as you need). Perfect for my mid-evening chocolate cravings!

What you will need:

1 pudding cup (sugar-free chocolate pudding)
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter Cup cereal (or your favorite cereal)
1 Tbsp jam (I use raspberry)
2 Tbsp Fat Free Whipped Topping

In a small ramekin place cereal on bottom (this acts like a crust for your dessert). Add chocolate pudding and jam. Top with whipped topping.

The perfect chocolate treat! Your imagination is the limit – peanut butter would be delish too!

-Heather @ BloomEveryday

Healthier Peanut Butter Mocha Brownies

Sometimes you just get a craving for something rich, decadent, and slightly bad-for-you. This is an amped-up healthier version of brownies that packs all the flavor and decadence you could want in a brownie. Plus there’s a peanut butter swirl!!

Obviously, my sweetie and I dug in before I got pictures – so good and very satisfying!


cooking spray (like canola oil)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened, good quality cocoa
dash of salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet Starbuck Via instant coffee (or 1 teaspoon instant coffee)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 plus 1/8 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 plus 1/8 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or any flavored chips of your choice)
heaping tablespoon of organic peanut butter


1. Take an 8×8 glass pan and spray with canola oil and then dust with whole wheat flour (this will allow the brownies to release from the pan super easily). Set aside.
2. In a bowl, whisk very briskly by hand together applesauce, oil, and sugar until light and slightly airy.
3. Add following ingredients one-by-one and whisk each in thoroughly: cocoa, salt, baking powder, coffee, extract, eggs.
4. Next fold in flour until just combined. Then fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into baking pan.
5. Melt heaping tablespoon of peanut butter in microwave until runny. Pour artfully over the batter, then take a knife and drag through the batter to create swirl between brownies and peanut butter.
6. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 9 medium sized brownies.

Let cool and cut into 9 squares. ENJOY! So tasty! Excuse the pictures – bad lighting + cell phone = bad quailty. But trust me, they are so gooood!

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

How do you indulge your sweet tooth in a healthier way?


Peanut Butter Cup of Coffee

If you’ve read our “BE Loved” post from Friday, TGICoffee, you know Peanut Butter Iced Coffee is what I love this week. What’s a girl to do then to get her fix? I raced off to the restaurant supply store in town and found Torani Peanut Butter syrup…only for $4.75 (a full 750 ml bottle!). That was $0.50 shy of what my coffee on Thursday cost, not including tip. Here is my recipe for making this delicious creation at home on the cheap!

What You Will Need:

> Prepared coffee, cold
> Peanut Butter Syrup, as sweet as you like it
> Ice cubes
> Soy milk, or dairy of your choosing

I make my coffee the night before, such as Heather wrote about when simplifying her mornings. I added the syrup last night when the coffee was hot to help dissolve the syrup, but you can add it the next day too. Now it’s ready to grab the next day.

Pop a few ice cubes in.

Pour in some soy milk.

Viola! A Peanut Butter Soy Iced Coffee ready to wake you up in the morning. Perfect to take to work or just enjoy on a Saturday morning.

Try it hot too, or with some chocolate syrup as well. Can I get a Peanut Butter Cup Latte, anyone?

Katie @ BloomEveryday

What is your favorite coffee creation?

BE Loved: TGICoffee

Irish Mint Coffee

I think it is so funny that Katie and I chose the same topic this week to write about in our weekly Friday ‘BE Loved’ post. We must have coffee in our DNA…

I was telling my husband the other night how excited I was for the Christmas season, even though it is only September. I think these feelings were spurred on by the fact that I have been drinking Irish Mint flavored coffee this past week. I somehow skipped right past fall, and landed right in the middle of December. 

I say — it is never too early for Peppermint Mochas (even when it is 90 degrees outside). Here is a quick way to make one at home if you don’t have an espresso maker:

Brew a fresh cup of Irish Mint flavored coffee — add a splash of vanilla syrup (or Splenda works too). If you love chocolate (which, of course, I can’t pass up) add either half a pack of hot cocoa mix or a couple of pumps of chocolate syrup. Finish with your morning creamer and a dollop of whipped cream. Viola, a pretty darn good substitute for one of my favorite holiday drinks!

Irish Mint Coffee, what I LOVE this week. 

– Heather @ BloomEveryday


Peanut Butter Iced Coffee

Peanut Butter. A very familar word in my daily vocab. I wouldn’t deny that I say the word less than five times a day. My husband would be shocked if I went a day without a little spread on bread, heaped on a piece of chocolate, or in a full-on banana-nutella-PB wrap. I have a theory that peanut butter can be put on anything and is a crucial, essential part of every meal.
So when the traveling coffee van stopped by our office, I inquired: “What syrups do you have?” Among the hazelnuts, white chocolates, and almonds my ears perked up when I surprisingly heard “Peanut Butter”. I asked him how it tasted, and he said, “I don’t know, doesn’t taste like peanut butter…more like just sweet.”
I could not pass up the opportunity to try this. I love coffee. I love peanut butter. Curiousity got the best of me and I ordered a Soy SF Peanut Butter Iced Coffee. The coffee guy set my expectations pretty low and I wasn’t really prepared for the love affair that came next. With my first sip, I was transported to a coffee wonderland with a hint of peanut buttery goodness. 

Want to BE Loved? Stop by a coffee joint with a wall of flavors and ask for a Peanut Butter Iced Coffee however you like it.
What I LOVE this week? Peanut Butter Iced Coffee. 

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

“Let’s do life togeter”

What do you love this week?

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

I am ALL about food that is better for you but tastes oh so decadent! I love peanut butter and cookies, so this combination is to die for. So here is my simple recipe for tasty (and better for you) peanut butter oatmeal cookies! They are almost cake-like which equals a small slice of heaven to satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner.


1 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
Less that 1/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of all natural apple sauce
5 teaspoons of whole wheat flour
1 egg
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
a few chocolate chips

1. For this recipes, combine all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and mix them until they form a stiff dough. 

2. Then measure a tablespoon scoop of the dough and place on a cookie sheet. Put one chocolate chips on each piece of dough.

3. Place in preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Averaging about 80 calories a cookie – that’s a pretty sweet cookie.

– Katie @ BloomEveryday
       “Let’s do life together”

What is your favorite cookie? How do you healthy-up your desserts?

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