No Bake Peanut Butter Cups

I am a huge peanut butter fan so I have had my eye on making these No Bake Peanut Butter Cups for quite some time. I saw this recipe on Fifteen Spatulas blog a while back, and my daughter, Leigh and I finally had some time to whip them up. These are simple to prepare and a great no bake dessert recipe. They are also gluten-free!  We made ours into tiny bites, and one is plenty to satisfy your peanut butter and chocolate craving. Enjoy!

Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie: Kid-Friendly

How many smoothies do y’all make a week? I can’t even begin to count over at my house. My kids are always trying new creations, and I am trying to keep up with their creativity. This Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie was a recent favorite. I had some leftover pumpkin, and I thought why not try it with peanut butter? It sounds a little weird at first, but it works. Happy Halloween! Here’s to a great fall 2012!

No-Bake Mini Healthy Bites: Gluten-Free and Passover

I love to experiment with “No-Bake” cookie recipes, especially those that are gluten-free, Paleo Diet or perfect for Passover which starts this week. I was excited to make this recipe for No-Bake Mini Energy Bites which I made and tweaked from a recipe I saw on the blog, “Gimme some Oven”.  Her recipe is great, but if you want a Passover or gluten-free version, try grinding your favorite nuts and omitting the oatmeal. These are incredible, and I honestly could not keep my hands out of the container. My 3 kids had absolutely no idea there was flaxseed in them. Feel free to use almond butter instead of peanut butter and any of your favorite nuts.

Weekend Inspiration: Recipes, Decor, Yoga

Happy First weekend of March everyone! I thought I would share some awesome inspirational favorites I saw this week via the web. But first, I thought I wanted to share (again) one of my favorite recipes for Breakfast Almond and Raspberry Quinoa which has been so highly requested. Look for big, big news on my site next week. Thanks for everyone’s continued support! Have a great weekend, Alison

Fabulous beyond words via Pinterest

Incredible Laundry Inspiration via Houzz

 Amazing Yoga Inspiration

Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup via Gourmande in the Kitchen

Funfetti Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting via Bakers Royale

No Bake Chocolate-Peanut Flaxseed Butter Bars

No Bake recipes bar cookie recipes are some of my favorite cookie/bar types of desserts, especially this time of year when I’m so busy. I quickly mixed up these up  one afternoon, and my kids told me these were a “home run” (well that was what the boys said). My daughter loved them even though she isn’t a coconut fan. These No Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars call for ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. These make a great afternoon snack, dessert (with milk) and an easy homemade gift for Christmas or Hanukkah.

Heart-Smart Snack: No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars

For those who know me well, you know that eating healthy and staying active is extremely important to me. I have been a runner since I was 16 and in love with anything related to health and nutrition since college. Over the past 20 years, my dad has had three heart attacks and open-heart surgeries, which has made me even more conscious of keeping my family fit and heart-healthy.

As you know, I’ve been working with CanolaInfo on its World Heart Day campaign and have learned a lot! For example, cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease, stroke and diseases of the blood vessels, is the number one cause of death worldwide, accounting for more than 17 million lost lives every year. In the U.S. alone, more than 81 million people (37 percent of the population) have CVD, resulting in nearly 850,000 deaths a year. Research has also shown that obese children are at a high risk for being obese as adults, which is a risk factor for CVD. There is good news though – with healthy diet and exercise, CVD can be prevented up to 80 percent of the time!

I’ve tried to teach my three children (10, 12 and 14) the importance of a healthy lifestyle through examples I’ve set and it seems to be working! As a family, we like to ride bikes, take walks, play tennis – anything active that we can do together. I also urge them to join team sports every season and we discuss the importance of making healthy food choices. I include them in meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. I am always proud, impressed and grateful when I see them making wise decisions with healthy snacks and other foods. But kids are also, well kids, so I try to make heart-healthy foods fun like these No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars I developed for CanolaInfo’s “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection.

These easy and tasty granola bars are perfect for breakfast, a lunchbox dessert or afternoon snack. For more great kid-friendly recipes and information on living a heart-smart lifestyle, visit Canolainfo.org.

Wonderful Holiday Gift: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Bark

Holiday cookie baking has begun, and last week I taped some television food segments for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama”. One will air in December on “holiday food gifts. I couldn’t decide between a cookie and a bark type dessert, so I decided to combine the two in Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Bark. This recipe combines scharffenberger chocolate, pecans and peanut butter chips. It’s incredibly easy and fabulous!

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Swap sponsored by Scharffen Berger.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites for Halloween

I’m so excited to share this recipe for White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites just in time for Halloween. My incredibly helpful and talented friend, Nancy, told me about this recipe a month or so ago. Apparently, this is one of the most popular recipes in the Junior League of Birmingham Cookbook“Tables of Content“, and I can see why. They are so easy, and they make a huge amount. The best part of all is that they freeze beautifully. These White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites in this photo are actually a variation of a recipe. We omitted the marshmallows and used cocktail peanuts, and instead of spreading on wax paper, we made them into individual bites. Just be sure to stir in the M & M’s after the white chocolate has cooled slightly so they don’t melt. Enjoy these on Halloween, Christmas, any holiday or just for fun :).

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Milkshakes

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We have been on a huge milkshake kick at my house lately. Every night we take our favorite flavor ice cream and blend it up with skim milk, a touch of chocolate syrup and our favorite topping. I made this for NBC 13 Daytime Alabama coming up to air September, but Brooke Smith called me after the shoot and made these milkshakes that night.