Saturday, September 26, 2009

Nuts About Peanut Butter

tonight we had EA and RJ over and they helped me bake! it turned out to be so much fun!

i used a recipe i found from another website ( for peanut butter bites and we used all different kinds of toppings. EA and RJ helped press the crust into the mini muffin pans. then, we each had 6 crusts to fill any way we wanted. we had peanut butter filling and my personal favorite, nutella, as well as lots of fun toppings - chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, toffee bits, mini m&m's, and butterscotch chips. we even had some raspberry jam to make p,b&j bites. anyway, we had so much fun filling them all different ways, E even got involved in the creation process! RJ made one with every topping possible.

after dinner we sampled our creations and the recipe received a unanimous two thumbs up from all 4 of us! 10 out of 10 for this one. thanks to "oh she glows" for the inspiration - i only did 2 minor tweaks, reflected in the recipe below. the recipe traditionally just calls for the peanut butter filling (which was delicious) but i encourage you to try adding fun toppings like we did. obviously, the yummy toppings make the dessert less than clean, but just use the peanut butter filling and you will still be following the clean eating way.

Peanut Butter Bites
(makes 24 mini cups)

1/4 c Earth Balance (or butter)
1/4 c sucanat
1 c spelt flour
1/4 c milled flaxseed
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 c agave nectar

1/2 c smooth peanut butter
1/2 c skim milk

preheat oven to 350.
mix crust ingredients with your hands. fill a greased mini muffin tin with approximately 1 tsp of crust. press into bottom, making sure the crust comes up on the sides a bit. add peanut butter filling on top of the crust and top with whatever toppings you choose.
bake for 15 mins. cool completely before removing from pan.

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