3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce

This sauce is legit knocking my socks off. WHOA. Peanut butter caramel sauce that is not only super easy to make but won’t completely blow up my nutrition for the week?

 

SIGN. ME. UP.

 

As a kid my parents would always take us to Friendly’s which like barely exist anymore {tear} but every time we went I would get this Reese’s Pieces sundae with this AH-MAZING peanut butter sauce on it. It was warm and creamy and had just the right amount of peanut butter flavor to it.

 

I had never been able to recreate this sauce until now. And I want to put it on EVERYTHING. You will too I promise.

 

 

Ever since our online wellness group kicked off this week I have been super motivated to cook and develop new recipes for the peeps in it ? This recipe being one of them since so many people struggle with cravings for desserts. I am all about finding healthier alternatives versus restricting yourself. If you restrict your craving will only get stronger and next thing you know you will be face deep in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s…at least that is what will happen to me! And with the warm weather right around the corner I got some serious swimsuit goals!! And a pint of Phish Food isn’t going to help that goal at all.

 

What else about my group has me so FIRED UP!?  Well, so far this week we did a little “get to know each other” posting, shared our before pictures and measurements along with our goals for the next 21 days, are are giving away an awesome performance line sample pack to one lucky participant Everyone is posting up a storm and getting their workouts in…and the week isn’t even over yet! I am so proud of each and every person in the group!

 

My favorite things about these groups are the brand new people joining us for the 1st time  After 2.5 years I sometimes forget what it’s like to be part of one of these groups for the first time:

 

Feeling so sore you can barely sit on the toilet
Thinking you are NEVER going to be able to get through the one workout you struggle with the most
?Watching people fall in love with their superfoods and feeling the benefits within just the first 3 days

 

I love being able to use my past experience of being a first time challenger to help them navigate through the start of this group


Our community is an open door…what are you waiting for: http://bit.ly/ContactEmilyJ

 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce
Author: Emily Goodman
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt {if your peanut butter has none}
  • Water {to thin if desired}
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients expect for the water in a small sauce pan over a medium heat.
  2. Continuously whisk until it comes to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, whisk for another minute until thickened.
  4. Immediately remove from the heat.
  5. It will continue to thicken even off the heat so add water to thin to your desired consistency if needed.
Notes
[b]To reheat leftovers:[/b] Heat in a sauce pan over a low heat. Add water to help thin out.

 

 

 

10 Healthy Holiday Treats

The holiday season is upon us! After stuffing ourselves full of turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie you would think we would never want to eat again!! But as December approaches so do the holiday parties, cookie swaps, office celebrations, and pot lucks. Everything surrounding the holidays seems to revolve around food I wanted to put together a list of 10 Healthy Holiday Treats that still satisfy that sweet tooth craving but with a lot less guilt!

 

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  1. No Bake Coconut Snowballs (GF) from For the Family

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2. Pumpkin Caramel Bundt Cake from All Day I Dream About Food

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3. Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies (GF) from Gluten Free On A Shoestring

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4. Healthy Carrot Cake from Amy’s Healthy Baking

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5. Healthy Gingerbread Mousse from The Almond Eater

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6. Skinny Chocolate Thumbprint Turtle Cookies from The Skinny Fork

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7. Skinny Holiday Fruit Crisp from Savory Nothings

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8. Homemade Twix Bars (GF, Paelo, V) from Bakerita

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9. Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark from Good Life Eats

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10. Spice Cake (GF, DF, SF) from Mama Shire

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And if you really want to wow your guests check out Creativiu. Featuring 4 different online cake decoration courses to choose from you can learn to be an expert cake decorator from the comfort of home on your own time! You will even have access to the class instructor where you can ask questions and receive a personalized answer. Access to your classes never expires so go at your own pace and become the professional cake decorator you were always meant to be!

 

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

I am the girl who will pick savory over sweet pretty much any day of the week. I rather have spaghetti and meatballs over an ice cream sundae but occasionally the craving for something sweet and chocolaty will hit. And when it hits, it hits HARD. If it’s a special occasion I will bake up a batch of my famous chocolate chip cookies but when I am trying keep my nutrition in check this simple 3 ingredient healthy chocolate pudding really hits the spot!

 

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And it fits within my meal plan so it is a win-win for me!

 

I love avocados but if you don’t I still suggest giving this recipe a try. You can’t even taste the avocado once it is blended in with the other ingredients but it is what gives this pudding the consistency and texture of one made with eggs and cornstarch. And it has such a nice deep chocolate flavor ?

 

Avocados are such a great source of healthy fats, have more potassium than bananas, and are loaded with fiber and are a great addition to any healthy diet.

 

Healthy Chocolate Pudding
Author: Emily Goodman
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 scoops of Chocolate Shakeology
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender (or nutri-bullet) and blend until combined. Add more almond milk if needed to get the consistency you like.
  2. Let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.
Serving size: 0.5 cups
Notes
You may need to scrape down the sides a few times to help the ingredients mix. Pudding will last up to 3 days if stored in an air tight container in the refridgerator.[br][br]21 Day Fix container count per serving: 1 red, 1 blue, 0.5 yellow

 

If you want to take this recipe up another notch try blending in different extracts such as peppermint, vanilla, or caramel for an added depth of flavor!

 

Adult Dunkaroos

This past weekend I got together with some fellow bloggers in Scituate, MA for a Dips and Drinks party! Such a fun theme right?

Kate was our host and welcomed us into her brand new home with a delicious sparkling grapefruit cocktail. We had so much fun eating, taking photos, and catching up on what everyone has been up to.

 

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How adorable are those napkins? You can check out more of our photos using #idipyoudipwedip on Instagram.

 

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This amazing tower of chips you see pictured here was provided by Food Should Taste Good™. All of their products are made with real ingredients, zero  trans fats, and no cholesterol. They are also certified gluten free and Kosher. We got to sample an array of flavors including multigrain,  sweet potato, and guacamole. Check them out, I bet you will recognize them once you see the packaging!

 

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I am putting radishes on every veggie plate going forward. They are so pretty and a great dipping item!
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I am obsessed with Mexican street corn (Toro‘s is my all time fave) and when Kate said she made a street corn dip I was STOKED!! She even made recipes cards featuring everyone’s recipes and I cannot wait to make this one myself. She also made a really tasty Sriracha Hummus.

 

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Kate really knew the way to my heart that day and also made a dessert dip that tasted just like a cannoli! How did she know that the chocolate chip ones are my favorite 🙂

Pizzelle’s, a traditional italian waffle cookie, were perfect along side the dip! My old roommate Lesley used to have a pizelle maker and I would gobble them up when she made them around the holidays.

 

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My dip contribution was also a dessert dip and a take on one of my favorite childhood snacks, Dunkaroos. Dunkaroos were these really tasty cookies you dipped into frosting – a childhood dream snack!! It seems like today they are only available in Canada or you can buy them on Amazon or ebay which made me sad and I was determined to find a way to make my own.

After doing some digging around on Pinterest I found a recipe that worked perfectly!

It is made with greek yogurt so it is technically healthy right?! hah

 

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I had to share these photos that some other bloggers took of my dish during the party….they were way prettier than mine 🙂

 

 

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Photo credit: Shell Chic’d

 

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Photo credit: La Vie Jaime

 

Adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny

Adult Dunkaroos
Author: Emily Goodman
Ingredients
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix (15.25 oz box)
  • 2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 cup lite Cool Whip
  • Vanilla Animal Crackers
Instructions
  1. The the bowl of a stand mixer mix together cake mix, plain yogurt and Cool Whip until completely combined and you see no more lumps.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for about 4 hours.
  3. When ready to serve, top with additional sprinkles (optional) and serve with animal crackers for dipping.

 

Everyone loved this dip and I definitely plan to make it again for future parties…sprinkles are ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!!

Were you a Dunkaroos lover? If not, what was your favorite childhood snack? Post in the comment below so I can try to recreate your favorite treat!

 

 

Nutella Stuffed Funfetti Cookies

We got 20+ inches of snow this weekend…
…so this happened.
If you love Funfetti cake I think you will be obsessed with the cookies!
Sometimes the recipe is on the box but not always. If it’s not on yours just go here. That is the original Funfetti cookie recipe that I normally top with Funfetti frosting and sprinkles.
However,
I found this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had to try it out. They were really easy to make and I’ve included some tips on what I will do next time to make sure they are 100% perfect. The greatest thing about this recipe? You could really make any kind of cookie and put the Nutella filling in them and they would be delicious!
 
Nutella Stuffed Funfetti Cookies
Author: Emily Goodman
Ingredients
  • 1 box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Approximately 1/2 cup Nutella (about 1 teaspoon per cookie)
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil (or parchment paper). Scoop teaspoon size balls of Nutella onto the sheet. Freeze for about 20 minutes.
  2. When the 20 minutes is almost up pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Mix together the Funfetti mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.
  3. Remove the Nutella from the freezer.
  4. With your hands, roll a walnut sized ball of dough and place a frozen Nutella ball into the center. Roll the dough ball in your hands until it is smooth and no Nutella is exposed.
  5. Place on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
Next time I’m going to make my scoops a little smaller
I sprayed my cookie sheet with non-stick spray but you can also use parchment paper

 

They might look too soft when you pull the sheet from the oven but they are fully baked

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I’ve had this recipe pinned from How Sweet It Is for some time now. I pinned it so I  could try my hand at brown butter. With the help of Jessica’s step by step instructions browning the butter was an easy task and gave the cookies such a depth of flavor.
While I am usually a straight forward chocolate chip cookie lover, this recipe is definitely going to make it into the mix from now on!
 
 
 
Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is
makes about 15-18 cookies
Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Author: Emily Goodman
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • Optional: 1- 2 tablespoons milk, if dough is crumbly
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 F.[br][br]
First you need to brown your butter…
  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter.
  2. Whisking constantly, cook butter for 5-6 minutes or until bubbly and small brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. Keep your eye on the butter the entire time and immediately remove from the heat once you see the brown bits.
  3. Whisk for an additional 30 seconds once off the heat. Set aside and let cool completely.[br][br]
While the butter is cooling…
  1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, oats and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Once butter has cooled, add to a large bowl. Whisk in sugars until smooth.
  3. Whisk in egg and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Slowly stir in dry ingredients – mix gently with your hands if necessary. If your dough is dry and crumbly add in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  7. Form dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

You will notice these cookies don’t spread out as much as regular chocolate chip cookies during baking. At first I thought they were taking longer to bake which was not the case. Make sure to keep your eye on them so they don’t burn.

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores Bars

I found this pin on Pinterest and knew I had to make immediately! So as a treat for my roommate and my friend Jaime I whipped these up the other night!
First of all, they are BEYOND easy to make.
Second of all, they are DELICIOUS!
However, next time I make them I will use my own chocolate chip cookie dough I make from scratch 🙂
Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores Bars
Author: Emily Goodman
Ingredients
  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate chip cookie dough – either from scratch or buy the pre-made kind from the grocery store
  • Hershey’s chocolate bars, broken into pieces
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Baking dish – I used an 8×8 size one and it was perfect!
Instructions
Pre-heat your oven to 375 F.[br][br]
  1. Line the bottom of your baking dish with the graham crackers.
  2. Spread the cookie dough over the graham crackers. Bake for 9-11 minutes (or however long the cookie dough package says), or until the cookie becomes golden brown.
  3. Lay the Hershey’s bars on top of the cookie.
  4. Top with mini marshmallows and put back in the oven until the marshmallows become browned. I used the broiler for this step and just watched them closely – they can go from browned to burned in a bout 0.5 seconds!
We were too impatient to let them cool so we could cut them into nice bars but they were amazing all warm and melty.
Serve with your favorite ice cream and prepare to be in heaven!