Banana Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Blender Muffins

I think I need to just bow out while I'm ahead with this one - I will never try another muffin recipe again.  My children have declared these to be the best muffins they've ever had.  And if you knew my kids, you'd know that they are pretty tough little food critics (my fault, I'm sure). 

I've made a couple batches of these over the last week, and they are inhaling them as fast as I can bake them. But it's totally ok, because these are super easy to make, and relatively healthy, as far as things containing chocolate chips go. We're talking from starting to in the oven in like 5 minutes. 

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Quick and Easy Homemade Peanut Butter

Quick and Easy Homemade Peanut Butter

I really had no intention to make peanut butter.  Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of homemade nut butters.  I've done sunbutter before, and it was great.  But I try to prioritize my time and making all my nut butters at home has never really made it to the top of my list of things I should be doing.

But I love peanuts.  I mean, I love roasted, salted peanuts.  A quick handful or two is an awesome snack - it satisfies my need for crunchy and salty, and gives me a little protein.  I bought some peanuts a couple weeks ago, thinking I was buying roasted and salted peanuts. Only to get home and realize that what I had grabbed was roasted and NOT salted. (That's what happens when you're trying to squeeze in a quick grocery trip in between pickups and dropoffs.) As far as I'm concerned, there is no place in my life for snacking on nuts that aren't salted.  I know you raw nut lovers can disagree, but I love my salt. 

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Gel Gummy Treats

I've seen a lot of talk around on a bunch of food blogs I follow about making your own homemade gummy treats.  My kids love gummy bears and gummy vitamins, so I figured I'd better give it a try.  The process is very simple really, just juice and gelatin.  Getting the flavor just right is something I haven't quite nailed, but I'm working on it.  Several people have asked me for my recipe, so I thought I'd go ahead and share, even though it's still a work in progress.  I'll update this as I evolve it. I think the ratios and technique is working great, I just haven't quite nailed a flavor combo that my kids love.  I'm trying to go a little too healthy I guess, and they're not so into it.

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