I’ve got another dangerous cookie recipe to share with you. These mocha chip cookies are moist, chewy and a delicious combination of chocolate with a hint of coffee. Not only are the cookies amazing but the cookie dough is to die for!
My little gal proved to be a great helper in the kitchen when making these. That is if you define helping as tasting various ingredients and attempting to stir with her hands.
Despite managing the eager toddler hands as I made these, they turned out great. The original recipe is actually a peppermint mocha cookie recipe but I’m not a huge fan of peppermint so I just excluded that ingredient and they turned out great.
Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my great loves in life. Is it possible that this combo can actually be good for you?
The good news is peanut butter and chocolate can be nutritious if eaten in moderation and in their real food form (and if you’re not allergic to peanut butter, of course!). The bummer is most peanut butter, chocolate or chocolate-peanut butter candy on store shelves is far from real food. (Note: Real food is as close to the original source as possible and free from additives and preservatives.)
If you’ll check the label, most of the peanut butter, chocolate chips, and the Reeses Peanut Butter Cups you can purchase in the store are full of ingredients you may not recognize, extra highly processed sugar (read: high fructose corn syrup), excessive sodium, and even trans fats. Those kinds do not count as health food…sorry.
But, get ready to celebrate, because THIS Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie recipe IS a healthy real food snack. It creates the perfect chocolatey-peanut-buttery flavor–think Peanut Butter Cup–without all the icky additives and trans fats of the actual candy. It’s also full of probiotics, protein, calcium, and even some antioxidants (from cocoa and honey).
It is such a treat, especially on a warm day. Add a little Homemade Popcorn (the best recipe for homemade popcorn I’ve ever had by the way) and your kids will thank you for this one!
I plan to enjoy this Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie as an after school snack with my little Kindergartener who heads to his first day tomorrow! Are his “little years” gone so soon??? Parents of little ones, enjoy them and use them wisely while you can, like this book encourages. They do indeed go by in a flash.
Enough of my “Kindergarten mom” sentimentalism. I hope you enjoy your real food snack with a person you love too!
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Makes: six 1 cup servings
1 cup plain organic yogurt or kefir
1 1/2 cups organic milk (I recommend 2% or whole which I think gives it a richness)
1/3 cup 100% cocoa powder
1/2 cup all-natural organic peanut butter (make sure it’s just straight-up peanuts with no additives)
1/3 cup honey (preferably use raw honey)
1 tsp real vanilla (don’t be fooled by imitation vanilla–pay for the real stuff)
1/4 tsp salt (I use kosher salt since even table salt has additives; do not add salt if your PB is salted)
3 cups ice (use more ice if needed until it’s the icy consistency you like)
optional: banana (this would make it more banana-flavored obviously)
Put all ingredients in blender except ice. Blend until well combined. Add one cup of ice at a time and blend until smooth.
Cooking Note: I stuck our extra in the freezer and then blended it later. It turned out to be an even better consistency after being slightly frozen and re-blended!
Who doesn’t love some chocolate pudding every now and then? But, every time I read the labels on the pudding packs at the store, I cringe. That’s why I was intrigued by Katie Kimball’s idea at Kitchen Stewardship called Chocomole.
You are not going to believe this, but it’s true. Using her recipe, I just made the best, real-tasting chocolate pudding from three healthy, real food ingredients.
Sounds weird, huh? But, I’m here to testify that if you put these three things in your food processor and process the snot out of them, it turns into smooth, sweet, chocolaty pudding that does NOT taste like avocado.
My kids will wake up from naps in a few minutes and will get to taste. That will be the real test. Stay tuned for an update on this post for kid results.
Update: Kid results after naps–The 4-year-old really loved the first few bites, but gave up after that. (It is pretty rich.) The 2-year-old ate the whole bowl and loved it.
Looking for more great fake-outs? Here are 50 ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into kids’ favorites!