Quick & Easy….
Wow, another week gone, and I’m not quite sure where it went! Yesterday I caught up on my recipes, and some other things so today I decided to take the kids to Toys R Us to look around. I got more excitement than when we took them to the zoo! They went crazy, they couldn’t look at all the toys fast enough. They had so much fun, and it is way more fun looking at things through the eyes of a child. (Can’t say that for everyone, there were some pretty grumpy people there. If you don’t like kids, don’t go to a toy store.) On the way home I grabbed them some lunch, and now they are napping like little babies. Ahhh the peace and quiet, just me and my coffee… I suppose I better hurry up, who knows how long that will last! 😉
This month I am trying to keep my recipes super simple, even more than normal, because I know that everyone is in a rush, and so many people have deadlines to meet. On my Yahoo feed I have been seeing a bazillion kinds of chocolate bark recipes. What is chocolate bark really? It is chocolate, melted down, with a bunch of stuff sprinkled on top. Pretty cut and dry, pretty simple. And sooooo easy to start snacking on and then realize, it is gone. I didn’t want to go the melted chocolate route, I wanted to something a little bit kinder for the waistline because I could eat the stuff all day long if I let myself! The other day I discovered that peanut butter and pretzels are a super awesome combo, so I had to incorporate that. (Yeah, I know, it took me a long time to figure that out.)
This is a small recipe and makes 10 fairly good size pieces of bark and they only run 73 calories per piece and if you use natural peanut butter (I didn’t) they will be refined sugar free! A normal piece of bark will cost you anywhere between 135 and 200+ calories and that can add up pretty fast!
As I was saying, I know that everyone is short on time, so I will try and wrap this up. 😉 If you have 20 minutes, you have time to make this. It literally takes 5 minutes to throw together and then 15 minutes in the freezer. Once you break it apart you will want to keep it in the freezer, thanks to the coconut oil (Which we can’t do without 😉 ) these are not a counter stable goodie. All you have to do is throw your peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir in the vanilla, cocoa (Make sure you sift it after you measure, you don’t want bitter cocoa chunks), and vanilla. Pour it into a dish and sprinkle with pretzel pieces, tap them down, and toss it in the freezer. Go about your business for 15 minutes and you have a sweet treat that everyone will love. Kick your shoes off, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
What is your favorite type of bark?
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark
By Angie Gouchenour
6 Tablespoons chunky peanut butter (Or any nut butter of your choice)
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla flavoring, or extract
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (Sift after you measure)
3 Tablespoons Stevia
3 small pretzels broken into chunks
In a microwave safe bowl microwave peanut butter and coconut oil for 30-40 seconds
Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth (As smooth as can be with chunky peanut butter)
Stir in vanilla, cocoa powder, and Stevia (make sure you don’t add your Stevia before you melt the peanut butter and coconut oil because it will get bitter)
Pour mixture into a plastic or glass dish (My dish was approximately 8” x 6”)
Sprinkle pretzel pieces over the top and gently push down
Pop in the freezer for 15 minutes or longer
Remove and break apart
Store in a container in the freezer
73 calories per piece