Nov 15

Thick Crispy Chocolate Bars with Peanut Butter Frosting

Growing up my favorite candy bar was a Nestle Crunch Bar. There’s something about the crispy cereal mixed with creamy chocolate. Then, at a friends house, a friend gave me a peanut butter cup and I fell in love with them. I was not a big PB&J eater until I was introduced to a peanut butter cup. I loved both of these chocolate candy’s so much it was always a hard choice to pick when my mom would take me to the local and very small card/candy shop in my town. I grew up on Long Island, New York. We lived in a very small town with one card and candy store that was combined. On Saturdays after my mom got back from the beauty parlor, looking stunning I must add, she took me and my friend Laurie into the town to see a kids movie. Every Saturday was another movie just for kids. Since the candy was so much more expensive at the theater, she took us to the candy store to buy one and only one candy bar for the movie. Sometimes there was a double feature but in no way was she going to let us get two candy bars. It was a touch choice for a 10 year old to pick just one. That’s how my love of peanut butter and a crunch bar began.

 

Nowadays, I try to eat healthier for both myself and my family. Being a food blogger, my family has to be my most important food tasters and testers. Since dark chocolate is made without milk and is now said to be a healthy choice, it was apparent it was time to start making desserts with dark chocolate. If you have been on here before, you know we have lots and lots of great dark chocolate desserts some are candy bars such as truffles. This recipe today is one I have been making for more years than I can count. I just never put it on the blog! So, here is the really simple and delicious recipe that is the a blast from the past for me and hopefully a new recipe you will all love like my family and friends already do.

 

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Nov 14

Rustic Dutch Apple Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

This is a recipe I have been making for over 20 years. When I lived in Atlanta many years ago, I was invited to a dinner party with a few new friends the first week I arrived there. The hostess was the aunt of one of my friends. Her name was Emily and she was so warm and friendly. She was born and raised in Georgia. Being a New Yorker, this was such a nice experience spending time with her family and new acquaintances for the evening. Her house was decorated beautifully; and her recipes were just wonderful, each and every one of them. I must have gained 5 pounds that night, from this pie alone! It was so delicious, I had to have a second piece. When we were getting ready to leave, I asked her if she would share her recipe for the apple pie. “More than happy to.” That’s what Emily said to me. Every time I had company after that evening this was my go to dessert of choice.

 

A few years later, I became a caterer, and I had to make 3 or 4 pies at a time. You can imagine how my apartment smelled. I even had one of my neighbors come over to tell me they were drooling in their apartment from the scent of apples and cinnamon. It was a special time, and I loved every minute baking away. So, here is the recipe for the most delicious apple pie that’s really easy to prepare. It’s great on its own or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy every last bite, then have another piece on me!

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Nov 12

No Bake Thanksgiving Cookie Project

These cute little turkey cookies come together in a snap. You really can use any candies and cookies you have in the house. I always have the candy button eyes and chocolate chips on hand, along with a round cookie. Gather all of them up and on Thursday, while you are busy in the kitchen, have the kids enjoy a project that does not involve the oven. The last time my son made these with his cousins, they all had so much fun and were very proud to display them on the dessert table. Everyone “gobbled” them up. Here are the ingredients we used. Even the grandparents joined in and they had fun creating memories with their grandkids. As you can see in the photos, they are far from perfect or neat. I think that’s what makes them even more special. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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Nov 09

Everyday Chicken Vegetable Soup

I love this recipe for many reasons. First, it’s so easy to prepare. Using one of the cartons of good quality chicken broth can really cut your time with all the preparations. Second, the soup is just perfect for a light meal, snack, lunch, or dinner. Add a tossed salad and a dinner roll for a more substantial meal.

Isn’t there something about chicken soup that just warms you up and makes you feel better when you’re not feeling your best? I think so. I read somewhere that people who ate chicken soup with the flu actually felt better faster. If this is true than great!

You will find a whole batch of soup recipes right here on Skinny Sweets Daily. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorites and a few from our fabulous food blogger friends: 9 Warm You Up Soup Recipes. Enjoy this recipe and these too. Hey! We still have more! Check them all out!!

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Nov 06

Piled High Bagel with Hummus Avocado and Veggies

This is my newest favorite lunch nowadays. I latterly can have this every single day. And, I have! It’s got the best of all the food groups. Being a vegan, sometimes it’s hard to incorporate protein into a meal. Also, lunches can be on the run and usually a lighter fare. For this recipe and in the photo I happened to use a “flagel” for those of you that don’t know what that is, it is a flatter, crunchier and usually larger size bagel without the extra doughy inside. I like to toast them just slightly for an even crunchier texture. Flagels are very popular in New York where I happen to live. I’m on Long Island and every bagel store has them. They became very popular the last few years. Of course you can enjoy this delicious sandwich with a regular bagel. Or even a mini bagel. Just a suggestion, if you are making this with a bagel, scoop out just a little of the inside for a more slimmed down meal. If not, go ahead and enjoy just the way it is.

This simple recipe is very versatile, add any veggies you like. Try roasted red peppers, some hot peppers if you like a spicy sandwich. Also, for more protein, add on a veggie burger. That would be a great, hearty dinner. Anyway is the right way. Enjoy!!

 

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Oct 30

White Chocolate Chex Pumpkin Party Mix

I’m sure this party munch is one you have seen before or a similar one. It starts with Chex Cereal. Then, it’s up to you to use your imagination. For this one, I had to call it pumpkin munch because I found these cute little pumpkin candies and my son Josh told me I must add them into the munch. We added all the things we like into this bowl of party munch. Since my daughter Tori was home from Law School, she asked to take some back with her. She’s got five roommates that study hard and would love a good crunchy snack. Tori called to tell me that within 10 minutes, it was all gone. LOL!

Change things around for any holiday or occasion. I will be adding more munch mixes on the blog soon. We already have a few really yummy snack mixes already up. Check this one out… Red, White & Blue Patriotic Party Mix    This one was a big hit.

Have fun making this with the kids. Makes great gifts for teachers and neighbors.  It’s a winner!

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Oct 28

Small Batch Halloween Punch

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s always nice to have a fun beverage to serve the family. This easy-peasy punch recipe is a collaboration of my son Josh’s favorite drinks all mixed up into this great tasting and refreshing punch. A little help from  me and I think we came up with a winner and so did the rest of our family.

We made a small batch since it’s just the four of us. Josh had the idea of freezing grape juice to make the ice cubes. We had a mold of little pumpkins so that’s what we did.  This is a really easy recipe that’s also versatile. Add or take out and it’s still delicious. Have fun making this.

Happy and Safe Halloween! 

 

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Oct 26

Maple Banana Cornbread Loaf

If you have been on this blog before, you must have seen all the different kinds of banana bread recipes. To be honest, I can’t pick a favorite one. I love them all. Each one is different in it’s own way.  There is even a cornbread recipe that has bananas in it that’s acting for the eggs since it’s a vegan recipe. I like to mix things up when baking. It’s fun to try substituting  ingredients now and then. So, that’s how this recipe came about. I was glancing over into one of my baking cabinets and saw the cornmeal looking back at me. Then I realized I had a bunch of bananas that needed to be used up before they were a goner. These bananas were ripe, I mean really ripe. That’s when I thought they would be great for a banana bread recipe without lots of sweeteners. I liked the idea of the cornbread in the mix to add a nice texture.

So, this is the end result. Another yummy banana bread to add to the blog that’s in a class by itself. Is it a banana bread or a corn bread? Hmmm, since I made this in a loaf pan. I’m putting the banana first in the title. Give this one all for that matter all the others a try. Maybe you will have a favorite. Everyone loved this recipe. They all said the same thing, the little bit of crunchiness from the cornmeal was a nice change. Almost gives it a nutty flavor without adding nuts. Of course if you like nuts, go ahead. This would be great with some walnuts or pecans. Oh yum! I think I may have to bake one up with the nuts. Have fun with all the recipes and enjoy!

 

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Oct 22

Simple Applesauce Maple Muffins – Egg & Dairy Free

Sometimes when experimenting with recipes, one really stands out on how simple it was to throw together. This muffin recipe is just that. They are super enticing as any muffin without adding any eggs or dairy which makes them vegan. A real comforting muffin. Just enough warm spices. Not too sweet yet sweet enough.

You will like how versatile this recipe is as well. Toss in your favorite dried fruits or nuts for some added textures. These little gems stay on the flatter and smaller side. They are healthy and just the right size to enjoy two at a time. Go ahead and bake a batch, watch them disappear. They’re that yummy!

 

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Oct 18

Halloween Chocolate Grahams Breakaways

It’s that time of year again, Halloween!!  In my family we love creating lots and lots of different crafts and food crafts each year. We try to come up with a few new recipes and crafts each year. My son goes crazy decorating the outside of the house and I love doing the inside as well as all the yummy treats that have to be made.

 

This one recipe was so easy and fun. I must tell you that it’s a little messy on the hands. Dipping the crackers is fun and yes, messy. But, when you’re done, lick away! Then wash of course. LOL!  These yummy gems only have a few ingredients and boy do they come together for a perfect Halloween treat. Have fun with the kids and make your own creations. All the stores have lots of Halloween sprinkles, nonpareils and other goodies to place on top. I even made these vegan!

 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

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