Chocolate PB Explosion And A Vita-Mix Sale

by HEAB on July 12, 2010

Yesterday, I awoke around 6 AM with every intention of going on an early morning walk…but then I started baking. I did get in my walk…about 5 hours later. 😉

As you know I’ve been craving chocolate + peanut butter like crazy. (For any new readers, I’m pregnant, and just trying to go with my cravings rather than restrict them like I would normally do). So, I went a little crazy in the kitchen yesterday, but now our freezer is stocked with all sorts of goodies when the cravings hit!

First off, I made Peanut Butter Finger’s flourless peanut butter cookies. These are the easiest cookies I have ever made, and they taste straight-up like peanut butter cookie dough. In other words, I’d like to bathe in them.


While those were in the oven, I used CD’s brilliant double boiler method to melt a bag of dark chocolate chips for Vanilla Sugar’s peanut butter cups. The key ingredient?


Best graham crackers ever!

I skipped the confectioners’ sugar, and wow…that’s all I have to say!


Bite taken courtesy of CD. Unfortunately, these did not last very long in the freezer and are already all gone. However, I will be making more soon. Loved that graham cracker crunch in the center!

I also whipped up a batch of Maple Nut Oaties for a certain special someone. Danielle, they’re on their way! :)


So, how have I been enjoying all these goodies? Well, last night was girls night out, and my best friend and I attended a Rocky Votolato living room show here in Nashville. The HEABlet LOVES his Makers album. I play it all the time when I’m sitting at my computer, and she kicked like crazy when Rocky played Portland is Leaving. Many thanks to reader Kendall for introducing me to his music! :) Anyway, I didn’t want my stomach to start grumbling during the show, so I enjoyed myself a nice little bowl of plain oat bran with a PB cup all melted and gooey…so good, and my belly was quite content.


For breakfast this morning, I ate a bowl of chocolate protein ice-cream with a flourless peanut butter cookie.


I’ve been using a heaping 1/2 tsp of guar gum, and it makes the ice-cream so creamy. I love it! For those of you having trouble finding guar gum, it’s only $5 at You can use the coupon code EME542 to receive $5 off your first order, and the website’s international shipping charges are not bad at all if you live outside of the States. Love iHerb!

Also, Vita-Mix is having a special sale on all reconditioned blenders which is what I actually own. The company often sells their demo models at a discounted rate, and for one week only, they are selling them for $365. That’s $200 off the normal retail price of a Vita-Mix, and you still get the 7-year warranty. Hurry, the offer expires July 19. Click here to order, and just so you know I am in no way connected with the company. I’m just passing on the info. they sent me in a email this morning. Always happy to spread the Vita-Mix love!

My apologies to all husband/boyfriends who are now cursing me for encouraging all this online shopping. Believe me, CD feels your pain. 😉

Edited to Add: If you missed my HEABified Peanut Buster Parfait, please click here to read all about it over at Smoothie Girl Eats Too.