Posts Tagged ‘almond butter’


I first tried Annie the Baker’s Dough Balls at the Foodbuzz Festival’s Tasting Pavilion in 2009, and her toffee milk chocolate chip dough balls were love at first bite.

Then recipes started floating around and I remembered just how good they were. Plus, Danica has them all the time and it’s just not fair ; ) Every time I see them, I want them more!


So after drooling over recipe after recipe online, I decided to finally make my own.


While these aren’t the same as her toffee milk chocolate chip dough balls, these are just as tasty. The roasted almond butter and dark chocolate chips give these cookies a deep, rich quality that makes them irresistible.

And they are rich – very rich and very sweet – but you’ll be fighting for the last one, no matter how many you’ve already eaten.


In fact, I think it’s time I make some more. I only I had 3 out of this batch, and Nick ate the rest.

I told you he was a cookie monster.


Almond Butter and Dark Chocolate Cookie Balls

Slightly Adapted from Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls

Makes 24 cookie balls

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Mix in almond butter and vanilla.
  3. Beat in baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add flour to sugar mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Chill dough for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  8. Take dough by the tablespoon and roll into a ball. Place on baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake 12 minutes.
  9. Let them sit on the pan for a minute before moving to a cooling rack.


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I figured since I’m a finalist in a contest put on by Stonyfield, I should at least eat and share my favorite ways to use their yogurt, so today is day #1.

I still have a ton of yogurt in the fridge so this will also be a great way to make sure I use it all. Plus, after a fun talk with a friend yesterday, all I could think about was a big bowl of yogurt!

Today’s dish?

It’s a little hot. A little cold. A little reminder of Janetha (who is a total sweetheart AND a genius for coming up with this idea).


The oatmeal is a very basic mix:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch salt
  • cinnamon

No fruit in the oatmeal because I wanted it on top!

Oatmeal, Oikos, Banana, Almond butter. One of my favorite combinations.

You can mix it together or keep the sides separate and enjoy hot bites and cold ones. Meals like this are fun to eat 🙂

What’s your favorite way to have yogurt with breakfast?

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I’m so happy it’s Friday!!! It doesn’t feel like it to me, but I am wearing jeans and I had a fun breakfast + awesome Honduran coffee so that’s a good way to start the day.

It seems I decided to have veggies for breakfast and fruit with lunch, which is the opposite of what I normally do.

But it was good!


Maybe I’m missing all those beans we had in Honduras?


I made a stacked bowl for breakfast this morning and it was super tasty.

  • grits
  • bean/corn/pepper/onion salad mixed with some of our fresh cooked tomatoes = instant salsa
  • 2 eggs that I cooked too long  😦
  • fresh Miami avocado!

The only bad thing? I totally overcooked my eggs and they weren’t runny at all! It was still a good combination, though.

Plus awesome coffee that I took with me to work


Lunch had to be easy and quick today. I had a follow-up eye appointment, so I ate this lunch in stages.


This morning, I put together a strawberry + almond butter sandwich on some alvarado st. bakery bread.


Some all natural pear crisps – they’re like air! So light and good.


and some broccoli I had at work from earlier this week.


I have a feeling some snacks will be happening this afternoon…my stomach is not satisfied.

Any fun weekend plans?

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This day has gone by way too quickly. I love Saturdays, but they always seem to just fly by.

I’ve got 2 loads of laundry done, all the groceries put away, and the food for the trip with our other supplies.

Inbetween moving stuff around and laundry, I had a little snack.


I sliced one banana into 4 little bites: 2 had some of my homemade almond butter and 2 had dark chocolate dreams. A little snack + dessert all in one! I also had a little unpictured dark chocolate with almonds + cherries.

I waited until Nick was done working outside to start on dinner since I wanted him to make the sauce  🙂


I made some whole wheat pizza crust – one for me and one for Nick so we could make our own pizzas and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I made a recipe that I think I originally got off the Weight Watcher member boards?

For one crust the recipe is (I doubled this tonight):

  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used half regular whole wheat and half whole wheat pastry, since that’s what I had)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  1. Dissolve yeast in water and let stand about 10 minutes or until creamy.
  2. Preheat oven to 450.
  3. In big bowl, mix flour with wheat germ and salt.
  4. Make a well in flour mixture and mix in yeast/water and honey.
  5. Mix dough together and let rise about 30 minutes.
  6. Roll out and place on baking sheet or pizza pan.
  7. Bake the crust 10 minutes, then take out and add your toppings.
  8. Put back in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes more.
  9. Let cool and enjoy!


The crust turned out really good. I like the little bit of sweetness from the honey.


Nick made the pizza sauce tonight and it was awesome! He used tomatoes from our garden and added onion and a bunch of spices. Yum. The fresh tomatoes make such a difference.

I topped my pizza with sundried tomatoes, a little mozzarella, feta, black olives and a mushroom mix that had baby portabellos, shitake, and oyster mushrooms.

I also found an easy dessert to make tonight. I had a pear in the fridge that needed to be used and a bunch of blueberries we need to get through before we leave.

Blueberry Pear Crisps


I mostly followed the recipe, but I did make a few changes in the crisp topping. I used:

  • 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp oats
  • cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil


And you can’t have crisp or cobbler without a little ice cream. We have some the slow churned vanilla, which went perfectly with the tart crisp.

I’d say this was a pretty successful Saturday! Let’s hope it doesn’t end too soon because tomorrow will be busy, too.

I’m getting in my pj’s and we’re starting a movie. See you tomorrow!

What fruit do you like in crisps or cobbler?

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I can’t believe it’s only 7:30!

I feel like I’ve done so much already, but that may be because my lunch is already packed for tomorrow since I didn’t have it today. Whatever works!

I had my fruit that I brought with me today for an afternoon snack.


Cantaloupe, peach, blackberries, raspberries.

I cannot get over how perfect these peaches are! I hope they have more this weekend.

Dinner was kind of unknown earlier today.

I knew I had some chicken that I needed to use, so I tried to put together meals in my head based on what I remembered having in the fridge.

It actually worked out pretty well!

I made a chicken marinade with:

  • about a cup of cilantro
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • garlic
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

I blended that up in the food processor until it turned into a sauce consistency.


I put the chicken in the sauce for about 15 minutes while Nick heated up the grill, and I had put sweet potatoes in the oven about 30 minutes before.

Once the chicken went to the grill, I threw some broccoli in the oven to quick roast while the potatoes cooled down.


The chicken turned out great! I loved the big cilantro flavor with the lime juice and ginger. I’ll definitely make this again.


Anything grilled just makes it feel like summer.

Let’s get up close and personal with my sweet potato.


I like mine with cinnamon + salt. The perfect combination, I think.

I also went ahead and made something while I had the food processor out tonight.


Nick’s mom got these at Costco and they’re awesome! But, we’d had this bag for a while and I knew we wouldn’t finish it as-is, so I decided these little babies needed to be turned into almond butter.


Since these were already roasted, sweetened, and salted, I didn’t add anything.

Just dump them in and let them go!



It didn’t quite fill up my empty jar, but I guess that just means there’s less to go through until I have another almond butter bowl, right?  🙂

Nick’s playing guitar and I think I’m going to try to finish one of the 5 or s0 books I’ve started over the past couple of months. I feel like I have all night and so much more time than usual – so strange how the clock dictates my day and my thinking.

Make sure to tune in tomorrow for my last pancake challenge entry – ooh, I can’t wait. 🙂

What do you put on YOUR sweet potatoes?

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I can’t believe I’m 26! I still forget how old I am when people ask me – I feel like it’s only been a year or two since I turned 21!

The birthday dessert turned out great last night, so I’ll post pictures of that later  🙂

Breakfast today was a birthday meal in the making –


I knew as soon as I saw this almost empty jar that I would be having this for breakfast today.


Why? Because it’s probably the best oatbran vessell ever!

  • 1/3 cup oatbran, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries, raspberries
  • all that almond butter in the jar – about 1 Tbsp, maybe a little more


Perfect way to start my day! But now I am completely OUT of almond butter – I guess I need to try making my own, huh?

Sadly, I am off to work today – not the ideal thing to do on your birthday, but necessary.

Here are the things I would rather be doing:

  • staying home and going to the pool
  • going out on the river
  • shopping
  • going to an amusement park and riding all the roller coasters
  • going to the beach

I have to make birthday wishes, right? Maybe something will happen today and we’ll have to close the office  🙂  I doubt it, but I’ll hope for it just in case!

Nick got me the cutest pair of chaco’s for my birthday! I’m so excited to have my first pair, and now I have sandals to wear in the river/kayak!

What’s your favorite birthday memory?

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Wake Up, Dog

It’s a miracle! I got up early and did yoga this morning. I can’t believe that 1. this happened and 2. it happened on a Monday morning! I’ve been wanting to start getting up a bit earlier to do yoga or run some days, and today it actually happened!

We’ll see if I can keep it up  🙂  It was really nice to get up and just stretch out and start my day out like that before getting ready for work.

I did the 20 minute Sun Salutation 1 from yogadownload.com, and it was perfect for this morning. Lots of up dogs, down dogs, and Roxy interruptions – she likes to walk in between my hands and legs while I’m doing yoga, and usually licks my arms at some point, too. Always fun!

Breakfast is actually a little hot for me, but I forgot to mix up some muesli last night – still good, though.


These berries are from the grocery store because there weren’t any out at the market yet, but they are really good and ripe.


  • 1/2 cup, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • handful strawberries + raspberries
  • cinnamon!
  • 1/2 Tbsp each of almond butter + my homemade cashew butter


Great way to start a Monday.

Happy (late) Graduation to one of my best friends, Veronica! I’m not sure if she reads the blog, but she just graduated on Saturday!!! I’m so excited for her  🙂


Do you get up early to exercise?

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I’ve been waiting to make this breakfast ever since I saw Heather have it:


Hi Roxy!  🙂

That’s right – you know what’s going to happen, right?


I had a little over a tablespoon left in this jar and decided it needed to be my bowl this morning.

Plus, I needed a clean jar so I can make my own nut butter soon – what better way to get all that almond butter out of there?


  • 1/3 cup oatbran, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp wheatberries
  • 3 strawberries, chopped
  • palmful blueberries
  • cinnamon



Can I just say this was the best. idea. ever? I loved having almond butter all down the sides of the jar and hitting that big glob at the bottom? It was like a crunchy almond butter treasure hunt this morning. I will definitely be doing this again. It made my rainy morning a bit better  🙂

Plus, no headache right now! I’m taking pills + caffeine with me to work, just in case, but I think it may be gone!

Have you tried wheatberries in oats/oatbran yet? If not, you should!

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Sounds like a fun way to start the day, huh?  🙂

The lovely Nicole from Real Simple / MyRecipes.com / Time, Inc. sent me an email yesterday that helped me finalize my breakfast plans. I had a bunch of veggies in the fridge that I wanted to put to use so I had thought about cooking the veggies last night and making some quick omelets this morning.

Once I saw the links she sent me, my mind was changed!

I made the Mushroom and Spinach Frittata, but with a few changes.


– I didn’t use any onion – I forgot!

– I used a little over a cup of mushrooms, which is what I had left

– I added in some red pepper that I cooked with the mushrooms/spinach

– Instead of smoked gouda (which I didn’t have), I used some smoked cheddar. Yum.

– I also added some garlic


As I was making dinner last night, I was prepping/making this dish at the same time. It made it so easy this morning!

After I got my pasta bake in the oven last night, I cooked these veggies, shredded my cheese and mixed everything together. As soon as the pasta dish was ready to take out of the oven, I put this frittata in to bake and let it cook while we ate dinner.

If you want some new breakfast / brunch ideas, check out these ideas from MyRecipes.com – there are tons of others ones I have my eye on. Nicole also sent me a list of 9 fast, healthy breakfast ideas, which has some great suggestions. With breakfast being my favorite meal of the day, I was happy to get these links and see so many new ideas on how to start my day.


 The smoked cheese in this made the dish – I think it would be great with any smoked cheese, but you could definitely taste that smoky flavor.

All I had to do this morning was heat it up, toast some whole grain bread, spread on some almond butter, and slice up a peach.


I love having balanced meals – I’ve got everything I need here: lean protein, veggies, fruit, whole grains, and some healthy fat! The perfect meal and the best way to start my day.


If you could have anything for breakfast, what would you have?


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Bound to Happen

I was waiting for the day I could put this picture up!


That’s right! I finished off my first ever jar of almond butter. I know….I’m way behind some of you, but I was pretty proud to see this while I was making breakfast.

This is my favorite almond butter so far, and the kind we usually buy since it’s only $3-4.


We have the creamy and crunchy, but the crunchy is definitely my favorite!

Even though I was hot this morning after drying my hair, all I could think about was a big bowl of oats.


  • 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (to cool it down a bit)
  • cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp or so almond butter


Definitely a good way to start my day…even if I did turn off my alarm again  🙂

What’s your favorite brand/type of nut butter?

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