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The list of nuts can go on forever. Peanuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamia, and the list goes on and on. And although most ‘nuts’ as we know them are not really nuts at all, they are each delicious none-the-less. Nuts are perfect in breakfast breads or muffins. They go great as nut butters in a sandwich or on toast. I love to add nuts in different cake batters or in cookies too! What is your favorite nut recipe? I would love to try it if you email it to me in the future! Go ‘nuts’ with some of our Nut Recipes!

Banana Bread with Cashews & Navitas Naturals Review

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Navitas Banana Bread with Cashews (1)A couple of times a month I bake up mini bread loaves for some of my older friends. They may be widowed, divorced, or living the single life but all these women love baked goods. This week I baked up some cute little Banana breads. This easy recipe is my go to banana bread recipe. Whenever I have a bunch of bananas I didn’t get a chance to eat, I know where they are headed, straight to a bread mixing bowl! This banana bread recipe is special because I used some products from Navitas Naturals. They have a large array of organic superfoods that are great to add in and/or replace other ingredients in almost every recipe you may cook up. The great people over at Navitas Naturals sent me some of their products and I absolutely loved them. For this recipe I used the Coconut Palm Sugar in replace of white granulated sugar. I also topped the bread with Superfood+ Maca Cashews.

Navitas Coconut Sugar Navitas Superfood Cashews Delicious Rating: The Coconut Palm Sugar is absolutely amazing. It is a great replacement for cane sugar and brings another layer of flavor to whatever it is your cooking. In this case, the banana bread was not overly sweet but had a caramel overtone, almost like molasses. It is low-glycemic, so a perfect choice for those needing  to eat from a low-glycemic index. I topped the breads with chopped Maca Cashews. The cashews have a touch of maple syrup on them that give them a slight sweetness. It is the perfect combination! The bread is soft and moist, full of flavor. The cashews add texture and a creaminess that is a great complement to the bananas. Check out the other great products over at Navitas Naturals for some recipe ideas!  FOR RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE CLICK → → RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE

Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Puffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (1) Peanut Butter and Chocolate belong together. The perfect pairing. The ideal match. Think bread & butter, toast & jam, tea & honey, PB & J…you get the picture. I am always baking up easy cookie recipes for my DH. It is his go to sweet snack at home. He loves warm cookies and an ice cold beer. Yeah, definitely different, but I still love him! Every now and then he gets on this kick about losing weight, so no more cookies. Bummer, I actually enjoy baking him cookies. So I decided to create some mini cookies. Same thing but the size is thoroughly deceiving. You think you are being ‘good’ by eating smaller cookies only to never realize you ate double the amount in regular size (insert evil laugh). Needless to say, he loved them!

Delicious Rating: I have baked and eaten a lot of peanut butter cookies in my time but these take first place. They have a nicely crisp bottom and puff up with a full warm delicious middle. The mini chocolate chips are a perfect pairing for these mini cookies. They are so addictive though because they are small. If you want bigger cookies, go for it, just adjust baking times accordingly. This cookie dough also freezes perfectly. Check out the photo guide for the easy instructions. FOR RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE CLICK → → RECIPE & PHOTO GUIDE

Gingered Peanut Sauce

Gingered Peanut Sauce This really looks like nothing but believe me when I say that it is some of the best sauce I have ever made and eaten in my life! Over-exaggeration? Hardly. This stuff is really good and to top it off it is a quick and easy recipe with almost all things on hand in your pantry and fridge.

Delicious Rating: I love this sauce. I eat it by the spoon usually for awhile until I realize it goes with the rest of dinner. Pair the sauce with pasta, spring rolls, chicken…whatever you want to put a peanut ginger sauce with, do it. I have another recipe for a spicy peanut sauce (I can’t find it of course) but you can totally spice this sauce up by adding in some chili flakes before blending. Let me know what you choose to pair your sauce with!
Gingered Peanut Sauce

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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

I have never really been addicted to cookies. Maybe the filling of Oreo Cookies, if that counts, but homemade baked cookies never really do it for me. I thought it would change when I tried the cookie dough of the Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chip Cookies. It was super delicious, I couldn’t stop eating the dough until I remembered the raw eggs and that I had to have a certain amount for company. Anyways, baked ‘em up and no, just didn’t do it for me.

Delicious Rating: Super easy recipe to prepare the dough and bake, no special instructions. The cookies are good. Just because I wasn’t addicted to them doesn’t mean they weren’t tasty. My company that they were served to loved them. I added Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips but they didn’t stand out as much as I thought they would, neither did the oatmeal, perhaps both were at odds. Try using other chips like butterscotch, chocolate, or even a chocolate mint…yum!

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