Recipe-Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars-These bars perfectly combine chocolate and peanut butter to make a ooey gooey dessert. Read more and get the recipe by going to

Researching for debate can get tiring, especially when you’re looking and not finding easily what you want to find. So recently while in the middle of researching for debate I decided to take a break and make something sweet. I was craving chocolate, which I seem to do all the time, so I went to look at my Pinterest dessert board and pick something out to make. The one thing that caught my attention this time was a recipe from Averie Cooks, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars. Peanut butter and chocolate have to be one of my favorite combinations so it didn’t take long for me to decide to go ahead and make them. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars in the Works-Find out where to get the recipe by heading over to Everything Pudding Five minutes later I was in the kitchen getting ingredients out and preheating the oven. This recipe was super easy and it took me about 20 minutes from start to getting it in the oven. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars ready to go in the oven-Get the recipe by heading over to Everything Pudding With seven people currently at my house something like an 8×8 pan of dessert won’t last very long so I decided to double the recipe and put it in a 13×9 pan (not that we actually need more). Even though the recipe suggested using a peanut butter like Jif or Skippy, I used Costco’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter since that’s what we always buy. The recipe suggested against natural peanut butter since they tend to be really oily but that’s what we had so I decided to risk it (it didn’t seem to effect them at all).Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars waiting to be eaten-Find out how to get the recipe at Everything Pudding They took longer than 20-25 minutes (time called for in the recipe) and they started to smell really good before they were even ready. After 20 minutes I checked them every 5 minutes since we use a convection oven and it tends to work faster. Finally at the 35 minute mark they were done, but then I had to wait 30 minutes for them to cool, ugh!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars-Get the recipe and read more about this ooey gooey dessert by going to Everything Pudding

So, was it worth it? Yes! Nice and gooey, not too sweet, and I ended up eating more of them than I probably should have. My family all really liked them too so I think it’s keeper!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars-Ooey Gooey bars, find out more from Everything Pudding

If you’d like to make your own head over to Averie Cooks for the recipe.

Recipe-Omelet and Potato Breakfast Bites

While searching for recipes for chocolate chips muffins yesterday I looked over my boards and remember that I had pinned this recipe. So while out shopping we picked up the ingredients we needed and I made them this morning.

They are made with tater tots, toppings you would traditionally put on omelets, and eggs. They were super easy and really yummy. I’m definitely going to make them again.

A couple notes on how I made them:

  • She said that some people had problems with them sticking really bad and said to use grease with flour in it. I just used regular cooking spray and they were really easy to get out of the muffin tin.
  • You could use lots of different toppings and meats. I chose to use some leftover breakfast sausage we had in the freezer for half of them and ham for the other half. For toppings I used mushrooms and peppers.
  • I did salt and pepper my eggs a little before putting them in.

I’m planning on making these again and they would be really good for a quick breakfast, just make them beforehand, freeze them, and then microwave as many as needed.

So now it’s your turn. Head over to Ella Claire, grab the recipe, and get cooking.

Recipe-Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Woke up at 4:30 am to go to swim practice and swim for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Got home, showered, and was hungry.

This happens every day of morning practice. But today, I decided that I was going to make something good to eat, not eat cereal from the cabinet or snack on crackers and cheese, but actually make something that would satisfy my hunger. So I went to my old friend, Pinterest, and started looking. I searched for chocolate chip muffins and you can imagine how many results came up. I browsed the results, clicked on about a dozen links and started eliminating some to find the one I wanted to make. Instead of going for the chocolate chocolate chip muffins (though I did pin one recipe for later) I decided to make something a little healthier and found this recipe: Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

So after pinning a couple more (less healthy) recipes for later I made them.

I’ll have to say that these muffins are different than any other muffin I made, and that’s in a good way. These muffins are made using oats instead of flour and you mix them up in the blender. This means there are a lot less dishes to clean. Because there’s no flour (gluten-free recipe) the muffins have a different texture.

There are several changes I made to the recipe from the original and so I’m including my version here:

Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

2½ cups old fashioned oats
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 eggs
½ cup sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
2 ripe bananas
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick spray (the batter sticks to liners really badly).
Add oats and yogurt to a blender. Mix until smooth. Add eggs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and bananas to the blender and mix again until smooth.
Pour batter into a bowl. Fold in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin cups using a cookie scoop (or spoon, cookie scoop is easier). Bake for 13-15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Everything Pudding (Modified from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts)

You can also download it by clicking here: Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Notes on My Changes:

I didn’t feel that there were enough chocolate chips when I put in the 1/2 cup the recipe called for. So I added another 1/2 cup and that tasted right (you can never have too much chocolate can you?).

I originally added all of the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) as the recipe said to do. My blender could not handle this. I ended up taking out most of the ingredients and then gradually adding them back in as the blender got the mixture smooth. I changed the recipe to say mix the yogurt and the oats together first until smooth (grinding the oats was what seemed to slow the blender down so this should fix the problem) and then add everything else (except the chocolate chips).

One good tip is to use a cookie scoop (thanks goes to my mom for pointing this out) to scoop out the batter. Use one of the really big ones makes it so much easier.

I also decreased the baking time. I used a convection oven and after 15 minutes the tops were a nice light brown (they probably could have used less).

My family all enjoyed them (I’ve already got a request to make them again). So now it’s your turn to pull out your blender and get cooking. Enjoy!

Recipe-Oreo Cream Filled Brownies

Oreo Cream Filled Brownie at Everything Pudding

Pinterest is a very dangerous place. You can find so many recipes and fill your boards up with 100s of desserts. Thankfully I think my dessert board is only almost reaching 100 pins so I’m not too bad. However, Pinterest makes it super easy to find a recipe, way too easy.

Yesterday, I really wanted to make something sweet so I went and browsed my Pinterest dessert board. After looking at a couple I chose to make Oreo Cream Filled Brownies. I’d never tried them before but they looked good and we had everything on hand to make them.

These brownies were super easy to make. The brownies smelled really good when they came out of the oven but we had to wait a while for them to cool. Once they were cool I whipped up the filling. The filling tasted really sugary when I had a spoon of it plain, but it wasn’t too sweet in the brownies (it’d also make great whoopie filling too). And as you can see it looks real pretty once it got filled.

Oreo Cream Filled Brownies at Everything Pudding

Unfortunately, when we cut the brownies they started cracking really bad and didn’t look to pretty anymore. They still tasted amazing though.

Oreo Cream Filled Brownies at Everything Pudding

When I first read the recipe and realized what size pan it used I didn’t think it would make 20 brownies. However, the brownies are real rich with all that filling and cutting them into 20 made them the perfect size, though I will admit I had more than one.

This recipe was super easy to make and I loved it. I can’t wait to make it again. Make them yourself by grabbing the recipe from Cookies and Cups.



Recipe-Quick and Easy Granola

Quick and Easy Granola-Recipe from Everything Pudding

I already established the fact that I don’t like cereal that much but I also thought I didn’t like granola either. However when my mom made it probably 6 months ago I realized that I really did like it. So now when we have any granola I eat it for breakfast. Of course I still don’t like cereal so I don’t have mine with milk; I drink my milk separately.

Since realizing what I’ve been missing I have made granola twice. It hasn’t lasted long either time. In fact this time more than half of it was gone by the end of the day I made it (this was due in part to the fact that we sent some of it to my aunt, but that didn’t account for all of it). It’s a super simple recipe though and cooks fast so its no big deal making another batch.

Quick and Easy Granola-Recipe from Everything Pudding

This recipe came from a friend but we modified it slightly. It’s original name was “Quick and Easy but Delicious Granola”. I though that was a bit long and so I shortened it, though the truth remains, it is delicious. The original recipe says 1/4 to a 1/2 cup of nuts, we made it 1 cup because we felt like less than that wasn’t enough. We typically use pecans or walnuts but you can also use almonds.

Quick and Easy Granola-Recipe from Everything Pudding

One recipe will fill a half sheet baking pan (13″ x 18″) but we usually double the recipe and fill two pans. It goes pretty quick at my house so two batches at a time is necessary.

Quick and Easy Granola-Recipe from Everything Pudding

Granola is super tasty and great for breakfast or for a snack. We like to scoop them up using the 3 oz. paper Dixie cups, though they typically get refilled several times. Want to make your own? Read on for the recipe or download the PDF by clicking here: Quick and Easy Granola.

Quick and Easy Granola


½ cup honey

½ cup butter

4 cups old-fashioned oats

¼ cup unsweetened coconut

1 cup chopped nuts (Pecans, walnuts, or almonds)


Melt honey and butter together. Pour over oats, coconut, and nuts in large bowl. Stir well to coat. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook at 400° for 9 minutes, stir, and then cook for another 4 minutes or until medium brown. Remove from oven and let cool 1 hour. Break into chunks and store in airtight container.

Makes ~5 cups

Source: Everything Pudding



Recipe-Dakota Cookies

Dakota Cookies by Everything Pudding

There are some days when you just need Chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I was in the middle of studying for a science test and I really needed (ok, wanted) a break and some chocolate. So I made one of my favorite cookies: Dakota Cookies.

Dakota Cookies BatterThese cookies are so great when you want a break from traditional chocolate chip cookies. They have rice crispies and oatmeal which gives them a nice texture. They’re also super quick and make a great size batch.

Dakota Cookies by Everything Pudding

So the next time you need some chocolate whip up a batch of these. You can download the PDF recipe by clicking here: Dakota Cookies. Enjoy!

Dakota Cookies

¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups oatmeal
1 cup rice crispies
2 cups chocolate chips


Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Add oats, crispies, and chocolate chips. Drop by spoon onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

Makes 8 Dozen

Recipe-Chocolate Scotcheroos

Chocolate Scotcheroos

Rice Krispies are a classic treat. Yet sometimes I have a craving for chocolate which Rice Krispies unfortunately do not satisfy. Luckily though, there is a solution: Chocolate Scotcheroos.

My sister first found this recipe online several years ago and we have made it a couples times. I wanted to make it again to use up the extra Crispy Rice we had (okay maybe I had a different motive, but that one sounds better). So I found the recipe in my cookbook and got going.

Butterscotch and Chocolate Chips

The thing that seemed to take the longest time was melting the chocolate and butterscotch chips. We use a double boiler when melting chocolate on the stove. It works well but takes forever. However after they were finally done and I had poured the chocolate on top I had to let them chill in the fridge to let the chocolate set.

Chocolate Scotcheroos

I was patient and after about an hour I cut them (not very straight, but who cares) and ate one. Ooh they are so good I really could have eaten several, but I didn’t. I replaced them back in the fridge (this is where we usually store ours) and waited ’til the next day to indulge myself.

Try them yourself by clicking here. Enjoy!


Recipe-Butterscotch Chewies

Butterscotch Chewies

Recently we had a covered dish supper with some families from our church. It was a small group and we wanted to make sure everything got covered: desserts, sides dishes, casseroles, etc. So my mom, older sister and I got in the kitchen and got busy. I volunteered to make dessert (the cook gets to taste test right?).

Being that I am not always in the mood for cookies and that we wanted something that would make a lot, I chose to make one of our favorite recipes: Butterscotch Chewies. I made two pans and since we served them on a plate, I got to taste test before hand.

The dessert was a hit, I think we only brought home 4 or 5 and with two pans we took almost 48. Sounds like it was a success.

To make your own follow the recipe below or click here to download the PDF: Butterscotch Chewies

Butterscotch Chewies


½ cup butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup nuts (optional)
semi-sweet chocolate chips


Melt butter in saucepan. Add brown sugar and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool slightly. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add vanilla, flour, and baking powder. Stir in nuts. Grease 13 x 9 pan, and add batter. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. Cut when cool. Makes 24 bars.


Recipe-Homemade Strawberry Nutri-Grain Bars

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I”m a swimmer and swimmers eat lots of food, and I mean lots of food. I probably eat more meals/mini-meals/snacks than Hobbits (they eat 7). So when I’m going to a swim meet I make sure to take lots of snacks. Typically I take bars, chex mix, fruit, and lots of other stuff. Instead of buying bars this time I decided to try out some homemade bars.

Some of my favorite bars are the Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars. However they are expensive. My sister had pinned a recipe for Homemade Nutri-Grain Bars so I thought I’d try them and see if they were similar. They turned out great; everyone in my family liked them.

The recipe for the bars can be found here from Half-Baked Harvest. However, I didn’t follow her recipe exactly. She made her own filling. Since I’m lazy efficient I chose to use Strawberry Jam instead of making my own. I used about 3/4 cup per batch and I made two batches. Other than that I followed her recipe and my family wants them again. Sounds like it was a hit.

Unfortunately, mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as hers. As you can see from the picture below, taken right before I put them in the freezer to chill.

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However, after coming out of the oven they looked much better, still not perfect though.


So now you have one more recipe to make and one less processed food you have to buy. Enjoy!

Recipe-Copycat Auntie Anne’s Nuggets

While shopping for clothes at our local mall recently, we stopped by Auntie Anne’s and picked up some Nuggets. They were absolutely amazing. They tasted just like the Auntie Anne’s Pretzels we’ve been making, except they were in nugget form.

This spurred a cooking day soon after in order to convert our pretzels to nuggets. Here’s how you do it:

Use this recipe and follow the instructions up to when you divide the dough. Instead of dividing the dough into 12 lumps roll it out into a rectangle roughly 8″ x 12″. Using a pizza cutter cut the dough into 48 pieces by cutting the it into 8 strips on the short side then cutting each strip into 6 pieces. Each “nugget” should be about 1″ x 2″.

Dip in the baking soda and water  mixture, place on a greased pan, and cook until the bottoms are a medium brown. Ours took about 6 minutes. Now dip in butter and enjoy!