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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Fudgy, swirly, PEANUT BUTTERY chocolate peanut butter pie.

peanut butter pie recipe

I should definitely start posting more pie recipes on this blog.

Give me pie over cake any day of the week – especially if it has chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate pie is one of my favorite desserts; and you probably also know by now how I feel about peanut butter.

If you don’t, here are 120 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes.

tofu pie

So yeah…

A lot of peanut butter recipes are on the blog, because I really love peanut butter. I can polish off a jar of peanut butter—always CRUNCHY peanut butter—in record time, and I still never seem to get tired of it.

In today’s recipe, peanut butter combines with chocolate to result in a no-bake pie where the hardest part of making it is keeping yourself from devouring all of the rich chocolate pie filling before it gets to the crust. If this happens to you and you suddenly realize there’s not enough filling for the crust, hopefully it will make you feel better to know I’ve encountered the same problem on more than one occasion.

If a situation like that ever arises, simply spoon the filling into fancy bowls, top with even more peanut butter, and call it a day!

 

(View the video, above)

 

Who needs crust anyway?

Alright, so if you happen to have more self-restraint than I do and can make it to the crust step with enough of the filling left, here are your options:

1. Use any favorite store-bought or homemade pie crust.

2. Make up and finely crush a batch of my homemade Healthy Oreos without the filling, and spread the crumbs on the bottom of the springform pan, for a homemade Oreo crust!

3. You can make this pie crustless if you want, as long as you use firm tofu instead of silken (there’s also a soy-free peanut butter pie recipe linked below). Or you can spoon the filling into ramekins or fancy bowls, as mentioned above.

 

Fudgy, swirly, PEANUT BUTTERY chocolate peanut butter pie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Adapted from my No Bake Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Total Time:
5m

Yield:
8-10 slices


No ratings yet.

Ingredients

  • 12.3 oz silken or firm tofu (Soy-Free recipe here)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or 8-10 oz broken-up chocolate bars
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup, other sweetener of choice, or stevia as desired
  • peanut butter, or allergy-friendly sub (can be omitted for a plain chocolate pie)

Instructions

*I added 1/3 cup peanut butter before processing and decorated the pie with more on top after it was chilled. This pie gets firmer the longer it sits – it is firmer if you use firm tofu, or more of a mousse pie if you use soft tofu.

Carefully melt the chocolate, either on the stove or in the microwave. Process all ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth. Pour into a pie crust if desired (I list a few crust options earlier in the post). Refrigerate until firm.

View Nutrition Facts

 

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Find more healthy recipes like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at Chocolate Covered Katie.

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Kid-Friendly Mac & Cheese Recipe

Cheesy, vegan, & delicious kid-friendly mac and cheese!

kid macaroni and cheese

Grown ups love this mac and cheese because it is packed with nutrition and is a wholesome option for lunch or dinner that you can feel good about serving to the entire family.

And kids love this mac and cheese… because it just tastes really good!

With the recent controversy surrounding boxed macaroni and cheese, after an article in The New York Times revealed that high concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals may be present in boxes from brands such as Kraft, I wanted to come up with a healthier alternative to boxed mac and cheese that’s actually GOOD for you, without all the artificial colors and flavors.

wagon wheel pasta

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raw cauliflower

Okay, so the photo totally gave it away!

Yes, there’s cauliflower in here… and carrot too! The cauliflower thickens the sauce and adds creaminess without the saturated fat of heavy cream, and the Vitamin A-packed carrot gives it that classic cheesy color without any unnatural food dyes or preservatives. And yet, if you don’t already know beforehand that the veggies are in there, you won’t be able to tell.

I adapted this recipe from my pasta alfredo recipe posted on the blog awhile back, but the inspiration to use carrot (and also wagon wheel pasta) actually came from a packaged product I often see at Whole Foods but have never tried, called Kidfresh Wagon Wheels Mac + Cheese.

One day, while in the frozen section of the store (probably looking for ice cream!), the Kidfresh box caught my eye with its claim of “Creamy Cheese Sauce With Hidden Vegetables.” After inspecting the ingredients out of curiosity and seeing that carrot was the hidden vegetable, I was too intrigued not to try adding carrot to my own homemade cheese sauce. They were definitely on to something, because it worked really well!

This much healthier alternative to boxed mac and cheese has none of the artificial colors and harmful food dyes in the Kraft version

Kid Friendly Mac & Cheese

Adapted from my Vegan Pasta Alfredo Recipe

Kid-Friendly Mac & Cheese Recipe

Total Time:
25m

Yield:
5 servings








5/5

Ingredients

  • scant 2 cups raw cauliflower florets (160g)
  • 2/3 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice or nondairy creamer
  • 2 tbsp oil or buttery spread
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp salt, to suit desired taste (I like 1 tsp)
  • 1/4 cup cheese-style shreds, or nutritional yeast

Instructions

*This sauce can go on anything you wish! If you want to make macaroni and cheese, it will cover about 5 servings of pasta (uncooked 10 oz total pasta).

Bring first six ingredients to a boil in a medium pot. Cover and lower to a simmer 25 minutes or until the vegetables are fall-apart tender. Stir in the yeast or cheesy shreds until melted. Pulverize completely, using an immersion or regular blender. Add a little more milk of choice for a thinner sauce. I can’t vouch for the taste if you omit the oil or buttery spread, as I’ve not tried that omission.

View Nutrition Facts

 

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Find more healthy recipes like this Kid-Friendly Mac & Cheese Recipe at Chocolate Covered Katie.

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Sweet Potato Brownie Bites (Vegan + Gluten-free)

Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient. 

Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient.

I’ve always had a love for sweet potatoes, but the day I figured out just how good sweet potatoes work for making decadent gluten-free brownies that love was magnified by 1,000 percent.

Seriously, I’m hooked on these healthy sweet tater brownies. I’ve made them so many times already and I don’t think I’ll be slowing down any time soon. Especially given the fact that the holidays are right around the corner and I always turn into a baking queen as soon as the season hits.

The baking has obviously already started.

Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient.

I stumbled upon the idea for these sweet potato brownie bites through listening to podcasts about intermittent fasting and carb cycling, two health/fitness trends I’ve been researching more about lately. One interview I listened to was with Michael Morelli, the author of The Sweet Potato Diet. He mentioned one of his favorite recipes for sweet potato brownies and I immediately became curious and had to try them.

They were rich, delicious and super fudgy. Here’s proof.

 

Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient.

Anyhow, we loved Michael’s recipe, but I started toying with the idea of doing a vegan version and maybe turning it into a skillet brownie recipe. I made cast iron skillet sweet potato brownies and they were a big hit at a workout happy hour I attended. However, I tragically burned my arm on the skillet, which made me reconsider that whole idea and try brownie bites in a mini muffin tin instead.

I love the crunchy edges of brownies and I figured cooking the bites in a mini muffin tin might lend itself to more crispy edges. I should probably just buy one of those brownie edge baking pans, but I don’t make brownies nearly enough to justify it. Plus, the muffin tin works great!

Turns out Maria and I like the vegan version of these brownies even better than the original. Using maple syrup instead of honey gave them the perfect amount of sweetness without having that pronounced honey favor and the flax eggs worked great in place of regular eggs. I was a little worried because coconut flour can be fickle without eggs, but this recipe worked like a charm.

Almond Butter Stuffed Sweet Potato Brownie Bites // Vegan + Gluten-free

On the day of the photo shoot we decided to have a little fun and stuffed some of the brownies with a bit of almond butter. This is totally optional, but definitely a fun addition if you want to add a rich and unique component to the brownie bites. Everything is better with almond butter… amirite?

Sweet Potato Brownie Bites

Preparation 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Serves 24     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato (1 cup mashed)
  • 2 flax eggs (2 Tablespoons of ground flax + 6 Tablespoons water)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (for stuffing, totally optional)**

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Pierce sweet potato with a fork in 2-3 spots. Wrap in foil and roast until tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool. Peel sweet potato and mash with a fork. Measure out 1 cup of mashed sweet potato for the recipe and save the rest for something else.
  2. Add ground flax to water and whisk together in a small bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Lower oven temp to 350ºF. Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with coconut oil.
  4. Add mashed sweet potato, maple syrup, coconut oil, flax eggs and vanilla into a large bowl and stir to combine. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Drop batter into the wells of your greased mini muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes. Brownie bites are done when you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.

by Brittany Mullins

Recipe Notes

*For the almond butter stuffed version, simply add a little of the brownie batter to the muffin tin and make a tiny well with your finger. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of almond butter to the well and cover with more brownie batter.

**Inspired and adapted from The Sweet Potato Diet

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Sneak some veggies into your brownies with these vegan + gluten-free sweet potato brownie bites. No one has to know the secret ingredient.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Fudgy, swirly, PEANUT BUTTERY chocolate peanut butter pie.

peanut butter pie recipe

I should definitely start posting more pie recipes on this blog.

Give me pie over cake any day of the week – especially if it has chocolate and peanut butter. Chocolate pie is one of my favorite desserts; and you probably also know by now how I feel about peanut butter.

If you don’t, here are 120 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes.

tofu pie

So yeah…

A lot of peanut butter recipes are on the blog, because I really love peanut butter. I can polish off a jar of peanut butter—always CRUNCHY peanut butter—in record time, and I still never seem to get tired of it.

In today’s recipe, peanut butter combines with chocolate to result in a no-bake pie where the hardest part of making it is keeping yourself from devouring all of the rich chocolate pie filling before it gets to the crust. If this happens to you and you suddenly realize there’s not enough filling for the crust, hopefully it will make you feel better to know I’ve encountered the same problem on more than one occasion.

If a situation like that ever arises, simply spoon the filling into fancy bowls, top with even more peanut butter, and call it a day!

 

(View the video, above)

 

Who needs crust anyway?

Alright, so if you happen to have more self-restraint than I do and can make it to the crust step with enough of the filling left, here are your options:

1. Use any favorite store-bought or homemade pie crust.

2. Make up and finely crush a batch of my homemade Healthy Oreos without the filling, and spread the crumbs on the bottom of the springform pan, for a homemade Oreo crust!

3. You can make this pie crustless if you want, as long as you use firm tofu instead of silken (there’s also a soy-free peanut butter pie recipe linked below). Or you can spoon the filling into ramekins or fancy bowls, as mentioned above.

 

Fudgy, swirly, PEANUT BUTTERY chocolate peanut butter pie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Adapted from my No Bake Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Total Time:
5m

Yield:
8-10 slices


No ratings yet.

Ingredients

  • 12.3 oz silken or firm tofu (Soy-Free recipe here)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or 8-10 oz broken-up chocolate bars
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • scant 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup, other sweetener of choice, or stevia as desired
  • peanut butter, or allergy-friendly sub (can be omitted for a plain chocolate pie)

Instructions

*I added 1/3 cup peanut butter before processing and decorated the pie with more on top after it was chilled. This pie gets firmer the longer it sits – it is firmer if you use firm tofu, or more of a mousse pie if you use soft tofu.

Carefully melt the chocolate, either on the stove or in the microwave. Process all ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth. Pour into a pie crust if desired (I list a few crust options earlier in the post). Refrigerate until firm.

View Nutrition Facts

 

Even More Peanut Butter Recipes:

chocolate peanut butter nice cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream

 

overnight breakfast cookie

The Overnight Breakfast Cookie

 

peanut butter and banana smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

 

Find more healthy recipes like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie at Chocolate Covered Katie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie syndicated from http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com

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Veritas Yoga Retreat Experience

2017 has been the year of yoga retreating for me. Granted, I only went on two yoga retreats, but given that I’d never been on a yoga retreat until this year, I’m calling it the year of yoga retreats.

Yoga Retreat

My trip to Tulum in March was absolutely incredible and completely reignited my yoga practice so when I was offered to chance to attend The Retreat at Veritas this fall, I immediately said yes.

Vertias Vineyard

To give you a little background, Veritas is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery located in Afton, Virginia.  The winery sits at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains (about 20 minutes from Charlottesville) and it’s actually one of my favorite local wineries. Isaac and I went for the first time to celebrate our 7 year (dating) anniversary and I’ve loved it ever since. When we were planning our wedding I totally had dreams of using Veritas as the venue. Their wine is some of the best coming out of Virginia and the location is stunning. Needless to say, I’m a big fan.

Along with the winery, the family also runs a farmhouse bed and breakfast on the property with eight guest rooms and suites. I had previously looked at renting the Barn Cottage for an anniversary trip so I was well aware of the adorable accommodations but I had no idea they offered yoga retreats.

Turns out they do… and they’re quite lovely.

One of the coolest things about the Veritas yoga retreats, besides the fact that they integrate yoga and hiking, is that they offer two options — one day mini retreats and extended three night, four day retreats. I’ve never heard of one day yoga retreats before, but I’m in love with the concept. It’s perfect for someone who wants the yoga retreat experience, but may not be able to get the time off work. And it makes it incredibly affordable!

I was invited to attend the September extended retreat with a friend. It was tough to find someone who was able to come given the Sunday – Wednesday dates, but luckily my friend Michelle is a photographer and has a flexible schedule so she was able to swing it.

Michelle Me

We had an absolute blast hanging out during the retreat and I’m so thankful she came because it wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun without a friend, not to mention she is an amazing photographer and took most of the photos I’m using in this post.

Since we attended the extended retreat, that’s what I’ll be sharing about. First off, here’s a peek at the room we stayed in.

Veritas Retreat

So quaint and comfy.

Veritas Retreat 2

As for the the retreat experience, there were two yoga classes per day along with daily activities to choose from including but not limited to hiking, getting a massage, attending a cooking class. And lots wine… of course!! You have the opportunity to do tastings, along with vineyard and cellar tours and each evening there’s a lovely wine hour in the farmhouse before dinner.

If you like yoga, hiking and wine this retreat is such a dream. Given my love for all three I was in heaven.

Yoga

To give you a good idea of how our days were spent during the retreat, I’ll give a rundown of what a full day looked like:

Wake up, put on yoga clothes and grab a cup of tea or coffee before a sunrise yoga session at the Garden House with the retreat yoga instructor, Lynsie McKeown.

Breakfast

Post yoga a delicious farmhouse breakfast is served by the house chef each morning — equipped with fresh croissants, coffee, juice and a hearty meal to fuel the planned activities.

Farmhouse Breakfast

Given that you’re staying at a winery/vineyard it’s only appropriate that you’re offered sparkling white wine with breakfast. I feel like a lot of the ladies in our group skipped on the breakfast wine, but Michelle and I gladly toasted each morning. When you’re on vacay and offered a crisp glass of sparkling wine… you enjoy that wine regardless of what meal it is!

Next up we got ready for the daily hike.

Veritas Retreat 9

The first day we opted to do a long hike (about 9 miles) along the Appalachian Trail and the next day we did a hike to Chimney Rock in Shenandoah National Park. The second hike was only about 3 miles, but perfect after a long day of hiking the previous day. The hikes were led by two guides (Lynsie and Melanie). These ladies knew the trails so well and had tons of neat tidbits about the native trees and plants.

There were options offered for all skill levels so you could hike anywhere from 1-10 miles and you certainly don’t have to hike if you aren’t feel up for it. The only thing mandatory on this retreat is that you fully enjoy yourself and do what makes you happy.

Veritas Retreat Packed Lunch

About halfway through the hike we stopped to enjoy the view and have our packed lunch, which was made by the farmhouse chef. It was always some sort of delicious soup, a flavorful sandwich/wrap and a treat, like homemade granola. I have to note that the Veritas team graciously accommodated dietary preferences. I had gluten-free meals and I know there were a couple vegetarian that were accommodated as well.

Wine on the Farmhouse Porch

After hiking we’d head back to the farmhouse to shower, grab a snack and get ready for the afternoon activities. As I mentioned above there were plenty of activities to choose from including wine tasting, a cellar tour, a cooking demonstration and horseback riding.

Veritas Garden House

Around 5:00PM we headed back to the Garden House for a relaxing evening session of yoga nidra, which is basically the best yoga practice ever because you get to sleep.

I’m kidding… sort of! It’s really it’s a guided mediation and you’re not actually supposed to fall asleep…but I totally did on the first day. I’m going to blame it on the 9-mile hike, but the second day I managed to stay awake the whole time and absolutely LOVED the mediation.

After getting nice and zen during the evening yoga practice there was a brief amount of time to prepare for the wine hour and dinner. The weather was gorgeous for the September retreat so we had all of our meals al fresco with the sun setting behind the vineyard. It was dreamy.

Dinner

Veritas Retreat 10

dinner

After dinner everyone usually hung around the table for a bit… enjoying a glass of wine (or two). Although you were welcome to head up to your bedroom to retire whenever you like, it made the evening that much more special to connect with the others in the group.

veritas wine

If you can’t tell from all my talk about the meals (and the photos)… they were a true highlight. Breakfast and dinner consisted of several courses paired with wine, and the food was simply delicious. The farmhouse chef, Andy Shipman, knows his craft well and puts a great deal of effort into using real-food ingredients to create incredible dishes.

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Although the farmhouse retreats are open to both males and females, our group was all women and I absolutely loved the dynamic. I feel like the conversations were more open and honest than they would have been if guys were around.

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Michelle and I were two of the youngest ladies, but I liked it because we met and connected with some amazing women of all ages. It was so great chatting with them about their lives and realizing we have a ton in common despite our difference in age.

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As a I mentioned, Veritas is a family owned and operated winery and the family bond was so evident during the retreat.

Patricia and Chloe

Patricia and Andrew Hodson are the owners and founders of Veritas Vineyard & Winery and a lot of their family members are part of the team Patrica and her daughter, Chloe, take part in the retreat activities and eat dinner with the group. Patricia and Andrew’s other two children, Emily and George, along with Chloe’s husband, Elliott, all work at the vineyard & winery as well. Emily as the head wine maker, George as the general manager and Elliott as the assistant wine maker.  The farmhouse manager, Diane, is also part of the family and does a wonderful job making sure everything is perfect for guests at the farmhouse.

Throughout the retreat you find yourself getting to know everyone, their history and the family dynamic that runs deep. I learned so much about the vineyard and wine making just by chatting with them during our long hikes or while enjoying a meal. It’s truly a unique experience.

toasting

After attending two yoga retreats this year I’ve decided that they are one of my favorite ways to vacation. The combo of yoga with relaxation, self-reflection and connecting with other like-minded people is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Yoga retreats attract a beautiful variety of individuals, and it’s a great opportunity to get to know people you would normally never be exposed too.

If you’ve been on the fence about treating yourself to a yoga retreat, I say do it because I know for a fact that you won’t regret it.

And if you’re looking for a lovely spot that has it all — amazing food and wine, yoga and hiking, you have to look into the The Retreat at Veritas. Or if you’re not up for a retreat simply plan a trip to the winery for a tasting. They host many events so it’s likely you’ll be able to find a day that works with your schedule. If you do visit the winery, be sure to try the Scintilla, a sparkling white, the Viognier, Petit Verdot and the Cabernet Franc — all my favs!

Special thanks to Veritas Vineyard & Winery for hosting me for the September retreat and to Michelle Chu Photography for her lovely photography skills. 

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