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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Who doesn’t love the union between peanut butter and chocolate?

Admittedly this isn’t the quickest or most frugal of my recipes, but when that craving hits, this one is sure to please. With options like almond flour, whole wheat flour, and applesauce, it is healthier than the favorite store bought candy.

I’ll give you the peanut butter cup version, but just in case you are looking to make yours into a traditional brownie, I’ll show you how to do it that way, too.

Before we get baking, I’d like to give a shout out to To Simply Inspire. It was her recipe for Almond Butter Brownie Bars that inspired this recipe.

I believe I’ve kept you waiting long enough. Let’s get baking, shall we?

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The Members

Chocolate layer:

1/2 cup sugar (I used brown, but use what you have)

½ cup flour – I used ¼ c. almond meal and ¼ cup whole wheat (all-purpose will work well, too)

1/4 c. cocoa powder

¼ tsp. salt (we use this brand for its health benefits)

¼ tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. applesauce (I used unsweetened, but sweetened is fine) or oil or melted butter

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

½ cup chocolate chips (I also thought peanut butter chips would be tasty!)

 

Peanut Butter Layer

1 cup of peanut butter (or almond butter)

½ cup of sugar (I used brown – use what you have)

2 Tablespoons melted butter

1 egg (or you could try my Flax & Chia Egg Replacer)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt (we use this brand for its health benefits)

¼ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup chocolate chips

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The Method

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (unless you use a countertop convection oven like I do and then you can wait until after you have made the chocolate layer to turn your oven on).

Decide what shape you want your brownies to be. I adore my silicone baking cups and I liked how it made these look more like a peanut butter cup so I went the muffin route. If you use silicone, no greasing is needed.

If using a traditional baking dish, grease with soft butter or coconut oil. You can also use parchment paper if that’s the way you roll.

For the chocolate layer, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.

To this dry mixture, add the eggs, applesauce (or oil or melted butter), and the vanilla extract. Stir until combined. (I like to use a silicone spatula like this one).

Stir in the chocolate chips and spread into your greased baking dish. I used this handy cookie scoop to transfer my chocolate layer into my silicone baking cups. One scoop was the perfect amount as I didn’t want my brownie cups to be too thick. Using this method, this recipe makes 24 cups. Alternatively, you can measure 1 Tablespoon of the brownie layer into your muffin cups or tin.

I used 12 baking cups as well as a small bar pan for mine so that I could show you both methods.

Don’t worry if your batter is very runny!

Now you’re going to create the peanut butter layer.

I use these handy stainless steel measuring cups to melt my butter on the stove. While my butter was melting, I beat the egg into my glass mixing bowl and then added vanilla, salt, baking soda, and sugar.

I then added the melted butter and measured my peanut butter into the same measuring cup as the remnants of the melted butter make the peanut butter slide out very easily.

Stir all of the ingredients until well combined and then add the chocolate chips and stir again.

I added a dollop of the peanut butter mixture on top of the chocolate layer and pressed down slightly. You can use a spatula to spread your mixture out if you prefer.

Note: this recipe was so yummy that I was very tempted to make a second batch. I decided, however, to reserve the last of my jar of peanut butter for pb&j sandwiches. While I’m sure my kids wouldn’t mind these being served for lunch, I figure serving the sandwiches would make me a more responsible mom.

That being said, go ahead and use the last of your peanut butter any way you want. I won’t judge!

Either way, this is one recipe I know you’ll love.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combo?

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Praying with Resurrection Faith

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As Easter was approaching this year, many of our Bible reading, thoughts, and discussions centered around the resurrection power that God has over what is the seeming finality of death.

Many of us find hope in the truth that because of Christ’s sacrifice, death truly has no sting for those who are in Him.

It is never something we look forward to facing, however.

This year these ideas permeated our thoughts in a deeper way than ever before. You see, we are facing what is possibly an impending death of sorts. Continue reading →

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

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I love spring cleaning!

There is something about clutter in a small home that distracts me and causes a lack of peace. Chaos makes me uncomfortable.

Spring cleaning is a lot of work. I don’t enjoy the process, but I do it because I know the result will be worth it in the end.

This reminds me of my faith. Continue reading →

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Simple Skillet Pizza Crust

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I recently shared a recipe for The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make.

That recipe creates simple round loaves and baguettes, but it also lends itself well to one of my family’s favorites – Simple Skillet Naan Bread.

Another frugal favorite we enjoy often is pizza.

We love the texture of Skillet Naan Bread so much that I decided to try preparing pizza crust the same way. It was a hit and we have never looked back! We love the crispy texture that cooking it in the pan with oil gives as opposed to the traditional baked version. Continue reading →

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He IS Risen!

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Today we have great reason to celebrate!  He IS Risen!  He IS Risen indeed!

It’s not about a basket but a burden.

It’s not about chocolate but a cross.

It’s not about the ham but the healing.

We don’t seek eggs but eternal life.

It’s not about a rabbit but a resurrection. Continue reading →

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Growing In The Faith

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“Grow, dear friends, but grow, I beseech you, in God’s way, which is the only true way.”

-Hannah Smith

In Peter’s first epistle, he opens his letter by encouraging us in the living hope that we have in Jesus Christ and the incorruptible inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us.

He reminds us that we are called to live holy lives as a result of the redemption that was purchased for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

He reminds us that we have been born again of incorruptible seed through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Continue reading →

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Imperfect Me

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I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.

While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.

I cannot imagine how distraught he must have been to realize that even after Jesus warned him about what he would do, Peter still denied that he knew Christ. (See Mark 14:29-31 & Luke 22:54-62).

As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well. Continue reading →

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Anticipate Your Movements

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I love my chiropractor!

I have regular aches and pains that bring me to his office where he is always quick to fix me so that I can get back to living my life.

When I am really bad off, he sends me away with these words:

“Anticipate your movements for the rest of the day.” Continue reading →

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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

We’ll maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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The Gift

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Have you ever been given a gift that has profoundly changed your life?

A gift so generous, appreciated, and unexpected that nothing will ever be the same as a result?

A gift that makes you wonder what you could have possibly done to deserve it?

A gift that you wish you could somehow repay but you know is impossible?

A gift of such value that there just aren’t words to express your gratitude? Continue reading →

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The Gift of Time

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When he takes the time to read your book because he’s your Pastor and he wants to encourage you in your ministry.

When he spends hours working on your blog even though he is trying to keep his business afloat because he’s your husband and he believes in your message and because he loves you.

When he flies across several states to visit you and your family even though it’s expensive and he has to take time off of work because he is your daddy and he loves you.

When he asks if you have time to play your favorite games with him because he is your teenage son and he still loves spending time with you because you’re his mom. Continue reading →

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How To Develop Family Unity Under God

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Today, I am deeply honored to have Jaime Buckley of Wanted Hero sharing his heart for God and family with us. He requires no introduction as his words of wisdom speak to his character. Please give him a very warm welcome and spend some time on his site. I promise you’ll be blessed.  ~Heather

 

I’d like to do something different today.

With your permission, I’d like to step away from popular blogging practice, from some of its etiquette…and speak straight from the heart.

I know it’s important to have subjects which are “evergreen,” so as to be timeless for readers, and this subject certainly is timeless…but I’d like to refrain from using “you” as my focus.

The reasoning for this is simply that the subject of faith and religion is a personal one. My heart is beating furiously as I type these words, because I feel this is an honor and a burden to share ‘just enough’ or ‘just the right’ views. To make sure I stay true to my own beliefs, while having great respect and tender love for your own.

It’s a very real emotional balance for me, because you—even though I have not met you—matter to me. Continue reading →

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A Letter To My Daddy On His Birthday

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Dear Daddy,

This birthday marks a milestone for you.

I’m sure you’re looking back over the years and taking stock of the life you’ve lived.

I imagine you thinking forward to what lies ahead of you.

But I hope you’ll take a moment to look at where you are. Right now.

To think about who you have allowed God to help you become. Because I really, really love that man, and I thank God each and every day for the work He’s done in your life.

Continue reading →

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The Heart Behind Our Words

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We all know that using our words with care is a very important aspect of communication in our relationships.

I talked about that in this post: 9 Ways to Speak (or not) Love Into Your Marriage.

In fact, Scripture teaches us that they have the power of life and death.

We must use them with great care.

In my marriage, I have learned that we must also perceive the words of others cautiously. Continue reading →

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Simple {Two Ingredient} Coconut Chocolates

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Most of us are trying to watch our weight by eating a little healthier. But let’s be honest, we all need a little chocolate now and then. Tell me I’m not alone here.

I have found that it usually takes just a bite or two (or three or four!) to satisfy my sweet tooth and my chocolate craving. So when I found myself in my kitchen with a package of dark chocolate chips and a bag of sweetened coconut, you know I was thinking of a Mound’s bar.

I did an online search and sure enough, there are many recipes for making the homemade candy yourself. They all called for ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, though. I knew there needed to be an easier way.

I thought an experiment was in order. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate chips and coconut? Continue reading →

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Heart Don’t Fail Me!

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“Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~Hebrews 4:16

My first assignment as a first sergeant was on Johnson Atoll, a small strip of “rock” located about half way between the Marshall Islands and the Hawaiian Islands. It is about two and half miles long and about three-quarters of a mile wide. At the time, the Army had a unit of about three hundred personnel assigned there to safeguard and maintain a stockpile of toxic chemical munitions.

The day I arrived, the company commander was off-island and wouldn’t be back for a week or so. I learned that it was his custom to take the entire unit on an “island run” upon his return. Continue reading →

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A Letter To The Lonely On Valentine’s Day

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snow-heartDear Lonely Heart,

I know this is the loneliest day of the year for you.

Your co-workers’ desks are littered with chocolate wrappers and every time a flower delivery comes through the door, your heart hurts just a little because you know that bouquet isn’t for you.

You know that you will spend the evening eating take-out with your only company being the latest sitcom and your lazy cat.

You dread going to work on Monday knowing that you will be regaled with tales of how the lovebirds in the office spent their romantic evenings.

While the rest of the world celebrates the loves of their lives, you feel so utterly alone. Continue reading →

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Simple Baked Chicken Wontons

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Every year on their birthdays, I ask my family what their requested meals are for their special day.

My oldest son always puts this one on his birthday menu.

This is a delicious, inexpensive, and simple appetizer, snack, or lunch. He and I both hope you’ll give these a try.

This recipe lends itself well to using leftover meat or veggies. I’ll tell you how I make them, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. Continue reading →

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From Walking to Standing {The Walking Series – Part 4}

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I hope that you have been able to read the first 3 installments of this series. If not, you can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

We have been discussing themes such as walking worthy of our calling, how a new life demands a new lifestyle, and Biblical traits such as unity, love, wisdom, and godly submission.

As we conclude this series with Ephesians Chapter 6, we move from an action of walking to that of standing. (To read Ephesians Chapter 6 in its entirety, click here.)

I almost ended this series with the conclusion of Ephesians Chapter 5 because Chapter 6 doesn’t even use the word walk. Instead, the message is that of standing. I think this is important because how we stand in Christ will affect how we walk in Christ. Continue reading →

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Walking In Love, Light, & Wisdom {The Walking Series – Part 3}

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Welcome to the 3rd installment of The Walking Series. If you’re just joining us, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

So far, we have discussed the idea that we need to walk worthy of our calling. If we are to be salt and light in this world, we need to know what that looks like in a practical sense.

We have looked at the truths of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ with respect to our position with God and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result. (Ephesians Chapters 1-3)

We have considered putting off the old man, putting on the new man, renewing our minds, and my Pastor’s thoughts that “a new life demands a new lifestyle”.

We have examined Biblical behaviors such as kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness for the growth and edification of the body of Christ. (Ephesians Chapter 4)

Today, we continue walking through the book of Ephesians in Chapter 5 which begins with a reminder that we should be imitators of Christ by walking in love in the same way that He has “loved us and given Himself for us”. Continue reading →

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