Homemade Peanut Butter & S’mores Cups

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Yields about 2 dozen mini peanut butter cups and 4-6 large s’mores.


For the candy shells


For the peanut butter filling

1 cup peanut butter
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the s’mores filling

1 cup marshmallow fluff
2 graham crackers, broken in pieces


Temper the chocolate and pour into cupcake molds (either miniature or regular size) and let harden. Mix the two fillings and place in cups when chocolate is hard. Cover the top with remaining tempered chocolate. Use freezer to chill and harden if under time constraint and/or chocolate isn’t tempered correctly.

Grilled White Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


2 small white eggplants (about 1 pound each) cut into ½ inch thick slices the long way
Sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
2 red chilis, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons yuzi rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
Cilantro Red Pepper Relish (recipe follows)


Lay the eggplant down on a large baking sheet and season with salt. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, shallot, chilies, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, zest, peanut butter, tamari, vinegar and lice juice. Pour the mixture over the eggplant and flip brushing it all over the eggplant. Grill the eggplant on a hot grill for about 3 minutes per side or until browned and grilled nicely. Serve with Cilantro Pepper Relish.

Cilantro Red Pepper Relish

Makes 2 cups


3 red bell peppers, deseeded and chopped small
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 shallot, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon lemongrass bulb, chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoon red chili, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thai basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon yuzu rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt


Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl and let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Crispy Flax Granola

July 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 8 servings


2 cups traditional rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground golden flax seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
½ cup peanut or almond butter
3 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lemon, zested
2 tablespoons thyme
1 teaspoon tarragon, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add honey, olive oil, nut butter, herbs and zest. Fold in the rest of the ingredients. Press flat into baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 35 to 40 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool, the break into bite size pieces and serve over your favorite fruit, yogurt or with milk.

Almond Butter, Banana & Honey Panini

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings


Hearty, crusty whole grain bread, sliced
½ cup of either almond butter or peanut butter, chunky
2 bananas sliced lengthwise
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon canola oil
Cooking spray


Preheat Panini grill (or you could use a grill pan with a heavy skillet as a weight). Spray the cooking surface. Brush one side of bread with oil, and place side down on grill. Spoon on nut butter, lay down bananas, and drizzle with honey. Place oiled bread on top, and press sandwich. If using a skillet, flip after about 3-4 minutes. Slice Paninis in ½ and store in a ziplock bag for up to 5 days. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Peanut Butter Bacon Biscuits with Carob Icing (everyday dog treats)

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 12-18 3 inch biscuits


2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon powdered milk
2 tablespoons flax seeds
¼ cup wheat bran
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup peanut butter (heated up to soften)
¼ cup bacon, crumbled
2 tablespoons bacon grease
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup water
8 ounces carob


Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients, flours, flax, wheat bran, baking powder and salt. In another mixing bowl whisk together the wet ingredients; peanut butter, bacon, egg, and water. Slowly incorporate the dry goods into the wet a little at a time, stirring as you go. Form the dough into a ball and knead lightly. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface and cut with a dog biscuit cookie cutter. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lines with parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and let stand to harden overnight. Dip the cooking in melted carob on one side of the biscuit and let the carob harden. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.

Ger-Nis Hoisin Sauce

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 cup


½ cup tamari
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons yuzu rice vinegar
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon Ger-Nis siracha
1 teaspoon black pepper, finely ground


In a small mixing bowl whisk together all ingredients until smooth and well incorporated. Place in a squeeze bottle for easy use. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Laotian Summer Rolls

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 15 rolls


For rolls

4 oz rice vermicelli noodles
15 spring roll rice paper skins
5 ounces deep fried tofu, sliced into rectangular pieces (appx. 2 inches x ½ inch)
3 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 cup oyster mushrooms / other julienned vegetable of your choice
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, cut into 2 inch long sprigs
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup scallions, sliced into 3 inch long sprigs

For dip

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
½ cup of hoisin sauce
½ tablespoon of fish sauce


Bring a pot of water to boil and turn off the heat. Soak the noodles in the hot water for 3 minutes or until the noodles have softened. Bring another pot of water to boil, turn the heat off and then put it aside (you will use this water to moisten spring roll skins). Ladle several cups of hot water into a large bowl.

Dip a spring roll skin into the bowl of warm-hot water. Spread onto a large plate. On the edge closest to you, assemble a “sleek palm-full” of noodles as instructed in class. On top of the noodles, place one piece of tofu, an amount of carrots, oyster mushrooms, julienned vegetables of your choice (if using), some bean sprouts, 2 cilantro sprigs, 2 mint leaves and one sprig of scallion. Carefully roll, again, using the “envelope method” as instructed in class. Repeat for each roll.

For the dip, in a saucepan, over low heat, stir peanut butter until smooth. When the peanut butter has started to become a smoother consistency, add the hoisin sauce and stir for 1 minute. Add fish sauce, and stir.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

February 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 peanut butter cups


12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Maldon Salt


Cut some cupcake liners so that they are about half their normal size, and place into muffin tins. Heat chocolate in double boiler (sauce pan with water and a metal bowl on top). Spoon some of the melted chocolate into the lined muffin tins. Using a small spoon, move the chocolate so ti coats all over the cupcake liner and is even and up the sides as well. Place in refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Mix the peanut butter, sugar, and salt in a bowl until well mixed. Spoon mixture into the cups, filling them up to the lined paper and making sure they are even. Reheat the chocolate, and spoon over the peanut butter, spreading it evenly over the top. Sprinkle with Maldon salt, and refrigerate about 2 to 4 hours until firm.

© Recipe Property of Ger-Nis

Peanut Butter and Dried Fruit Protein Oatmeal

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4 servings


1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup dried cranberries or raisins
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted


Combine oats, water, and salt in an uncovered pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Oats can sometimes foam over the pot; if this happens, just add a small pat of butter. Once oats have simmered for 20 minutes, stir in the cinnamon, peanut butter, cranberries or raisins, and honey, and remove from heat. Serve oats topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

Tips: I love this recipe, but it’s not always practical to make each morning. I usually make it on a Sunday, and eat throughout the week. This recipe can be made and stored for 3 to 4 days in the fridge. To reconstitute after refrigerated, just thin with water or milk of your choice, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. This way you can enjoy this healthy breakfast throughout the week.

Recipe Property of Robin Simpson.

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