Organic/All-Natural Peanut Butter Cookies

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Last night I made peanut butter cookies for our teen BBQ. (My husband is a youth pastor.) It was the first time I’d made them, and I was really happy with how they turned out! The teens confirmed that they were delicious, too. 🙂 I’m really glad they liked them! 

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 cups organic sugar
  • 1 cup organic peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup organic butter
  • 1/2 cup all-natural sunflower seed oil
  • 2 large all-natural eggs
  • 1 tsp all-natural vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups organic flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt 

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Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Cream sugar, peanut butter, butter, sunflower seed oil, eggs, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to your sugar mixture. Mix wet and dry ingredients with the electric mixer until smooth.
  • Place cookie dough balls onto an ungreased cookie sheet a few inches apart. Flatten with a fork, making a crisscross pattern on the top of each cookie. 
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes. 

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These cookies were very easy and fun to make. WIth the amount of dough this recipe yielded, I had three batches (one was a smaller batch). I definitely recommend this recipe…I will be making these again, hopefully sooner rather than later! 

 

 

I adapted this recipe from the back of my Domino sugar bag. 

 

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Heavenly All-Natural Chocolate PB Smoothie Recipe

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I just made one of the most delicious things I’ve every tasted! Chocolate and Peanut Butter are always a divine combination. Here’s what I used for my All-Natural Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup organic vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced  
  • 1/4 cup organic french vanilla yogurt 

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Just blend your ingredients in a blender for 15-30 seconds, and delight in the chocolatey goodness!

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I found this recipe at: http://www.girlandcloset.com 

 

 

GMO Mac & Cheese Vs. All-Natural Mac & Cheese

ImageA few days ago I had Annie’s Homegrown Macaroni & Cheese for lunch. As I read the ingredient list on the box, I started thinking about how it would compare to ingredients in Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. I started to do a little research. One of the first articles I found stated that you might as well eat Cheez-Its as a meal if you’re going with Kraft Mac and Cheese, because the ingredients are so similar. (I don’t snack on Cheez-Its either…possible future blog post.)  

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Here’s the comparison of ingredients lists:

Annie’s Ingredients: Organic Wheat Shell Pasta, Cheddar Cheese (Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Non-Animal Enzymes), Whey, Butter, Nonfat Milk, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Annatto Extract for Color. 

Kraft’s Ingredients: Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate [Iron], Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Cheese Sauce Mix (Whey, Modified Food Starch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Contains Less Than 2% Of Parmesan Cheese [Part-Skim Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Dried Buttermilk, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Blue Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Sodium Phosphate, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Cream, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Enzymes, Yellow 5, Yellow 6).

If Annie’s can make the same product with natural and organic ingredients, then why do companies like Kraft have to add GMO’s and artificial dyes into the mix? The thing is, they don’t. This is the list of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the UK:

Macaroni (Durum Wheat Semolina), Cheese (10%), Whey Powder (From Milk), Lactose, Salt, Emulsifying Salts, Colours (Paprika Extract, Beta-Carotene). 

The UK gets non-GMO pasta and natural colors from the same company. Lisa Leake, of 100 Days of Real Food, and Vani Hari, aka Food Babe, started a petition to ask Kraft to remove artifical dyes from their products. The petition (which I signed) has reached up to 300,000 signatures, yet Kraft has not yet responded. Why would we support a company that shows no concern for the health of their consumers and continues to make products with harmful ingredients? I would encourage you to stop buying Kraft products and look for healthier alternatives.  

 

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