Joanna Anastasia

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Chocolate peanut healthy energy balls

These chocolate peanut energy balls are the perfect little bites to boost your energy and nourish your cravings. The best  chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

Are these little bites of chocolate peanut energy balls packed with oatmeal, chia seeds and almond meal ? Yes! Are they amazingly chocolaty ? Yes! Are they full of natural peanut butter and healthy proteins ? Oh yes! Are they soft yet crunchy? Double yes!

I could probably go on and on about how I love having these energy balls on hand, but all I’ll say is that they are really on point. And yummy. And on the healthy side. And so easy to make! Ok, I’ll stop here, I promise!

But it’s all because, I was looking for a while now for a fun snack that I could make with my kids. Because I want to involve them in the kitchen, so they’ll cook me dinner in a couple of years (that’s why!)Also, this mama is snaking a bit too much lately, and figured it’s about time to get it done right!

What you’ll need:

– 2/3 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter

– 1/4 cup honey

– 1 tablespoon maple syrup

– 1 cup oats

– 1/2 cup almond-meal

– 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

– 1/4 cup chia seeds

Combine it all together in a bowl. If it’s too dry, and doesn’t want to stick together add some peanut butter. If it’s too dry add a bit of oats. When all is well mixed, using your hands, roll little balls out of it, or better, let your kids do this! Refrigerate for around 30 minutes before serving. You can even freeze some for later!

The best chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

My daughter loved helping me with these chocolate peanut healthy energy balls, though being honest I think she ate half of what she was supposed to roll!

The best  chocolate peanut healthy energy balls out there!

You could even add some cranberries in stead of chocolate! Or nuts! I’m sure it would be delicious ( actually now when I think about it, I think I’ll have to make a new version soon!) Either way, my family really enjoyed this healthy snack, and I’m sure yours will also love it!

Chocolate peanut butter gingerbread shake

Chocolate, peanut butter and gingerbread Christmas shake: my new favourite festive treat!

I believe in balance in life, and that’s why some days, all I need is a little over-the-top festive treat: like this Chocolate Peanut Butter Gingerbread Shake! I’m a sucker for anything gingerbread and even bigger one for peanut butter, so obviously I needed to try these two together! And guess what: they are made for each other!

You could absolutely serve it hot if you’d like, or cold like I did, and I’m sure your kids would love it too. Mine sure did!

And, if you’d like to make it extra special (though for adults only) you could add a bit of Bailey’s!

What you’ll need :

2 cups milk
1 cup natural smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon chocolate souse
1/4 cup well crushed gingerbread cookies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Foamed milk (or whipped cream)

Easy peanut butter shake

Mix everything well together. Pour in to glasses, and top with foamed milk or whipped cream.

Thus chocolate peanut butter and gingerbread shake is so easy to make!

You can top it up with even more chocolate souse and some gingerbread cookies!

This chocolate peanut butter and gingerbread Christmas shake is a perfect treat!

And if you’d like your Chocolate peanut butter gingerbread shake look extra special and festive, just add some red ribbons and maybe some Christmas straws? I know for myself that everything tastes better with a ribbon and a pretty straw!

What are your favourite festive treats?

Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie bars

Peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie bars

When I need something comforting, I make these peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie bars. They are soft, moist and so satisfying. And since I switched to natural & no sugar & no fat added peanut butter, it also feels like they are a healthy snack :).

And believe me when I say that these yummy bars take less than a half an hour to make! Isn’t it funny, how a half an hour of baking seems to go by really fast, while a half an hour of folding laundry feels like an eternity.. (If you don’t feel the same,and you love folding laundry, good for you! ).

Coming back to these amazing peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie bars, I know you’ll love them! Here is what you’ll need :

1/2 cup melted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
1//2 cup chocolate chips

Peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie bars

Mix melted butter with the sugars and egg, and then add flour, baking powder and salt. When all is well mixed together add chocolate chips. Spread in a shallow baking dish and bake for around 25 minutes on 360 F, or until baked on the sides but still soft in the middle.

Peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie bars

You can have your peanut butter and chocolate chip bars warm with a bit of vanilla ice cream.. Or you can wait until they cool down and then serve them as a perfect weekday dessert ( or snack, or breakfast.. I won’t judge you).

Peanut butter and chocolate cookie bars

Just remember, that they are so good, you’d be wishing you’ve made a double batch!

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

Yes, I’m not joking, these healthy peanut butter & banana cookies are really a good nutritious choice! Whenever it’s because you decided to eat more healthy food, or you just love peanut butter ( that’s me) I dare you to try them !

You see, I think that everything in life has it’s place and time, just like dessert: when it’s healthy, it can be a part of your daily diet, and when it’s decadent, just keep it for special occasions. But saying no to sweets, and never ever have dessert, just makes people crave it even more. That’s why, I believe that balance is the key.

Healthy peanut butter & banana cookies

So this is the healthy, everyday option, ready in approximately 30 minutes ( including baking) and very low on fat and sugar. It’s soft, chewy and satisfying, perfect for that in-between-the-meals sweet craving.

One more thing: both my husband and Lili asked for more, they didn’t even noticed that there dessert was healthy!

And to make sure that this really is a healthy dessert, use real all natural peanut butter, without any sugar and oil added.

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Here’s what you’ll need :

1 mashed banana
1 tablespoon cocoa
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
2 spoons of milk ( can be soya milk)
3 tablespoons of honey ( can be 1/4 cup or maple sirup, or brown sugar)

Just mix it all together in a bowl. Form round patties, and bake on 350F for around 25 minutes. That’s it. Really simple :). Enjoy !

Peanut butter and banana shake

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For a long time I was very suspicious towards peanutbutter shakes. Can it really be good? I doubted. But one of these mornings I was standing in front of these super ripe, eat-me-now bananas and I was wandering what to do with them.. Didn’t have any other fruits to make a smoothie or a shake, and it was way to hot to bake! So I tryed this peanut butter banana shake.. And it was delicious ! What a satisfying breakfast it makes. And quite nutritious too ! :). You could make it with soya or almond milk as well. And I used all natural peanutbutter, that I really highly recommend: it’s less sweet but more peanutty in taste, and of course more healthy in the end :).

For two portions :
2 cups of milk
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup of natural peanutbutter

Mix it all in a shaker, and serve fresh :). Or take it with you as a breakfast on the go ! 🙂

Peanut butter breakfast muffins

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Weekend is coming and this is my version of easy yet special Saturday morning breakfast. Sure it takes more time than preparing cereal , but it’s really not more than 10 min of preparation, and I think it’s just fine.They are full of fiber thanks to outs, and good fats from peanut butter and nuts.But my daughter liked them cause they where crunchy and sweet, and they smelled divine!


1 cup flour
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup quick outs
1 pinch baking powder
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of melted butter
2 eggs
walnuts

Mix the dry ingredients. Add the rest. Mix gently with a spoon. Divide in to small muffin cups. Bake for around 20 min on 350 F.
Eat warm with milk or coffee. Enjoy your weekend !