Sometimes I like to throw a treat together for our girls that is at least “slightly” healthy. This is a favorite of theirs.
Sugar free chocolate syrup
Creamy peanut butter
Spread peanut butter on a tortilla. Place strawberry and banana slices on half of the tortilla. Drizzle with a little bit of chocolate syrup. Fold in half and place in panini press until golden on both sides and serve.
Can cook in a regular skillet as well.
Be careful when flipping it so the fruit doesn’t slide out.
Can make with other kinds of fruit, be creative.
Only needed about 5 or 6 medium sizes strawberries and one banana to make them for seven people.
Skip the chocolate and it can be a fun breakfast or lunch for kiddos.
This evening I made a homemade charcoal face mask for Aub and I. Mad was already asleep, no real surprise there for anyone that knows her well. Our five year old, Bitty, however was wide awake and wanted to partake in the mask wearing. So we whipped up a mask more suitable for her. She was one proud little lady and even called her Paw-Paw on FaceTime to show him.
Two ingredient chocolate face mask
Unsweetened cocoa powder
Raw local honey
We mixed equal parts of the cocoa and honey. About 2 tbsp of each, until blended well.
Be sure to avoid eyes while applying. I left it on her for the 20 minutes that I wore my mask. We refrigerated the leftovers in a mason jar so that Mad can have a chocolate mask too if she’d like. Maybe next time I’ll make it with their homemade hot cocoa!
One day our girls’ Guncle brought them over chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes. They were sinful and the girls didn’t stop talking about them. So when I asked Bitty what kind of cake she wanted me to bake for her birthday dinner she knew exactly what she wanted. A blue cake, because Alice’s dress is blue, with chocolate chips in it, and chocolate chip cookie dough frosting.
Hummmm, to come up with a recipe, and fast! Or worst case senerio, run to Guncle Alex’s favorite bakery if I screwed it up. So I took to pinterest. Looked at a few ideas and got to work. I was really unsure of the outcome until they got home from school and I had them and my friend’s kiddos taste test it for me. Kids are always brutally honest and that’s what I was looking for. All six kiddos LOVED it. Turns out I had enough left over that we’re going to use it for a dip at her party too. They were really excited about that idea.
-Creamy Cookie Dough Frosting-
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
8 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp butter vanilla bakery emulsion
1 tsp salt
16 tbsp whole milk (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
Beat brown sugar & butter together in mixer on medium until smooth & creamy.
Add flour, vanilla extract, butter vanilla bakery emulsion, & salt into mixer until fully combined.
With mixer on low, add milk 1 tbsp at a time until fully combined.
Sift powdered sugar and gradually add to mixture until fully combined.
Remove bowl from mixer & add mini chocolate chips. Stirring by hand until incorporated.
If using for cupcakes and wanting a firmer frosting add small amounts of additional powdered sugar until desired firmness reached.
I found the butter vanilla bakery emulsion at a local craft supply store. Otherwise I’d use the same amount of butter extract in its place.
Can be used for a frosting or a dip to serve with cookies or pretzels.
I’d keep it refrigerated until serving in either form.
Surprisingly it’s not excessively sweet. It taste like chocolate chip cookie dough, minus the eggs of course. If you wanted it sweeter you could try maybe adding a 1/2 cup of regular sugar to the mix. This was more sugar than I’d typically use in any recipe so I opted to not keep adding more, especially after seeing how much the kids all liked it.
I also made some chocolate cupcakes with this frosting for her to share with her friends at dance class (though I wish I had thickened it up a bit).