White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cups

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & ChocolateYou know what is better than pumpkin spice peanut butter?? Pumpkin spice peanut butter that is surrounded by white chocolate!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

I know I know! I just couldn’t resist the combination: pumpkin spice, peanut butter, white chocolate! What isn’t to love??

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

Plus, these are ridiculously easy to make and even easier to eat. We followed the same steps to how we made our homemade Easter Bunny Reese’s.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

So grab some white chocolate and that pumpkin spice peanut butter I know you made ūüėČ and get to it!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • White chocolate – we used a bar of Ghirardelli since we’ve found in the past that white chocolate chips don’t quite melt right
  • Pumpkin spice peanut butter (note: you could use any type of peanut butter but seriously what fun is it if there is no pumpkin or pumpkin spice in it??)

Steps:

  1. Heat white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl stirring often so it does not burn (we usually do about 20 seconds, stir, and put it back in for 10-20 second intervals after that until it’s mostly melted, then stir in the rest).
  2. Pour a thin layer of¬†melted white chocolate onto the bottom of a mold (we used one like this – you can find good ones on amazon) or mini cupcake wrappers (big one’s if you are really wanting something sweet!). Put in the freezer for 15-20¬†minutes just so they harden up a little bit.
  3. Scoop out your peanut butter and add it on top of the white chocolate. You can do a thin layer or really glob it on there depending on the pb/chocolate ratio you want. We used a medium amount so it covered the whole bottom but wasn’t piled on. Put in the freezer again for a couple of minutes to harden.
  4. Top the peanut butter with the remaining white chocolate and then set back in the freezer to harden fully.
  5. Once it’s all hardened up, put¬†in the fridge until you’ve eaten them all!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

See, wasn’t that easy? Easy as, well, pumpkin pie!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

These mini delights would be the perfect treat to bring to a festive fall or Halloween party. Or, they would be perfect to bring to your couch and eat while watching the newest episode of Nashville – it’s totally up to you.

White Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

Want to see some other delicious pumpkin recipes? Check out this party thanks to Sarah, Holly, Alyson, and Tabitha!

White Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cups | Popcorn & Chocolate

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Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

You guys it’s happening. Everything is turning up pumpkin spice. It is barely just the beginning of fall and I’ve already heard the infamous PSL muttered a thousand times. Personally, I ain’t a fan but hey, I get it. I get the need to put pumpkin spice and everything nice into everything once fall comes around. I mean have you read the title of this post… guilty as charged!

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

No, but for reals, it ain’t fall into you have your first delicious bite of pumpkin spice. For me it was this peanut butter that also has some real pumpkin and sea salt thrown in to give a perfectly delicious salty and sweet taste.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

It isn’t really fall into you buy ALL the candles from Bath and Body Works either. Oops… sorry bank account. I can’t let fall pass without my whole apartment smelling like ‘autumn’ or ‘vanilla pumpkin cupcake’.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

BUT I digress.. back to this pumpkiny pumpkin spice peanut butter. It is so perfect dolloped onto your morning bowl of oatmeal or enjoyed with a banana or apple as a snack. Or, let’s be real, just straight from the jar. So grab a spoon and dig in!

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 2 Tablespoons pumpkin
  • 1.5 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Procedure:

  1. Roast the peanuts at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. You want the peanuts to be toasty brown but not burnt.
  2. Once the peanuts are cooled from the oven, put in the food processor and grind until smooth. This could take anywhere between 4 and 10 minutes. It depends on how smooth of a texture of peanut butter you want.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and grind until blended.
  4. Make sure to store your peanut butter in an air-tight container in the fridge and eat within a few weeks.

Just as a side note – this peanut butter is very adaptable to how you like your peanut butters – if you like more salt add more salt! If you want it more pumpkiny add more pumpkin! It’s totally up to you! I liked the peanuts to be the dominant flavor so I didn’t add as much as the other ingredients.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

There you have it – a tasty fall treat to welcome fall with open arms (and mouths)! Ain’t nothing like some pumpkin spice and everything nice.

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter | Popcorn & Chocolate

Favorite Items To Welcome Fall

I love the fall. It’s a time to cozy up and slow down, which is always welcome in my book. I like to enjoy all the things that fall has to offer like candles, blankets, and all the beautiful reds and oranges that are scattered across the sky. Not to mention it is a nice break from all the humidity and heat that comes from summer. I feel like to me as I get older fall becomes more and more about a time to unwind and really relax and enjoy the moment. Fall always used to be a time of stress as I shuffled off to school and then college, but now I get a moment to breath in the crisp air and really sit and enjoy the transition from summer to winter. Here are some items that I’m looking forward to enjoying and unwinding with this fall.

Looking forward to fall

  1. Sam Edelman ‘Paige’ Fringed Ankle Booties. I bought these during their half yearly sale and can’t wait to try them out this fall! Similar style from Target.
  2. Anthropologie Backstory Tee. Again got this on sale and can’t wait to wear it! Similar.
  3. David’s Tea Peanut Butter Cup. I love tea in the fall – this is a new fall flavor from David’s Tea that sounds delicious! Perfect in this mug.
  4. Threshold Herringbone Throw from Target. So soft and cozy!
  5. Marshmallow Fireside 3-Wick Candle from Bath and Body Works. My all time favorite fall candle from BBW.
  6. Fox Socks from Target. Gotta keep those toes warm too!

What I Ate Wednesday 9/16/15

Hi all! I’m here sharing a what I ate Wednesday for you. I thought it would be fun to show you what a typical day of meals for me is. Plus, who doesn’t love stalking what everyone else is eating??

Greek yogurt bowl

Greek yogurt bowl

Breakfast: Plain Greek yogurt with figs, strawberries, blueberries, ground flax seed, and Mamma Chia cinnamon pecan clusters. This is one of my go to breakfasts because it is quick, easy, and filling. I usually throw in whatever fresh fruit we have and top with my favorite granola or cereal – the more the better!

Quinoa salad with a side of grapes

Lunch: Salad with quinoa and roasted veggies with some cotton candy grapes on the side. Lately I have been trying to roast or stem a bunch of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini) on Sunday so I can throw them into my lunches for the week. I also have been making a big batch of quinoa on Sundays. Can we talk about something for a second? Cotton candy grapes. Like what? How? Yum? These things taste exactly like cotton candy it is kind of crazy and you kind of need to try them. Okay done rant.

Luna bar

Snack: Luna Protein Bar. I like to have a snack around 3:30/4pm to tide me over until dinner. I had a meeting at this time so I had to grab something quick and this protein bar definitely did the trick. Plus who doesn’t love some cheeky afternoon chocolate?

Cuban salad bowl

Mind the messy avocado..

Dinner: Cuban Salad Bowl from Simple Roots. We love love love this salad bowl. We bought some plantains last week and needed to use them up so we whipped up this delicious bowl of goodness.

Tea and chocolate

After dinner treats: Celestial Bengal Spice Tea and some peanut butter chocolate. I love ending my day with a warm cup of tea even if it means I pee 9428 times in the night. I also got to have something sweet to go with it!

I hope you enjoyed peaking into my food life. Comment below what you ate today too!

Thanks Peas And Crayons for linking up!

Homemade Easter Peanut Butter Bunnies

Bunnies in basket

Hippity hop, you know what’s coming soon? Easter! And you know what that means? Easter candy! You know what else is coming soon? Summer! And you know what the means? Bikinis and hellooo you have a figure under all those frumpy sweaters?

Peanut butter bunnies in basket

Now I am alllllll for celebrating every holiday in the book. Even if I am 23 years old and might be a bit too old to partake in certain aspects of holidays, it doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy the holiday in general. I would love to still go trick or treating or do¬†an Easter egg hunt but it might be a little unfair to all the kids so instead I have to find other ways to enjoy these holidays. For Halloween we threw an awesome party that allowed us to guiltlessly buy a ton of Halloween candy and decorations. For Easter we have decided to make our own yummy treats because as I previously mentioned, summer is soon and I can’t hide underneath my baggy sweaters/sweatpants throughout all of the season least I want to be a sweaty mess.

Bunny with eggs

These treats mimic the best candy ever: Reese’s! However, they do not have¬†the added processed ingredients and sugars. Our homemade Reese’s are simple and pure and slightly too delicious to eat just one, or two, or three.. but at least you know exactly what is in them so go ahead, treat yo’ self. Treat yo’ 8 year old Easter candy loving self.

Peanut butter bunnies on crunch plate

For whatever reason the Easter egg shaped Reese’s always taste better than the normal Reese’s. Maybe because they’re bigger… When we saw this chocolate bunny mold we thought it would be perfect to get that big Easter egg Reese’s taste, plus look how cute it is! Who could resist that? Of course you don’t have to use a bunny mold for these, you can just use mini muffin papers to make little peanut butter cups or any mold you may have.¬†Although, you will be warned they won’t taste quite as delectable.

Peanut butter bunnies

Okay, onto why you probably clicked this link to begin with, the recipe. All you need are some baking chips and some peanut/almond/nut butter of choice. If you’re doing white chocolate, we find that a white chocolate bar like Godiva or Ghirardelli works best since it melts down better.¬†As for milk and dark chocolate, we’ve been into the Enjoy Life brand** Place about 1/2 cup of baking chips (more or less depending on how many Reese’s you want to make and how chocolatey you want each one to be) in a microwave safe bowl. Pop them in the microwave for about 20 seconds at a time, stirring so the chocolate doesn’t burn, until all chips are melted. Next, layer the chocolate into your tray or wrappers. We typically just use a spoon to do this and we try to keep the bottom layer pretty thin. Stick in the freezer for about 10-20¬†minutes just to harden a little bit. While that is in the freezer choose what peanut butter you want to put on your Reese’s. We like almond butter so we chose that but also put some of this banana chip peanut butter in some because yum. Take the tray/wrappers out of the freezer then put a layer of peanut butter in each. Top them all off with some more melted chocolate and pop back into the freezer for at least an hour. Rose likes to mash her almond/peanut butter¬†with some oats and agave for a different flavor.

Peanut butter bunny and egg basket

Peanut butter bunny stacked

There you have it a super simple and very delicious and slightly, maybe, a tiny bit healthier than actual Reese’s recipe. We loveee these and keep making new batches using different kinds of chocolate (dark, milk, white) and different nut butters (maple almond, honey almond, cashew butter!). As you can tell we have gotten pretty good at the whole homemade Reese game. Let us know in the comments below what kind of chocolate and nut butter combo you would do. We’ve also contemplated putting a banana slice in them as well, such fun! Also, our next Reese’s adventure will be using chocolate nut butter on the inside and peanut butter chips on the outside because yum and why not?

Bunnies and hen towel

Happy Spring and happy soon to be Easter! Check back for some other fun Easter/Spring ideas soon!

Peanut butter bunnies crunch

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hello!
We are back with yet another delicious dessert recipe for you.This one involves one of our (or Haley’s) favorite ingredient.. peanut butter! Lots and lots of peanut butter. These cookies are soft and gooey and they just melt in your mouth, plus they are made using healthy ingredients. We followed Making Thyme for Health‘s¬†recipe for¬†Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oat flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter – or any nut butter you prefer
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips + a little extra for good measure ūüėČ

Directions:IMG_1737

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Measure out and mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).

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3. Measure out and mix all the wet ingredients into a separate, slightly bigger bowl (peanut butter, vanilla extract, honey, applesauce, oil).

 

 

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4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix together until a uniform dough is formed.

 

 

 

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5. Add the chocolate chips to the mixture.

 

 

 

IMG_17706. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on a parchment paper on top of a baking sheet.

 

 

IMG_17907. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown. The cookies will feel fluffy to the touch.

8. Let cool and enjoy with your favorite nighttime beverage!

 

IMG_1807We hope you try and make these cookies, they are truly delicious! We are currently snacking on some with a glass of wine and a good movie!

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Rose eying the cookies…

Rose holding the cookies...

Rose holding the cookies…

Rose stealing the cookies!

Rose stealing the cookies!