I like real food.
I went through my Lean Cuisine phase. I’d stock up on 100 calorie packs at Costco. Sometimes Matty B and I would split (yes, split ) a Skinny Cow. Did I lose weight? Yes. Did I go to bed with my stomach growling? Occasionally.
This got old for a number of reasons:
1. The portions are so teensy tiny, no one can get full. I like feeling full. Not stuffed, but satisfied. There is no satisfaction with these fake food meals.
2. The quality of the food is just plain sad. There are very few vegetarian options (forget vegan) and not only is the quantity not there- the quality is awful. Rubbery, gristly meat. Tough, chewy pasta. Overly sweet or salty sauces. Limp, bland vegetables.
I have so much more energy eating ‘real’ food (which is necessary if I’m going to keep up with these little monkeys).
One of my ‘diet’ foods was PB2, powdered peanut butter significantly lower in fat and calories than regular peanut butter. How does it compare? It’s…fine. I took to mixing it with my soy yogurt in order to choke that evilness down, but otherwise, I haven’t done much with it and it just sits in my pantry. Regular peanut butter is so much better, and it’s about moderation, people.
So, what to do with the PB2? How would it turn out in baked goods? I was determined to find out.
PB2 is mixed with water and some regular peanut butter. I was nervous about going totally PB2.
Soy milk, vanilla and brown sugar are added to the PB mixture.
WW pastry flour is mixed with the usual suspects: salt and baking powder. And then the whole mess is mixed up with some dark chocolate M&M’s (the rumor is that dark M&M’S are vegan but I didn’t actually look it up because I didn’t want to be wrong…yes, I’m weak and naive…)
Before salt. After salt. After baking.
I’m absolutely obsessed with the sweet/salty combo. This is a grey sea salt that Matty B and I picked up in Seattle at Pike Place Market. We’ve been saving it. For what? For these blondies:).
I cut the pan into 9 bars. I ate one. Each of the kids had one. They were yummy.
Matty B wasn’t so sure. But 30 minutes later, as we were cleaning up from dinner, I noticed this…
Hmmm…9-3=6. There are two left in the pan…Matty B ate 4? It seems that he liked them a little more than he let on…
Sweet, salty, chocolate peanut buttery goodness? Definitely better than 1/2 a Skinny Cow…
Peanut Butter M&M Blondies
1/3 cup PB2 mixed with 3 TBS water
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 TBS vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soy milk
1 cup WW pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup dark chocolate M&M’s
Sea salt for topping
Combine PB2, water, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and sugar. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Mix wet with dry. Add M&M’S, press into greased pan. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 for 25-28 minutes. Let cool, then cut into bars.