Slightly Better-for-you Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

I am famous for my attempts to “healthify” recipes. I’m always cutting the sugar and butter amounts in half, substituting whole grain flour for white, and tossing in handfuls of wheat germ or flax seeds. The end results are often dry, flavorless hockey-puck-type concoctions that no one wants to eat. I then have to force-feed them to myself so I don’t waste all that good wheat germ.

I don’t know when I’ll learn that sometimes treats should stay treats. No one wants a sugar-free, chocolate-free chocolate chip cookie. Okay. I get it.

Having said all that, I will cop to cutting the sugar in these no-bake cookies in half—and the results are still teeth-achingly sweet! They probably set up a little better with more sugar, but the taste is just fine.
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Energy-Filled Snacks for Exhausted or Pregnant Moms

I remember stumbling into the kitchen at 2am, staring into my vacant refrigerator and wanting to cry with hunger.  Whether you’ve been able to breastfeed or not, caring for baby in those early weeks is incredibly physically demanding—and requires a bit of chocolate now and then. 

 “Quick Energy Pick-ups” are the perfect solution for a starving momma.  The recipe has been tweaked a bit from its original form, but it’s still pretty marvelous, easy to make, and long-lasting.   It’ll take you about ten minutes to prepare, won’t require baking, and can easily accommodate vegans if you use graham crackers.    Since these keep well in the fridge, you might want to double the recipe and munch on them for as long as they’ll last.

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