4 Ingredient Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars – yahoo!

Who’s looking for super easy, super quick, super good gluten free snack to satisfy your strongest sugar/salt craving?   I was at a luncheon the other day and these bite sized nuggets of goodness were served.   They certainly aren’t Reese’s peanutbutter cups 🙂  but I bet you could keep adapting the recipe to get them closer 🙂

Anyway, I seriously made a batch using one bowl, a whisk, a scraper, a pan, and a microwave.  Dreamy!  So here you go…

peanut butter bars

Four Ingredients:
Creamy peanut butter
You can definitely go with natural and unsalted peanut butters – but I haven’t gotten to that point of healthy treats yet 🙂
Honey or pure maple syrup
Gluten free rolled oats
Chocolate chips 

Directions for the bars:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey or syrup
1 1/4 gluten free oats

  1.  Line an 8 inch spare pan with parchment paper or wax paper.
  2.  In microwave safe bowl, add peanut butter and maple syrup/honey.  Blend together with a whisk.  Microwave in 30 second intervals and whisk in between until warm, smooth, and a little bubbly.
  3. Add the oats.  Combine until peanut butter mixture and oats are throughly blended.
  4. Pour oat mixture into the parchment lined pan and press until evenly dispersed.

Directions for the chocolate layer on top:
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

  1.  Wipe out that microwavable bowl and add remaining peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Stir together and again in 30 second increments, heat in microwave until mixture can be blended completely and is smooth.
  2. Pour over the oat mixture already in the pain and spread evenly.
  3. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until firm on top.  Remove and slice into small bars – you may need to wait for them to thaw a bit to get a good cut.
**I HIGHLY recommend waiting for bars to come back to room temperature before eating.  They can be tough to chew when still frozen 🙂 These can be stored in the refrigerator or in covered containter but again, I think most enjoyable when not cold.
Enjoy!!! 🙂

This one’s for you Rachel… The BEST granola recipe!

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jennifer and rachel

Just talking to my good friend Rachel about how she made some “not so appealing”, slightly chewy, “young daughter said these are not good” breakfast cookies.  Well, never fear Rachel, your good friend Jennifer is here!  (Yes, she is my one friend that calls me Jennifer 🙂  Best friends since second grade so no chance she will be calling me “Jen” after 40 years!)

But back to what’s important… This granola recipe is fool proof – believe me whomever you share this with will thank you.  I definitely know Rachel’s daughter Janie will!!

Best breakfast ever… granola and vanilla greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of delciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day. You can’t beat the combination of savory and sweet. I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional fruits, nuts, or any other flavors you’d like to add.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (NOT instant)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.  Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed.  Split mixture between two cookie sheets. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color. Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use a variety of favorite nuts, just keep measured amounts of nuts the same and you should be all set. Enjoy!

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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The Best Cookie Recipe.

Ariko’s Famous Oatmeal
Chocolate Chip Cookies

that can be modified for a variety of tastes and celebrations!

DSC01454I can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe!  Ariko and I met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.   And you can make so many variations using a variety of chips, raisins, and Craisins.  This Thanksgiving I found pumpkin spice flavored chips by Nestle combined those with white chocolate chips.  They were delicious.  Another favorite combination at Holiday time for cookie swaps is Craisin and white chocolate chip … SO good!  Do you have any other ideas?  Go for it… one of those recipes that never seems to go wrong.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter

Then add and blend again:
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda    … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.  (definitely use the QUICK OATS)

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

This recipe never disappoints!  I have actually given these cookies they are often better received than some of the best bottles of wine and gift cards I have given.   I think the trick is making sure your butter is softened before blending with the sugars and then only cooking them until the look “almost done”.  Letting the cookies  sit on the pan after removing them from oven absolutely does the trick to finish the cooking off and create a soft wonderful ooey gooey cookie! And, yes, it does make a difference using both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.  (Sometimes I even splurge and use Ghiradelli chips!)  Have fun and experiment… you are going to love them!

And if I can ever be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home, please be in touch with a call, e-mail, or filling out the contact form below.  I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Assocate
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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and the communities in between.

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THE BEST Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ariko’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC01454I can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe!  Ariko and I met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.  (I often change it up too… white chocolate chips and Craisons or add raisons and a little cinnamon. These will always get rave reviews!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
1 egg                                       ¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter          ¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda    … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

 

This recipe never disappoints!  I have actually given these cookies to accompany my closing gifts for special clients and they are often better received than some of the best bottles of wine and gift cards I have given.   I think the trick is making sure your butter is softened before blending with the sugars and then only cooking them until the look “almost done”.  Letting the cookies  sit on the pan after removing them from oven absolutely does the trick to finish the cooking off and create a soft wonderful ooey gooey cookie! And, yes, it does make a difference using both semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips.  (Sometimes I even splurge and use Ghiradelli chips!)  Have fun and experiment… you are going to love them!
Jen McMorran Head Shot (2)Jennifer McMorran, Realtor
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
(and Antique lover & home owner!)
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Granola Time!

E & D Granola (Easy & Delicious)

imageBest breakfast ever… this amazing granola over the top of  vanilla Greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of deliciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day.   You just can’t beat the wholesome combination of savory and sweet.  I also love it at the end of the day with a little milk or over the top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional dried fruits, nuts, or flavors you’d like to add.   Yum, yum, yum… hope you enjoy!!!
Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (do NOT use instant oats, they will not taste as hearty)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  Toss well to evenly disperse ingredients.

In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.

Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed throughout the oats and nuts.  I don’t mind leaving “clumps” here and there – those clusters become a doubly delicious bonus after baking.

Split mixture between two cookie sheets.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color.  Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use any variety of favorite nuts.  All you need to do is keep the measured amounts of nuts the about the same and you should be all set.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
508-930-5259
Jen.McMorran@gmail.com
www.jenmcmorran.realtor

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Serving clients throughout
Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Boston – Attleboro – Providence
and the communities in between.

You’ll be Thankful for this Cookie Recipe!!

Ariko’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

DSC01454 Can not thank my good friend Ariko enough for this amazing cookie recipe! We met at San Jose State while both in Grad School way back in 1993 and I have been making these ever since.  For over 20 years I have shared this recipe with only a few special people.  Now in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I share it with all of you 🙂  (And don’t worry Leavey/McMorran/Hart Family…  I will still bake them to bring tomorrow along with 15 lbs of mashed potatoes.  Can’t wait to see everyone!!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend-
1 egg ¾ cup granulated sugar
2 sticks softened butter ¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Add –
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda … and blend.

Add –
2 cups 1-minute quick quaker oats … and blend.

And finally add-
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-11 minutes (should look soft and “not quite done”, my oven takes 11 min). Then let cool for 12 for minutes on cookie sheets. This gives you the perfect “still soft” cookie – yum!

**I often change it up too… for Christmas I add white chocolate chips and Craisons or for the oatmeal raison lovers just add raisons and a little cinnamon. These will always get rave reviews!

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508-930-5259
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