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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe featuring @NielsenMassey vanilla

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One of my most indulgent and impossible to ignore food cravings is chocolate chip cookie dough. Whether it’s Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or anything else, there is something about that rich, Nielsen-Massey Vaniladecadent flavor with just a tiny hint of salt that drives my tastebuds and my MOAR MOAR MOAR brain circuits absolutely nuts. Obviously, even the types of cookie dough that are safe to consume (like the ones sold in ice cream) are not an “every day” food, so I wanted to create a recipe for a sweet treat that tastes decadent, but made of nutritionally dense ingredients that carry no risk of salmonella or e coli poisoning. (TIP: Most people, me included, have been told all our lives that only the raw eggs in cookie dough are a concern. Raw flour is actually just as likely or more likely to be contaminated with poisonous pathogens.)

When Nielsen Massey was nice enough to provide me with a bottle of their premium vanilla extract to sample, I decided to make my move. When you smell or taste this extract side by side with a “regular” pure vanilla extract, you’ll notice that the flavors in this one are richer and deeper and more complex. (I compared this side by side with a store brand from my local grocery store chain.) The flavor in this premium vanilla makes a noticeable difference in the flavor of the smoothie, and it is a star player in fooling my taste buds into thinking I have just had a cookie dough shake. (Spoiler: this smoothie contains no actual cookie dough. No cookies were harmed in the making of this shake.) The fat in cookies acts as a flavor carrier, which is probably why I love cookie dough SO MUCH. That flavor and the velvety mouth feel is what I was trying to reproduce in this smoothie.

So when your brain, which frankly doesn’t have to wear jeans and therefore doesn’t care whether they fit or not, will not shut up about wanting cookie dough, try feeding it this instead, and see if you can distract it long enough to make a salad sound like a good idea. (Ha ha. Just kidding, salad is good too…)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 scoop unflavored protein powder
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoons chocolate chips, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add chocolate chips and pulse until evenly distributed.
  3. Garnish with additional chopped chocolate chips, if desired.
  4. Serve!
Notes
DO NOT be tempted to add the chocolate chips to the blender without chopping first. You will be disappointed unless you have one of those highly intelligent, robot blenders that do everything but wash and wax your car, because the chips get clumped up under the cutting blade instead of mixed into your smoothie. You also very much want a RIPE banana. The banana is supposed to fade into the background and provide texture, but if it's green the green banana flavor jumps out and ruins the illusion.

Jarrow unflavored whey protein {Aff link}
Jarrow unflavored whey protein {Aff link}

A note on ingredients: You can substitute plain yogurt, SILKEN tofu, or low fat sour cream for the whey protein powder if you prefer. I did not taste test any of those substitutions. You can get Nielsen-Massey 32 oz. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract on Amazon.com.
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Fruitcake Baked Oatmeal

At our house we have a tradition of Family Breakfast. This is because my kiddo has always gone to bed so early that any hope of us all sitting down to eat dinner together is nothing short of laughable. (No, seriously… 3:30 is just too early to eat dinner as a family.) So we love, love, LOVE thrifty, healthy, and above all EASY breakfast recipes! One of my favorites of those is Baked Oatmeal.  In fact, I like it so much that this year for Christmas Brunch, I made Fruitcake Baked Oatmeal.

Fruitcake Baked Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Oatmeal fancy enough for brunch! THIS MUST SIT OVERNIGHT in the refrigerator so plan ahead.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Butter, or margarine
  • 2 large Eggs
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1⅛ cups Milk, that's one cup plus two tablespoons, for those who don't measure in decimals, like myself.
  • 3 cups Oatmeal, i always use old fashioned, but you can use any kind.
  • ½ cup Dried Pineapple
  • ½ cup Dried Cherries
  • ½ cup Dried Apricot, snipped into small pieces
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
Instructions
  1. In a 2 quart glass casserole, melt your butter and allow to cool to room temperature. This is so it won't "cook" your eggs.
  2. Add eggs and beat well with the melted butter.
  3. Add brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, spice, and salt. Mix well until there are no lumps. I use a whisk, but you may prefer an electric mixer.
  4. Whisk in milk, then add oats.
  5. Fold in dried fruit. Top with chopped nuts and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until set in the middle.

And here‘s the basic baked oatmeal recipe. It’s “convenience food” that’s actually healthy for your family!

 

“Drive Thru” Breakfast at Home

My kids love, love, love oatmeal for breakfast, and sometimes they wake up so “HUNGER-Y” that there is just no time to waste in getting it on the table. Fixing our favorite oatmeal recipe in the microwave takes ten minutes, but now we can get it on the table in two.


I made a double batch using the original, stove top directions (bring to a boil over low heat and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 15 minutes.) because I don’t have a microwave safe dish big enough for a double batch. I made the version without fruit, then I spooned it into muffin cups and let it cool. I froze them until they were solid, then I ran hot water over the back to release them. Just hold a cookie sheet face to face with the muffin tin and squeeze them together so your oatmeal doesn’t fall out into the sink while you are doing the release. Also, I found out that my heavy-duty “high end” tin did not work for this. The oatmeal didn’t release, but the thinner no-stick tin worked perfectly, as you can see.

I put the oatmeal “muffins” in a container and when we want oatmeal for breakfast on the double, we top two of them with some fruit and microwave them on high for a minute.

You’ll notice my version has no sugar. Depending on how sweet your fruit is, you may find that you don’t want any. For more tart fruits, we sweeten each serving to taste. Ian calls this version “put together” oatmeal, because the applesauce makes it thicker than the microwave oatmeal he has enjoyed in the past. After initially refusing to try it, he now will eat oatmeal no other way. (Woe betide us if we run out of apple sauce in this house!)

"Put Together" Oatmeal
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • ⅓ cup Wheat Germ, i use the "toasted" kind
  • ½ cup Apple Sauce, the all natural kind, with no added sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Milk, i use skim, but whatever you have on hand, including soy or almond, will work.
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Peach, pitted and cubed, optional (reduce water by ¼ cup if using)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in glass casserole. Stir well.
  2. Microwave on "high" for 5 minutes.
  3. Let Stand 5 minutes before serving.
Notes
Adapted from the Novice Chef http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/01/this-sht-is-bananas-b-a-n-a-n-a-s/

 

Baked Oatmeal

At our house we have a tradition of Family Breakfast. This is because my kiddo has always gone to bed so early that any hope of us all sitting down to eat dinner together is nothing short of laughable. (No, seriously… 3:30 is just too early to eat dinner as a family.) So we love, love, LOVE thrifty, healthy, and above all EASY breakfast recipes! One of my favorites of those is Baked Oatmeal.  In fact, I like it so much that this year for Christmas Brunch, I made Fruitcake Baked Oatmeal.

And here’s the basic baked oatmeal recipe. It’s “convenience food” that’s actually healthy for your family!

Baked Oatmeal
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Recipe type: breakfast
Cuisine: american
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
This easy make ahead breakfast is delicious right out of the oven. Once it cools, you can slice it and pick it up, which makes it good "to go." MUST SIT OVERNIGHT.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup Butter, or margarine
  • 2 large Eggs
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 10 ounces Milk
  • 3 cups Oatmeal, regular or quick- i prefer "old fashioned"
  • 1 dash Nutmeg
Instructions
  1. In a 2 quart glass casserole, melt butter and allow to cool to room temperature so it won't "cook" your eggs.
  2. Drop in eggs and beat well.
  3. Add sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well until there are no lumps.
  4. Whisk in milk, then add oats.
  5. Stir well, top with a dash of nutmeg, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, or until set in the middle.