Makeover Gooey Chocolate PB Cake

I wasn’t planning on posting this recipe as it certainly isn’t the best for you. However, after sharing the cake with others I received several requests for the recipe.  So with a few modifications this recipes has a least been a little “healthified.”  Otherwise, it’s just plain good and deserves to be enjoyed in moderation. 

Makeover Gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake
from healthy cooking and

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, egg, oil and applesauce on low speed until combined. Press into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  • In a another large bowl, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Add the butter, eggs, egg whites and vanilla; beat on low until combined. Add the confectioners’ sugar; mix well. Pour over crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before cutting. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 228 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Until next time…
Look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Mr. Grinch Smoothie

This has been my go-to snack lately. I am constantly looking for easy-to-make, high quality snacks as I’m usually juggling kids, lunch, toys, nursing, whatever. The key is to have all the ingredients on hand, close by each other and ready to go. 

Oh and the best part…Trey loves it too!
There are many variations of a “green” smoothie but here’s what I do…
Mr. Grinch Smoothie
1 scoop NNW Healthy Whey Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder (found in HyVee Health Market)
large handful of organic spinach
1 frozen banana
spoonful of natural peanut butter (about 1-2 T)
scoop of chia seeds or ground flaxseed
about 8-10 oz skim milk
Blend and enjoy!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

All I want for Christmas

Is snow!  Although I traditionally do not care for the fluffy wet stuff I do not mind it anytime prior to mid February.  There is CC skiing to be done and snowmen to be built. 

So here is the new Christmas cookie recipe I added to the lin up this year…drum roll please…
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kissed Pretzels
I found the recipe on Pinterest from a site called Sweet Peas Kitchen
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons softened butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat peanut butter and butter until combined. Scrape down bowl, add sugars and beat until combined. You should be able to roll the mixture into balls without sticking to your hands. If needed, add more powdered sugar until you reach a consistency that is easy to roll. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1 teaspoon of mixture for each ball, and place on prepared baking sheet. Sandwich the balls between two pretzels and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in a metal bowl over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir occasionally until smooth, and remove from heat. Dip each pretzel bite halfway into the melted chocolate and place on the prepared baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Jesus Christ is born!  Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!
See you next year!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Well…not really, no snow and it was in the 50’s last week with thunderstorms.  Well if the weather wont cooperate the kitchen will!  There’s not too much healthiness going on with this post…just a lot of joy…Christmas joy!  I do appreciate making and tasting good Holiday treats so here are a couple I like to share. You may have seen on last year’s Tis the Season post!

Aunt Pam’s Gingersnap Cookies

2 C flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 T ground ginger
1 T fresh grated ginger is the secret ingredient
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 c molasses
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c butter
1 c sugar
1 egg
sugar for bowl
Measure flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, and salt into sifter. Cream butter until soft and gradually add sugar. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift dry ingredients over creamed mixture, blend well. Form mixture unto balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart (they spread quite a bit). Bake at 350F 12-15 minutes or until they are slightly browned, rounded, and cracked on top. Cool thoroughly before storing.

Benefits of ginger:
Ginger aids in relieving nausea. Ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect and aids in muscle recovery……your excuse for having a cookie post workout 😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Kisses

1 3/4 c. flour – I used about 1/2 white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. peanut butter + I tend to use slightly more (maybe 1/4c) to make doughy cookies
1 egg
2 tbsp. skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine ingredients. Roll into balls, roll balls in sugar. Bake on cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Top with chocolate kiss immediately upon removal from oven. Place in hot oven for 2 more minutes (don’t forget about them!!!) This helps glue the kiss to the cookie.

This year I added a new cookie to the line up…you’ll have to check back to get the recipe!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Product Review – PB2

A couple months ago I pick up some PB2 in the HyVee health market section. I was intrigued by this powdery substance that claimed to taste like peanut butter. Now, I am kind of a peanut butter snob…in fact, J and I love pb and cottage cheese so much that we have a saying…”what peanut butter doesn’t go on, cottage cheese does.” SO TRUE!

So here’s what the website has to say:

It’s what’s not in PB2 that makes it so good for you. For starters, our special process removes 85% of the fat calories without the chemicals typically used in producing reduced fat foods. Something else you won’t find in PB2 is preservatives. What you will find is natural roasted peanut flavor that’s also available in a rich chocolate variety.

PB2: Powdered Peanut Butter

Ingredients: Roasted peanuts, sugar and salt.

Serving size: 2 Tablespoons (12 grams)

Servings per container: 15

Amount per 2 Tablespoon serving (when mixed with water):

Calories: 45

Calories from fat: 13

Value and % Daily Value*

Total fat 1.5 g 3%

Saturated fat 0 g 0%

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2 cups: Sugar

1/2 cup: Milk

1/2 cup: Butter (can use Land O Lake natural or other healthier spread)

4 Tbsp: Cocoa

1/2 cup: PB2

3 cups: Quick cooking oatmeal

2 tsp: Vanilla


Mix sugar, milk, butter and cocoa in saucepan. Allow mixture to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add all other ingredients. Drop on wax paper and freeze.

I made these the day after that big snow storm last month and let them cool in the drifts.

Besides the cookies I have added PB2 to smoothies and oatmeal and find it to be pretty tasty however, it will not be replacing my good ol‘ natural peanut butter on toast.

Until next time…

look good, feel good, do good

Peanut Butter Energy Bars

My best friend and fellow teammate on the ISU track team, Leigh, used to make these yummy bars for meets. She was gracious enough to share the recipe with me so I could pass it down to the Solon High School track girls!

We all got together for MOTIVATION NIGHT at the Coach’s house which was the perfect opportunity to introduce them to these squares of heaven.

Peanut Butter Energy Bars
1.5 cup pb
1.5 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar
5 c rice krispies or other cereal (I like to mix bran flakes in there)
4 c oatmeal
1.5 c peanuts
1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl together.
Boil the wet ingredients in a large pot and add the vanilla when it starts boiling. Stir it in, and take it off the heat.

Once the wet ingredients are boiled/mixed, you pour it over the dry and mix it all together. Then, you pour the mixture in a brownie pan and press it in…cool, cut and serve!

We also made a giant bowl of trail mix! Each girl brought there favorite mix in….nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cereal…

Congrats to the Solon girls for a stellar meet last night. Come cheer them on at Clear Creek-Amana Friday!

Thanks Leigh for sharing the tradition!

To come: homemade humus, coconut chicken

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good