Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Peanut Butter Swirl

 

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I am a self-proclaimed chocoholic. I will routinely purchase the over-priced pieces of dark chocolate at the checkout line because because I have always been a sucker for those little indulgent splurges.  And it is a splurge paying $1 for a quarter-ounce (??) piece of chocolate but since their sign actually says $0.99, clearly it’s high quality and must be a bargain.  At least that’s my thought process.  But really, (dark) chocolate in any form is a vice of mine.

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Crispy Peanut Butter-Honey Granola

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Halloween has come and gone and turned out to be much less eventful than anticipated.  I was so excited for my son’s first Halloween, especially because my father was in town and able to experience this holiday with us.  We had plans to attend a fall festival in the morning that his baby class was hosting, which would probably have been cuteness overload.  My husband’s aunt handmade the most adorable bear costume that was worn all of 10 minutes for pictures…and that was that.  However my 9 month-old ended up sleeping through all the holiday festivities and with only one group of trick-or-treaters stopping by, it felt like a regular Saturday.  Now we are left with almost an entire box of full-size candy bars (these kids didn’t know what they were missing out on!) and my willpower not to eat one every time I pass them in the hall.

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Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

Rice crispy treats are practically a staple of childhood, am I right?  I distinctly remember frequently making these, either at home with my mom or at friends’ houses.  The best part was definitely not waiting for them to cool, but to grab the gooey warm bits and pieces before they even hit the pan!

These treats are reminiscent of a more innocent time, however, nowadays I try to be a bit more mindful of the ingredients I use when making my desserts.  If I can substitute a whole grain or healthy fat, I will.

This is a super easy recipe and it comes together quickly, no baking required!  Now I can’t take full credit as I saw this on Sprouted Kitchen’s Insta feed, but it was necessary to make it immediately and I just had to share!  Plus, I had recently made my Bourbon Vanilla-Bean Sugar and needed to use it on something!

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