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Peanut Butter Goji Berry Brownies

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Imagine rich cocoa powder + Peanut Butter and Co.’s Dark Chocolate Dreams baked into gooey perfection and topped with dried goji berries.  It may sound like a strange combo, but believe me, it works.  The Yum Squad was tasked to participate in a #mysteryingredient challenge in honor of National Peanut Month, and so Peanut Butter Goji Berry Brownies were born.

YumSquad-Banner-MysteryIngredient-Goji-SquareWhen I found out the dried goji berries were my mystery ingredient, I was beyond excited.  I happen to LOVE goji berries and use them in smoothies, granola, healthy cookies and even just eat them out of the bag as a snack.  I knew I wanted to do something sweet with the goji berries since they are on the tart side, and decided peanut butter brownies was the way to go.

goji berry brownies PINI made these peanut butter goji berry brownies for our family’s annual Academy Awards viewing party and they were a huge hit!  Even with my grandmother, who asked what “those red things were.”  The key to this recipe is to add the goji berries when the brownies are practically done baking and on the gooey side, otherwise they will turn brown and don’t look nearly as appetizing.

peanut butter and co and goji berriesI used Dark Chocolate Dreams as my base peanut butter for these brownies, but you could also use Smooth Operator, White Chocolate Wonderful, The Bee’s Knees or even Crunch Time for some added texture.  The possibilities are endless.

Peanut Butter Goji Berry Brownies (adapted from Martha Stewart)


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, chopped into pieces
  • 2 additional tablespoons of butter (to be used for the filling)
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Guittard)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate dreams peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup goji berries


Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line an 8 inch square baking pan with either parchment paper or grease with butter.

Take your 2 tablespoons of butter, chocolate chips and peanut butter and melt in a saucepan over low heat.  Once the mixture has melted, set aside to cool

In a large mixing bowl whisk your flour, salt, baking powder, unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar together.  Add your eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until the batter is well blended.

In a separate saucepan, melt your 8 tablespoons of butter and pour into the dry mixture.  Gently fold in your peanut butter mixture and continue to mix until the batter is nice and thick.

goji berry brownie mixPour your batter into your baking dish and place in the oven for 40 minutes.  At the 40 minute mark, sprinkle your goji berries on top and continue to bake for another 5 minutes, or until the brownies are nice and gooey in the center.

Remove from the oven and let cool before slicing into squares.  Eat and enjoy!

peanut butter goji berry brownies closeOk now onto the fun stuff.  One lucky winner will win their own Peanut Butter and Co. Prize Pack to create their own delicious pb creation!

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Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I don’t really love peppermint.  There, I said it.  I’ll pass on peppermint mochas, I’ll never order mint chip ice cream, and we all know that Samoas rule over Thin Mints.  But when the folks at Peanut Butter & Co. asked us to come up with our favorite #candycanehacks using candy canes and peanut butter, I decided to take the plunge and created flourless chocolate peppermint cookies (P.S.- check the bottom of this post for a fun little giveaway!).

flourless chocolate peppermint cookies

Peppermint and peanut butter? I know, the combo sounded weird to me too, but when you pair peppermint with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, it’s actually quite the delicious combo.

Dark Chocolate Dreams happens to be one of my favorite Peanut Butter & Co. flavors, so I knew I wanted to keep these cookies as simple as possible without messing with the integrity of the flavor in Dark Chocolate Dreams (I take my pb pretty seriously).  Just an egg, some cocoa powder, crushed candy canes and peanut butter and you are pretty much set to go!

dark chocolate dreams jar

I based this recipe off my flourless honey peanut butter cookies from last year with just a few additional tweaks for maximum chocolate goodness.  The best part about this recipe is that the cookies cook super fast, so you’ll have a delicious chocolate peppermint treat in no time!

While peppermint still may not be #1 on my list, I’ll definitely be making these cookies again.

Flourless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (makes a dozen cookies)


1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup crushed candy cane pieces

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg


Preheat your oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper so your cookies don’t stick!

Unwrap your candy canes and place in a plastic bag.  Cover the bag with a towel and use a hammer or mallet to crush them (not the most graceful way I know, but it gets the job done).  Pour your candy cane pieces into a bowl and set aside.

flourless chocolate peppermint cookies

In a large mixing bowl add your peanut butter, sea salt, egg, cocoa powder, baking soda and vanilla and mix well.  The mixture will be quite sticky so make sure it is all well blended.

Gently fold your candy cane pieces into your cookie batter and continue to mix.

Place spoonfuls of batter onto your cooking sheet and flatten into a cookie shape (or keep as a cookie ball if you want!).

flourless peppermint chocolate cookies tray

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms are lightly brown.  The inside of the cookie will be deliciously gooey from the peanut butter.

Serve with milk or just on their own.  Pro tip: these cookies taste great frozen as well!

flourless chocolate peppermint cookies

Thanks for Peanut Butter & Co. for sending me the pb + the candy canes!  I’m so excited to have a new cookie recipe for the holidays!

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AND of course it wouldn’t be a Peanut Butter & Co. post without a little giveaway fun!  One lucky winner will receive a jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams and Old Fashioned Crunchy (my personal favorites), which is perfect for all of your holiday baking!  Enter below:

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Crepes (Giveaway)

Growing up, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost every day for lunch.  It was always the same: smooth peanut butter, grape jelly, and sourdough bread.  Even though I don’t eat a pb&j every day for lunch now (sad), it’s still one of my all time favorite sandwich combos.  So when the team at Peanut Butter and Co. challenged us to start a #PBJrevolution, I decided to get a little fancy and made peanut butter and jelly crepes.

peanut butter and jelly crepes Whenever I’m out for brunch I always think to order crepes just because they sound so much fancier than a plain ol’ pancake or piece of toast.  And while crepes require minimal ingredients, I never think to make them at home.  And then I received a shipment of these beauties.

peanut butter and co jarsMy Peanut Butter and Co. treats included Old Fashioned Crunchy, Smooth Operator, Seriously Strawberry Jam and Gorgeous Grape Jelly.  These ingredients were just begging to be made into a crepe, and thus peanut butter and jelly crepes was born.

I used spelt flour as the base for my crepes which was a nice change of pace from traditional wheat, and used honey in place of granulated sugar.  And let me tell you, there is nothing better than a spread of peanut butter and jelly on a warm, fresh crepe.

peanut butter and jelly crepes breakfastI recommend making a big batch of crepes and then heating them up on mornings you are just feeling a little fancy, or just have a hankering for a nice pb&j.  You won’t be disappointed!

Interested in starting your own #PBJrevolution?  Be sure to check the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Crepes (crepes adapted from this recipe)


2 cups spelt flour

1 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp salt

3 eggs

1 tbsp melted butter

2 cups almond milk

2 tbsp Smooth Operator Peanut Butter

1 tbsp Grape Jelly


In a large mixing bowl add all of your ingredients and mix until well blended.  The crepe batter should be relatively thin.

Heat up a crepe pan or griddle pan on the stove and use some oil to coat the skillet.

Gently ladle your crepe mixture into the skillet and swirl around the pan until the skillet is coated.

spelt crepeLet your crepe cook for 1-2 minutes and then flip and cook for another 30-45 seconds.

peanut butter and jelly crepes spreadRemove your crepe from the pan and place on a plate.  Add a layer of peanut butter.

peanut butter jelly crepe spreadThen add your jelly – the more jelly the better!

Roll up your crepe and add more pb&j if you so choose.

Peanut Butter and Jelly crepes forkEat and enjoy!  I like to consider this a “grown up pb&j.”

Now to the fun stuff.  A giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a prize pack with Old Fashioned Crunchy, Smooth Operator, Gorgeous Grape Jelly and Seriously Strawberry Jam.  You can enter through the rafflecopter widget below.  Open to U.S. Residents only.

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Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites (Giveaway)

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A few weeks ago my wonderful friends at Peanut Butter and Co. sent me two jars of The Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter along with the cutest tote ever.  Of course this meant I had to dig into the jar right away, and after a few spoonfuls of delicious peanut butter, I decided to make some Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites (pssst – there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post!).

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bars PB COIt’s been unseasonably warm in Southern California lately, so instead of just making traditional peanut butter bites, I took it one step further and made frozen ones, because nothing is better during a heat wave than a delicious frozen peanut butter snack.

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites PieceThese bites are packed with good-for-you ingredients like chia seeds, unsweetened coconut and almonds.  And since the Bee’s Knees peanut butter already has a natural sweetness to it from the honey, there’s no added sugar! These bars are also gluten-free, and can be grain-free if you omit the puffed rice cereal.  Basically, the sky’s the limit when it comes to them.

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites PinI’ve been finding these bites to be the perfect after dinner dessert or mid-afternoon snack.  I might even have had one (or ten) for breakfast one morning.  Delicious!

Of course you could make these chocolate with some Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, but I think the honey version is top notch.

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites Pin 2Ingredients:

2/3 cup The Bee’s Knees Honey Peanut Butter

1/4 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup chopped cashews

1/3 cup puffed rice cereal

2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla


In a small sauce pan or microwave, melt your coconut oil.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl add your peanut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil.  Mix until well blended (the mixture will be sticky!).

Fold in your almonds, chia seeds, unsweetened coconut, cashews and puffed rice and continue to mix well.

Frozen Honey Peanut Butter Bites ParchmentLine a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spread your mixture onto the parchment paper and place in the freezer for a couple of hours.

Frozen Honey Peanut butter BitesCut your bars into small squares and enjoy!

But now here’s the fun part.  The team at Peanut Butter and Co. is offering one lucky reader a chance to win 2 Jars of The Bees Knees Peanut Butter!  Since Honey and Peanut Butter are such a delicious combo, this is one giveaway you’ll definitely want to enter.

The giveaway runs from Thursday 5/15 through Thursday 5/22.  Open to US Residents Only.

Enter Here! OR leave a comment below sharing what you would make with the Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter!

As a member of Peanut Butter & Co.’s Yum Squad food blogger club, I received product in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.