Peanut Butter Review

This week has been absolutely crazy, and it’s only Tuesday! I made it home after a 5 hour delay in Salt Lake City and spent most of Sunday prepping for the week. I’m scheduled to work close to 20 hours this week so I’ve been waking up at 6:30, working out, then heading to class. I come home after class to quickly shower and go to work until 8 and then I do my homework and study until about 12. Yikes!

tumblr_m913r1kGSP1r8acgso1_500It’s not terrible. Just makes for long days! BIG NEWS. I bought a blender. Delicious smoothis recipe coming your way tomorrow!

Speaking of food, I realized I’ve tried many types of peanut butter and I’m willing to share my opinion on such a controversial topic. Here are the good, the bad, and the ugly of the peanut butter world my friends.

1. Adam’s All Natural 

IMG_7487Bleh. I am not a fan. There is way too much oil at the top of this peanut butter to stir in properly, and it has a terrible texture. The creamy is grainy and runny. Mind you, bad peanut butter is still pretty delicious so I’d eat it if I had to, but I probably will never buy it again.

2. Justin’s Peanut Butter 

Jar-HoneyPeanut_smI was super excited to try this because it’s very popular and it’s also crazy expensive, which I thought just had to mean it was great quality. It tasted delicious, slightly sweet and salty, but it was rock hard. It didn’t stir into my oatmeal at all and it ripped up my bread when I tried to spread it.

3. Central Market Brand Organic Peanut Butter

Peanut-Butter1You do have to stir this, but there is very little oil so it’s easy to incorporate it into the entire jar! It’s a little bit too runny, but that actually makes it great to drizzle on oatmeal and it spreads easily across bread. The flavor doesn’t have as much sweetness as I like but it’s still delicious.

5. Peanut Butter Company White Chocolate Wonderful 

imagesThis is the mother of all nut butters. Perfectly creamy and smooth, salty and sweet, no stirring required…heaven. It’s pretty pricey but I freaking love this stuff. Next time I’m going to forget the 3 extra dollars and buy it. It is AMAZING.

Workouts

On Sunday I did a Nike cardio workout (squat jumps, split jumps, burpees and froggers all in a row?!? Kill me!!) Yesterday I warmed up with 30 minutes on the bike and then worked my biceps and triceps. Today was another nike toning circuit workout that I completed while watching Glee. (Does everyone in that show have to sleep together?!?) haha.

What’s your favorite kind of peanut butter? 

Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

 

The name kind of speaks for itself, no? Sorry the photo is blurry, I only had my little point and shoot handy and I was too lazy to break out the big guns.

Also I managed to bake these cookies and make the frosting and I only had one little tiny taste of the frosting. GO ME!

Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting

Cookies:

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 tsp vanilla

A few tablespoons of raw cane sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Combine flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl.

2. Place 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute, stir. Microwave at additional 15 second intervals if needed until chips are melted and smooth.

3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add melted chocolate, egg, milk, and vanilla; beat until well blended. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended.

4. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into a dish filled with the raw cane sugar. Roll around until there is a thin layer of sugar coating the dough. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10 to 11 minutes or until set and no longer shiny. Cook on cookie sheets 2 minutes. Move to wire racks and cool completely.

Frosting

1 cup butter

1 cup dark chocolate peanut butter

3 cups powdered sugar

a few tablespoons of milk

Combine all ingredients and beat until frosting is light and airy. Spread two or three tablespoons onto a cookie and top with another cookie. Enjoy!!