Brownie Mallow Bars That Make You Go MMMM

I was searching for a good brownie recipe when I came across this delightful one in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I knew I’d found a winner when the recipe called for peanut butter. The combination of creamy peanut butter, chocolate, rice crispy cereal and marshmallows atop cake-like brownies is out-of-control.

Start by combining a 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 cup of creamy peanut butter.

Meanwhile, bake a batch of brownies using a brownie mix and follow package directions. Easy, right?

Top the brownies with a bag of miniature marshmallows and pop in the oven for a few minutes just to get them gooey.

By this time, the chocolate will be nice and melted. Stir it up good. Then…

Add in rice crispy cereal. The cereal provides some nice texture and gives the brownies that little something special that makes you go, mmmm.

Once the marshmallows finish baking, they’ll resemble a white cloud, a soft pillow. Don’t be scared of it. Just pour the chocolate/peanut butter/rice crispy mixture right down over the top of it and spread evenly. It will be messy, but just show it who’s boss.

Once you’ve spread the chocolate mixture over the marshmallows, your work is done! Put that puppy in the refrigerator and let it set for at least two hours.

Check out those pretty layers!! Decadent and divine. Enjoy!

Heart Healthy Hotcakes Big on Flavor

With a drizzle of Aunt Jemimah's Lite Syrup, breakfast is served!

I’m always looking for ways to lighten recipes and boost nutritional value, so over the weekend I decided to make whole wheat flapjacks. I used stone ground whole wheat flour and brown sugar and flavored them with pure vanilla extract. Baking with whole wheat flour is an easy way to increase the amount of whole grains in your diet, potentially reducing your risk for heart disease. It’s full of fiber-rich bran and contains antioxidant vitamins and minerals that all work together to help maintain good health.

Topped with Aunt Jemimah’s Lite Syrup and paired with a side of bacon, this healthy breakfast will start any day off right.

Here’s how I did it with the help of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 14th Edition:

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, combine egg, milk, oil and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.

2. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop and pour my pancakes on the griddle. This will ensure that all your pancakes are the same size and cook evenly.

3. Top with syrup and enjoy!

How do you make your pancakes more healthy?