How to Make Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

The combination of honey and peanut butter has long been a favorite of kids and adults alike for sandwiches. Adding in cinnamon makes it even more desirable. And the combination is rich in nutrients that are good for you.

Peanut butter, which is full of non-meat based protein, may lower your risk of heart disease, since all of the fat in peanut butter is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Honey is known for quickly boosting the performance and endurance of athletes as well as reducing their muscle fatigue. Cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels, help your body fight infections and may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Here are four recipes for making your own honey cinnamon peanut butter, either from scratch with real peanuts or by using pre-made peanut butter, either smooth or chunky. Our recipes include ones that are heavier on honey and ones that provide either individual servings or enough to make a week or more of sandwiches for your kids. Honey cinnamon peanut butter can be used for sandwiches or as a dip for apples, celery, crackers, pretzels, cookies and more.

How to Make Honey Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Recipe #1: Yields One Cup of Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

3/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

This recipe is about as simple as it gets: Combine all of the ingredients and mix them thoroughly until smooth.

Recipe #2: Yields 16 Ounces of Peanut Butter

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) container of creamy peanut butter

3 tablespoons honey

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Again, eezy peezy! Fold the peanut butter, honey and cinnamon together until well blended.

Recipe #3: Using Raw Peanuts

Ingredients:

2 cups raw or lightly salted peanuts. Use an additional ½ cup if you want crunchier peanut butter

2 tablespoons pure raw honey

½ tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Salt

Directions:

Use a food processor to process 2 cups of peanuts on high for a couple of minutes. If the peanuts start to clog up on the sides of the food processor, stop the food processor and scrape down the sides. Do this as often as needed.

Once the peanuts become a paste, add in the honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt to taste. Continue to process the peanuts on high until the mixture is as smooth as you desire. If you want even crunchier peanut butter, add in the extra ½ cup of peanuts and pulse them until you are satisfied with the consistency.

The peanut butter will keep in an air safe container in your pantry for several weeks.

Recipe #4: Snack Size Portion

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons creamy or crunchy peanut butter

2 teaspoons honey

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until they are well blended. Because the portions in this recipe are small, use it mainly as a dip for a snack with apple slices, carrot sticks, or celery, or use it as a spread for bread, muffins, crackers or bagels.

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Awesome Tapas Appetizer Ideas

Spanish Tapas

Tapas are a tradition of Spanish cuisine. They're an appetizer that can be served either hot or cold, and are traditionally eaten with a glass of wine, pint of craft beer, or a nice liquor like whiskey or bourbon. Tapas are meant to encourage conversation: instead of people focusing completely on a full meal, guests can snack on small items while talking.

If you're planning a dinner party or just a friendly get-together, tapas are a perfect alternative to a fruit or cheese tray. They can use a variety of exotic ingredients, such as baby squid, or stick to more traditional items such as fried potatoes. Either way, your guests are sure to love them while they mix and mingle.

Patatas Bravas

This is a tapas staple that is famous all over the world. You'll need about an hour to prepare this one, but you can multitask while making the other tapas. Here's the recipe.

  • Fry one small chopped onion for five minutes in a pan with oil
  • Add two chopped garlic cloves, a can of chopped tomatoes, and a few pinches of sugar, salt, paprika, and chili powder
  • Let simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Cut several potatoes (depends on how many guests are coming) into small cubes, then pat dry with a roll of paper towel
  • Pour two tablespoons of olive oil on a cooking sheet, then roast the potatoes for 40-50 minutes until they look golden
  • Mix the potato cubes into the sauce and puncture with little sticks so your guests can easily retrieve a patata brava without getting their hands messy

 

Shrimp and Chorizo Tapas

This one is for the intermediate cook. It's a favorite recipe of Emil Lagasse, but we've tweaked it to make it a little easier.

  • In a skillet, saute half a pound of sliced chorizo in olive oil for eight minutes
  • Add a cup of thinly sliced onions and saute for five minutes in the skillet
  • Add a sliced clove of garlic and saute for one minute
  • Add half a pound of peeled shrimp and a pinch of salt, pepper, and paprika for seasoning, cooking for five minutes
  • Add a quarter cup olive oil, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tiny bit more salt and pepper
  • Stir the mixture around until your ingredients have been fully cooked
  • Serve with the juices, which you can mop up with slices of fresh bread

 

Dipping Olive Oil and Bread

This is another snacking staple which technically qualifies as a tapas. After all, it's a lovely appetizer that's simple yet tasty.

  • Mix two cups of olive oil with teaspoons of thyme, minced garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, and black pepper
  • Add half a teaspoon of salt and lemon juice
  • Add two tablespoons of grated cheese (Parmesan usually works well)
  • Mix together to create a tasty, tangy dipping sauce for fresh bread

If you're inviting many guests, you can always double the recipes; for more intimate parties, halve the recipes. Enjoy your tapas snacking!

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Quick Snacks

Homemade Popsicles

Quick Snacks for on the Go Families

It can be challenging to eat healthy when on the go. As a busy family, you're probably consumed with running around for sports and dance practices, school, work and entertainment with hardly any time to prepare a healthy meal. Forget the drive-thrus and prepare an easy frozen snack that you can make ahead of time. If you have a couple of go-to recipes you can fall back on when preparing frozen snacks ahead of time, you're all set. All you have to do as you head out the door is microwave these treats or just eat them as is. If you plan ahead, you can leave them out on the counter for a bit to thaw.

Veggie Muffins

OK, you may want to change the name so your kids will actually eat them, but these to-die-for baked goods are perfect for grabbing on the way to school. They're single serve, too, so take one, or take a bunch. Kids can toss a frozen one into their lunch bags and it's thawed by morning snack. These muffins are packed with vegetables as well as applesauce and orange juice for a kick of sweetness.

You'll need an egg, 3/4 cups OJ, 1/2 cup applesauce, just a 1/4 cup sugar (sweet!), one cup each of white flour and whole wheat flour, one tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt to taste, one tsp. cinnamon, one cup each of shredded carrot and zucchini, and 1/2 cup raisins. Simply beat the egg in a bowl, add the juice, applesauce and sugar, followed by the blended dry ingredients and the fruit. Mix until moist, then fill cupcake pans 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Freeze individually, and thaw as needed.

Peanut Butter Pizzazz

For a healthy frozen snack you can make ahead, go for peanut butter for a punch of protein and fiber. Mix peanut butter with your kid's favorite yogurt, add some raspberries and place in pop-shaped plastic containers to store in the freezer. Need a quick snack? Grab a pop and go. Protein, calcium and fruit all in one!

When incorporating frozen snacks into your daily routine, keep in mind that organizing and labeling is key. Mark the date on the frozen treats you make to ensure their utmost freshness. Stack neatly in the freezer or throw them in the ice bin, depending on the size and space. You won't mind when your kids help themselves to these snacks!

Appetizers in Advance

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If you are planning to throw a holiday party this season, you might wish to consider preparing time saving appetizers you can make ahead of time. You will be plenty busy with cleaning and decorating on the day of the party and the last thing you need is having to worry about cooking the entire meal. Of course, you can offer one or two store bought snacks, but it is always nice to mix it with homemade appetizers. Below are two easy recipes you can make ahead and freeze until the day of the party.

Meatballs
These versatile appetizers are perfect to offer in the holiday season. Caramelize a small onion in olive oil or butter and mix it with a pound of ground beef, a cup of bread crumbs you soaked in milk, an egg, salt and pepper, and any seasoning you like. You can go for the classic Italian taste with oregano, parsley, and garlic or draw from the Asian spice palette with turmeric, cinnamon and nutmeg. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and coat with oil. Make small, bite size meatballs by rolling them between your palms. Arrange the meatballs in rows on the cookie sheet and bake them for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Let them cool off completely before placing them in an airtight container for freezing. On the morning of your holiday party, put them in a slow cooker with some marinara sauce/gravy or simply re-warm them in the oven. You can have a dish of sauce on the side if you wish. Insert toothpicks into the meatballs for easy party eating.

Cheese Pastry
Another great appetizer you can make ahead is a simple cheese pastry recipe. Mix eight ounces of small curd cottage cheese and butter each with two cups of flour and a pinch of salt. Knead together until a firm dough forms. You may need to add a little bit more flour depending on the cottage cheese you use. Wrap the dough ball in plastic and put in the refrigerator for a half hour. Roll your dough ball out into a 1/2 inch thick sheet. You can either use a knife to cut it up to small squares or a cookie cutter or small glass to cut round circles out. Lay the pieces on cookie sheets about ½ inch apart and sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Bake in preheated 375? oven for 20 minutes or until brown.

In addition to these recipes, you can also experiment with other snacks and appetizers such as cheese puffs, a roasted vegetable cream cheese dip, or the sweet holiday classic:  homemade fudge. Miniature cheesecakes are festive desserts you can make ahead and pull out from the freezer only a few hours before your guests arrive.

 

Yummy Popcorn

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Get Ready to Make Yummy Popcorn:  Two Quick and Easy Snacks!

Are you a busy mother without a lot of time for cooking, baking and preparing detailed meals for your children? Would you like for your children to eat as healthy as possible, but also enjoy their food and look forward to eating your meals and treats? Are you looking for a way to save money and time while still producing delicious, homemade snacks that are good for your children? If you are, then try these two yummy popcorn treats. You can use microwave popcorn or your own air popper and corn. They are easy to make, and diverse enough that you can give them to your children on different days for a completely new tasting experience!

Chocolate-Popcorn Medley

Pop one bag of regular popcorn in your microwave. While it still is hot, carefully open the bag, making sure to let out the steam slowly to avoid burning your hands. Empty the bag into a large mixing bowl. Set up a double boiler and slowly melt a handful of carmels in the double boiler. Repeat the process with a handful of semi sweet chocolate.  While the chocolate and caramel still are hot, dip a spoon in the melted candies and then wave the spoon back and forth over the bowl of popcorn. Continue doing this and toss the popcorn around until the popcorn is fully coated. Top off this sweet and salty confection by lightly sprinkling coconut shavings on top. The coconut will stick to the chocolate and carmel, so that each time you eat the pop corn you get a little sweet and a little salty flavor.

Healthy Pop Corn Trail Mix

Pop one bag of healthy or low salt popcorn. Allow the corn to cool before dumping it into a mixing bowl. Make sure the kernels do not get into the bowl. Add one cup of your favorite dried fruit, such as cranberries or raisins. Follow with one cup of your favorite nuts, such as low salt cashews or peanuts. Add one cup of pretzels and one cup of karob (or chocolate) chips. You can purchase karob chips at a health foods store. They taste a little like chocolate, but are vegan-friendly. Mix these items together by lightly tossing, and then bag them, making sure that you get some of every ingredient in the bags. You can easily adapt this to your preferences with a variety of dried fruit and nuts.

These snacks are easy to make, and your children can make them with you!  If your child is old enough, write their name on a few bags just for them and let them customize their snacks themselves.