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A Peanut Butter Snackie

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But before snack, we probably ought to have dinner.

Everyone knows you’re supposed to finish all your veggies before you get dessert, right? (Did y’all ever have “backwards days”? My sister and I used to get so excited whenever our mom would declare a backwards day where we could eat dessert before dinner.)

As dinnertime approached yesterday, I didn’t know what to make, but I did know there were a boatload of veggies to use up in the fridge. Normally, when that happens, it means some sort of stir fry is in order. And seeing that one of the veggies in need of eating was a can of Libby’s pumpkin, here’s what I made:

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“Pumpkin Pie” Stir Fry

Besides the obvious pumpkin and spices called for in the recipe, my stir fry also had asparagus, onion, yellow squash, fresh garlic, and zucchini. I love this stir fry because it’s basically like a deconstructed stuffed winter squash. I threw my veggies over some bulgur, because Katie *hearts* bulgur.

But you don’t care, do you? No, you don’t care one bit. You’re only interested in the peanut butter dessert I mentioned earlier. So let’s get to that, shall we?

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It’d be an understatement to say I’ve been obsessed with Coconut Butter Melties.

Our recent love affair goes way past obsession. (Is there a word for “more than obsessed”?) And last night, as I made more melties, I wondered, “Hey, why couldn’t I make these with peanut butter? Or any nut butter, for that matter?” So out came the Dark Chocolate Dreams and peanut butter melties were born! For the melties in the photos, I decided to simply shape them with my hands, forgoing the chocolate molds, to stress the fact that you do not need any sort of special equipment to make these things.

The Peanut Butter Melties are made just like the Coconut Melties, except they need to be frozen longer. If using ice cube trays or chocolate molds, you’ll know they’re cold enough when they slide easily out.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I’ve totally done the frozen Dark Chocolate Dreams in the past, but usually just in a blog wrapped in Saran Wrap. Freeze, unwrap, devour! 😀

    1. I typed blog, lol. I meant BLOB!

  2. I always wondered what peanut butter tastes like when it’s frozen! I guess there’s only one way to find out 🙂

  3. Sarahishealthy says:

    Oh gosh yeah, we used to have backwards days! But they were more about getting to wear our clothes backwards, which was the best part :). I don’t know that we ever got to eat dessert for dinner. That wold have been the BEST! Hahaha but my eating habits weren’t very great when I was little, so I probably had snack-type foods for dinner a lot. I mean, chili cheese nachos as a dinner? Or frito pie? Yeah that’s not exactly healthy food for dinner. I might as well have been eating dessert!

  4. abby says:

    ooooooo the melties look soooooo good! hehe i like oooooooos today apparently :). i’d try your coconut melties, but i am out of coconut butter. sad, i know! but i do have chocolate peanut butter. hooray!

    1. abby says:

      oh, and the best thing i ate in the last 24 hours was probably my breakfast today. “melted banana” oats a la cck! 🙂 🙂

  5. Tina says:

    Best thing I ate the last 24 hours: whole wheat round chocolate-flavoured organic cream biscuits! (without milk or egg)! I love them!!!!!!!But your “Melties” look also very good!

    Best things in life are love and chocolate :-)!

    Tina

  6. DCD is my favorite PB&Co flavor!! Last week I finished of my jar with some protein ice cream and it was heavenly. But now I’m all out 🙁 Time to go to the store!!! Those melties look great 🙂

  7. KellyJ says:

    I made lentils for dinner last night. I finally perfected a recipe that even the kids like 🙂
    But the mounds babies I had left in the fridge were pretty good, too 😉
    Oh, and I bought Giardelli 100% Chocolate. No cocoa butter = no melt in your mouth. A little wierd, but oh so good anyway.

    ~Kelly J.~
    SoulyHis.blogspot.com

    1. Love lentils! I haven’t had any in a long time… not exactly sure why. Methinks I need to remedy this! 🙂

      1. Anonymous says:

        One of our projects this weekend was to take all of our beans out of bags and put them in canning jars. Looks cute outside the cupboard and frees up much needed space INSIDE. We will be making lot’s of legume recipes in the coming weeks. I can’t believe we had so many!

        1. Kelly J says:

          Perhaps I should fill out the form before pressing enter next time 🙂

  8. Tori says:

    I’m going to guess, Hug a Coconut? Which I can’t participate in, because I don’t like coconut! Haha 🙂

    1. EVERY month is “hug a coconut” month for me 🙂 :).

  9. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Deconstructed stir fry looks great! Yum!

    Best thing I ate in the past 24 hours… probably veggie sushi. But if you count 26 hours, some chocolate chip cookie dough fudge babies I had yesterday morning were super yummy.

    1. Ok, we’ll make an exception for you and say 26 hours. Cause you are super-special :). But the veggie sushi sounds delicious as well. If only I could like seaweed… I’m really trying!

  10. Lisa C. says:

    I had DCD this morning on my oatmeal! I love the stuff, and I have you to thank for introducing it to me :).

  11. The best thing I’ve eaten (besides some delish pineapple) is a big bowl of my homemade cashew chocolate granola. I should send ya a bag- you’d LOVE it! Oh, and to make it even better I drowned it in a pool of chocolate hemp milk. So much for dessert before dinner- how about for breakfast 😉

    1. Wow, that sounds like perfection in a bowl! Cashews and chocolate topped off with MORE chocolate? Seriously? Can I steal your lucky tastebuds? Mine are jealous ;).

  12. Whoa, pumpkin pie stir fry?! That’s amazing. You’re amazing! Thanks for bringing dessert to dinner 😀

  13. Hug a nut month! Or hug a veggie 🙂 Either one would make me BEYOND excited! (actually, *any* hug a ___ month would!)

  14. Gloria says:

    When your dessert is healthy, it kinda counts as dinner, right? I have no idea what we’ll be hugging next, but I’m so excited for it! I love hugs 🙂

    It’s a tough call for best thing I’ve eaten in the past day because I made both raw brownies and pumpkin spice almond butter! hehe, I promise I ate my veggies too!

    1. Haha yeah why not? I mean, my desserts and breakfasts are usually interchangeable :).

  15. Namaste Gurl says:

    Love pumpkin stir-fry– coincidentally, I got the idea from miss Heather 🙂 I don’t use pumpkin in a savory way much, so this easy dish is a good way to spice up the Libby’s. Oh, I do want to try my own take on tofu- pumpkin curry soon, super excited for that!

    I’ve had some REALLLY yummy bfasts recently using none other than Libby’s pumpkin: Pumpkin- coconut oatmeal pancakes [!!] and a really yummy pumpkin yogurt parfait.

    Oh, and I made pumpkin- coconut melties yesterday. They were SO extremely good, as their gone already! 🙂

  16. hippierunner says:

    Backwards day sounds awesome!

  17. Mandiee says:

    I love love love the idea of deconstructed stuffed squash. Actually, I love the idea of squash in almost anything. I hope next month is hug a veggie month because I always get my veggie hugging on :P! Vegetables are my favorite food group, for sure :D. Speaking of which the best thing I ate in the last 24 hours was slow-roasted kabocha and butternut squash. It was smooth like (vegan) buttahh and sweeter than candy <3.

    Have a lovely day!
    xox

    P.S. Great idea for Heather! I'm so excited for her!

  18. Maria says:

    I love Dark Chocolate Dreams. I buy in bulk whenever out local American food store gets it in – I’m so jealous you can get it everywhere! xxx

  19. Sagojyou says:

    Yum! And the melties are cute! <3

    I'd guess vegetables or cookies, because it seems common, and christmas isn't actually that far away!

    1. Ooh hug a cookie? I think I’d eat them all though before I could get any hugs in ;). Especially if they were chocolate cookies…

  20. Katie this is why I love your blog — I see your ideas for freezing PB and for some reason that thought had never crossed my mind. I am definitely going to “make” these tonight!

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