Here’s a common scene at the grocery store: I walk down the nut butter aisle, excited to find what’s new and interesting. Something catching my eye. And inevitably, it’s the most expensive thing on the shelf. Sigh… I allow myself these purchases once in a while, but if I were to indulge every time I wanted to, I’d be broke.The funny thing is, a lot of these “specialty” spreads are made of relatively inexpensive ingredients. I recently found Naturally Nutty’s Pepita Sun Seed butter - an irresistible combination of pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, and some lovely warming spices. Pepitas and sunflower seeds are some of the cheapest items I can find in the bulk bins at my local market, so I quickly decided that since I’d already spent ten dollars on the first jar, I’d save a bit of money and make my own!…
Some flavors are just meant to be together. You know what I’m talking about: Hummus and pita, apples and cinnamon, (almond) milk and cereal, chocolate and peanut butter. Let’s stop there. With the chocolate and peanut butter. The classic flavor combination that it’s nearly impossible not to love. Think about the creamy peanut butter and the melty chocolate mingling together. It’s the definition of synergy. While I’ll never say “no” to chocolate or peanut butter on their own, they’re just that much better when eaten together.
No matter how many times it’s been done, I never get tired of it. Whether it’s peanut butter straight from the jar followed by chocolate chips right out of the bag, oatmeal with peanut butter and cocoa powder stirred right in, or the ever popular peanut butter cup, you can’t go wrong. Chocolate and peanut butter are quite possibly magical in their ability to taste good together, no matter their form….
If you’re making your rounds in the virtual vegan potluck, I sure hope you’ve saved room as you near the end of the desserts. You’re in for a real treat here. Soft baked gingersnap cookies, done three ways: naked, chocolate dipped, and caramel covered.
Once I start with the gingerbread/gingersnaps/spiced desserts of any sort, I can’t stop until the season’s done. And even then I have a lot of trouble. There’s something so comforting about all those fall flavors wrapped up into a nice little bundle. Or a bowl. Preferably of piping hot oatmeal. Or cookies. The combination of earthy molasses and that ever-alluring blend of spices always keep me coming back for seconds. Or thirds….