The Great Peanut Butter Cup Debate

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Another relaxing weekend is in the books. Friday night involved some serious curly fry consumption and it really hit the spot!

Barneys Burgers Curly Fries

Except I took a picture after we were 75% through them..

We had dinner at Barney’s and since I’m not a burger gal, I went with the salmon burger. Unfortunately this might be one of the only places that I’ve come across a frozen patty since moving to California. That didn’t stop me from eating the whole thing, but it made the curly fries that much better!

Saturday was super slow. We started our day at the Oakland farmers’ market and took a nice long stroll around the city. We ended up at Ike’s for lunch; they’re known for their huge sandwiches and it was no joke. We both could only finish half of our sandwiches before heading to the Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room. Because as I said before, it’s not a weekend without beer!

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Room

Sunshine and beer. What more do we need?

Tastings are always the best when we want to try everything on tap! This might also have something to do with our demolishing of the sandwiches after we got home. And my nap. It was a good nap!

Yesterday was also pretty slow; we took a little run over to Farley’s for breakfast. Nathan is just starting to run so of course my thought for distance goals involves different places we can run to for breakfast. Always thinking about the food! Post-breakfast I went to the grocery store to stock up for the week and made a pretty exciting find.

Reeses Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

PEANUT BUTTER CUP SHOWDOWN!

I’d heard about the Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups a few months ago but hadn’t seen them before. We already had some Reese’s at home so I figured we needed to do the taste test. The obvious differences are that the Reese’s comes in a wrapper and the Butterfinger is more squared off. I also noticed that the Butterfinger cup is a little thinner.

Reeses Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups Cutup

Team Reese’s or Team Butterfinger?

The results are in. I’m still 100% Reese’s and Nathan votes Butterfinger. Honestly, I feel like the Butterfinger cup was pretty darn similar to a regular Butterfinger bar. I wasn’t a fan of the crunch and much prefer the creamier texture of the Reese’s. Nathan’s always been a Butterfinger guy so that’s his excuse. I guess I’ll accept it. I also took a poll on Instagram 🙂

I washed my peanut butter cups down with my favorite vegan salad around—the wilted kale salad from Source. The salad comes with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, avocado, & house dressing. I also added “cluck” on top to make it even more filling.

Source Mini Wilted Kale Avocado Cluck Mushrooms Onions

Holy cluck!

And we finished off the weekend with more caramelized onions. This time on a killer cauliflower crust pizza with pesto, balsamic onions, ground turkey, and smoked mozzarella. Holy. Cannoli. We win!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza Pesto Balsamic Onions Turkey Smozed Mozzarella Basil

Best. Combo. Ever.

Weekly Meal Plan

There weren’t many sales this week and since we’ve been stocking up on leftovers, we’re going to be cashing in. If you’re looking for meal plan help, shoot me an email.

MondayVietnamese Chicken, Avocado + Lemongrass Spring Roll Salad With Hoisin Crackers
TuesdayPork Tenderloin with Chipotle-Cranberry Sauce & Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa & Cranberries
Wednesday – Leftovers
ThursdayShish Tawook (Grilled Chicken Skewers) with Roasted Garlic Avocado Mayo, Garlic Parmesan Fries, & roasted asparagus
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers
Sunday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Regular or curly fries?
Team Reese’s or Team Butterfinger?

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Paradise

Sometimes people just get you. And this month, my foodie penpal, Lindsay, just got me.

Anything peanut butter and chocolate, of course, but I do like healthy, please! And look what arrived!

Lean Green Bean Foodie Penpals PB2, Walden Chocolate Syrup, Justins Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate Peanut Butter KIND Bar

Along with the almond coconut, the peanut butter dark chocolate KIND bar is my favorite. Seriously, what could be bad?!

Lean Green Bean Foodie Penpals Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate KIND Bar

And have you ever tried PB2 or any kind of peanut flour? For a lover of peanut butter and healthy eats, this is practically heaven! Low cal, low fat, low sugar.. must I go on?

I use it in my oatmeal, smoothies, sauces, and everything else I can possibly get it in!

Lean Green Bean Foodie Penpals PB2 Peanut Flour

What’s this? More chocolate and peanut butter?!

I have been eyeing these at Whole Foods for the longest time but just haven’t bit the bullet. And I have to admit I haven’t tried them yet. But what would possibly not be amazing?

Lean Green Bean Foodie Penpals Justin's Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

And finally, sugar-free, 0 calorie chocolate sauce. Again, I haven’t tried it yet, but I can imagine it will be a staple on my healthy sundaes this summer!

Lean Green Bean Foodie Penpals Walden Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup

And that wraps up another successful month of foodie penpals! It really is a fantastic program and I can’t thank Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean for starting this! I look forward to a package every month 🙂

Are you interested in becoming a foodie penpal?!

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals Terms & Conditions

By signing up to participate in Foodie Penpals, you are hereby agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

-Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.

-Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your penpal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.

-Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program

-Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.

Failure to comply with these terms and conditions is grounds for dismissal from the Foodie Penpals Program.”

Healthy Banana Peanut Butter Cups

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been bringing homemade peanut butter cups to Thanksgiving dinner. They’re always a hit and I’ve definitely mastered the art of throwing them together quickly!

Unfortunately with my sweet tooth, I could eat 10 of them at a time.. I will eat anything with chocolate and peanut butter! Of course this means I had to figure out a way to make them healthier so I can have them more often.

Welcome my healthy banana peanut butter cups!

Yields 2 mini cups

Ingredients
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp agave nectar
2-4 banana slices, depending on the size of the banana
1 tbsp peanut flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
2 mini muffin cups

Directions
Mix the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil, and agave nectar until well combined. Add extra agave if you prefer a sweeter chocolate. Spoon half of the mixture into the bottom of the muffin cups and spread onto the sides. Press a banana slice into the bottom layer of chocolate. Place in the freezer for a few minutes to let this first layer set.

Mix the peanut flour, cinnamon, and water until well combined. Feel free to add some agave to this mixture as well if you’d like it a little sweeter. Spoon the peanut butter mixture on top of the banana slices, but make sure not to get it on the edges! Put this back in the freezer to set again.

Top with the other half of the chocolate mixture and sprinkle some coconut on top. Back in the freezer for the last time for just a few minutes!

These get pretty melty, so make sure to serve chilled and enjoy!

Speak Up!

What is your favorite go-to dessert?