No dairy?? Thats ok…we have brownies

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dairy free browniesA dairy-free diet is becoming more of a norm these days and I have several friends that are making that choice in their diet, but it can be difficult to find desserts that are delicious, easy and fun while still being dairy-free.  My sis-in-law is eating dairy-free right now and so for family dinner night I am always searching for something fun to make for her, as she LOVES dessert as much as I do. 

Brownies are a favorite with both of us, okay really our whole family, so it was my first priority to find a brownie recipe that she could enjoy…and these dairy-free brownies are perfect.  The brownies are super moist and delicious…really they are just as good as the brownies loaded with dairy…trust me you need to try these!! 

Make sure you check back often for additional dairy-free recipes as I am always on the look for some great options for all my sweet friends and family!!

Dairy-Free Brownies
Serves 30
A delicious dairy-free brownie that everyone can enjoy
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 2/3 cup flour
  2. 1 cup white sugar
  3. 1 cup brown sugar
  4. 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1 cup vegetable oil
  9. 1 tbsp. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Line a 9x13 baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray, set aside
  3. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder & salt until well blended
  4. Add in water, oil & vanilla
  5. Mix well, until smooth, making sure no lumps remain
  6. Pour batter, and smooth, into prepared pan
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the pan
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes and then cut into squares and serve
  9. ENJOY!!!
Notes
  1. Each brownie is 4 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 154 Calories from Fat 69 Total Fat 7.6g Saturated Fat 1.6g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 80mg Potassium 65mg Total Carbohydrates 21.1g Dietary Fiber 0.9g Sugars 11.5g Protein 1.5g
  2. Vitamin A 0% - Vitamin C 0% - Calcium 2% - Iron 5%
  3. Nutrition Grade D
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Go ahead and save some calories and points while enjoying these delicious dairy-free brownies!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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A Man’s Dinner…

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steak marinade Today is The Hubby and my Anniversary!!  We have been married for 9 amazing years…it is so crazy to think it has been 9 years.  It seems just like yesterday that I was meeting The Hubby and falling in love…I never knew I could love someone as much as I love him and that love could grow deeper and deeper with each passing day.  OK, I know enough mushy stuff, but in honor of our Anniversary I wanted to create a meal that The Hubby would love and bring together some of his favorite things…MEAT & POTATOES!!

I don’t know if every man is the same but most of the men in my life would eat a steak for every meal if they could, and if you asked The Hubby he would have a potato of some sort with every meal as well.  As you know sometimes the meat and potato meals can get kinda boring and ordinary…but this combo takes it to the next level…and it is all grilled!!!

To start things off I decided to throw together a marinade for a few steaks.  Now to be honest we do not normally marinade steaks, but I wanted to change things up a bit and give it a try.  I am so glad I did…this marinade creates a light glaze over the steaks as they grill while giving a great flavor and bite to the steak without masking the flavor of the meat.  This marinade would also be great if you were using a tough cut of meat such as a flank steak, as it would tenderize the meat a little, just make sure to marinade it for at least 8 hours but overnight would be best.  This flavor combo would also work great on pork, chicken or shrimp as well.

 

The Very Best (Steak) Marinade EVER
Serves 6
A super easy marinade perfect for steaks, or chicken, pork or fish, that not only tenderize the meat but also creates a beautiful color and glaze
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  2. 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp pepper
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp chili powder
  7. 1/4 tsp ground ginger
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients
  2. Open a gallon size plastic Ziploc style bag and place in a large bowl - this helps to keep bag upright and to make sure meat is covered by marinade
  3. Place steaks (or your preferred protein) into bag
  4. Pour marinade over meat and close bag, removing as much air as possible
  5. Squish bag around to make sure all the meat is covered in marinade
  6. Place back in bowl and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours but 4 is preferable
  7. Remove protein from marinade, discarding marinade and cook meat as desired - we grilled the steaks over medium high heat for 6-8 minutes on each side for medium rare
Notes
  1. I would add 1 point per serving as most of the marinade is thrown out
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 74 Calories from Fat 15 Total Fat 1.7g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 1206mg Potassium 79mg Total Carbohydrates 14.2g Sugars 12.2g Protein 1.5g
  2. Vitamin A 3% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 2% - Iron 4%
  3. Nutrition Grade B
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
grilled hasselback Now for the potato portion of the meal.  I wanted a baked potato but I wanted to make it a little more special.  As you know there are Hasselback potatoes all over Pinterest but I have never tried one before…so I decided this was the perfect time.  Just fair warning, make sure you do not cut the potatoes all the way through, it can become quite the pain if you do.   

The great thing about these potatoes is that you can do so much with them.  You could change-up the herbs and make them more southwestern by adding in some cilantro and chili powder.  Or your could make it like a loaded potato and add in some cheese & bacon and then top them with sour cream and chives when you serve them.  Trust me the possibilities are endless.

Grilled Hasselback Potato
Serves 4
A fun grilled potato that is loaded with tons of flavor and fun
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 4 baking potatoes, washed and towel dried
  2. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 2 oz parmesan cheese, grated
  4. 2 tbsp dried basil
  5. 2 tbsp. butter
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tbsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill for medium high heat, or oven at 375
  2. Cut a thin on the bottom of each potato (lengthwise) so the potato has an even base for it to sit on
  3. Slice off each end of potato
  4. Place two chopsticks on either side of the potato, this will be your guide as you slice the potato
  5. Using a very sharp knife, carefully cut vertical slices across each potato about every1/8th inch, making sure to not cut all the way through the potato
  6. Rinse potatoes under water, fanning it out to rinse potato between cuts
  7. Place potatoes on microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 5 minutes, turn potatoes 1/2 turn and microwave for another 5 minutes
  8. In a small microwave safe bowl combine garlic, cheese, basil, butter, salt & pepper and microwave for 30-45 minutes stirring to combine
  9. Place each potato on a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil, bringing the sides up a little to create a little bowl
  10. Evenly brush butter mixture over each potato, getting into the cuts as much as possible
  11. Close foil around each potato to make a pouch
  12. Place on grill, or on a rimmed baking sheet in the oven, and cook for 35-40 minutes(maybe 40-45 in the oven) or until potatoes are soft in the center and crispy on the edges
  13. Remove from grill, or oven, and let rest for 5 minutes and then carefully remove from foil
  14. Serve and ENJOY!!
Notes
  1. Each potato is 6 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 234 Calories from Fat 82 Total Fat 9.1g Saturated Fat 5.8g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 25mg Sodium 772mg Potassium 759mg Total Carbohydrates 32.9g Dietary Fiber 2.8g Sugars 1.2g Protein 8.5g
  2. Vitamin A 6% - Vitamin C 55% - Calcium 16% - Iron 10%
  3. Nutrition Grade B-
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
This steak and potatoes meal was definitely a hit with The Hubby and I know it will be with your family as well!!

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

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A little of me & a little of him

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peanut choc breadMy most favorite flavor in the whole world is pumpkin.  I mean I love it so much that when the Pumpkin Spice Latte makes it appearance at Starbucks each fall I shed a tear or two of pure happiness.  It is not just about the coffee though I love pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pancakes…really pumpkin anything.   

The Hubby’s favorite flavor is peanut butter.  He loves all things peanut butter.  He likes it in desserts, peanut butter toast, a PB&J sandwich…I think I could put it on just about anything and he would love it.  One evening The Hubby and I were talking about pumpkin, I might have been tweeting Starbucks asking them to bring the pumpkin latte back sooner than later, and he mentioned that I should figure out a way to bring peanut butter and pumpkin together…and then I found my inspiration. 

I was on Pinterest and I saw a PB&J bread and I knew right then, I would use pumpkin and spices in place of the jelly to create a delicious pumpkin peanut butter bread that both of us would love.  As I was mixing everything up I couldn’t get the idea of adding some chocolate chips to the mix out of my head so oila we now had Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread.  The name might be long but trust me it is worth the extra breath.

I also made an extra loaf to share and everyone who had some LOVED it.  I already have plans to make this bread to add to some fall goodie baskets for my friends and family.  It is definitely a keeper.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
Serves 12
A delicious breakfast bread that brings together all of my favorite things
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  2. 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1/4 cup sugar
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 1 tbsp. molasses
  8. 1 1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 2 cups flour
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray
  3. In a large mixing bowl whisk together yogurt, pumpkin, eggs and peanut butter until smooth
  4. Stir in sugars, molasses, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda until just combined
  5. Stir in flour
  6. Fold in 3/4 cup of chocolate chips until just combined
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan
  8. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of batter
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean
  10. Let cool and then slice
  11. ENJOY!!
  12. FYI...this bread freezes beautifully!!
Notes
  1. Each slice has 7 WW+ Points
Nutritional Info
  1. Calories 273 Calories from Fat 96 Total Fat 10.6g Saturated Fat 4.4g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 178mg Potassium 198mg Total Carbohydrates 38.2g Dietary Fiber 2.2g Sugars 18.9g Protein 7.1g
  2. Vitamin A 49% - Vitamin C 1% - Calcium 5% - Iron 16%
  3. Nutrition Grade B+
The Half Baked Life http://www.thehalfbakedlife.com/
Get ready for fall with this bread that brings together 2 of our family favorites, while adding in some extra fun with a little chocolate.

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  Happy (half) Baked Day – MJ

 

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