Category: DESSERTS

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No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

This post is sponsored by RITZ Crackers. All opinions are entirely my own.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are easy, tasty and fantastic to serve over the holiday season.

I have made this type of no-bake bar many times. What I love about this recipe is how versatile it is.

You can switch the nut butter you use, of course, to satisfy your taste buds, and use crushed pretzels instead of raw almonds.

It is all about creating your own tasty holiday RITZ bar and using your imagination to the fullest extent. 

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

I partnered with RITZ Crackers to create a recipe that would be excellent for the holidays. I realized that I have never posted this rather charming dessert that my family and friends surely love.

Since I have three teenagers, RITZ Crackers are always in my pantry. Thankfully we have family size crackers in stores these days, so it is like buying in bulk, which I favor.

To be honest, I really like it because I can create quick bites, pack them in my kid’s lunch box, add an addition for a charcuterie board, or make a dessert using RITZ Crackers.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

These No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are perfect for holiday entertaining. Not too sweet, swift to make, packed with great quality ingredients, and if I may add very delicious.

I urge all you, moms and dads, or grandparents to grab a box or two over the holiday season. Create mindful memories by making your own RITZ recipe with your beautiful kids and grandkids.

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Holiday recipes

I have always included my children in preparing tasty meals and sweet treats, especially over the holidays.

There is nothing more special. It has become a sort of tradition in my household so we cannot wait until the season is here.

Recipe

You can find RITZ Family Size and Large Snack Crackers such as Wheat Thins 16oz, Chicken in a Biskit 12 oz, Triscuit 12.5 oz, in-store at Walmart and via Walmart online grocery.

Rollback offer at Walmart Family Size RITZ crackers on Rollback for $2,98.

What a great way to save during the holiday season?!

Rollback offer at Walmart Family Size RITZ crackers

Hey, if you make something tasty using RITZ Family Size Crackers and get inspired by my sweet treat please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking as well as #RITZCrackers

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No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars
Yield: 8 SERVINGS

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

These tasty bars are incredibly easy and tasty sweet treats.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz (143g) RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (113g) raw almonds, crush with a food processor
  • 3 oz (60g) granulated sugar
  • 6 oz (170g) almond butter
  • Topping:

Topping

  • 12-16 oz chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

GARNISH:

  • Shaved chocolate
  • Almonds

Instructions

  1. Using the back of the fork crush crackers then mix with melted butter.P
  2. lace raw almond in the food processor or a blender and crush until you get grainy grounded almonds; add to the crushed crackers and butter mixture.
  3. Add sugar and almond butter. Combine it well.
  4. Line your baking down with wax paper or parchment paper. The best way is to brush the bottom and sides of the baking pan with butter or oil and line the paper over it so it sticks.
  5. Now transfer the crust mixture to the baking pan.
  6. Oil your hands and press the crust mixture evenly. Pack it very well to the bottom and a bit to the side.
  7. Begin making the chocolate topping; Melt chocolate chips according to the product instructions. When the chocolate is completely melted mix in almond butter.
  8. 7Spread evenly on top of the crust. I oil my took or a wider knife to spread it evenly and effectually.
  9. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Slice however you desire and enjoy!
  10. You may garnish with shaved chocolate and almonds.

Notes

  • You may use peanut-butter if you wish.
  • Use crushed pretzels instead of the ground almonds in the crust.
  • You may use any type of chocolate as well as sweeteners that are zero sugar.
  • Also, you may drizzle some extra almond butter on the top and swirl it before refrigerating.

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    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

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    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

    These tasty, moist and beautiful Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins are absolutely amazing for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

    We were quite impressed by the gluten-free all-purpose flour and the way these muffins turned out. Yes, my family tried to eat gluten-free most of the time if we are not doing keto.

    I am not saying that pizza or regular pasta never finds its way to our bellies but you know what I mean?! Gluten-free makes us feel better inside and out.

    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

    These tasty muffins are measured, tested and retested so you can make them without any issues. Seriously, you guys they are super easy.

    So, if you have any ripe bananas that should be used just to make these yummy muffins. Also, I wrote in the notes alternative options.

    No, you do not have to use gluten-free four or lactose-free milk, or nuts in that matter, just use what you have. All-purpose flour, regular sugar or whole milk and butter would do exactly the same purpose.

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    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

    You can even shred some zucchini and carrots and use soaked raisins. Oh, possibilities are really endless when you start to play with recipes. Sometimes it works, and hey from time to time it just does not.

    These are just wonderful with a cup of tea or coffee. I do not breakfast eater but these hit the spot every time I snack on it with my afternoon coffee.

    If you try Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins or any other recipe from my blog, please tag me on INSTAGRAM. @sandraseasycooking #sandraseasycooking Thank you in advance!

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    Make sure BANANAS are ripe because they are so much better. Peel and mash with the back of the fork. Also, they keep muffins moist as well.

    If you have any other substitute for an egg then our ar more than welcome to use it. I love adding eggs into my banana bread or muffins. Coconut oil, lactose-free milk because we use that milk.

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    I believe it is really important to measure ingredients for baking. So invest in a good scale. I have a cup scale and I am in love with it. I have similar, so I am linking it from my amazon shop.

    Measuring Cup Scale with LCD Display Kitchen Jug Digital Food Liquid Measure Containers Tools

    Like I said in the recipe, you may use any type of nuts. I used almonds that I crushed in my blender. Walnuts are wonderful as well as pecans.

    If you have nut allergies than skip it and maybe use dried fruit soaked in hot water or liqueur. However, it is not necessary. You can also add some chopped apples.

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    Yes, you can make 12 smaller or regular size muffins or perhaps a loaf although you will have to watch on how long you have to bake it. Probably lower temperature at 350F for 45 minutes.

    The warm and tasty aroma while they are baking. Well, I have a feeling you guys going to love it.

    baked muffins
    muffins

    I would suggest to let these cool completely, about 30 to 45 minutes eating. Okay, I know you want to eat them right away but you will just make them mushy so wait for the best results.

    Check out the full recipe below. Happy Baking!

    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins
    Yield: 6 jumbo or 12 Regular

    Gluten-Free Banana Cocoa Muffins

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    DRY INGREDIENTS

    • 150-160g GF all-purpose flour
    • 7g cocoa powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 60g sugar (5-6 tablespoons), I used Truvia sweetener
    • Dash of salt (1/8 teaspoon)
    • 85g Nuts (3 oz); almond, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.

    WET INGREDIENTS

    • 400-500g ripe bananas (14-16 ounces), mash
    • 5 tablespoon coconut oil (67-70g)
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2-3 tablespoons Lactose-free whole milk

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (190°C)
    2. Measure and prep everything. I mesh bananas and add wet ingredients to bananas right after measuring dry ingredients.
    3. Add wet to dry mixture and combine it together. Lastly, add some type of nuts. You do not have to but it tastes really good. Also, you may add chocolate chips instead. I used crushed almonds but you may use walnuts, pecans or any other on hand. READ NOTES
    4. Now grease a bit muffin cups and add 3/4 of the muffin cup with the batter. Never add all the way to the edge because it will go over so just fill 3/4 and allow these muffins to rise while baking.
    5. Bake at the PREHEATED oven. You know your oven the best, you can bake it at 400F or 375F,, between 22 and 25 minutes. IF the muffins are smaller please check with the toothpick after 18-20 minutes of baking.

    Notes

    ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS

    Regular milk, all-purpose flour, sugar.

    Unsalted butter instead of coconut oil.

    Dutch cocoa instead of raw cocoa powder.

    You can make it nut-free and use dried fruit soaked in water or liqueur.

    There are different types of gluten-free flour, I used one from Bob Red Mill Click HERE

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    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert all summer long.

    I heard that every good Southern lady should know how to properly make delicious jello salad. Well, I must say, yours truly, was not born here in the United States.

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    I know that so many of you already know that fact about me. If you have never heard me talk, I do have an accent. It gets thicker when I am tired. I have kids so we are an English speaking family, but they do understand Serbo-Croatian very well too.

    Every so often, it gets extremely annoying when people do not even try to understand what I am trying to say. I do not think that I am hard to understand at all.

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    Needless to say, when people do not even try to understand me, all I desired to do is to turn around and walk away. Also, try really hard not to punch them.

    Nevertheless, I have been living in the gorgeous city of Nashville for 21 years, more than half of my life, so I have rightfully earned the privilege to call myself a Southern lady. So, I will bring to the table my version on the most popular Southern Jello Salad.

    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad in the pan after cooling.

    You could use a large bowl for trifle and create a beautiful dessert centerpiece. Perhaps for a smaller party, you can make individual desserts just by serving them in glasses.

    With that being said, my family literally devoured this strawberry jello summer salad. I mean what’s not to like.

    Summer Salad

    We have cream cheese here and whipped topping, luscious strawberries, jello, plus graham crackers with butter. If you are like me, I know every pan corner will be licked clean.

    If you make this recipe or if I inspire you to make any of my recipes please tag me on Instagram @sandraseasycooking and use hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

    To me, it’s all about sharing food so I would love to share at least a picture of your creation with others. Thank you in advance!

    Southern Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad
    Yield: Serves 8

    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Chill Time: 6 hours
    Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes

    Strawberry Jello Summer Salad is undoubtedly an easy, fabulous and tasty recipe. We enjoy nothing but this incredibly simple and classic dessert.

    Ingredients

    • TOPPING
    • 2 packages (8.5g - 4-serving size each) Jell-O™ strawberry-flavored gelatin ( used sugar-free)
    • 1 3/4 cups (14 oz/412ml) Boiling water
    • 1 box (16 oz/500 ) strawberries, plus for serving
    • CRUST
    • 10 graham crackers, crushed
    • 1/4 cup (55g) unsalted butter, melted
    • FILLING
    • 1 container (8 oz/226g) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed
    • 1 package (8 oz/226g) cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar (I used Truvia )
    • 1 tablespoon (13g) vanilla extract

    Instructions

    1. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in sliced strawberries; refrigerate until partially set, about 45 minutes
    2. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, mix ingredients for CRUST. Press into ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Bake 7-10 minutes. Cool it completely.
    3. In a medium bowl, beat ingredients for FILLING with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Spread over crust. Make sure it goes to the very end sealing the edges so the topping doesn't leak though. It is okay if it does but for the perfect separation of each layer it is the best if you seal it. Cover and refrigerate until cool and gelatin topping in the bowl is partially set.
    4. Carefully spoon gelatin TOPPING over filling. Refrigerate 4 to 6 hours or until firm. I like adding more fresh strawberries when I serve this dessert.

    Notes

    You may add other fruit such as pineapple or peaches. Possibilities are endless.

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