Posted by: Lauren | January 18, 2010

we heart peanut butter

Hi guys! It’s been awhile! I started this post a few days ago, and didn’t get a chance to finish. I’m reminded this week how precious life is. Between the devastation in Haiti, and the death of Emma, a friend from my high school youth group, I am reminded that I can’t take ONE single day, nor one loved one, or blessing in my life for granted. I hadn’t seen Emma in years, but she had the most beautiful smile, loved people so much, and I have some awesome memories rooming with her on a Florida youth group trip in high school. I know Emma is in a perfect place, she loved Jesus, and I know she is with Him now.

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders-he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.” Psalm 55:22. If you’re a praying person, please keep praying for the people of Haiti, and for Emma’s family, I truly can’t imagine the kind of pain any of these people are going through. Also, if you’ve wanted to help Haiti financially, please visit

Well, here is the rest of the post I wrote a few days ago….


I knew Joe and I liked peanut butter, but it wasn’t until I was looking at some pictures on my memory card that had a very common theme. We consume A LOT of peanut butter in this house. Whether it’s a Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, topped on some oat bran or oatmeal, or some sweet no bake treats, we love it. By the way, I’m so glad to hear that so many of you love the smoothie as much as we do! For you newbies, frozen bananas are key!

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


Dates with peanut butter (and a chocolate chip)


Joe’s famous peanut butter and jelly swirl (when he first made this YEARS ago I thought it looked nasty-but oh man, it’s good.


Peanut Butter “Lara” bites


I’ve seen on blogs people make no bake balls that are similar to the Lara bars. I know the Lara bars I’ve had have dates, some kind of nut, and dried fruit, so that was my starting point. I’ve made these twice now and they are delish!

15 dates

Big spoonful of peanut butter

Dried cherries

Pulse dates in a food processor or magic bullet (that’s what I have) until it becomes a paste. Then add the peanut butter and cherries and pulse again. Scoop out with a spoon and form into balls. Set in fridge.

These were so good Joe asked me to make more, so I made with more dates and peanut butter but sans dried fruit (at his request, lame I know) and put in his lunch. I think it is definitely a good source of fats, protein, and good carbs.

No bake peanut butter cookies

I’ve shown these on the blog before, but haven’t made them in awhile. I found the recipe at They are really good, especially when you refrigerate overnight! Click here for the recipe. (Recipe calls for all purpose flour, but I’ve also had success with whole wheat.)

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My Go-To Breakfast: Oatmeal or Oat Bran with Bananas, Cinnamon, and P.B.


My favorite combo:

1/4 cup oat bran

1 cup water

Lots of cinnamon

About 1/2 tsp. chia seeds (stirred in at end)

Top with spoonful of peanut butter and half a banana.

Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Syrup and Peanut Butter

Our go-to ice cream is Breyer’s since there isn’t weird yucky stuff in there, and my favorite chocolate syrup is Trader Joe’s brand-no high fructose corn syrup. Topped with just a tiny amount of peanut butter and it’s such a yummy dessert.



More recipes and photos to share soon…

“Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble.” Proverbs 17:17

I love you guys!





  1. Lauren, I’ve been meaning to tell you that I made your peanut butter and banana smoothie….yum!!! Sooo easy and sooo sooo yummy!!!!

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m planning on passing the goodness along! :o)

    • Steph! I’m so glad!! Thanks for letting me know!

  2. Hi Lauren, AKA Pnut Butter Chick! I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, Emma! My heart goes out to her family and all who knew her. In another post, you asked about how to keep from getting bored with workouts. Well, I decided that I needed to change my four mile workout/standard squats, wts, which became boring and lacked challenge. Now, I’m turning on Fit TV at various times of day and doing the workouts that are on at the time. Do you get that channel? It’s awesome! You probably know all about it. I knew about it and had forgotten. I love the Bollywood Dance, Weightloss Workout, Afro-Latino Dance girl, Namaste Yoga (love that woman’s voice), even Gilad (ha) etc. I am finding that different parts of my body are getting sore so it’s a good sign that I’m recruiting different muscles. I’ll race you to get ripped! HA!! Since I vary the time, the workouts are different. I also went to the park the other day for a change of scenery. I jogged, walked, and ran up a loooong set of stairs several times there. So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I love and miss you so much!

    • Thanks Aunt Sharon! Wow-you’re an inspiration with all of your work outs! We don”t get the channel currently, but we are actually switching to satellite since it was a better deal than our really bad cable, believe it or not, so I might have it then! Way to go! I have no idea what half of those shows are-but they’re totally intriguing! I wish I could work out with you 😦 Love and miss you tons and tons!

  3. YUM! Can’t wait to try the pb no-bakes! I’m a PB head too. LOVE LOVE LOVE It. Great pics!

    • Thanks Julie-yes you’ll love those no bake cookies-and they’re sooo easy!

  4. So sorry for your loss, Lauren.

    There are so many delicious sweet treats in this post!! I love making mock Laras. I need to use up my dates and pecans…I might have to give it another go.

    Those no bake cookies look fantastic too!

    • Thank you, Allie. You are the pecan girl-I’d love to see your ideas!

  5. wow, you do like your peanut butter! And, you combine it with all the right things : )

  6. So sorry to hear about your friend, Emma. I will keep her in my prayers. Your peanut butter treats all look so good! I am totally on to the healthy snacks like cookies and balls. 🙂 I just made some little “lara” bar-like balls the other day, they are great. Hope your day is blessed.

    • Thanks so much, Paula. So sweet.

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