Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza

This Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza is a fun dessert to surprise your family with on Friday night pizza night.  Cookies, banana, and pudding takes this pizza crust to new levels.

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Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza - layers of pizza crust, bananas, and Oreos makes this a fun dessert pizza to enjoy
Friday nights are almost always pizza and movie night in our house. My husband and his brothers used to own a pizza place years ago.  And they grew up eating homemade pizza from their parents.   So most of our pizza nights start with us making homemade pizzas too.  It is such a fun tradition to continue with our kids.

We aren’t complete pizza snobs though…there are those buy days where it is just easier to pick up a hot one from a pizza place in town.

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza - layers of pizza crust, bananas, and Oreos makes this a fun dessert pizza to enjoy
I also tend to always have ready to go pizza crusts in my refrigerator.  Thank you Pillsbury for all the easy ready to made doughs that make my life a little easier.

Homemade pizza dough really isn’t that hard at all.  Which reminds me…I still need to share my hubby’s pizza dough recipe here.  It’s so easy, even I have made it without fail.

But a pizza crust in a can is perfect for busy days or when you want dinner in a hurry. One of my favorite quick pizzas is this Southwest Ranch Chicken Bacon Club Pizza.   Everyone can put their own toppings on if they like.

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza - layers of pizza crust, bananas, and Oreos makes this a fun dessert pizza to enjoy
But the biggest way I use those pizza crusts in a can is for dessert.  This Apple Biscoff Crumble Pizza never lasts long when I make it here. The ripe bananas on the counter were challenging me to find a new way to use them this time.

There are only so many bread and muffins and cakes one can think of.  Ok, that was a total and complete lie.  I have so many lists of things to make…maybe I’ll get through them all in 10 years :-)

Somehow a package of Oreo’s made it through without one of the kids finding them.  Hot fudge and cookie crumbs added to the top makes this an impressive looking dessert pizza.  It kind of resembles a banana cream pie, but not really.

Bake and cool the crust first.  Whisk together the pudding while it cools.  You can keep this layer in the refrigerator until the crust cools completely.  Do not put the pudding on a hot crust!  Unless you like melty pudding messes!

Then all you do is layer everything  onto the crust.  Spread half the pudding and cover it with sliced bananas and cookie chunks.  Spread the rest of the pudding on top.  Add a small layer of Cool Whip to even it all out.  Drizzle the hot fudge and sprinkle some cookie crumbs to finish it off. Easy peasy, right?

Dessert pizza needs to become part of our pizza night tradition for sure…

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza - layers of pizza crust, bananas, and Oreos makes this a fun dessert pizza to enjoy

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Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 15 slices

Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza

Layers of bananas, cookies, and pudding make this Oreo Banana Cream Pie Pizza a fun way to end dinner on pizza night.

Ingredients

1 can refrigerated pizza crust (I used Pillsbury)
1 - 3.3 ounce box instant banana cream pudding
1 cup milk
2 cups Cool Whip, divided
3 ripe bananas
7 chocolate cream filled cookies
2 Tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping

Instructions

  1. Bake the crust 12 minutes according to the package directions. Let cool completely.
  2. Whisk together the pudding mix and milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread half the pudding over the cooled crust.
  3. Top with sliced bananas. Crumble 6 of the cookies into large chunks and sprinkle around the banana slices. Top with the remaining pudding mixture.
  4. Gently spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top. Drizzle with warm hot fudge. Crush the last cookie and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour before serving. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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 A few more fun dessert ideas for pizza night:

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Brownie Fruit Pizza

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 Banana Nutella Quesadillas

Berry Coconut Crisp

Summer time means eating as many fresh fruits as possible.  Try mixing those berries and making this Berry Coconut Crisp the next time you need a dessert.  A scoop of ice cream takes it over the top.

Warm berries, crunchy crisp, and melty ice cream…oh, yeah!

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

Do you have monsters that live in your house?

Ha!  We have fruit monsters, candy monsters, cheese monsters, and of course we can’t forget about the Oreo monsters.  I try hiding the candy and Oreos in different places each time to throw the monsters off, but the cheese and fruit has to stay in the fridge.  I have tried putting it in the very back with boxes of salad in front of it.  Either it gets found or I totally forget that it’s in there.

By the time I remember and want to make something, the monsters have either eaten it, or it has fuzzy green stuff growing on it.  I have started to just leave the fruit out in the open on the top shelf, because really who wants to waste money on fruit that goes bad.

I do that enough with veggies in the bottom drawer.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

My daughter and husband love fresh cherries.  Something about eating a fruit that allows you to “spit” a seed or something like that makes it more fun.

The first bag of cherries disappeared before I had a chance to make up this Berry Coconut Crisp idea that was swirling about in my head.  Ggggrrrr to opening the fridge and not seeing those berries anywhere…I had to tell myself that at least they got eaten.

Back to the store to get more berries to bake with.  This time I was smart and bought extra for snacking and for enjoying this Berry Coffee Cake for breakfast one morning.   Of course a few “extras” always end up in the cart when I go shopping for just one thing.  I can’t resist that baking aisle ever.

Oh, and a few cartons of ice cream might have made their way into the cart.  I mean it is summer, so we have to eat it.  It’s one of those rules that I do not argue with.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

Prep the berries by washing them and pitting the cherries.  You can also cut the cherries in half like I did, or you can leave them whole.  It really doesn’t matter much in this yummy crisp.

Mix the berries and some coconut with a little bit of flour and cinnamon right in your baking dish.  There is no reason to dirty too many dishes today.  Then mix the rest of the dry ingredients in a bowl and cut the cold butter in until it looks like crumbs.  You can use two knives or a fork to do this.

Or buy a pastry blender to save some muscle work….I have decided that a pastry blender is definitely going on my shopping list next.  Cutting cold butter into flour and oats will give your arm muscles a work out.

Or maybe I’m just weak and need to do more time at the gym.  That’s also very possible.  Summer time has me skipping days there.

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

After you have the topping ready, spoon it evenly over the fruit.  Throw it in the oven for 40 minutes for the berries to bake down and the topping to get all crispy.   Ok, fine don’t throw it, just place it nice and gently in the hot oven and wait for the crispy magic to happen.

This is one dessert that you can enjoy right out of the oven.  I love a warm berry crisp with ice cream melting over the top of it.  There are others (like my husband) who prefer it cold with the  ice cream not melting on top.  Either way works…but honestly try it warm at least once.  It’s so good.

I may have enjoyed a bowl of this for breakfast one morning.  It is fruit and oats after all with a scoop of dairy on top.  Wink, wink!

Eating dessert for breakfast and skipping the gym are probably not two of my best ideas…

Berry Coconut Crisp - cherries and blueberries topped with a coconut crisp topping

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Berry Coconut Crisp

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Berry Coconut Crisp

Blueberries, cherries, and coconut with a crispy coconut topping. Serve it warm with ice cream for a delicious after dinner dessert.

Ingredients

For the Berries
2 cups blueberries
2 cups pitted, halved cherries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup shredded coconut
For the Crisp Topping
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 Tablespoons butter
Vanilla Ice Cream

Instructions

  1. Combine the blueberries and cherries in a 2 quart casserole dish. Stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and coconut and toss with the berries.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, coconut, and cinnamon. Cut in the cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Spread over the berry mixture in the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove and serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Store in a covered container.
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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

This No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert is a keeper for all those hot summer days.  The BEST Banana Split of all times in a no bake cheesecake form.

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Let’s talk about the weather for just a minute.

Apparently our summer doesn’t realize what month we are in.  The other day it was cloudy and rainy, then it cleared up and was sunny and 87 degrees.  It was the perfect day to chill out at the pool.  We all came home a little bit red after spending 4 hours in the sun.

The very next day it was only 75 degrees, and I’m thinking it was even colder by the time we went to baseball practice.  I was sitting on the bleachers freezing my buns off because who knew I needed a sweater in July in the midwest.

All in less than 48 hours we had summer and spring!  So not happy I tell you!  This is the month I actually like hot days because it means lots of lazy days at the pool.  I can’t get behind pool days when it is in the 70 something outside.  It just doesn’t seem right to pay money to be cold at the pool.

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

Now most of the time in summer you are scorching hot and want nothing to do with baking.  Well, do I have just the recipe for you.  That is if your summer is cooperating more than mine is.

In 20 minutes you can have layers of cheesecake, banana, strawberry, and chocolate pudding on top of an Oreo cookie crust.

How good does that sound to you?  It is definitely a treat worthy of winning round 3 in Banana Split Week.

Now I do have to warn you of a few things:

1.  This dessert is heavy.  No, not the actual food itself.  The pan has some girth to it when you pick it up and move it to the refrigerator.  Have your muscles ready.
2.  You will not be able to stop eating this dessert.  Make it for a picnic where there will be others to share it with because it is dangerous to be around.
3.  Do not attempt to cut this into picture perfect pieces.  I may have butchered half the cake trying to get one piece where you could see the layers of goodness.
4.  This dessert is best eaten within 24-48 hours of making it.  Once you slice strawberries they start to get juicy.  Juicy does not mix well with pudding and cookies.
5.  Did I mention how many slices I ate?  Let’s keep it that way.  Like I said…it’s dangerous.  I’m thinking it’s probably the best Banana Split Dessert EVAH!!  So yeah, beat that!

Make sure you visit Aimee today and see her No Bake Banana Split Cheesecake Bars.  It looks amazing!

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert - easy no bake cheesecake that's perfect for any picnic

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No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 slices

No Bake Banana Split Oreo Dessert

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups crushed Oreo cookie crumbs, divided
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 mashed ripe bananas
5 cups Cool Whip, divided
3 sliced ripe bananas
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 - 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk
Oreo cookies, broken in half

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups Oreo crumbs and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Refrigerate.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the mashed bananas and beat again. Slowly mix in 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon onto the crust and spread out.
  3. Place the sliced bananas over the banana cheesecake layer. Top with the strawberry slices.
  4. Whisk together the pudding mixes and milk. Fold in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spoon gently over the strawberry layer. Spread out very carefully. Top with the remaining 2 cups Cool Whip and spread out. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 crumbs. Cut into 24 squares and top each square with an Oreo half. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

This dessert is best served within 24-48 hours of preparing it.

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 More delicious and easy no bake treats for when the weather is too hot to bake:

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Sixlets No Bake Cookies

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Coconut Cream Fruit Dip

Looking for a sweet and tropical dip for all the fruit you will be eating this summer?  This Coconut Cream Fruit Dip is great for dipping or for stirring fruit into.  Bring it to any picnic or party and be prepared to hand out the recipe.  It’s that good.

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip - coconut cream and marshmallow cream make this dip irresistible to dip your fruit in

I am slowly converting my non coconut loving children into coconut lovers.

They used to resist anything and everything that had coconut in it.  But since I happen to puffy heart love the white stuff, I just keep adding it to my baking and treats.  And over time those picky coconut hating children of ours have started to “not mind” it.

Give me a few more months of adding coconut to everything, and I will be waiting for them to profess their love for all things coconut too.

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip - coconut cream and marshmallow cream make this dip irresistible to dip your fruit in

A few weeks ago we had a ladies meeting at our church.  Of course I had to bring some sort of dessert, right?  These Coconut Oreo Shortcakes were on my counter waiting to go over, but I wanted something else.  Some thing cool and creamy and delicious.

I opened the cupboards and stared into them.  I heard angels start singing as I pulled the can of Cream of Coconut out of the back.  This was it!  My tropical loving tastebuds wanted a creamy, coconut dip to put fruit into.  Or to eat by the spoonfuls.  Whatever floats your boat!

Coconut Cream

Let’s talk about the Cream of Coconut for a sec, ok?

Head right to the alcohol aisle in your grocery store.  This is NOT an alcoholic product, but they sell it in this aisle for drinks and such.  One big tip for using this product:  place the unopened can in a bowl of hot water to soften the cream.  It is much easier to use when it is soft.

Beat the cream cheese first.  Then slowly add the cream of coconut and marshmallow cream to the mixture.  If you add everything at once and try to beat it, you will have cream cheese chunks.  It won’t affect the taste, but it won’t look as pretty and creamy.  Trust  me on this one!  A little bit of rum extract adds that extra hit of tropical island wonder to this dip.  If you can’t find it or don’t like it, feel free to use vanilla.  But seriously, try the rum extract first because it truly is amazing!

Fold in some Cool Whip to give it that fluffy texture.  I like to use a flat rubber spatula to lift the mixture up and over.  You can refrigerate the dip to chill it or just grab some fruit (or a spoon) and go to town on it.

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip - coconut cream and marshmallow cream make this dip irresistible to dip your fruit in

The ladies in my church loved this dip and have been patiently waiting for me to post the recipes.  Can I just say how much I love the support and love I get for my crazy baking from everyone in my life?  I absolutely adore sharing these recipes with the friends in my life and my awesome readers here.  Without your support I wouldn’t be able to “work” the job of a life time.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Now run (do not walk, do not pass go) to the nearest grocery store because this dip needs to happen in your life ASAP!!!

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip - coconut cream and marshmallow cream make this dip irresistible to dip your fruit in

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Coconut Cream Fruit Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 cups dip

Coconut Cream Fruit Dip

Coconut cream and marshmallow cream create a delicious and creamy dip. Perfect for dunking any fruit into.

Ingredients

1 - 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 can cream of coconut
1/2 cup marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 cups Cool Whip

Instructions

  1. Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Place the can of cream of coconut in a bowl of hot water to soften. Open the can and spoon into the cream cheese. Beat again. Add the marshmallow cream and extract and beat again.
  2. Fold the Cool Whip into the creamed mixture gently. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with fruit.

Notes

*The cream of coconut can be found in any grocery store in the alcohol aisle. Cream of Coconut is non alcoholic though!

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 More delicious ways to enjoy coconut:

Coconut Fudge Pie

Coconut Fudge Pie

Oreo Coconut Cream Truffles

Oreo Coconut Cream Truffles

Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake

More coconut goodness from blog friends: 

Toasted Coconut Donuts from Lemons for Lulu
Coconut Key Lime Bread from Blahnik Baker
Chocolate Coconut Dessert from Roxana’s Home Baking
Coconut Pudding Cake from Shugary Sweets

Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares

Adding soda pop to Jello creates a fun twist to the classic cold dessert.  These Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares go one step farther with a cute little cherry hat.  Perfect for surprising everyone with at those summer picnics and parties.

Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares - cherry Jello & cherry Dr. Pepper make a fun summer treat
These Jello squares have been haunting me for 2 years.

Did you know you could substitute your favorite flavor of soda in place of water to make Jello?  Think of all the variations you can do with this info.

I actually made these Jello squares 2 years ago for a picnic.  I snapped a few pictures before we left thinking it would be fine.  Well, turns out that Jello is a little bit harder to photograph than other desserts.  It may be the cheapest dessert on the block, but it will give you a run for your money when you try to capture a good headshot.

Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares - cherry Jello & cherry Dr. Pepper make a fun summer treat

The pictures I took in a hurry definitely were not usable.  Or I’m just extremely picky when it comes to sharing photos here.  Whatever the reason…I never posted the recipe and picture here.

A few weeks ago while we were driving home from Florida, I was writing up a list of “to do” recipes that I wanted to make this summer.  The infamous soda Jello finally made it back on the list.  We got home, finished the mountain of laundry, and did some grocery shopping.  A 2 liter of Dr. Pepper and 4 boxes of Jello were part of that grocery trip.   I was so excited for the Jello that I made it the very next day, and took pictures a day after that.

Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares - cherry Jello & cherry Dr. Pepper make a fun summer treat

Fun fact about food blogging.  As soon as you make a recipe, you will see or find at least 10 others with the same idea.

My good friend Ashton posted her Cherry Coke Jello last week, while these Dr. Pepper Jello Squares were still in my refrigerator.  Summer time is definitely Jello time, so it was no surprise to me when I saw all the different versions of Jello popping up all over the place.

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These Jello squares are seriously so easy to do.  Spray a pan with some non stick spray and wipe out the excess with a napkin.  This will keep your Jello from sticking later.   A flat spatula also is helpful for removing the squares after they set up.

I heated the Dr. Pepper over medium to high heat until it came to a boil.  You need to watch it because it heats very quickly.  It will bubble the entire time it is heating up, but wait until you see the bigger bubbles to remove it from the heat.  Stir in all the packs of Jello and stir until it is completely dissolved.  Pour it into your prepared pan and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours.

Cut your Jello into squares using a hot knife.  Run the knife under hot water and dry it off.  This works for any dessert that you want to cut into a nice clean slice.

Swirl on a little bit of Cool Whip and a cherry with the stem.   These cute little squares are ready for a picnic now.  Or just for you to devour one at a time.

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Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 36 Jello squares

Cherry Dr. Pepper Jello Squares

Cherry Jello and cherry Dr. Pepper topped with Cool Whip and a cherry make a fun summer treat to share at any picnic.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cherry Dr. Pepper
4 boxes (3 oz. each) cherry Jello
Cool Whip
maraschino cherries with stems

Instructions

  1. Place the Dr. Pepper in a large saucepan and heat over medium - high heat until it starts to boil. Remove from the heat and stir in all the Jello packets until completely dissolved.
  2. Spray an 8x8 pan with non stick spray and wipe out with a paper towel. Pour the hot Jello into the pan and refrigerate until completely set.
  3. Cut into 36 squares and remove with a spatula. Top with Cool Whip and a cherry. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.

Notes

Slightly adapted from Kraft Jello Jigglers

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/06/cherry-dr-pepper-jello-squares/

 More fun and delicious Jello recipes for those summer picnics:

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Cherry Jello Salad

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More Jello recipes from blog friends:

Jello Cheesecake Trifle from Shugary Sweets
Pineapple Jell-O Salad from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Gatorade Jello Squares from Cookies and Cups

Java Chip Milkshake

June is National Dairy Month, and I am dairy excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association this year to bring you delicious treats to help you get your recommended servings.

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink to enjoy on a hot summer day

All things summer are happening around our house.  That is just udder-ly ridiculous that it is already June.  Wasn’t it just snowing the other day?   We even did our big family vacation last week after the last day of school was over.  Our summer calendar was already full, so that week was the only one that worked well for us to get away.

Now we are home and adjusting to our summer schedule.   Those are two dreaded words that all school kids do not like to hear during the summer.  My husband and I want to be dairy sure that our kids are not spending all their time watching TV, and that they are eating healthy while they are home this summer.   There will be plenty of fun things that they can do for the next 2 1/2 months that do not involve screens.  Today they are already pulling out the sprinkler for some extra ordin-dairy fun on the trampoline.

My job this summer is to make sure that they are making good choices when it comes to eating.  I want to make sure they are grazing on fruits, veggies, yogurt, and milk this summer instead of the cookies and cake that is always in our kitchen thanks to the crazy baking I like to do all the time.  Did you know that most people do not eat the recommended servings of dairy each day?  Dietary experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy each day.  Most people need to add another serving of dairy per day to reach that quota.

Cud you believe that?

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

Milkshakes are one of our favorite summertime treats to make.  They are so easy to customize and change up each and every time.  Our kids are always in the moo-d for a cold treat on a hot day.  Scratch that…they like these on any day of the year.  It keeps me moo-tivated to make these icy treats a little bit healthier for them.

I used frozen yogurt mixed with coffee and chocolate milk to create a fun version of our favorite coffee house frappe.  That’s a double whammy of protein and dairy in each serving.  My kids had no idea they were drinking a healthy shake.  This is one healthy treat that I will definitely be milking for all it’s worth.

Ok, ok, I am dairy sorry for all the milk puns you endured in this post.  I’m sure you have herd all those before.  Seriously, I’m moo-ving on :-)

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

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Java Chip Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Java Chip Milkshake

Frozen yogurt and chocolate milk mixed with coffee and chocolate chips makes this milkshake the perfect way to get another serving of dairy in your diet.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/4 cup chocolate milk
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Cool Whip
chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine the frozen yogurt, cooled coffee, chocolate milk, and mini chocolate chips in a blender. Pulse until combined and the chips have been completely incorporated.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses. Top with Cool Whip and chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.
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Adding some caramel and sea salt to greek yogurt makes a nice skinny treat to snack on throughout the day.  This Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip is perfect for dipping pretzels or fruit in.

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I love a good sweet and salty treat any time of the day, week, month, or year.  It is one thing that I will never turn down.  There is something about that sweet mixed with the salty that totally drives me bonkers and keeps me wanting more.

The problem with eating all these delicious treats is that my hips and thighs do not agree with me on liking them so much.  All those treats that I enjoy snacking on (even mildly) ends up in places that are hard to get rid of.   It means I have to spend more time at the gym doing things like wall balls, hypers, power cleans, and battle ropes.  It hurts, and is totally not much fun.  Sadly though, it’s a necessary evil to combat my sweet tooth.   [Read more...]

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Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

Everyone in our house has a phone or digital device.  If we aren’t careful, those devices come on way too many times throughout the day.  Limiting screen time has become necessary and needed so we can catch up with each other. [Read more...]

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles

Thank you to Chocoley for providing me the opportunity to create a fun chocolate treat.  These Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles are a delicious, but dangerous treat to have around.  They taste amazing.  Good luck only eating one at a time!

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles - no egg pecan cookie dough truffles that taste amazing when dipped in amaretto dark chocolate

 My in laws live near an outlet candy store, so any time they come visit us or we visit them, they have bags and bags of candy and nuts.  One of my absolute favorites that they buy are some dark chocolate amaretto pecans.  I seriously could eat an entire bag of them and not feel guilty at all.  So delicious!

It’s true your tastes change as you get older.  Growing up I did not like to eat nuts of any kind.  My way of eating nuts was a peanut butter and fluff sandwich.  Slowly as I got older, I started to like peanuts with M&M’s.  Gradually I started to branch out and try new nuts.  Now I actually eat a few kinds of nuts all by themselves.

Of course, I still prefer the nuts with lots of chocolate.   [Read more...]

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos

Apples topped with marshmallow cream, peanut butter, and Reese’s peanut butter cups is definitely my way of eating an apple a day.  These Fluffernutter Apple Nachos always get huge smiles from my kids.

Fluffernutter Apple Nachos - apples drizzled with peanut butter, marshmallow, and Reese's PB cups.  Best way to eat an apple a day!

 One sandwich that I remember always eating as a kid is the fluffernutter.  It always surprises me how many people do not know what these sandwiches are.

Marshmallow cream and peanut butter on bread.  That’s it.  Not the healthiest sandwich on the block, but definitely one of the tastiest.    [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

No bake cookie dough truffles get even easier to make when you spread them into a pan and cover them in mint chocolate.

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars - easy chocolate no bake truffles made with Andes Mints

 Want to know something crazy about me?

I am a big time talker.  Oh, but not out loud and to anyone.  That’s right.  I talk to myself.  Really I think it is just because I have so many ideas going through my head at once that some of them have to come out somehow or I’ll explode.  That and for some reason actually saying things out loud helps me process my ideas even more.  Tell that to my hubby!  He just thinks I’m plain crazy.   As long as I’m just talking about cookie dough and treats, I think I’m totally sane…right?   [Read more...]