Cooking With TechyDad: The PB Files, Part 4: Easy Peanut Butter Smores

As you might have guessed, I like peanut butter. I also like chocolate. Especially, Dark Chocolate. So how couldn’t I love this?



Excuse me while I clean up this drool puddle. Ok, much better. I keep thinking I should find a proper recipe to make this into but then I think that’d be a waste of Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter. (Cleans up more drool.) Especially when there’s a quick and easy recipe that I love making this into.

First, let’s gather our ingredients. All three of them.


For the record, that’s dark chocolate peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and graham crackers. Now place two halves of a graham cracker down


Open up your dark chocolate peanut butter.


(Oh dear, more drool to clean up.)

Now spread some dark chocolate peanut butter on one half. Spread some marshmallow fluff on the other half.


Next, comes a highly technical procedure which I call “squishing them together.”


Doesn’t that look good? Don’t you want to try a bite?


Sorry, this one’s mine. Get your own!!! (Insert Cookie Monster sounds as I devour my creation.)

Disclaimer: Peanut Butter & Co sent me the jars of peanut butter to try. The opinions about the peanut butter and the dishes I make with them are my own, though, and have in no way been influenced by Peanut Butter & Co.

Cooking With TechyDad: The PB Files, Part 3: Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese

There are some things that just seem to go together and things that don’t go together at all. Once in awhile, you might be lucky to discover two things which, by all rights, shouldn’t go together, but do. It was in this hope that I opened the Peanut Butter and Company cookbook to the Peanut Butter Grilled Cheese (aka the PBGC) recipe. I’m always game for food experimentation, though, especially when using my family as dinner-guinea-pigs, so I plunged ahead.

The first step was to gather the ingredients: Bread, cheese, and butter.


Of course, I needed the star ingredient: Crunch Time, chunky peanut butter.


This sandwich is a cousin of the Veggie Elvis and so shares some similarities. First, you spread the butter on one side of the bread.


Then, you spread the peanut butter on the other side.


At this point, the Veggie Elvis and PBGC part company. Where the Veggie Elvis added banana and veggie bacon, the PBGC adds sliced American cheese.


Now, just close the sandwich and cook on each side for a few minutes so the cheese can melt.

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Finally, put the sandwich on a plate, cut in half (to see the melty PB-Cheesy goodness inside) and enjoy.

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This was better than I thought it would be, but perhaps not as good as it could be. The peanut butter flavor overpowered the cheese flavor a tad too much for my taste. Perhaps next time, I’ll try a cheese with a stronger flavor. Maybe a sharp chedder would give the peanut butter a run for its money.

Cooking With TechyDad: The PB Files, Part 2: Spicy Peanut Butter Burgers

As I stated last week, I’m trying to make at least one dish with each of Peanut Butter & Co‘s peanut butters. Last week was Bee’s Knees and this week it’s The Heat Is On.


Now, I like spicy food, but this peanut butter just seemed too spicy for my taste. Straight up, that is. When mixed into a dish, it gives just the right level of spiciness and PB-flavor. What makes it spicy, you ask? Well, look at the ingredients (from the Peanut Butter & Co website):

Yes, that combination of ingredients will certainly light a fire on your tastebuds… a delicious fire!


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Cooking With TechyDad: The PB Files, Part 1: Veggie Elvis

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by Peanut Butter & Co. They wanted me to try some of their peanut butter flavors. When the box arrived at the door, I was amazed to see these inside.


That’s eight different types of peanut butter! Now, I’m already familiar with Peanut Butter & Co. I’ve had a few of their peanut butters and love them. I own their cookbook. And while I’ve never been to their store in New York City, I hope to go during BlogHer. (Anyone up for a PB-lunch break/meetup during BlogHer?) I decided that I was going to use each of their peanut butters in its own dish and write a Cooking With TechyDad segment on my creations.

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Cooking With TechyDad: Sneaky BonBons

Yesterday, I introduced Sneaky Weeky and showed you how to make two purees. Today, we’re going to put one of them to good use. First, let’s gather our ingredients.


That’s peanut butter, the orange puree, rolled oats (not instant), wheat germ, chocolate chips and sprinkles. Quite an ecclectic mix there, isn’t it. First, let’s put the puree and peanut butter into a bowl and mix them together.

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Next, we’ll add in the wheat germ, rolled oats and chocolate chips and mix it all together.

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Next, put some sprinkles on a plate. Scoop up teaspoon sized portions, roll them into balls and roll them in the sprinkles. You could also dust them with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar instead of using sprinkles. After rolling, wrap them in plastic wrap and stick them in the freezer.

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Now snacking is as simple as taking them out and letting them thaw. You could pack a couple of these for a child’s lunch and they should be fine by snacktime. The kids will think they’re delicious because of the chocolate chips and sprinkles. They won’t realize that they’re getting fiber from the wheat germ or vitamins from the orange puree. In fact, they won’t even know that the wheat germ or puree are there.

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