Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars -- A Pinch of Joy
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars -- A Pinch of Joy

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars. With a long name like that, you should know what to expect. All those yum flavors are contained in one little square of not too sweet goodness! What you don’t expect is the chewiness, the subtle texture, the hint of peanut butter. Top that off with the melty chocolate chips —- mmmmm!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¾ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 9x13 inch pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up. Spray with cooking spray.
  3. Beat together butter and peanut butter until well mixed.
  4. Add sugars and beat well until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each one is well incorporated.
  6. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until mixed. Add oatmeal and mix well.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Pat dough into prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes until golden. Do not overbake.
  10. Let cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then lift from pan to cooling rack, using the aluminum foil for handles.
  11. Store in airtight container.

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Cream Cheese Frosting – lower sugar version

Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy
Cream Cheese Frosting (lower sugar version) -- A Pinch of Joy

Cream Cheese Frosting (Lower sugar version) is a light, soft frosting. It spreads well, but is not suitable for decorating. It will hold things like chopped nuts or other embellishments — food or paper – but won’t hold shape. It’s not strong on flavor, has a very smooth texture, not sweet – it’s the perfect foil for a great cake! It enhances but doesn’t outshine unique flavors and textures, like Pumpkin Bars, Pineapple Spiced Carrot Cake or Hummingbird Cake. What other recipe gets top billing for being the perfect second banana to the star??

Make one batch to frost a 9×13 pan of cake or cakelike bars. To frost layer cakes, you will need to double the batch.   A touch of salt can enhance the flavor. You can also add up to a cup more powdered sugar, if you need (which will, of course, up the carb and calorie count).   If the day is very humid, or you will be transporting the cake, might be a nice option to know.

Cream Cheese Frosting - lower sugar version
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter at low speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Beat until well incorporated.
  4. Spread over cake, slice and serve


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Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Hummingbird Cake -- A Pinch of Joy
I’ve heard of Hummingbird Cake forever and wondered what it was. I pictured something light and fluffy, fruity and sweet to taste. You know – hummingbird like!   So I jumped at the chance to make one when my friend Donna shared a Hummingbird Cake recipe.

Be sure to use overripe bananas since they are sweeter. Mashing them releases more of the ripe banana flavor.   Mash bananas with a fork in a small bowl or in the two cup measure. It will take about 4 bananas to make two cups. Don’t drain the pineapple. You can substitute chopped walnuts for the pecans (or use coconut instead if there is nut allergy to worry about). A 9×13 pan will work, but I’d recommend using the layer pans. I used a 9×13 pan as it is the only one available at the moment and it took about 45 minutes for the center to test done. Even then it was a little gooey to eat. I cut in half to make a layer cake. A good cream cheese frosting is traditional. I wasn’t sure how to embellish the cake so I just used a row of pecan halves along the bottom. Next time –and there will be a next time– I will chop extra pecans and press them into the sides of the frosted cake. I’ll also try about half a teaspoon of nutmeg along with the cinnamon. Delicious cake and gets even better if you can resist eating it all in the first day or two!

Nobody seems to know where the hummingbird fits into the picture. It’s not because the cake is light and fluffy, fruity and sweet to taste or remotely bird like. However, it is somewhat dense and moist, slightly spicy and sort of tropical to the taste. So here’s my theory on the name: Humming birds eat at least half their weight in sugar each day just to survive. With their high metabolism they can eat up to 8 times their own weight in a single day. They eat “meals” just like people, usually about 5 times a day.   This is perfect humming bird food: Somewhat dense with just enough sugar and you’ll want it more than once a day. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. :-)

Hummingbird Cake
 
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Dense, moist oh-so-good cake with banana, pineapple and nuts!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 slices
Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups oil
  • 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups ripe bananas, mashed (3-4 large bananas)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, gently mixing with whisk.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well moistened. Do not over mix.
  4. Spray 3 9 inch cake pans or two 8x8 square pans. Divide cake mixture evenly between pans.
  5. Bake 25-35 minutes until cake is done in center. When done, a toothpick inserted in the middle will come out clean.
  6. Cool fifteen minutes before removing from pan to rack. When completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

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