Peanut Butter Yogurt Ice Pops

The last week in NY was blazing hot. It felt like the summer I had been missing. As you would expect I quickly wondering why in the heck I was missing blazing heat. I think part of it was because without the heat the pool doesn’t feel as good. The ice pops don’t feel as good. Air conditioning doesn’t feel as good. Summer, just doesn’t feel as good.

And what’s summer without summertime snacks? Ice pops to be exact. I can clearly remember eating ice pop after ice pop during the summer. The ones I was eating despite being delicious weren’t all that good for you, and while my kids do get a taste of my childhood every once and a while I also want the taste of their childhood to be a little more wholesome, a better choice.

This go around of ice pop making, because yes, we do it often, is Peanut Butter Yogurt Ice Pops. Two simple ingredients, one delicious summer treat.

peanut butter yogurt ice pops

Just like most of the ice pops I make these are super easy to make. The hardest part, as always, is waiting for them to freeze. It’s as simple as whisking together 1 container of Yoplait vanilla yogurt and 1/4 cup peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Mixture

Then fill up your ice pop molds. 1 container and 1/4 cup peanut butter should make sure enough for 4 small ice pops. I had a little extra because I used a little extra peanut butter and yogurt.

fill ice pop molds

I popped them in the freezer and two hours later they were ready to eat. My kids loved the peanut butter flavor.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Ice Pops

 

As for me, I love making different ice pop creations using yogurt. They are the perfect snack and depending on the ingredients they can even make a great breakfast. On hot summer mornings an ice pop breakfast is exactly what you need. And my kids? They think an ice pop for breakfast is always what they need. With these pops, I don’t mind so much!

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Lemon Chicken Foil Packet Campfire Meal

This post is sponsored by Target.

Earlier this summer B decided that it was time for us to buy a tent for when we go camping . Before when it was just B, Mason and I we could all fit in the back of his car on an air mattress. With two growing kids that wasn’t working for us anymore. It wasn’t comfortable at all especially when the dog would join us! When the tent arrived the very first thing we did was set it up and camp out in our backyard. We surprised Mason with it and he was beyond excited. Even Kyla was into it.

For the last month the kids and I have been visiting New York. Come Tuesday we’re heading out of New York and towards Hershey Park, our halfway point to Virginia. Then it’s home sweet home, FINALLY.

Once we arrive we need to get back into our family routine and bond again as the four of us. B has been missing the kids so much, phone calls and pictures just don’t cut it. We plan on celebrating with backyard camp out, complete with a campfire, campfire meals, snacks and sleeping under the moonlight.

Of course, I’ll be heading to Target to get everything we need. Marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, napkins and even all the ingredients for our Lemon Chicken foil packet campfire meal!

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This meal takes about 10 minutes to put together and at least 25-30 minutes to cook. Time will ultimately depend on your fire! We love to cook our food over a grate like this one.

First up is the marinade. In a small bowl, combine 6 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tsp rosemary, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, zest of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

marinade

Toss your potatoes and green beans in the marinade.

Potatoes and green beans

Set the potatoes and green beans aside while you cut our equal pieces of aluminum foil at least 12 inches long. Spread the potatoes and green bean mixture evenly between the four foil sheets making sure to place them in the center.

potatoes green beans in foil packet

Cover your chicken in the remaining marinade. Fold up each side of the foil packet and then place the chicken on the top. Drizzle the remaining marinade equally across the four packets. Top with 2 lemon slices per packet.

foil packets ready to close

Completely seal the packets.

sealed foil packets

 

Place foil packets in a single layer on a grate over your fire. Cook until potatoes and chicken are tender, about 25-30 minutes. Time may vary depending on your fire. Alternately you can place in the oven at 375 degrees for the same amount of time. I tested this recipe out in the oven!

Lemon Chicken Campfire Foil Packets

 

Lemon Chicken Campfire Meal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1lb chicken (about 4 breasts)
6oz fingerling potatoes
6oz Green beans
6 tablespoon olive oil
2 tsp Rosemary
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 lemons (zest, slices, juice)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Aluminum foil

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp rosemary, zest of 1 lemon and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Toss the potatoes and green beans in the marinade.
  3. Cut four equal pieces of aluminum foil at least 12 inches long. Equally divide the potatoes and green bean mixture among the foil packets.
  4. Cover your chicken in the remaining marinade.
  5. Fold up each side of the foil packet. Top each packet with the chicken. Drizzle the remaining marinade equally across the four packets. Top with 2 lemon slices per packet.
  6. Completely seal the packets.
  7. Place foil packets in a single layer on a grate over your fire. Cook until potatoes, green beans and chicken are tender and thoroughly cooked, about 25-30 minutes. Time may vary depending on your fire.
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Peanut Butter Blender Muffins

After making the Chocolate Peanut Butter blender muffins I knew I had to make more blender muffins. They were just too yummy not too and the kids absolutely devoured them. This time though I want to make something a little bit different. I still wanted to use Peanut Butter because I love the protein that it packs and I LOVE peanut butter but I wanted to leave chocolate out of the occasion this time. Me and the kids get enough chocolate as it is! These Peanut Butter Blender Muffins are just as easy as the chocolate peanut butter muffins.

peanut butter blender muffins

For Chocolate Peanut Butter blender muffins I made a single batch and mini muffins. This time around I doubled the batch and made larger muffins. I found that my kids were eating two muffins anyway so I figured I might as well make them normal sized. Blender muffins are so easy to make because all you do is throw all of the ingredients into the blender and BLEND.

peanut butter blender muffin ingredients

You want to blend until all the ingredients are super smooth. I used my Blendtec so it didn’t take long at all. Use a non-stick cooking spray or butter to grease your pan then pour the mix into the muffin tin. I filled it to a little more than 3/4 filled. These muffins will rise while baking and then fall a little flat so it’s okay to overfill a bit.

batter in muffin tins

Once they’re filled pop in the oven at 400 degrees for 13-15 minutes. If you decide to make mini peanut butter muffins make sure you half the time!

Peanut Butter Blender Muffins 2

These made about 12 muffins and are great for breakfast or as a snack. I love that they’re flourless and filled with protein. It’s exactly what I need right now in the morning to help keep me energized all day long.

Have you ever made a batter in your blender? What did you think? 

Peanut Butter Blender Muffins

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 Muffins

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Ingredients

2 ripe bananas, peeled
2 large eggs
1 cup peanut butter
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In your blender combine 2 ripe bananas, 2 large eggs, 1 cup peanut butter, 6 tablespoons sugar , 2 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and a dash of salt.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Use a non-stick spray or butter to grease your pan. Fill your muffin tin with batter evenly.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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Peanut Butter Blender Muffins

After making the Chocolate Peanut Butter blender muffins I knew I had to make more blender muffins. They were just too yummy not too and the kids absolutely devoured them. This time though I want to make something a little bit different. I still wanted to use Peanut Butter because I love the protein ... read more