Monday, January 21, 2013

Salted Peanut Chews

Some of you know already that I am a yoga instructor.  If you didn't, now you do.  

11 days ago, I started a 40 day challenge with the studio where I teach.  Basically it entails 6 out of 7 days a week of yoga, for 40 days.  
There's an aspect of this program that is centered around nutrition so it's a more complete experience.  And instead of focusing on what I can or can't eat, I'm supposed to be entering the world of "intuitive nutrition."  Essentially, being more mindful of what I eat and noticing how I feel after I eat it.  Problem is: this is totally foreign to me!
You'd think that for writing about food and taking pictures of food and reading about food, I would have some thoughts about what I eat, but most of the time, I just shove handfuls of stuff into my mouth without ever thinking about it.  (Major reason why I have to spend so much time at the yoga studio!)
So, first step: pay attention to what I eat in a day.  Today's list:
  • a cup of coffee with milk and sugar
  • 1/2 grapefruit, sprinkled with a little sugar
  • 1 brownie (recipe coming soon)
  • leftover mashed potatoes
  • half a cheese sandwich
I think the reason I'm having a hard time with this intuitive eating is because most of the food I eat on a day-to-day basis is pretty forgettable.  Some foods do stick out though - mostly the ones that show up on this blog.  
Before Christmas, I made these Salted Peanut Chews, and I remember every bite!  And I ate a lot of bites!  (I'm not sure, but I think Dingo remembers them too.)

Recipe from Aunt Linda
1 1/2 c. flour
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
3 c. mini marshmallows
2/3 c. corn syrup
1/4 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla
12 oz. peanut butter chips
2 c. salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
2 c. rice crispies

1.  Combine all crust ingredients except marshmallows.  Press into ungreased 9x13" pan.  Bake 12-15 minutes at 350˚ until it's light golden brown.

2.  Remove from oven.  Sprinkle with marshmallows and bake 1-2 minutes until marshmallows start to puff up.  Remove from oven and cool.

3.  In a large saucepan, heat syrup, butter, vanilla, and chips until melted and smooth, stirring constantly.

4.  Remove from heat.  Stir in cereal and peanuts.  Spread over marshmallows.  Chill.  Cut into bars.


  1. These look terrific, but how did you feel after chowing down on a few?

    1. Oh - I felt awesome...and completely satisfied!


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