The Joyous Cookbook

Archive for January 2012

In an attempt to eat healthy, cook more, and keep all my tried recipes categorized in one place, I’m starting a blog!  I’ve started several blogs before in high school and college that I never really kept up with – probably because they were more like online diaries (who wants to read that?!).  However, this blog has a much more concrete purpose than past endeavors.  This blog is to help me organize my brain!  I have all these ideas for cooking, baking, and crafting, but I never seem to bring them to fruition.  Or I start several projects at once but never finish any of them.  Now that I’m engaged and planning a wedding, my brain is even more scattered but I’m more motivated to cook for my wonderful soon-to-be-hubby.  So, hopefully, if nothing else, this blog will simply be an online personal cookbook with a craft or 2 thrown in occasionally.  Whether anyone reads it or not, it will still serve its purpose.  🙂

So, let’s get started…

I’ve recently discovered Pinterest, which someone described to me as “fantasy football for women.”  That’s a pretty true statement, considering I check my pins almost as much as Travis checks his fantasy teams (which include baseball, basketball, & football).  I know I’m a bit late to the pin-wagon, but so glad I finally made it!  I’ve made 3 recipes found on Pinterest this week & they’ve all been simple, healthy, & delicious!

The easiest were these no-bake “energy bites” from Smashed Peas & Carrots.  I followed the recipe except that I used regular size chocolate chips (only because I already had them and didn’t want to spend more on minis) and I used natural peanut butter.   I’ve been using Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter for a couple years and now regular peanut butter tastes way too sweet to me.  I also wanted to keep these as healthy as possible, so I went all-naturale.

Energy Bite Ingredients

If you’re interested in natural peanut butter, make sure you check the ingredients on the label.  Some have added salt, and some use palm oil.  I prefer nothing but peanuts! I think using this for the energy bites did make it a little less sticky when making them into balls, but once refrigerated they hold together just fine. I have never used flaxseed before, but now that I have some I think I’ll try to add this into more recipes!


The recipe made about 16 bites – not counting the 2 I ate before even refrigerating them!  These are so good I will definitely make them again! I only have 4 left, so that will probably be soon!  I might try out a different nut butter – maybe even Nutella, yum!