I love-love-love peanut butter and chocolate together! Here's my variation of a recipe loosely based on the peanut butter cup squares recipe found atSugar Free Low Carb Recipes.com. My family enjoys these so much, knowing they are a high protein dessert or snack that contains no sugar!
Lightly spray/grease the bottom of a 9 x 13" baking pan. Line it with parchment paper or waxed paper.
If you enjoy the crunchy texture of stiff cookie doughs with brown sugar in them, then you will enjoy making these with the erythritol and xylitol as is. If, however, you would like a very smooth, creamy peanut butter fudge consistency, then powder the erythritol and xylitol in a clean coffee grinder before adding them to the dough.
In a large bowl, combine melted butter, unsweetened vanilla protein powder, erythritol, xylitol, stevia extract powder, sugar-free peanut butter, and peanut flour. Mix thoroughly; add additional vanilla whey protein powder or peanut flour, if desired, until dough is a slightly thicker consistency (doesn't need to be a stiff dough, however). Sweeten with additional stevia pure extract powder, if desired.
Press peanut butter dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Melt unsweetened or 80% dark chocolate over low heat in small saucepot on stovetop, or using the "melt chocolate" feature on your microwave. With a flexible spatula, quickly spread melted chocolate over entire top surface of peanut butter dough. Refrigerate or freeze peanut butter squares. Bring to room temperature to score and cut into squares. Keep refrigerated or frozen.
Try to keep these a secret from your family, so you can stash them away for yourself!
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I've been telling my sister for months now that I was going to share this little DIY tutorial and printables with you (and her!) about how to make your own homemade natural anti-bacterial spray.
Every time I make another batch for me to use around the house, I remember: "Oh, yeah. I need to write that up to share with everyone!"
And then I forget. Because I'm too busy using the cleaner around the house to actually write about how to use it around the house.
There are so many cleaning products available in the stores these days, and even natural, "green" cleaners are everywhere in our stores and online.
Why on earth would I want to add ONE MORE THING to my "to do" list?
If you haven't noticed, those natural cleaners aren't getting any cheaper these days. In fact, some of them are downright expensive.
That's a shame, because this Simply Homemade DIY Natural Antibacterial Cleaning Spray - that takes literally just a few minutes to make - is dirt cheap. So much less than the regular cleaners in the stores.
This cleaner is PH balanced, so it is safe to use on granite and marble, but you may want to test the spray in an inconspicuous area just in case you're worried that it might cause a color change. I don't have granite or marble countertops, so I haven't tried this for myself.
I use this all over the house: sinks, counters, doorknobs, greasy spills on the stove, stains on walls, spot cleaning the linoleum floors, appliances, laundry baskets, inside the car, etc. This is my go-to all purpose cleaning spray now!
However. . .
My #1 most favorite use for Simply Homemade Natural Anti-Bacterial Spray is this:
Disinfecting my kitchen sink!
We use the kitchen all the time to prepare snacks and meals, especially since we educate our children at home, don't eat out very often, and rarely eat convenience foods. That means 21 homemade meals per week, plus 14 no-sugar snacks, and generally 5 to 7 no-sugar homemade desserts. That's a lotta cookin' and dishes!
While I don't give our kitchen sink a good, 'ol-fashioned scrubbing with Bon Ami on a daily basis, I do use my Simply Homemade Natural Antibacterial Spray to disinfect the kitchen sink at least once a day: after washing our hands from cracking raw eggs; after rinsing off raw meat or washing our hands after handling raw meat; etc.
In other words, if you show up at my house and observe the white kitchen sink looking oh-so-not-quite white, you can be fairly certain that it is still disinfected, no matter how scratched and nasty it looks!
Just to make certain that I'm truly getting rid of any nasty bacteria that could give us food poisoning or botulism, I use a quick, two-step process.
I bet you're wondering where I found a spray bottle of peroxide!
Unscrew the spray nozzle from one of your empty, new spray bottles. Unscrew the cap from your hydrogen peroxide.
Guess what? Your new spray nozzle fits the bottle of peroxide! Just tighten it onto the bottle of peroxide.
Now you have a peroxide spray bottle that isn't clear or opaque - a requirement for keeping hydrogen peroxide at its full strength.
In a large, heat-resistant bowl (not plastic), measure and add 1 tsp. of washing soda.
I store my washing soda and Borax powder in 2-quart glass canning jars because I had a box of dishwashing detergent get wet once under my kitchen sink. Now I store boxed items in glass jars or plastic containers so if the area they are in gets slightly wet, the product isn't ruined.
Now for your free printable labels to print for your own spray bottle:
How's that for a quick and easy alternative to using some of the strange and bizarre chemicals found in regular anti-bacterial household sprays?
Do you make any other cleaning chemicals for home cleaning purposes?
Hi! I'm Julieanne!
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