5 Ingredient Raspberry Bars

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Ok it truly does not get any easier than these bars.

These bars are made from 5 ingredients and are buttery, sweet and oh so yummy!  They make a wonderful dessert, snack, coffee cake, and gift.  It’s hard to eat just one bar!  I made these today to take a few over to my friend Julie to thank her for her wonderful Pasta Fagioli dinner we had this week (her recipe is on my facebook page also for that delicious meal).

You can find the recipe on my Facebook page here:  5 Ingredient Raspberry Bars

Chocolate Eclair Cake (this is a good one folks!!!)

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Wow…is all I can say.  This was from a post on facebook and promised ease and deliciousness and it provided both!!

It is my friend of 23+ years birthday today.  Every year we get together and enjoy a dessert on our birthdays.  She ALWAYS wants Boston Creme Pie.  I usually request brownies (any type as I love them all!!).  After seeing this cake on FB I approached her carefully suggesting we try this as it’s close to the store bought pie we always have.  She reluctantly agreed.

So yesterday I made it.  It calls for a 9×13 regular cake pan so I made 2 smaller pans so we could have one for dessert last night as you know, we should probably try it before I spring it on her!!  My kids asked to help make this and it’s so easy and fit right into their realm of baking (because there is no baking!!). 

Here are the pictures of them making it:

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And that’s it!!  Refrigerate and wait to dig in.  This was light, rich, creamy, chocolatey, and wonderful!!  After dinner we all tried it and my kids and their friends (there’s always friends at my house it seems, I have somehow become the “Kool-Aid” mom!!)  LOVED this and are already begging me to make it again.  It’s impressive looking too which does not hurt when bragging how you slaved to make it!!

Recipe below:

Ingredients:

1 package (1 lb.) graham crackers (I bought 2 boxes and used a few from the 2nd package as I made 2 smaller containers)

2 small french vanilla instant pudding (3.4 ounces each)

3 cups milk (I used skim)

8 oz.  Cool whip (thawed)

1 prepared chocolate frosting (you can make your own too)

Mix pudding, cool whip and milk in a bowl.  Blend together for about 2 minutes (not more).

Place a layer of whole graham crackers on the bottom of a 9×13 cake pan (or use the 8×8’s like I did), then top with 1/2 the pudding.

Cover pudding with another layer of graham crackers, top with remaining pudding and another layer of whole graham crackers

Melt the frosting in the microwave for approximately 50 seconds, stir and pour it over graham crackers spreading gently to cover

Chill for 4 hours or overnight if you can wait that long!!!

Let me know what you think if you try it!!

 

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

I admit it, I am not an avocado fan.  Sorry, I don’t like the texture of them and I have tried them every way you can try them.  I know they have many health benefits so a few years ago I saw a recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding.  Any type of pudding is my downfall.  I LOVE  the stuff!!!  So I decided I would give this a try.  YUM is all I can say.  I make this every other week it seems if not more.  The kids love it with a little whipped cream.  I put it in their lunches for a great dessert at lunch time.  

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Keep blending if using a hand mixer for smooth pudding.  The blender or food processor is much better if you want it as smooth as regular pudding.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

1/4 cup honey (I cut it back a bit as it’s sweet)

1/2 cup milk (regular, almond, or coconut)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients using a blender or food processor.  You can use a hand held mixer but it won’t be as creamy as the blender.  Chill for an hour and serve

I used the hand mixer and then transferred to the blender.  Also my kids will eat it right after I make it without waiting for it to chill!!

This is delicious, filling and creamy!!  Don’t be afraid of the avocado, you can’t even taste it!!! Give it a try