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Peanut Butter Apricot Sandwich

January 31, 2011

I got the baking bug on Sunday and made Kelsey’s Blueberry Banana Oat Muffins.

They’ve been on my To Make tab for a while.

Naturally, I fiddled with the recipe a bit.

I didn’t have applesauce, so I used pumpkin which gave them an orangey color, as you can see.

And I nixed the sugar and instead added 1 more banana for sweetness. Oh and I used frozen blueberries, since that’s all we ever buy.

The muffins are delicious! And (BONUS) sugar-free! My mom has been enjoying them with coconut butter!

I had one for breakfast crumbled over some overnight oats!

With cashew butter on top!

Seriously, it was the best day of my life when Artisana sent me samples of their fabulous nut butters! I was not expecting the package and was (literally) trembling with excitement and joy when I opened the box and saw the nut buttery goodness!

My family thought I won the lottery or something with all the happiness that ensued.

The loot:

Thanks so much Artisana! I can’t wait to dig in!

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For lunch I had a creation from the lovely, Tina.

Peanut Butter, Apricot and Walnut Sandwich.

It was ah-mazing!! I used 2 slices of homemade bread that I made fresh yesterday.

I “baked” the sandwich at 350°F for – I don’t know – a few minutes, to get it warm and toasty and so the peanut butter could get all melty.

This is a new favorite of mine, fo sho!! Apricots and peanut butter are a match made in heaven!

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Tomorrow is the first day of February (Crazy!! Seriously, what happened to January?) and I’m going sugar-free for the first seven days of the month!

Here’s what’s going down:

I won’t be eating maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, corn syrup (I don’t eat it anyway, just thought I would mention since it’s so common) or any other sweeteners.

will be eating fruit. Bananas, dates, apples, oranges, grapefruit, and any other fruit/vegetable that already has sugar in it.

Why am I doing it?

The truth is, I loooove sugar. Basically, I’m trying to just reduce the amount I’m eating and keep a careful watch on how much I eat. Eating sugar-free for one week last month really helped me understand that I don’t need sugar. Sure, I’m only going 7 days, but it’s a step!

For more info, see my Sugar-Free Week tab!

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If you would like to join me, please do! We can all share our sugar-free meals and recipes.

See ya tomorrow for Sugar-Free Week Day 1!

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41 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 5:28 pm

    Hehe, I think that baking bug grabs hold of me quite frequently. 😉

    Lucky!!!! Artisana, I want some too!!!

    You sandwich looks FABulous! I can’t wait for Sugar Free week!! 🙂

    • January 31, 2011 7:07 pm

      The baking bug always has hold of me!! 😉

      • January 31, 2011 7:43 pm

        Same here! Almost every weekend! 🙂

      • February 1, 2011 2:55 am

        When I’m at home I legitimatley bake almost every day. This is in order ot make up for the many months I spend sans baking while at school…

        My housemates next year will be SO spoiled 😉

  2. January 31, 2011 5:35 pm

    I totally feel ya on the baking bug!! I need a seriously sugar detox! I had a big mess of ice cream last night and my body is totally hating me for it today!

    • January 31, 2011 7:09 pm

      Yup, sugar detox is a need for me right now, too!

  3. runnerbeangreen permalink
    January 31, 2011 6:13 pm

    hey! i love the idea of sugar free week! maybe i’ll join u!

  4. January 31, 2011 6:45 pm

    Yay for you going sugar free again!! So many props! I wish I could do it, but there’s just no way 🙂 I’ll be rooting you on!

  5. January 31, 2011 6:52 pm

    I think it’s such a good idea to do a sugar free week. I really should- but I don’t think I could do it!

  6. January 31, 2011 7:09 pm

    Those muffins look so good for real! I have been in a blueberry craze lately, so I’m going to have to give these a try.

  7. January 31, 2011 7:19 pm

    I seriously cant believe its February tomorrow either! Time is flying!!!! I swear it was just christmas yesterday! lol

    Good luck on the sugar free 7 day thing again! I know you will do great like you did last month ; )

  8. January 31, 2011 7:42 pm

    I love my Artisana goodies! This reminds me that I still have like 5 packets to try!

    I’m gonna try to go SF for two days this week! Tomorrow’s gonna be the first one – I even made my own SF bread and picked up some no sugar yogurt! YAY!

    • January 31, 2011 7:57 pm

      Erika, hooray! I’m so glad you’re going to go 2 days!

  9. January 31, 2011 7:51 pm

    I’m with Kate! I want to…but I don’t think I could!! Or If I did the moment sugar was back I’d probably down a hold gallon of ice cream with maple syrup, box of ego waffles, and sprinkles smushed in. haha.

    That sammie looks amazing though!

  10. January 31, 2011 8:17 pm

    I have never had cashew butter but I am way intrigued. Is it yummy? I need to look into Artisan 🙂

  11. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    January 31, 2011 8:18 pm

    I love putting apricots in my sandwich! My favorite is pb, cacao nibs, and apricots 🙂

    I’m so happy you are doing another sugar-free week! Makes me so proud 😉 🙂

  12. January 31, 2011 8:20 pm

    I LOVE apricots and peanut butter – why have I not had this combination in a sandwich?! It’s probably even better than apricot jam 😉 No added sugar, either!

  13. January 31, 2011 9:43 pm

    Both your muffins and sandwich look AMAZING! Can you send me some samples? 😉
    Have fun with your sugar free week! I think I’ll try to play along as much as I can! I know I can do it (as long as peanut butter and dark chocolate aren’t off the list 😉 )

  14. January 31, 2011 9:51 pm

    I do not blame you for being so excited! I would have done backflips, that coconut butter sounds SO GOOD!

  15. January 31, 2011 11:01 pm

    Wow, I’m definitely very envious of all those nut butter samples you received 🙂 And that sandwich looks so good! I wouldn’t have thought of apricots and peanut butter but it sounds delicious. Good luck with sugar free week, I look forward to reading about it. I was contemplating doing it too but am going to be away for a bit this weekend and don’t want to have sugar restrictions. I love the idea though!

  16. theflourishingfoodie permalink
    January 31, 2011 11:05 pm

    I love the idea of going sugar free for a month. I really want to try that. That sandwhich sounds amazing! I can only imagine that the creamyness of the pb and the crunchness of the nuts complement eachother perfectly and I love apricots!

  17. January 31, 2011 11:38 pm

    OH MAN that looks delicious! 🙂

  18. January 31, 2011 11:41 pm

    You are so lucky to get all those nut butters. I would be very excited too.
    That sandwich looks delicious, I need to try it some time
    Good on you for going sugar free. I should do it too but I’m sure how well I’d do

  19. January 31, 2011 11:52 pm

    Oh my gosh, yum!! I’ve been looking for that coconut butter everywhere! Is it as good as it sounds? 🙂

    • February 1, 2011 12:08 pm

      Yes, it is pretty fantastic! My favorite way to eat the coconut butter so far is with strawberry jelly on bread, like a cheesecake sandwich!

  20. February 1, 2011 12:09 am

    I would definitely be excited if I got loot like that! Enjoy them!! 🙂

  21. February 1, 2011 12:20 am

    Loving the look of that muffin! And kudos for another sugar-free week! 🙂

  22. February 1, 2011 12:52 am

    Soooooooohooooo jealous of your Artisana loot! Very interesting combo on the sandwich! Sounds delish!

    Good luck for Sugar Free Week #2! What the heck, I’m game! One week, no sugar! I got this!

  23. February 1, 2011 2:39 am

    ahh that sandwich sounds amazing!!! and so excited to see ur sugar free week meals 😀

  24. February 1, 2011 2:43 am

    I love almonds with apricots. I once made a really delicious cookie recipe witha lmond butter, almond extract, and apricot jam. it was delightful.

    All of your eats look similarly delicious! 🙂 good luck with sugar free week! you are a brave girl 😉 haha

  25. Gill (snaxandthecity) permalink
    February 1, 2011 4:35 am

    amazing looking sarnie! i’ve never thought to put apricot and PB together before!

    I am totally in for SF week – yay!

  26. Kate permalink
    February 1, 2011 8:17 am

    good luck with the sugar free challenge. i am a fan of dietary experiments!

  27. February 1, 2011 10:12 am

    Girl, I don’t think this post could any more delicious if you tried! I want your oats, your sandwich, and your muffin…mmmmm! I am supposed to get a nut-butter package from them soon too. I am beyond excited and will probably give the mailman a giant hug when the package comes. hehehe.

  28. February 1, 2011 12:50 pm

    OMG! Artisana just sent you that package without even warning you or anything!?! How do they know your address and all that? That’s so cool, I would love to try all of Artisana’s amazing products, but they never have a big selection at my local grocery:( DMay I ask- do you contact their site or how did they get in touch with you!!?

  29. February 1, 2011 2:29 pm

    I MUST make that sandwich ASAP!! Sounds and looks delish! Especially love that you ovened it- great idea! 😀

    Can’t wait to read how you find sugar-free week! Maybe I’ll join you for a few days 🙂

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