The last couple years I have made my own birthday dessert.  I don’t care too much about having anything sweet, but my kids just don’t understand birthdays without a special treat!  My only stipulation is that it’s a super easy recipe.  Because I am not baking some extravagant cake on my birthday! 

I found a recipe on Chocolate-Covered Katie, a delicious healthier dessert blog, and made a few adjustments based on what I had in the house.  The result?  A delicious bar that we not only enjoyed the night of my birthday, but one that froze really well for later in the week. (In fact, I think they were better frozen!)  You have to like bananas to like these because you definitely taste banana.  But if chocolate, peanut butter and banana appeal to you, you will love them as much as my kids do!

chocolate peanut butter banana bars  chocolate peanut butter banana bar 2

Broccoli Spinach Dip
A delicious, creamy dip you won't believe is all vegetables.
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  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  3. ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  5. 1 bunch broccoli (including stems), cut into ¼ inch pieces
  6. 4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  7. ½ teaspoon sea salt
  8. ½ cup+ water
  1. Heat oil in frying pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add cumin and cayenne and sauté for one minute or until there is a fragrance.
  3. Stir in lemon juice, broccoli, spinach, salt and water.
  4. Cover and simmer until the vegetables reduce to a chunky puree (45-60 minutes).
  5. Check and stir frequently to prevent sticking.
  6. Add additional water a tablespoon at a time as needed.
  1. Enjoy warm or at room temperature.
Angie Jones