Sunday, October 25, 2015

Christmas Undercover & Bon Appétit and a Book with author Hope White

Bon Appétit and a Book with author Hope White

These mini blender muffins are by far my favorite recipe for a sweet treat in the afternoon when sitting down with a good book. I imagine these yummy muffins could be served at Healthy Eats restaurant, featured in “Christmas Undercover.” These are truly the best muffins I’ve ever tasted! (The original recipe can be found on:

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Blender Muffins


1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 large egg

Heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch salt, optional and to taste

Heaping 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 400F. Prepare mini muffin pans by spraying with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.

To the canister of a blender, add first 7 ingredients, through optional salt, and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute.

Add chocolate chips and stir in by hand.

Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop that's been sprayed with cooking spray (helps batter slide off spoon or scoop easily), form rounded 1 tablespoon mounds and place mounds into prepared pans. Each cavity should be filled to a solid 3/4 full.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the tops are set, domed, springy to the touch, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. Watch your muffins closely, and bake until done. Allow muffins to cool in pans for about 10 minutes, or until they've firmed up and are cool enough to handle. Muffins are best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

About the author:

HOPE WHITE began her career as a reporter and feature writer for newspapers and magazines before discovering her passion for writing fiction. When not at the computer Hope is usually off hiking one of the many trails by her house, taking in a movie, or enjoying a cup of tea with friends. Hope lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hero husband, two sons, and way too many pets.

Praise for Hope White

“White reminds us that many of us allow fear to hold us back. We need to learn to let go and embrace future possibilities.” –RT Book Reviews

“The tables are turned in this fast-action suspense as the heroine races to the rescue of the hero. It’s a risky twist for romance but White does a fantastic job.” –Amazon Reviewer

“The reader is taken on a suspenseful roller coaster ride right up to the breath-taking surprise ending by brilliant star Hope White.” –Goodreads Reviewer

“As usual, Hope White does a wonderful job bringing her characters to life.” –Amazon Reviewer

“There is no greater compliment that I can give a writer when I state that if I see their name on a book I automatically buy the book. Hope White has reached that status.” –Amazon Reviewer

Title:  Christmas Undercover
Series:  Echo Mountain #3
Author:  Hope White
Publication Date:  October 6th 2015 by Love Inspired
Length:  224pgs
Genre:  contemporary romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

FBI agent Sara Vaughn believes a group of pharmaceutical businessmen are engineering drugs with deadly results. Her boss won’t approve a sting operation, so she goes rogue and follows the suspects on a hike in the Cascade Mountains to record evidence.

But when Sara witnesses them murder one of their own, she is revealed and becomes the target. Saved by a handsome volunteer mountain rescue worker, Sara at first suspects Will Rankin is another bad guy hunting her. But when the widowed father of two risks everything to save her, she knows that Will is all that’s standing between her and seeing Christmas morning.

My Review:

This novel is high on suspense and light on romance. White builds her world in an intricate manner that helped me picture the situations in more detail. I found the suspense intriguingly developed. I wasn’t trying to figure out the who, because that was blatantly obvious, but the how and what will happen next kept me on my toes. This was a very busy plot that sometimes seemed a little over the top to me.

The characters in this novel were well developed and easy to get to know. I did find Sara’s obsession with her case both understandable and the most prominent part of her personality. Contrasted with the utter trust found in Will’s character and you have a couple that both intrigued and perplexed me.

This was an enjoyable novel, both as a standalone and as a part of the series. The characters were real & believable while the plot was interesting throughout.

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