Have you ever searched your cabinets for the perfect treat that would satisfy your sweet tooth but yet not be full of sugar? You have got to give these peanut butter bites a try!
I love swapping these out for a cookie when you need just a little something sweet.
I recommend doubling the recipe because I guarantee, they are going to be gone instantly.
Why I love this recipe!
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Rolling the balls is always a little difficult, but I mastered it! I took a small pile of the mixture after refrigerating it and squeezed it tight in my hand. Warming it up a little allows the honey to be more sticky. Letting it set in the freezer just speeds up the process, and holds it together!
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Healthy Peanut Butter Bites
Ever get tired of the same old breakfasts? Looking for a new breakfast that is delicious, easy, and healthy? Look no more! This baked oatmeal is packed with protein and is so quick to make! What a great way to start your day.
I think we all can agree, mornings are busy, especially if your kiddos are going to school. It normally takes our family 20-30 minutes to make breakfast and do dishes before we head off to work. If we can eliminate two of those steps, it is a win-win!
We love to make something one morning (or evening) and eat the leftovers throughout the week. It is SUCH a great way to have healthy options available and will save TONS of time!
This protein packed breakfast is one of our favorites! If baked oatmeal is not one of your go-to breakfasts, you have to give them a try!
Why we LOVE this Apple & Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal
How we eat our baked oatmeal
I normally whip up this baked oatmeal real quick one evening and then stick it in the fridge. The next morning, I just put my serving on a plate and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
It is delicious just the way that it is, but sometimes I put a little dollop of yogurt on top for some extra pizazz.
My husband will put his in a bowl and drizzle with milk and have it more like a cereal. There are so many options, I would love to hear how your family eats baked oatmeal in the comments below!
TIP- Make your baked oatmeal in a container that has a lid so you can easily stack it in your refrigerator. This will help save space in your fridge & eliminate needing to transfer to another dish.
Protein Apple Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal
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This dessert leaves me speechless, it is seriously one of the best I have ever had!
When I was on vacation in California a couple of years ago, I bought a churro sundae and fell in love. It was SO amazing! I loved the cinnamon and sugar combination with the cold ice cream. It was so refreshing and nothing like I had ever had before. I attempted to re-create it when I got home.
How to Make the Churros
I had never made churros before, so naturally I headed to Pinterest. There have been multiple times I have used recipes from Natasha's Kitchen and have been impressed. This recipe is by far the best though! You can find the recipe for churros here on her blog. I am a visual learner, so I loved watching her video before I attempted making my own.
Overall, churros are easy to make. It took a little while for me to figure out exactly how long I wanted mine to be and my system for frying, draining, coating, and then storing them. Luckily, this batch made plenty and I could pick out my favorites to share.
Dulce de Leche sauce
For my churro sundae dessert, I wanted to make a simple caramel sauce. Remembering my Spanish days in high school, Dulce de Leche is a "sweet milk" sauce. I thought this would be perfect. I stumbled across Natasha's SUPER easy recipe and it is now going to be a staple in my house. Seriously, go check it out here! All you need is a crock pot, two jars, and a can of sweetened condensed milk.
I love this recipe because of its simplicity, but also how few dishes it creates. I went ahead and stored the sauce in the fridge in the two jars and just washed the crockpot. It COULD NOT be any easier!! Not to mention absolutely amazing! Seriously, go check it out!
Can I Make These Ahead of Time?
I RECOMMEND NOT MAKING THESE IN ADVANCE! As with any donut, churros taste best fresh. We ate a few within the first 5 minutes and they were amazing! Even after a couple of hours, they go down in quality. They were still delicious, but nothing compared to FRESH out of the pan.
We stuck our leftover dough in the fridge and made some churros for breakfast the next morning and they REALLY went down in quality! Honestly, they are not worth your calories at that point. Eat them fresh or not at all, your hips will thank me!
Can I Freeze Churros?
Yes, you can freeze them, but they are SIGNIFICANTLY better fresh! We had a few leftover churros. You know me, I NEVER throw food away so I stuck them in the freezer. (We love to have things like this on hand when we make our own ice cream flurries.) They flavor was still good, but the texture was lacking that beautiful crunch. Don't just take my word for it, try it out yourself. You might like them better frozen!
You could eat this dessert any time of the year, but I recommend in the summer on a hot day. It is so refreshing, especially if you make your own ice cream or buy soft serve from your local ice cream shop.
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Ever since childhood, I have loved a good Stromboli sandwich. I remember my mom making them frequently and each time tasted a little different. That is the beauty of this basic recipe, you can make it however you want, based on the ingredients you have on hand.
I like to make Stromboli the day I go to the grocery store or just one day after. Many times I will buy a fresh loaf of French bread (for about $1) if there is a good price. I will cut it in half, pull out some of the insides, stuff with this Stromboli mixture, layer some mozzarella cheese on top, and cover with the top half of the French loaf. Then throw it in the oven!
Another way we like to eat Stromboli is a stuffing inside pizza dough. You can do this as a calzone or a braid. They are pretty comparable in their level of ease. We have boughten pizza dough from a can before and it was perfect! We have also made our own from scratch which was also perfect! Obviously, from a can is easier but you do whatever works best for you and your family! All you need to do is roll out the dough, put your meat mixture inside, top with a nice layer of cheese, enclose with dough, and bake. It couldn't be any easier!
Why I LOVE Stromboli sandwiches
Remember, there are so many options for what you can put in your Stromboli! Here are some of our favorites:
Can I freeze Stromboli sandwiches?
Yes, definitely! You can freeze just the meat mixture and pull it out for a quick meal. Just thaw for a few hours, heat on the stove or in the microwave, give it a good stir, throw it on some bread, sprinkle with cheese, and toss it in the oven and bam! It should be ready to go!
I would not recommend freezing the meat mixture WITH the bread as it will get soggy. You could freeze it as a calzone or braid though.
Down below I have the "recipe" I use to make Stromboli. Remember, I don't normally follow a recipe, so this is a sketch of the basics, I just add a little of this and a little of that. I have the basics listed in the recipe but each time I make Stromboli it tastes just a little bit different. Make this your own!
Anybody else out there a HUGE Reese Peanut Butter Cup fan? I sure am. I have always thought that chocolate and peanut butter is one of the best food combinations out there. When I found this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try!
When you need a little something sweet, these are just perfect! Unfortunately, they are not healthy, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't make them! Just work on that self-control and eat just one.
No need to go and buy any special ingredients, you should have everything you need already in your cabinet. I hate having to buy special ingredients when I am making something. These bars are easy to throw together and should not need to buy anything special.
Can I Freeze these Peanut Butter Fingers?
Yes! You can easily make a batch of these and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. We think they are even better frozen!
There is such a feeling of accomplishment when you make something homemade that you never envisioned yourself making. (Homemade bread, pasta sauce, noodles, etc.)
There was a time in my life where I would have said, "Who has time to make their own granola bars?" or "Why would you make your own granola bars, the ones at the store are just as good and SO cheap?"
During our triathlon a few years ago, a friend of mine made these granola bars. I absolutely fell in love! I was shocked at how different they taste from anything at the grocery store. It was as sweet as a cookie, but yet gave me fuel like an energy bar.
Needless to say, I asked for the recipe and she GLADLY shared, thanks Sandra!
My husband is a huge fan of these granola bars too. We ALWAYS have some of these in the freezer as a quick and healthy snack. He likes to grab one in the morning for his lunchbox and eat it about an hour later when it is partially thawed. I like them straight out the freezer. I guess to each their own!
We might not agree on the best way to eat them, but we definitely agree that they are delicious!
Ingredients for Granola Bars
As you can see, most of these ingredients you probably already have in your house.
I had a hard time finding where the wheat germ was at our local grocery store and had to ask an employee. Don't worry, you don't have to include this!
There are a couple of items I buy at Costco in bulk because they are such a good deal. But, all of these should be at your local store.
Buying honey in bulk has been very cost effective. I normally do just use this big container, but you could easily refill a smaller bottle if that is easier for you. I found that Costco runs really good deals on Craisins and honey, so I normally stock up when I go a couple of times throughout the year.
You don't have to use Craisins, any dried fruit would work. My husband and I own a blueberry farm (go check it out here- www.sunriseharvestfarms.com), so we have dried blueberries on hand. We do really like that flavor combo with a few Craisins too.
This recipe could not be easier to make. Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix them up! You can pat them into a sheet pan to make granola bars. Put them in the freezer for about an hour & then cut them into your desired size. Wrap each one in plastic wrap or a snack baggie (this is easier and faster).
Something I recently discovered was that you don't have to make them into actual granola bars. Uh, duh Jenna! I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out, but you can just form them into little bites and call them "granola bar bites". I think that these are a little easier to make and store, but we still love the bars too. That is the beauty of it, make it your own!
Storing the Granola Bars
Keep them in the fridge or freezer, sealed tightly. If you made them into bars, make sure to individually wrap each one so they don't dry out.
Because this batch is so big, we like to store a few in the fridge to eat fresh within 1-2 weeks and then stick the others in the freezer. We actually REALLY like eating them frozen, maybe even better than fresh!
Making your own granola is so much easier than what you might think. It tastes significantly better than any that you buy at the store and it is cheaper! Give this recipe a try and I promise you will NEVER go back to buying granola at the store.
I always have a container of granola on hand at our house. It is delicious by the handfuls, as cereal, or on top your yogurt for a little homemade parfait.
One thing that I love about making your own granola is that you can control the amount of sugar that you put in it. Normally I follow the recipe though and just eat the granola in moderation. Even though this recipe is healthy, granola is still a high calorie food.
Be careful, this stuff is ADDICTING!
Why do we LOVE Homemade Granola?
Ingredients for Homemade Granola
This recipe truly is SO simple. You just need to microwave a few ingredients (or melt on the stove). Then, mix everything together in a bowl & bake!
How long will fresh granola last?
We always have a container of fresh granola in our cabinet. It is really easy to make and lasts for a long time. I have heard that you can freeze granola too. We have never needed to because we eat it pretty quickly, way before it has the chance to go bad. But, you could easily make a batch and freeze some for later.
I wish that food bloggers could insert smells into their posts. If we could, I would totally share this aroma of homemade granola. It seriously is AMAZING and will be etched into your memory!
I remember as a kid coming home from school many times to the smell of granola right out of the oven. It was always so challenging to wait for it to cool before indulging.
Seriously, why are you still sitting here? Go whip up a batch of this so you can transform that yogurt into a decadent parfait!