No Bake Granola Bites

No Bake Granola Bites

Posting due to popular demand. 🙂


  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup ground flax seed (I usually do 3/4 C flax seed and 1/4 C chia seeds)
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (you can use regular sized; mini just fits better)
  • 2/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil (I usually just use vegetable oil and add shredded coconut for flavor)


  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, mixing gently so the rice cereal doesn’t get crushed. Mix until well-combined.
  2. Roll into small balls and place in Tupperware on wax paper.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. And enjoy!

Yields: 30 bites


Peanut Butter Banana Spinach Smoothie

A big thanks to Iowa Girl Eats for this recipe and my new breakfast of champions. I’ve even convinced Joe, who wouldn’t come anywhere near spinach with a ten foot pole a few months ago, to drink it for breakfast and he agrees – it just tastes like peanut butter and bananas! Plus, spinach is a superfood! Studies even show that increased consumption of dark leafy greens, such as spinach, helps ward off age related mental decline and memory loss by up to 40%! Eat your greens!

Peanut Butter Banana Spinach Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced before frozen
  • 1 Tbs. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. low-fat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 3-5 c. baby spinach, really it’s just however much you can put in there. 🙂

Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Makes 1-2 servings.

inside out carmel apples

so I’ve always thought carmel apples sounds delicious but look ridiculously hard to eat, but I found this recipe and loved it.

inside out carmel apples


granny smith green apples (or whatever kind you want)

carmel candies (melted)

chocolate chips, chocolate syrup, butterscotch chips, sliced pecans, peanut butter chips or whatever toppings you desire!


slice the apple in half. carve the middles a little so the carmel to sit. melt the carmel candies and pour melted carmel in the middle of the apples. top with your desired toppings and enjoy! tip: eat before the carmel hardens.

easy fat-free hummus

I’ve always wanted to make homemade hummus, but all the recipes I’ve found have called for bizarre or hard to find ingredients. But this recipe which I found in mom’s magic bullet recipe book, is simple and healthy.

homemade fat-free hummus

Fat-Free Hummus


splash (more like 1/4 c) of fat-free chicken (or vegetable) broth

14 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

2 Tbs. lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

sprinkle of paprika

salt and pepper to taste



Add all the ingredients together and blend.  You can save the paprika to sprinkle at the end or just blend it in, like I did.  Eat hummus with fresh cut veggies, tortilla chips, or pita chips.


Recipe #1: Caprese



I decided to start with Caprese for the first recipe on our community recipe site because it it quick, healthy, and fairly inexpensive. I’m kind of a big fan. You can make some caprese for lunch, for an appetizer, or for a snack.  Anyways, here are the details:


mozzarella cheese

1/3 olive oil
1/3 balsalmic vinegar
1/3 lemon juice
shake together well and pour on top. dressing also good for salads.

slice the tomato and mozzarella cheese. place cheese on tomato. sprinkle some salt, pepper, and dressing on top. Place in oven at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Sprinkle some basil on top or place a basil leaf on each. Eat and feel salubrious!

Change it Up:
Fill free to include little baguettes to eat with your tomato. I didn’t have any today, but if I had I would have used something like Smith’s french bread cut up into tiny pieces, drizzled with olive oil and baked for 5 mins at 450 degrees before placing the rest of the tomato concoction on top of it and placing in the oven for another 5 mins.