No Bake Granola Bites

No Bake Granola Bites

Posting due to popular demand. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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

ingredients:

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!

 
directions:

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

 

DIRECTIONS:

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

caprese

caprese2

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:

Ingredients:

Tomato
mozzarella cheese
pepper
salt
basil

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

Directions:
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.