Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Energy Bites

1 cup old fashion oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup cocoa nibs
1/3 cup chia seed
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together, form into rounds the size of a walnut or a little larger, freeze.

Dianne made a variety of this recipe Spring 2016, they are good, not at all sweet, and filling

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola

3½ cups old-fashioned oatmeal
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup chopped nuts (any kind)
¾ cup peanut butter 
½ cup honey
⅓ cup butter (or coconut oil)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
dash salt

Preheat oven to 325. Combine oatmeal, nuts, salt, and coconut. In a small saucepan over medium heat add the butter, peanut butter, and honey. Stir frequently. Once melted, remove from heat and add vanilla.

Pour the melted ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Combine the ingredients. Pour the granola on a baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes, stirring a few times. The more you stir, the less clumpy it will be. Also the less chance of burning.  Store in an air tight container for two weeks. Use on yogurt or dip your banana in it or add in some dried fruit or chocolate chunks and call it trail mix. 

I like having snacks around that are really tasty but not filled with heavily processed ingredients or refined sugar. The problem is, this doesn't stay around long!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Brownie in a mug

2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 dash salt
4 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
4 Tbsp flour

In a 12 oz coffee mug, add water, butter, vanilla, and dash of salt. Stir well. Add cocoa, stir. Add sugar, stir. Add flour, stir. Microwave for 60-90 seconds. (I think I did 75 seconds) Do not overcook. Enjoy with a spoon. Now you have one serving of a fresh, fudgy brownie whenever you want! Plus you don't have to worry about what to do with the leftovers!

For an ever better sized portion, I halved the recipe and cooked it for 1/2 the time.