Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls {Vegan, Gluten Free}


  The world of blogging really jumped on the snack ball bandwagon. I am pretty sure you'd be hard-pressed to find a food blogger without a "ball" recipe on their blog. And for good reason. They're the perfect snack. I started making balls over 6 years ago  (sorry if "making balls" sounds weird to you, but I simply can't call them anything else) when we were living in Austin and I wanted snacks to have on hand while I was nursing my firstborn. I made them very simply with peanut butter and oats and dipped them in melted chocolate. To this day they are one of my favorite … [Read more...]

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Protein Cookies


I don't use protein powder very often, but my husband likes it in his smoothies and once in a while I will add it to mine too. We finally run out of our giant ol' tub that lasted about a year and I got to try a new brand and DELICIOUS flavor, sweet cream. I used Vi-Shape shake mix from Visalus. You would not believe the smell when I opened the bag, it reminded me of walking into an ice cream shop. So delicious smelling which I don't think I've ever said about protein powder! Ha! They're not lying when they say it's "the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix". The mix is low fat … [Read more...]

Blueberry Granola Bars & Meal Planning

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Who doesn't love a good care package? My mom sends the best ones and her most recent included some of these granola bars for the kids. There are few store-bought granola bars that I like. Most of them are filled with preservatives and junk so whenever I get a chance to make them I do. After we gobbled up the ones my mom sent, I got the recipe from her so we could make another batch. She originally made them because she wanted to recreate a oatmeal bar I had made when she came to visit us, but it turns out hers were different enough that I needed her recipe too! It calls for quite a … [Read more...]

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

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October 29th is National Oatmeal day and what better way to celebrate than with a new oatmeal recipe! We are huge oatmeal fans in this house; every variety makes an appearance in our pantry from quick cooking to rolled oats to steel cut. I have always enjoyed oatmeal but it wasn't until I met my husband 10 years ago that I started including it in my diet on a regular basis. He adores oatmeal and eats in almost everyday. When we were first married and lived in San Diego I discovered that he makes the most perfect bowl. It's always so creamy with just the right amount of cinnamon and banana. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Oatmeal and the Benefits of Soluble Fiber


Boy this hits the spot when you have a chocolate craving. I've become a little obsessed with mixing things into my oatmeal. I replaced my favorite pumpkin oatmeal with this chocolate oatmeal. The best part is that as rich as it looks and tastes, the spoonful of cocoa powder only adds 10 calories and zero sugar to your oatmeal! Of course it would be super bitter if you didn't add any sweetener, but it doesn't take much... 1/2 teaspoon of sugar usually works for me which only equals 2 grams of sugar. Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top to make it extra decadent. YUM! Unless you're new to … [Read more...]

Coconut Granola Bars


I love baking up treats to have around the house- I try to freeze at least half of the goodies in individual portions so that I can pull out a homemade snack when needed. Lately every time I pick up a box of some sort of snack at the store, I think to myself "I can make that at home". Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't, but I like to try. I have made these delicious granola bars a few times. They couldn't be any easier- you literally dump all the ingredients into a bowl, stir, pour into a baking dish and bake. Your child could make these. Seriously easy. The first time … [Read more...]

The Perfect Snack- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls

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When I followed the vegan diet for a week I was craving sweets in a bad way. I mean, I am pregnant and I need chocolate. However, I was good and avoided pretty much anything sweet until day 6 when I couldn't take it anymore. I stared into our pantry hoping that something animal-free would jump out at me for dessert.  I came up with these treats and I'm hooked....and they aren't really that sweet with the only added sweetener being 1/4 cup syrup per batch, you can definitely feel good about eating these or giving them to your kids as snacks. 5 simple ingredients including some vegan basics- … [Read more...]