These no bake peanut butter granola balls are super simple to make, full of healthy ingredients, and make a great snack for active kids and adults alike.  

peanut butter granola balls

I’ve been making these Peanut Butter Granola Balls for many years.  I’ve made lots of different versions but this recipe is probably our favorite.  Such a great combination of healthy fats, complex carbs, and protein!  They are easy to make, don’t require any cooking or baking, and they are sweet enough to feel like a little bit of a treat.  My boys love them and have some every day after school until they run out. Continue reading

Triscuit Mini Pizza

Today I have a super easy “recipe” that’s perfect for lunch or a busy weeknight.  I love Triscuit crackers because they only have three simple ingredients: whole wheat flour, oil, and salt.  As an added bonus, Triscuit now makes an organic version with organic whole wheat, organic sunflower oil, and sea salt.  (I found them at Costco.)  Obviously, I wouldn’t call them a health food but as far as convenience foods go, these aren’t too bad!  If you serve these little pizzas with some fresh fruit and veggies you have a simple and easy meal that both kids and adults will love.  As an added bonus these can be customized so that everyone has the toppings they like.  Get the kids involved and let them make their own little pizzas.

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dark chocolate peanut clusters

Several weeks ago the boys noticed a picture of peanut clusters on Pinterest and they declared that we needed to make them for an after dinner treat.  (Yes, we do scroll through pictures of food on Pinterest together.  :-))  You may have noticed that I have a special affinity for dark chocolate and nuts so of course I was completely on board with their request.  The recipe they saw was actually made in the crockpot and used milk chocolate.  But I knew I could make it without having to pull down our crockpot and I could use dark chocolate, which would make it a teeny bit more healthy.  This may be the simplest recipe I have ever shared.  And it’s delicious too!

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Pumpkin Coconut Cashew Bites

I’m back with another pumpkin recipe today.  I just can’t stop making foods with pumpkin.  It’s one of my favorite ingredients!  It’s always a plus when something you love is healthy too.  I adapted these from a favorite “cookie dough” ball recipe that’s made with cashews, oatmeal, and coconut.  I just added some pumpkin for a little fall flavor.  These pumpkin coconut cashew bites are full of healthy fat, protein, and fiber, which makes them the perfect snack in my book.  I keep ours in the freezer and pull one or two out in the afternoon when I need a pick-me-up.  They are just slightly sweet so if you are wanting them for more of a “treat” I’d suggest upping the amount of honey and adding in more chocolate.  I wanted them to be more of a heathy snack so I kept the honey and chocolate to a minimum.  But they are still delicious as is.

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fruity frozen yogurt drops

These frozen yogurt drops make a great snack or addition to your little one’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Honestly, I really like them too, and I’m not even a huge yogurt lover.  They are full of protein and probiotics (from the yogurt) and fiber/vitamins (from the fruit) and have just a little added sweetener (maple syrup).  My boys love them and cannot get enough!  They feel like they are some sort of treat when in reality they probably have less sugar than the flavored yogurts you buy at the store.

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kids in the kitchen

One of my goals this summer has been to spend more time with the kids in the kitchen.  The long summer days (and ensuing boredom) are perfect for getting them involved.  I purchased this cooking kit from Amazon and surprised them with it when school ended.  We’ve been having a lot of fun trying new things this summer.

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dark chocolate granola cups2

My husband and kids were out of town for a few days last week so naturally I needed to make myself some sort of treat to enjoy all to myself.  I normally have to sneak my little treats if I don’t want to share but when they are gone I get to eat them out in the open with no one stealing bites.  🙂  I pretty much never make a treat that doesn’t involve dark chocolate and something crunchy.  Usually it’s nuts but this time I decided to use granola.  I’ve dropped some chocolate chips into my granola before so I knew it would make a good combination.  I also added in a little coconut because coconut added to melted chocolate always tastes great!

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PB Chocolate Chip Fudge Bites

I have a minor addiction to chocolate and peanut butter.  Add coconut and/or coconut oil and I’m there!  These little fudge bites are so good.  They are a perfect snack or “healthy” dessert.  You can make them healthier by using a natural peanut butter with nothing added, just peanuts.  I had to ration them so I wouldn’t eat them all in one sitting!  If you don’t have chocolate don’t let that stop you from making them.  I made some without the chocolate and they were still delicious – just smooth and creamy peanut buttery goodness.  I think the combination of peanut butter (or other nut butter) and coconut oil is such a great mix for a little treat because it provides you with protein, fiber and healthy fat, a perfect combo for a filling and satisfying snack.

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our favorite peanut butter chocolate chip no bake granola bars

We love granola bars at our house.  I have about 10 recipes pinned on Pinterest right now.  The problem is that each recipe has something in it I don’t like or it’s missing something that we love in our granola bars.  And many of them have honey and brown sugar.   So I’ve combined several recipes into one I am happy with.   The kids approved too!

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