There was a girl that used to work with me. Her name was Angie. She was health conscious and tried to make better food decisions for herself as well as her family. Maybe that’s why we became really good friends. 🙂 Well, one day she had brought in these “cookies”. I took one look at them and I knew I wanted one. There were flecks of chocolate, nuts and chia seeds. I had to have the recipe. Luckily for me, she wrote down what she could remember. And the first thing I did when I got home? I made some darn good-for-you cookies.
I’ve made a few variations of these cookies. I would swap out walnuts for almonds, dried cherries for raisins, chocolate for white chocolate. These however, are my favorite. It’s obvious I love anything coconut and chocolate. (here and here … oh, and here), but feel free to add your favorite combos.
These cookies aren’t overly sweet (depends on how much honey/chocolate you use). They could be gluten-free, and holds everything that is good for your body. I kind of feel guilty calling these bad boys cookies, but that just makes it more treat-worthy 😉 Not a fan of cookies (do those people exist?!), then make them into bars. Problem solved. 😉
Warmer weather is upon us. What does that mean?
It’s popsicle season!
This is another 3-ingredient* recipe that can be interchangeable with your favorite flavors. Have fresh strawberries on hand? Use those! Only have vanilla yogurt? That would be great as well. Just have fun 🙂 Either way, without all that corn syrup or artificial junk, you’ll be rocking that itty bitty bikini in no time!
With this last round of snow this season (hopefully), my husband and I both have “snow days” today. We’re snowed in (a total of 11″!) so any plans to venture out was slim to none. He was working hard outside snow shoveling the driveway, so I figured I would work hard in the kitchen … making an easy batch of these. Talk about coming together quickly! And while they were cooling, my husband came back inside. I heard him sniffing the air and following the aroma right into the kitchen. He took one look at ’em and said “Oh my! What are THOSE?!” Needless to say, they look and smell great! I’m always in search of a great blondie recipe, and with this one, I believe I’ve stuck gold.
This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite blogs. The base is flour, egg, and butter free and full of fiber. In the end, I just added the pretzels. There’s a salty crunch with the sweet, gooey blondies. The perfect combo. 😉
Have a glass of almond milk ready! 😋
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It’s finally March and that means spring is right around the corner! Spring reminds me of warmer weather, flowers … and bee pollen. Yes, bee pollen. Oh, where to begin with all the benefits of this “life-giving dust”?
After moving to one of the top 3 worst cities for allergy sufferers almost 6 years ago (yay, Louisville!), I was immediately searching for those non-medicinal home remedies. One thing that kept showing up in every article was honey. LOCAL, raw honey. I use it daily; whether drizzled on toast, in oatmeal, smoothies, or taken with a spoon.
Lately, another version of this superfood has caught my attention. Bee pollen. Just read about it here! Amazing stuff. I came across some local pollen at a health food store; about $9 for the size shown below. I’m still finding different ways to use it, and so far, I’ve mixed it in smoothies, sprinkled it on oatmeal or toast, and made these. The idea came from Instagram where I follow @secretsquirrelfood (& you should too!). I knew I had to make them asap! And I’m so glad I did.
They’re a perfect, clean eating, sweet treat to cure even my biggest sweet tooth. Plus, it’s something I feel good about eating, hence, guilt-free! Did I just use the word “hence”? Continue reading “superfood banana pops”