Saturday, July 8, 2017

Oatmeal Bites

These are my go to "healthy" snack! I absolutely love them! The best part about them is I don't feel guilty eating them at all! My sister in law gave me the recipe and it basically changed my life! I love that they are a quick healthy snack for on the go!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites

1 3/4 cups Oats
3/4 cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup Honey or Agave
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips
Splash of Vanilla

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I like to roll them into balls for quick grab and go snacks. If they don't hold together well let the dough rest for 10 minutes or so and then try again. The oats absorb some of the moisture from the  honey and peanut butter and they seem to roll better. Recently I've been doing 2 different sizes of bites, a mommy sized and a toddler size. This way I have grab and go snack for both of us! I store them in the fridge. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Naturally Sweetened Whole Wheat Oatmeal Jam Bars

These have been my most recent obsession! They are so good. I am not a coconut fan, but the coconut oil is just the perfect amount of coconut flavor. I have tried them with butter but I prefer the taste and texture with the coconut oil. I often use and all fruit or honey sweetened jam.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly milled soft white wheat berries (whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (feel free to substitute butter)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup jam or preserve of choice
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Butter an 8" square baking or cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the coconut oil (preferably melted), honey, and maple syrup.
  5. Transfer about 2/3 of the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Pack the mixture down firmly.
  6. With a spoon, spread the jam or preserves over the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 mixture over the preserves.
  8. Finish with a sprinkle of oats to cover any bare areas.
  9. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
These bars can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Source: My Humble Kitchen

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Banana Nut Waffles

Possibly my new favorites waffle recipe!

Banana Nut Waffle
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
 
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (cane sugar or brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 2.5 oz  coconut oil
  • ¾ cup milk 
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat waffle iron on high heat, about one notch down from the highest setting. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt and nutmeg. 
  3. In a blender combine oats and whole almonds. Grind until they resemble a coarse flour. Add to flour mixture
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the coconut oil and milk. Microwave for 60 seconds, or until the mixture is warm and the coconut oil has mostly melted. Whisk in mashed banana, egg, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Tiny lumps may remain. Pour batter onto the heated waffle iron, enough to cover the center and most of the central surface area. Once the iron has stopped steaming and the waffle is deeply golden, transfer it to a cooling rack or baking sheet. Don't stack your waffles on top of each other, or they'll lose crispness. Place in oven to keep warm. Repeat.
  6. Top with sliced bananas and 100% pure maple syrup, and serve. Save leftovers in the fridge and reheat by placing the waffle back in the griddle or in the toaster on a light setting.


Adapted from: Cookie and Kate

Monday, October 1, 2012

Biscoff Bars With White Chocolate Biscoff Drizzle

Hello friends! Its been a while. I sort of went on a blogging hiatus. I just can't believe that summer has flown by and that we are already well into fall. I do love fall. I love all the fall colors and the slightly cooler weather. My newest favorite thing about fall is probably these bars (mostly because I made them today). These bars are very similar to peanut butter bars (one of my favorite things in life) but instead of peanut butter you get a delightful caramelly/cinnamony flavor that is oh so good! I am slightly obsessed with Biscoff spread all though I do feel that my obsession has died down a little. I hope all of you enjoy these as much as we do!



Biscoff Bars


Ingredients:

3/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar (dark brown sugar if possible)
3/4 c Biscoff Spread
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c oats
3/4 c Biscoff Spread

White Chocolate Biscoff Drizzle
1/2 cup white chocolate
2 tbs Biscoff Spread

Cream together the butter and sugars. Add Biscoff Spread, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix until a firm dough is made. Grease a cookie sheet (or line with foil) and spread mixture in the pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and let set for a few minutes. While bars are still warm spread on the extra 3/4 cup Biscoff Spread. The warmth of the bars helps the Biscoff spread easier. The extra 3/4 cup Biscoff spread for the top is an approximation use less or more according to you own personal Biscoff desires. Allow bars to cool completely. In a microwave safe bowl place white chocolate and Biscoff spread. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds until chocolate is melted. Drizzle white chocolate mixture over cooled Biscoff bars. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Texas Sheet Cake

I honestly am not the hugest fan of most cakes. Store bought cakes just don't appeal to me. If I'm going to eat a cake it better be moist, rich, and have a very fantastic frosting. This is why I love Texas Sheet Cake! This cake is moist and delicious with a fudge type frosting poured all over the top of it! I also love it because it is great for larger groups because it makes a ton!




Texas Sheet Cake

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream (if you don't have sour cream plain yogurt works well too)
2 eggs
1 cup butter
1 cup water
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons milk
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10x15 inch pan.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir cocoa mixture into the egg mixture, mixing until blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the icing: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the nuts, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake.


Recipe Source: Allrecipes

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Biscoff Ice Cream

I have a new obsession. I might be a little behind on the current food trends but I don't care! I am seriously in love with this stuff. I have heard and known about it for a while now, but just recently found what grocery stores in my area sell the stuff. In case you haven't figured out what I'm talking about my new love is Biscoff! I love the stuff so much that I made my husband take me to the grocery store for our date night just so I could buy some! If you haven't tried it yet I highly suggest that you do. My favorite is the Crunchy Biscoff Spread. The creamy is really good to, so if your grocery store only carries the creamy you will be ok. Just know that the crunchy is even better. For those of you that may have no idea at all what I'm talking about Biscoff spread is basically a delicious cinnamon type cookie that has been ground up into a peanut butter like spread. This way you can have little bits of cookie on everything imaginable! I will say that my favorite things to have it with are apples, crepes (I will most likely post a recipe soon for this), and of course this ice cream! Ever since I realized I could get Biscoff locally I have been wanting to make ice cream out of it. I fist tried a traditional ice cream base but decided with this one that I totally prefer a custard base. The custard totally makes the ice cream smoother and creamer. It also makes it so it doesn't get rock hard in your freezer. All in all I just hope that you are inspired to go out and get your own Biscoff spread and start your own obsession!



Biscoff Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
4 cups milk
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Biscoff Spread
12 Biscoff Cookies (optional)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan combine cream and milk. Warm over medium heat until milk mixture starts to be foamy on top and hot.

 In a separate bowl combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until well combined. Mix in Biscoff spread. This mixture may be a little thick. If it is too thick to properly stir mix in 1/4 cup of the hot milk mixture.

 Once Biscoff  is mixed into the egg mixture you want to temper the egg mixture. While stirring egg mixture pour 1 cup of the hot milk into the egg mixture. Mix well.

Take the egg mixture and slowly pour it back into the saucepan with the remaining hot milk. Make sure you stirring the milk while you pour. Continue stirring and cooking the mixture for several minutes until the mixture becomes thick and will coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and pour into a heat proof bowl.

 Let cool at room temperature for a few minutes. Take some plastic wrap and place it right on top of the custard. This will ensure that you don't get a "crust" on top of your custard. Place bowl in the fridge and let cool for several hours or overnight.

When ready to make ice cream pour cooled custard into a blender and blend for 30 seconds. I honestly don't know why this helps but it seems to make the ice cream smoother and creamier. Now pour the custard into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's directions. When your ice cream is almost done crumble the 12 Biscoff cookies into the ice cream and let it process for a few more minutes. When the ice cream is done you will have little bits of cookies throughout your ice cream. Try and not eat all the ice cream by yourself. This will be tough! Enjoy!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sprinkle Rimmed Cups

 I found this idea in one of my searches as I was planning a bridal shower. I instantly fell in love with these cute cups (and the straws to be quite honest). I loved that there was a simple way to jazz up everyday drinking glasses or plastic cups for that matter. I also loved that they were so easy! I honestly don't know which site I first saw this idea on but there are many out there with similar ideas. They are so cute and I think kids would love to drink anything out of them. I also think kids would love to help you make them! I'm a kid at heart and really want to drink a milk shake out of one of these right about now.



Sprinkle Rimmed Cups

What you need:

1/2-1 cup white chocolate
1/2 - 1 cup colored sugar crystals or sprinkles of your choice
Cups (any kind will do)
Super cute straws (optional)

Directions

Melt white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals until white chocolate is melted. Pour sprinkles in a separate bowl. Take a cup and dip the rim of the cup in the white chocolate then dip it in the sprinkles. Set aside and let chocolate and sprinkles harden. Repeat with remaining cups. I made mine a few days in advance. Once the white chocolate and sprinkles were hardened I stacked the ups carefully and placed them in a zip lock back just to make sure nothing weird happened to them. Voila! They are that easy.