Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.

Chewy chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars taste like a candy bar, but are full of healthy ingredients!

These chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars bring me great joy. They taste a lot like a candy bar, but they’re full of healthy stuff (oats! flax! nuts!) and aren’t nearly as indulgent as that blanket of chocolate makes them look. They’re chewy, peanut buttery, sweet and salty, and I keep running out of the ingredients because I can’t.stop.making.them. Continue reading “Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.”

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5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.

When I gave up my ice-cream-every-night habit, I had to replace it with something. We try to eat dinner as a family at 5:30, and I’m just not going to make it to bedtime without a snack most nights. And especially at first, it was hard not to cave and have the sweet treat I was craving. Enter: real food snacks. Continue reading “5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.”

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Paleo Granola.

a piece of paleo granola

Our new neighborhood has a pool, and it’s really fun to be able to walk there with the girls! It only takes a few minutes, but somehow on the way home everyone suddenly realizes they’re comPLETELY starving and can’t possibly obey basic safety rules/sit in the stroller/survive. So pool snacks have become a must for us. (It also helps ease the pain of getting out of the pool if there’s an applesauce squeezy pack and a bag of paleo granola with your name on it!) Continue reading “Paleo Granola.”

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Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

pita pizza

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington that I’m optimistically referring to as our “vacation house”, where we’ll be until we can move into our actual new house (c’mon, Phase 3!).

*except for the piles.upon.piles of things that 2 adults, 1 kid, 1 baby and 1 dog need for a couple of weeks of nomadic living

Even if your kitchen isn’t packed into boxes, there are days you need dinner to be extra easy. I’m compiling a few “faster than fast food” meal ideas for ya – it’s even a new category on the Recipes page! Continue reading “Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).”

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

chocolate chip granola bars

I love to bake, but lack the self-control to have homemade sweets around on a regular basis. (Oh, I’m in the kitchen, it must be time for a snack to hack off another piece of this cake/snitch another cookie/try not to let the kids see that I’m chewing something….)  That’s why I’m so into zucchini snack cake and breakfast cookies, since they’re healthier (lower in sugar and more filling, at least!) but still fun to bake. When I mentioned my granola-bar-making woes, one of my readers pointed me to these chocolate chip granola bars from Weelicious (thank you, Lindsay, from the bottom of my heart!), and I’ve been making them ever since! Continue reading “Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.”

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Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Snack Cake.

flourless chocolate chip zucchini snack cake

A friend recently posted a picture of their kids eating something chocolate cake-y for breakfast. And said it contained vegetables. Obviously, I immediately wanted to have some in front of me. Now I’ve made it twice, and my three-year-old is in.love. It’s flourless, only a few ingredients, full of zucchini, and super tasty – definitely a winner! Continue reading “Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Snack Cake.”

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A Quick Quesadilla Tip.

black bean quesadilla

This is just a little quesadilla PSA. In theory, quesadillas are such a quick, easy, and cheesily delicious meal – but if you’ve ever tried to flip a 2-tortilla, overstuffed quesadilla and lost half of its innards in the process, this tip can save your dinner! Continue reading “A Quick Quesadilla Tip.”

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Breakfast Cookies.

breakfast cookies

I’ve been on a quest to make the perfect homemade granola bar for years. I’ve tried lots of recipes and I’ve also tried to create my own recipe from scratch. Baked, unbaked, crunchy, chewy…they’ve certainly all been edible, and some have been good enough to make a second time, but I haven’t found The One. I want a granola bar that doesn’t rely on a lot of added sugar to taste good, that can handle some variation of ingredients, and stays together, for the love. It’s a bummer to cut into your pan of granola “bars” and watch them turn into crumbs before your eyes (or fall to pieces after knocking around in a lunch bag). Continue reading “Breakfast Cookies.”

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