Chocolate Nutella Granola

Is granola still healthy if you add Nutella and chocolate chips? All the healthy elements are still there so let’s say yes! We love to eat it by the handful, yesterday we had it with vanilla yogurt and berries, and today I added banana and vanilla almond milk and had the most delicious lunch.

Chocolate Nutella Granola

Chocolate Nutella Granola 2

5 cups crispy rice cereal
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rough chopped pecans
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups raisins
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbl cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In large bowl, mix together crispy rice cereal, oats, wheat germ, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut, dates, dried cranberries, and cinnamon. In saucepan, melt butter, Nutella, and brown sugar together. Add maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread out evenly on two cookie sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 8 minutes, remove and gently stir and spread out again. Bake another 8 minutes, remove, gently stir and spread out again. Bake 8 minutes more. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container. Eat as a snack, in a bowl with milk or on top of ice cream, yogurt, you decide.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

These yummy little babies can be found in our refrigerator to grab anytime you need a little pick me up. Quite often, a couple of these energy bites are my breakfast. Thanks to our daughter for getting us hooked on this healthy snack.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites I

2 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup chopped almonds
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 Tbl chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, hand mixer works well. Form into balls (I make mine small, using my 1½” cookie scoop). Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This recipe makes approx 48 – 1½” diameter energy bites, approx 86 calories per bite. Original recipe found at

Bran Muffins

We love a good muffin, don’t we? But, I am big on counting calories, and a muffin can be loaded with calories. With this recipe, the goal was healthy, good taste, fiber, and low calorie. I think is hits the mark, it can be a good start for your morning or a great snack. Don’t expect a lot of sweet, there is no sugar added. The flavor comes from the hardiness of bran, a hint of molasses, cinnamon, and little bit of chocolate here and there.
One muffin has 145 calories, 5g fiber, 2.6g fat, 30.7g carbs.

Bran Muffins

Bran Muffins II

1¼ cups All-Bran cereal
2/3 cup milk (I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
2 Tbl molasses
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbl mini chocolate chips*

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 6 muffin cups or add papers.
Stir together All-Bran, milk, applesauce, egg, molasses, and vanilla. Let sit 5 minutes for the bran to softened. Stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add dry ingredients to bran mixture and stir just until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Scoop batter evenly into the 6 muffin cups. Bake 20-22 minutes.

*Use 4 Tbl mini chocolate chips for a little more chocolate in your muffins, this increases the calories per muffin to 170. Still good on calories, and more chocolate!



Make popovers for dinner to go with your soup. Make them for breakfast to eat with butter and jam. Or, make them anytime just because of that amazing crunchy outside and tender delicious inside!

Popovers 1Popovers.jpg1 Tbl butter, melted, cooled
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a 6-cup popover pan with nonstick spray.
Combine butter, milk, eggs, flour, and salt in blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Divide batter among the 6 popover cups, filling each about half full. Bake 40 minutes, do not open oven door during baking time. Remove from oven. You may want to pierce each popover to let steam escape. Serve warm. You can make popovers in a muffin pan or Pyrex custard cups.

Other Quick Bread Ideas:

Quick Dinner Muffins Quick Dinner Muffins

Corn Bread Muffins Buttery Sour Cream Corn Bread Muffins

Cheesy Appetizer Crackers

These little crackers melt in your mouth, amazingly cheesy, buttery, and salty.

Cheesy Appetizer Crackers

Cheesy Appetizer Crackers 1  Cheesy Appetizer Crackers 2


4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt (can use season salt)

With electric mixer, combine cheese, butter, flour, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Cover and chill dough for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 375°. Shape dough into 1″ balls. Place two inches apart on baking sheet. Flatten with a fork like you would a traditional peanut butter cookie. Sprinkle with a little more salt if desired. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Makes about 20 crackers. Recipe from

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Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

When our daughter came for a visit she made these delicious healthy bars. The recipe is found at I am thinking maybe the name Healthier Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars would be better. They probably are healthier than many other dessert bars, but there are still a fair amount of calories in each bar. So, it’s all about portion control, or, do as my husband and I did and just have these bars for dinner! We are so happy…and healthy!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Optional add-ins – chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, pecans, sunflower seeds, etc.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray. With electric mixer, cream brown sugar and peanut butter. Mix in vanilla. Add flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts (or whatever add-ins you choose). Press dough into prepared baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes, until bars are lightly golden and set in center. Allow to cool completely and cut into squares.
Makes 16 squares, approx 240 calories each.

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Chocolate Snack Cake

This is a quick fix recipe for a moist, rich chocolate cake. It’s a great recipe for a 9″x9″ pan for times when you don’t need a full size cake. Throw in some mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts, slather with your favorite frosting, or dive right in and enjoy as is! Another favorite for a 13″x9″ size is Dark Chocolate Snack Cake.

Chocolate Snack Cake

1¾ cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 tsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg, vinegar, and vanilla. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and whisk together until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if using. Pour batter into sprayed 9″x9″ square baking pan (can sprinkle some chocolate chips and nuts on top too). Bake 30-35 minutes until center is done.

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Sweet Chex Mix

I am revisiting this recipe because it is such a favorite! This time adding a couple more ingredients. Warning, once you start eating, you may not be able to stop.

Sweet Chex Mix

Sweet Chex Mix 2

7 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts
1 cup sliced almonds
1 (5 oz) can chow mein noodles
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
Colored Sprinkles (optional)
M&M candies (optional)

In large bowl, stir together Rice Chex, Golden Grahams, coconut, peanuts, almonds, and chow mein noodles. In saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring mixture to boil and continue cooking to”soft ball” stage…about 235° on candy thermometer. Pour hot syrup over cereal mixture in thin stream in stages. After each addition of syrup, gently fold and stir until all ingredients are well coated. If you want to add sprinkles, M&Ms, or other candies continue stirring until cooled enough to add and not to melt. Spread mixture out onto silpat lined baking sheet to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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Banana Snack Cake

With, how to use over-ripe bananas and make something sugar-free for my honey, as the question…this is the answer. It’s a healthy, sugar-free, low-calorie, moist, flavorful banana snack cake. Yes, my husband chooses not to eat sugar. You might be wondering how a sugaraholic/chocoholic gal and a sugar-free guy are married and work things out? Well, things are pretty good, we have it worked out and it will be 30 years in April. I eat as much sugary/chocolatey sweets as he eats tortilla chips…it’s magical!

Banana Snack Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener
2 eggs
1¾-2 cups mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut (it is sweetened, a tiny cheat)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, and Equal. Mix in eggs, mashed banana, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add flour, wheat flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; mix just until combined. Fold in coconut and chopped nuts. Pour cake batter into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool. Cut into 20 servings, approx 180 calories per serving. It is a very moist, flavorful, healthy cake!

The I don’t care about healthy, no sugar and calories version:
*Omit applesauce and add 1 cup butter total
*Replace Splenda with sugar
*Omit wheat flour and add 2 cups all-purpose flour total
*Add 1 cup chocolate chips
*Frost with Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting
*Please don’t be fooled that making these changes keeps the calorie count per serving at 180. ;o)

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Candy Popcorn

A perfect snack for the big game, or anytime!

Candy Popcorn

12 cups popped popcorn
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
Gel food coloring of your choice
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 225°. Lightly spray baking sheet, set aside. Put popped popcorn in large bowl. In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in corn syrup and sugar. Bring to boil stirring constantly, turn heat down to simmer to keep the mixture boiling and cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in food color and baking soda. Pour candy mixture over popcorn and stir to coat completely. Spread popcorn out on prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for 40 minutes, stir every 10 minutes. (*I skip the oven part and it turns out great and saves a lot of time. I stir gently and break apart into little bitesize popcorn balls as it cools). Remove from oven and stir popcorn gently as it cools. Recipe from

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