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

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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

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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 thecreativebite.com.

Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

It’s my favorite! Well, I probably say that about quite a few cookie recipes, but really, this is right up there at the top.

Peanut Butter Fudge Oatmeal Cookies

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1½ cups oats
1¼ cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Stir together oats, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixer, and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Drop large scoop of batter onto cookie sheet, press down just a bit to make a disc shape. Bake for 9-10 minutes, do not over-bake. I bake mine exactly 9 minutes, take out of oven, then leave on the cookie sheet about 10 minutes to finish their bake and cool. Makes approx 2½ dozen.

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

When our daughter came for a visit she made these delicious healthy bars. The recipe is found at sallysbakingaddiction.com. 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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Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

Delicious little dessert for two!

Strawberry Blueberry Crisp for Two

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2/3 cup chopped strawberries
2/3 cup blueberries
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbl cold butter

Preheat oven to 350°. In small bowl stir together strawberries, blueberries, cornstarch, and sugar until well-coated. Divide fruit evenly between two ramekins and set aside on foil-lined baking sheet. In another small bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle crumble mixture over berries in ramekins (there is a lot of crumb mixture, try to use it all, it will shrink as it bakes). Bake 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly and the topping is golden.
Original recipe from thebakerchick.com, strawberries added.

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Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

I ate way too many of these this afternoon. An oatmeal shortbread crust with creamy cheesecake and cranberry filling, yummy!

Oatmeal Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

2 cups flour
1¼ cups oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, room temp
12 oz cream cheese, room temp
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 (16 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, stir together flour, oats, and brown sugar. Add softened butter and with electric mixer, mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Measure out 1½ cups of crumb mixture and set aside in separate bowl. Pour remaining crumbs into sprayed 9″x13″ baking pan and press evenly into bottom of pan. Bake 15 minutes.

While crust is baking, cream softened cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice and vanilla extract; mix well. Also while crust is baking, in small bowl, combine cranberry sauce and cornstarch; mix thoroughly.

When crust is done baking, remove from oven and pour cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust. Spoon cranberry mixture in small amounts evenly over cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle reserved oatmeal crumb mixture over top of cranberry mixture. Bake 40 minutes or until completely set and very lightly golden. Cool completely on wire rack. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours until bars firm up. Cut into bars and serve. Recipe found on afamilyfeast.com.

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Halloween Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

A festive Halloween treat!

Halloween Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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Oatmeal Cookie Base & Topping:
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups old fashioned oats
2½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2  tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar.  Mix in eggs and vanilla.  Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt; mix into creamed mixture. Press two-thirds of the dough into a sprayed 9″x13″baking pan.

Creamy Orange Peanut Butter Center:
2 Tbl butter
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter chips
1 cup Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers
1 tsp vanilla
7 drops each red & yellow food color
Halloween sprinkles

In a saucepan, combine butter, sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter chips, and white wafers.  Cook and stir over low heat just until chips and wafers are melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and food color. Spread over crust. Using your hands, sprinkle remaining oatmeal dough evenly over creamy mixture, sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles, and pat down gently.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown (you may want to lay a piece of foil over for the last 10-15 minutes so it doesn’t get too brown). Cool. Cut into squares.

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Chewy Granola Bars

These granola bars are so easy to make, a perfectly delicious treat! Recipe from moneysavingmom.com.

Chewy Granola Bars

2½ cups Rice Krispie Cereal
1¾ cups oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup each of other mix-ins (raisins, coconut, craisins, nuts, sunflower seed, etc.)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Combine Rice Krispies, oats, wheat germ, and mix-ins in large bowl. In saucepan, mix honey, brown sugar, and salt. Over medium-low heat, stir until the mixture comes to a complete boil for 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Pour over dry mixture and stir until well coated. Let cool for 5-10 minutes then gently stir in mini chocolate chips. Press into sprayed 9″x13″ pan. Let cool and set up then cut into bars.

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Breakfast Cookies

Grab ‘n’ Go!

Breakfast Cookies

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup crushed Total Whole Grain Cereal
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter, applesauce, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla. In medium bowl, stir together flour, wheat flour, oats, Total cereal, baking soda, and salt. Mix dry ingredients into creamed mixture just until combined. Mix in walnut, coconut, and mini chocolate chips. Drop 2″ scoops of batter onto silpat or parchment lined baking sheets. Press down with bottom of glass dipped in sugar to flatten to 3″ in diameter. Bake 7-8 minutes. Makes 32 cookies. 140 calories and 20 carbohydrates per cookie.

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Raspberry Red Velvet Crinkles

Happy 4th of July!

Recipe coming soon! These are somewhat of a fluke, I am trying to remember how I made them. I will light off some fireworks and try to spark my memory! ;o)

Raspberry Red Velvet Crinkles

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