no bake apricot bars

I have been a terrible blogger lately and for that I am sorry.

But to make it up to you I have a delicious, simple, and healthy treat you can make at home in no time!

Brian and I have been trying to reduce our sugar and processed food intake lately. So many boxed foods truly have too much sodium and sugar in them. Cooking for yourself allows you to be absolutely positive of the ingredients you’re putting into your body,but we all know it’s not always an easy feat to prep your meals and snacks.

Granola and protein bars were always one “healthy” thing we wanted to keep in our house but when looking at the label many of these bars are seriously crammed with sugar. Now sugar from fruits are no biggie, but the added sugar is really the kicker.

This weekend we decided to make our own homemade bars (recipe adapted from Cupcakes and Kale Chips). These were a hit in our house! I hope you enjoy!

No Bake Apricot Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a 8×8 square ban with wax paper. If you don’t have wax paper, foil will be fine too.

In your blender or food processor combine dates, apricots, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Blend until ingredients are in one clump.

Separate the mixture and add in pumpkin seeds. Mix until the seeds are in small chunks.

Add in mini chocolate chips (if desired) and give a quick pulse. If you want to leave out the extra sugar, that’s fine too!

Press the mixed ingredients into the pan and spread evenly. If you have a second square pan, you can use the bottom to press the bars down. We didn’t have a second pan so we just pressed down with our spatula as evenly as possible.

Refrigerate for about 45 minutes and then slice into bars.

* Slicing tip- Use a pizza cutter to slice your bars! Much easier than a knife.

Yum!

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superbowl snackin

Superbowl Sunday calls for one thing. Delicious food. And wayyyy too much of it.

This year’s dish I’ll be contributing to the gluttony is Bacon Pretzel Beer Brownies.

DYING. What’s not to like?

Brownies? Good.

Beer? Good.

Pretzels? Good.

Bacon? GREAT.

Original recipe found here calls for Peanut Butter M&Ms (YUM) but our hostess today has a nut allergy so I subbed Pretzel M&Ms.

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1 box Brownie Mix

1 Egg

4 pieces Bacon

¾ cup Pretzel M&Ms

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Start by making your bacon.. I used the toaster oven for easy cleanup. Don’t dump your grease when its done! We’ll be using that.

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Measure out your M&Ms and pound those babies. You want the pieces nice and broken for the brownies.

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Dump your brownie mix in a medium sized bowl and add the egg and beer.

When the bacon is cooked, drain the bacon grease into a cup. Grease your 8×8 pan with the grease. Next add about 2 tbsp of the grease into the brownie mix.

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Add your crushed M&Ms into the brownie mix. Pour into the bacon greased pan.

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Finely chop your bacon and sprinkle on top of the brownie mix.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.

YUM! Happy indulging football lovers!

fro yo

I absolutely love frozen yogurt, waterice, ice cream, gelato.. basically if its frozen, pass the pint my way please! Unfortunately these little cartons can really pack on the calories and with four servings in a pint (seriously? they must be joking right?)– I’ve been trying to find some creative ways to get my frozen fix in a healthier way.

Enter this little frozen yogurt treat. I made this recipe this week as an after dinner snack and it was a hit!
my apologies for this blurry image- way too much excitement to eat this sweet bowl!
my apologies for this blurry image- way too much excitement to eat this sweet bowl!
My spin on this: Try greek yogurt instead of plain.. you’ll add more protein into your snack (Helping you to stay full longer!). Substitute the strawberries for mixed berries or peaches- the possibilities are endless!
Delicious!
Extra: Snag these adorable prep/dip/snack bowls here to help keep your portion sizes down but your kitchen style up!