Did you know that November is Diabetes Awareness Month? I honestly had no idea. I am embarrassed to say that, but I just didn’t know. I have been very fortunate to not have diabetes touch my life, or anyone close to me. I recently met someone who has it, but he manages it very quietly, so you would never know. My friend Carolyn, from All Day I Dream About Food is my closest real connection to diabetes. She is constantly in the kitchen doing amazing things, making over the most decadent dish to make it diabetic friendly.
Today many of us are getting together to help spread the word about Diabetes. Did you know that 25.8 million people (adults and children) in the United States have diabetes. In 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people 20 years of age and under. It is a wide spread disease that can affect anyone.
Today Carolyn challenged us to share a recipe that was gluten free, lower in carbs, and didn’t use any type of sugar. I came up with this Greek yogurt dip. It is a little spicy, and you can never go wrong with chili and lime together. Serve with veggies, or your favorite gluten free crackers for a super healthy snack. You can easily serve this at any party, and no one will ever know that you are serving something healthy!
Today is the last day of the Bake Sale over at Country Cleaver. Please go check out all the goodies for sale. My Peanut Butter Bars are there! I know you want me to send them to you
The week of Halloween is here! These are a fun quick treat for the kids, or the adults (my husband may have eaten his fair share). If you are helping out with a Halloween party at school, these would be something really easy the kids could do. I used an edible marker to make the eyes, but you could use one of those tubes of decorative icing, or even just melted chocolate.
I was running low on the chocolate, so I did a few “mummies” as well. I had a few googly candy eyes by Wilton left, so this was a fun way to use them up. When browsing for idea on Pinterest, I had seen ghost and mummie pretzels done using pretzel rods. I thought these looked more “realistic”, but use what you have or what you like!
I am relatively new to the world of power/protein bars. I tried a couple a few years ago, and they tasted like cardboard, so I gave up. But more recently, I decided to give them a try again. I have been searching for something healthy, and filling I could eat for breakfast. I found the Cool Mint Clif Bars, and was really impressed.
I think the same week I tried the Clif Bars, Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker posted a no-bake recipe for Clif Bar from scratch. I knew I had to try them immediately, but with mint extract and some cocoa powder. These are super easy to throw together. There is no baking required, so in a matter of minutes you can be snacking on these. Probably best to wait longer so they completely harden, but you get the idea.
These are not exactly like the store bought ones, but they sure are good. They are healthy, full of whole grains, and a relatively good for you snack. I haven’t run the nutritional information, so I don’t know how they compare the original. I do know that you can feel good about eating all of the ingredients in here, so they can’t be too bad for you.
Fall is quickly becoming my favorite season. I have always thought spring was my favorite, but I might have been wrong. The colors, the flavors, the cooler temps, but still sunny days are proving to be a good thing. Pumpkin is becoming very prominent here on this blog, I hope you are loving it as much as I am.
Remember when I made Vanilla Granola? Well, that turned out so well, I just had to do a fall version. Pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, all flavors of fall. They all blended perfectly in this granola. It was perfect on top of vanilla yogurt, and my son enjoyed it plain as a snack.
The mix in possibilities are endless. I went with dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and chocolate chips. But you could do all kinds of different nuts or seeds, raisins or other dried fruit, or even skip the chocolate all together. That is the nice thing about granola, you can easily tailor it to whatever your family likes. Plus it freezes really well, so you don’t have to eat it all right away.
I think I have made it pretty clear that I am a big fan of Biscoff. Anything from cupcakes, to bars, to cookies, to pie I am all over it. So when Maria from Two Peas & Their Pod posted a recipe for granola bars with Biscoff Spread, I knew I needed to make them. I love making granola bars at home, so ones with Biscoff seemed like a no brainer.
I made these while my son was at school, so he could have one for an after school snack. I had to sneak one before he got home, just to make sure they were good enough for him, of course. Ok. I knew these would be good, but wow! They have chocolate chips, biscoff cookies, and biscoff spread, I mean can you get any better!
My son was such a fan he wanted these in his lunch instead of a cookie. These were gone in no time. They aren’t the most healthy granola bars out there, but they are homemade, so you know what is in there. Plus, plenty of oats make for a whole grain snack. So they are way better than a brownie or a cookie.
Avocados!!! You know I love them, and can’t get enough. Well today, I put them in hummus, and it is incredible. And, just so you know, I can’t stand beans. That is just how good this is! I am sharing the recipe today over at Eat. Drink. Love. Stephanie is in the middle of moving from Florida to Arizona, so she kind of has her hands full right now. I can completely relate, so I am excited to share this recipe over at Stephanie’s today. Go get it, and tell her I said Hi while you are there!
Fall is here. The weather is gorgeous and the trees are starting to change colors. I love this time of year. Another great part of fall are all the apples! I am going insane with all the delicious apple recipes out there. And today, Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writing is hosting a #SundaySupper Autumn Apple Party! I am so excited!
I wanted to go out on a limb today, and make something a little different. I have seen plenty of Quesadillas with apples before, but usually they have cheese, or turkey, but definitely something along the savory lines. This on the other hand, is totally not that. Plenty of Nutella is involved, which of course means it has to be good.
I even gave the tortilla a little cinnamon and sugar crust, which is just the little extra touch to make them even better. These would make for a special after school snack, or dessert. Or maybe breakfast, if that’s how you roll. I mean there are apples involved, so you be the judge. But you really can’t go wrong with melty Nutella and apples.
Every year around Thanksgiving we make Party Mix. It makes a pot that literally lasts until Christmas. Sometimes though, you can’t really wait until Thanksgiving for party mix. And sometimes, you want your party mix to have some kick. Enter Mexican Snack Mix.
This makes a reasonable amount of snack mix (about 5 cups). Is super adaptable to whatever you have or want to throw in. It also has lots of yummy flavors, and a tiny bit of a kick. You could easily give it a big kick, if that is your thing too. See, super adaptable. I made this last Friday, and I am embarrassed by how quickly it disappeared. You have to be prepared, it is super addicting. I had to just stay away, because once I started, there was no stopping. But with only 2 tablespoons of butter in the entire recipes, it really isn’t that bad for you. Whole grain cereal, nuts, fat free pretzels….I could think of worse things to snack on
I found this recipe in the Tortillas to the Rescue. It is full of recipes that only use tortillas. I always have a couple sitting in my fridge, so I was excited to see all the other ideas of things to use them in. Be it dessert, appetizers, breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are recipes for everything.
Winner 1 – Kesha
Winner 2 – Amy
Check your email ladies, so I can send you your prize.
For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy. This site is full of so many great and healthy recipes, as well as shopping deals, coupon links, menu planning, and much more. She was actually assigned my blog one of the first months that I participated in SRC! Check out her take on my Cinnamon Roll Muffins. I had a couple recipes picked out including this Pizza, but as usual my sweet tooth won out.
The original recipe is made with Sunbutter, due to allergies. Fortunately, we do not have allergies here, so I just used peanut butter. These are a fun treat to have in the fridge or freezer. They melt quickly, so I kept them in the fridge. I currently have a few in the freezer to pull out in a chocolate emergency
Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day at the Denver Zoo with a friend from high school. Nicole and I met when we were in 7th grade. We were close friends in high school, but went to different colleges and slightly drifted apart. We have kept in touch over the years, just not as often as I am sure either of us would have liked. Just over a month ago her family moved to Colorado, about 30 minutes from where we are. We both have boys that are within 6 months of each other in age. It was such a fun day of us catching up, and seeing our boys having a great time together. We already have plans to get together again on Friday! I see lots of fun in our future, and am very excited that our boys will get to be friends.
What does any of this have to do with pretzels? Nothing, but I just had to share These pretzels are an adaption of the Indian Spiced Nuts I made a few months ago. The nuts were such a hit, I wanted to make more snacks with these same flavors. I can’t wait to try a version with popcorn!
Cassie made a Taco version of these pretzels that gave me the idea to try this Indian version. If anyone (aside from my family) will appreciate this version, I know it is Cassie. My 7 year old could barely wait for the pretzels to cool before he wanted to chow down. He loved these, and they have disappeared very quickly from our house. They were super easy to make, and I know I will be making these again and again. These may even become a favorite in his lunch box once school starts.
Curry spiced pretzels. A quick and easy spiced pretzel, makes a great snack or appetizer.
4 cups pretzels
⅓ cup canola oil
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp cumin
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Spread the pretzels in a thin layer on a lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl combine canola oil and the spices. Pour over the pretzels, and toss to coat. Bake for 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an air tight container.