No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

SONY DSCYou aren’t going to believe these.  Truly.

Let’s just start with the fact that they involve only 5 simple ingredients.

And then lets discuss the fact that there is no cooking involved.  Or blending.  Or pureeing.  Or effort.  None.

SONY DSCAnd then let’s talk about how much more healthful they are than your typical store-bought white sugar packed peanut butter chocolate granola bars.

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Carrot Spice Cake Bars

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One bite of these yummy bars and I was immediately taken back to grade school.  My elementary school had some pretty amazing hot lunches they served; the same ladies in the kitchen every morning as the sun came up whipping the children up homemade, heart-filled food.  We were lucky; so different than things today, and because of it, I have serious aspirations of doing that lunch lady thing someday myself, in some capacity.

Getting nutritious, balanced meals into children’s bodies just once a day over lunch at school could be so beneficial for their health.  Regardless of what they are getting at home, how comforting to know they can be guaranteed one solid meal at school.  In my opinion, that should be part of the curriculum, along with a quick five minute chat with them about what they are eating, where it came from, and what it can do for their impressionable bodies.   Man, wouldn’t that be a game changer.  To me, this is just as important as learning about history or 2 + 2.  Because none of those fun facts and concepts can be properly maintained and applied without a healthy, nourished body to absorb it all. Continue reading

Blackberry Oat Breakfast Bars

SONY DSC These are a result of a kitchen accident.  A while back I set out to create a recipe for a crumble or cobbler topping.  Now, you know me and baking.  It takes a good handful of tries for me to achieve greatness on that end.  Baking + healthful doesn’t always make the best couple.  Textures have to be played with and ratios have to be changed and changed as I go.  It’s not like adding this or adding that to make them taste better…its science.  And people, I am no scientist.  Continue reading