My friend, Julie, incorporates a lot of raw foods into her diet. When I asked her what she eats for fun, she shared the idea of these little energy bites. I was, quite honestly, astounded at how fast they are to make and how good the results are. It’s like candy! I like to keep a stash in my fridge for a late afternoon pick-me-up or an after-dinner treat. –Mellyn
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup flax seed (I like it best when it’s blended up)
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
1/3 cup chopped pecans or almonds
Drop by teaspoonfuls on a small cookie sheet.
Put in the refrigerator until balls are firm enough to be moved to a bag.
Chewy and sweet and easy to assemble. They are great for long trips or short car rides. I make up 2 or 3 batches at a time. I like to wrap them individually to make them more portable, but honestly about 1/2 of a batch is usually gobbled up too fast to wrap.Continue reading →
I have a love-hate relationship with granola bars. I love to eat them, but hate to pay money for something that’s full of corn syrup and other additives. I’ve tried several different recipes over the years, but they were all too much work — until now. This recipe is quick to make, the bars stay together reasonably well, and there’s no corn syrup involved! –Mellyn
Sometimes cookies are just necessary. And I love these because I feel like they do have some redeeming qualities — beans and whole grains — along with enough sweet to satisfy my cravings! –Mellyn Continue reading →
–Adapted from a Cooking Light recipe shared with us by Debbie C.
I’m just amazed at how versatile basic ingredients can be! By changing a few of the spices, basic beans and rice become something reminiscent of African cuisine?! I wasn’t sure how the kiddos would react to this one. Surprisingly, both Picky Boy and Little Girl ate it without complaining!Continue reading →
Perfect for picnics and potlucks, these peanut butter bars are sure to please! Kristen used to bring them to all of our big gatherings and whenever our family makes them now, we think of her. I couldn’t resist playing with the recipe just a little. I had good results cutting back the sugar and replacing some of the butter with (surprise!) beans. With the sweet, creamy frosting on top, my family didn’t even notice! –Mellyn
Peanut Butter — crunchy or creamy –it’s one of my favorite things! Whether we’re eating it by the spoonful, slathering it on our sandwiches or enjoying it in a main dish or dessert, we just can’t seem to get enough. This week I’ll share a smattering of our favorite standbys, in addition to some new recipes we came up with especially for peanut butter week!
Ooey gooey chocolately…that’s how I’d describe this bar cookie! It’s kind of a cross between a granola bar and a no-bake cookie. –Mellyn Continue reading →
Many people make no bake cookies. They are great for hot summer days, when you don’t want to heat up the oven, but honestly, I like them any time of year. This recipe was one of my first loves. I got it from my Young Women’s leader at church and I think of her every time I make them.
Recipe courtesy of Ann S.Continue reading →
I love when I get to use my dried and freeze dried vegetables. They really cut down on prep time and I have no need to saute’ them to make them recipe ready. This recipe becomes super fast, but looks super fancy.Continue reading →
Sometimes I get caught up in planning dinner and I overlook lunch. But when noon rolls around, lunch never seems to get overlooked by the toddlers in our house. They know before anyone that lunch must come and SOON. Planning a lunch recipe might seem silly when slapping PB&J on bread is a natural reaction to the toddler tug on the pant leg, but having the recipe in your plan ensures that you will have enough in your storage when the need is there.