Candy Balls

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
  1. Mix together.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a small cookie sheet.
  3. Put in the refrigerator until balls are firm enough to be moved to a bag.

Easy Granola Bars

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

African Chicken Peanut Soup

–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

Peanut Butter Bars

–From Kristen K.

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

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Baked No-Bake Cookies

Delicious bar cookies, filled with oatmeal!

 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

Don’t Forget Lunch!

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.