Homemade Granola Bites

It’s snowing here today, for about the third day in a row, and I’m hunkered down; working on my psychology paper, watching Downton Abbey on NetFlix, and figured that I would take a small break and share this recipe with you.

I love making these homemade Granola Bites, I eat one in the morning for breakfast with a smoothie, and it keeps me going for hours. They are delicious, you can add to them whatever you want, and they are easy to make and store.

The recipe is this:

1/2 Cup of Nut Butter (Peanut, Almond, Cashew) I use peanut butter, to please everyone’s taste
1/3 Cup of Honey
1 Cup of Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup of Shredded Coconut (I use unsweetened because this recipe is sweet enough already)
1-2 tablespoons of some kind of flavoring in my latest batch I used vanilla, and in my first batch I used maple  you can mix it up to be whatever you want.
1/2 Cup of some kind of mix-ins: Chocolate Chips, Butterscotch chips, dried fruit.

Throw it all in your mixer, and mix until well combined. You can scoop them out into little balls, or wrap them as small bars. This recipe is entirely yours to have fun with. You can literally do whatever you want to with this recipe. I do however recommend that you store them in the freezer, they hold up much better that way, than at room temperature.

 Gather your ingredients

 Throw them in the bowl and mix well!
Mix VERY well

 and store. I use leftover containers. I stack them in two layers with parchment paper between them. 
I also scooped some right onto small squares of parchment (using the same scoop from above), 
and wrapped them up as bite sized granola bars! Then I tossed it all in the freezer to store. They are quite tasty, and really easy to do for breakfast with a green smoothie, or some kind of protein smoothie. 
With this recipe I cannot stress enough to just have fun with it. You can honestly put whatever you like into it, fruit, chocolate, nuts. The possibilities are endless! HAVE FUN!


Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie- In a Coffee Mug!

Dad went to the pantry Saturday night, and between his odd mumblings about this college team, or that team…he mentioned something about there being nothing in the house for a snack. I, being the Pinterest addict that I am, set about clicking through my boards for that pin that I pinned just for an instance like this….Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug. YUM!

Here is what you need so you can make it yourself…..

1. Melt one tablespoon of butter in your mug(s)
2. To the butter add one tablespoon each WHITE and BROWN sugar
3. Add one egg YOLK , a few drops of vanilla, and a dash of salt
4. Stir this mixture together, just like you would if you were making a full batch, you’d cream all of these ingredients together then add the dry stuff. 
5. Next, add one quarter of a cup of flour to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. 
6. Finally, stir in two tablespoons of chocolate chips (but seriously, that’s just a suggestion, I ALWAYS use more than that!)

To cook: For one minute cook on high heat in your microwave.

(This is what it should like like when you take it out of the Microwave)

 You can top it with just about anything; vanilla ice cream, cool whip, even peanut butter would be good. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun with it!

I topped ours with FROZEN Cool Whip, it was so YUMMY! It was a hit with the family too….I will definitely be making these again!


Baked Apple Chips

It is a really cold, really rainy, really windy day here in Michigan….which to me means it’s a great day to stay inside curled up with a good book. Right now I’m reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I just started it, and haven’t gotten very far but it sounds like a great read.

Nothing goes better with a good book than a cup of hot tea. To go with my tea I made some baked apple chips.

To make the apple chips, preheat your oven to 200 degrees

Slice three apples (or however many you want) about 1/8 of an inch thick (you can slice them using a mandolin, or with a sharp knife, whatever you prefer. I used Honey Crisp apples, but you can use any type of apple.

Arrange your apples in a single layer, on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a Silpat…if you don’t have parchment or a silpat, spray your baking sheet with some non-stick cooking spray. When you have them arranged on the sheet, spray the apples with non-stick spray before you put them in the oven,

Bake your chips in the oven for two hours @ 200 degrees.

***NOTE: When the two hours are up, you will take your chips out of the oven, and ask yourself “Why aren’t they crispy…they’re supposed to be chips?!”
LET THEM SIT OUT! Leave them on the baking sheet, or put them on a plate….I guarantee that they WILL become crispy…you have to trust me on this***

Now, normally chips are served with some sort of dip right?? Salsa, Guacamole, Cheese, French Onion dip….you get where I’m going with this??

To go with the apple Chips, my mom whipped up a dip:

1 8oz. package of cream cheese
1 C. Peanut Butter
1 C. Brown Sugar
and a little bit of milk

Mix this all up, chill for a few hours and serve with your apple chips!

Beware: These are ADDICTING!! You will want to eat them all and not share…..please try to show more restraint than me! : )


Apple Nachos

Last night I was really in the mood for some chocolate, but didn’t want to eat anything too super sweet, or any kind of candy…..I know, what’s wrong with me??

So, instead of digging through the candy left over from a trip I chaperoned with our middle school kids from church, I decided on something slightly healthier…Apple Nachos

Apple Nachos, YUM!
  • 3 small Gala Apples (or use your favorite variety) sliced THIN
  • Melted peanut butter drizzled on top
  • Topped with milk, and white chocolate chips
I made enough for three people, so we each had our own plate of “Nachos”
It is super simple, but REALLY tasty, and even kind of healthy! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did!