Trail Mix Cookies

HAPPY SUNDAY! This is such a good Sunday, want to know why? I am so, so, SO happy to be done writing my Master’s final defense paper! Yay!!! Everyone just cross your fingers that it goes well in a few week! Once this is complete, I will have one class left and then I’m officially done! How stinking exciting is that?! Two years truly flew by, and I’m so proud of myself for checking (almost….) this box!

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So with all this excitement, I thought I’d bake cookies! You know, any time I’m feeling an emotion — happiness, sadness, stress — the kitchen is always one of my safe havens. These cookies came out way better than expected, so I’m extremely excited to share them!

Disclaimer:

OK… this is kind of a funny (but not really) disclaimer, so all of you dog lovers please read! If your dog is like mine and absolutely loves peanut butter, do not let these cool near the edge of the counter! These cookies contain raisins, almond milk, and walnuts, which are all things that dogs should not have…. especially raisins! Our household spent quite a bit of time on the phone with emergency vets and pet poison control yesterday afternoon after Eddie decided to jump up on the counter and have a little taste test for himself. Thankfully, he is perfectly fine (and I probably over-reacted a tad), but I just thought I’d pre-warn you…. they really do smell THAT good!

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Now that we got that out of the way, lets get to the recipe! These are super easy and perfect for a quick breakfast or pre-workout bite. I call these trail mix cookies because they have a lot of components of trail mix that I love such as dried fruit and nuts. I made this cookies fairly large, but you could always make them a little smaller to increase the final quantity. Because I made larger cookies, I got about 12-13 out of my cookie dough!

I hope you give these a try! I recommend you play around with different tastes and textures if you are feeling creative. Maybe try adding coconut shreds or using different nut butters! Let me know what you think, and as always you can message or comment with questions or general thoughts! Have a great Sunday everyone!

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Trail Mix Cookies

  • Servings: 12-13 large
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 brown bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted PB
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch of pink salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

In a medium size bowl, smash bananas until fairly smooth. Add dry ingredients (coconut flour, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, pink salt) as well as the walnuts, cranberries, and raisins. Lightly mix to incorporate the banana and cover the dry ingredients.

Add all wet ingredients (egg, coconut oil, peanut butter, and almond milk) and mix until well combined. This will be a chunky batter!

Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Scoop large spoonfuls of batter onto the sheet and use your hands to help form the shape of your cookie. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges start to become a light golden brown. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving!


Homemade 6 Ingredient Dog Treats

How much do you love your furry little pooch? I think if you scroll through my Instagram for even just 1 week you will notice how obsessive I am over my little golden Eddie. Yesterday Eddie had his 6-month old birthday (yes, we are a household which celebrates just about everything!) so I decided to make him homemade, special dog treats with some of his favorite ingredients!

These treats are easy to make and adorable when finished! I gave a few away to friends who also have little furry friends and could not wait to have Eddie try his first one last night after they cooled! He was overly excited to say the least and ate 2 in about 4 minutes flat!


If you want crispier or harder treats, you may want to bake them a few minutes longer. Mine are firm, but break apart easily for him to chew through. I hope you give these a try for the special animal in your life and let me know what you think! Your furry friend deserves just as much nutritious food love as you do!

Homemade 6 Ingredient Dog Treats

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter (chunky or creamy) — no added sugars or artificial sweeteners
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4-1/3 cup shredded carrot (I used a microplane to shred about 1/2 of a large carrot)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands. Kneed until a dough forms and all ingredients are all incorporated.

Form your dough into what ever shapes you would like for your dog treats. You may also roll out your dough and use cookie cutters. Depending on the size of your treats you may get anywhere from 12-18 treats. I made dog bones that were for a medium-large size dog.

Line a baking sheet with tin foil or wax paper. I put a little olive oil down on the foil and used a paper towel to just create a thin layer and prevent the treats from sticking. Bake for 16-18 minutes for firm, but easy to break treats. Cook for an extra 3-5 minutes if you would like your treats to be a little harder/crunchier. Let cool before letting your perfect pooch dig in!!

 


Simple Snacking, Nutty Energy Bites!

Happy Sunday everyone! Life has been crazy recently. Juggling school and working is a lot more difficult than I expected, but I finally think I’ve got a good groove going! At least I hope…

Ya’ll know how much I like my snacks! I am not one to skimp when it comes to snacking. When I don’t have good snack choices on hand is when I tend to make bad choices…like heading to the vending machine or picking up that delicious cookie from Starbucks on my lunch. When I have options available that I enjoy and that I know will make me feel good throughout the day, I am golden!

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I know I have posted some energy bites in the past. I believe my last one was for pumpkin energy bites! This recipe will probably mimic a few I’ve done in the past or have a lot of the same ingredients. That is primarily because I usually use the same base when making any type of energy bite/ball. Try out this recipe and feel free to add your own twist to it! It is quite delicious and will satisfy mid afternoon tummy grumbles with something a little sweet and tasty!

Nutty Energy Bites:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chunky, no added salt peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • cinnamon to taste

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until your ingredients are sticking together. If you would like to add any other flavors such as nutmeg, vanilla, cocoa powder, etc. please feel free to do so at this time.

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Roll your balls. I usually make min a little smaller than a ping pong ball. Stack in a bowl or on a small plate, and cover with just a small piece of parchment or wax paper. Allow you energy bites to chill in the refrigerator overnight. This helps the chia seeds form a little bit of a gel with the wet ingredients which will keep your bites in their ball shape form and hold them together.

Store in a plastic container for up to a week in the refrigerator. Your quantity will depend on how large you choose to roll your balls. Enjoy!

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The Perfect Peanut Butter Black Bean Brownie

Blacks beans…

Paired with a warm sweet potato or thrown into a Western omelet.

Added to a vegetarian enchilada or toss with a little quinoa, corn, and salsa for an easy side dish.

Black beans are one of my favorite “go-to” foods and staples in my kitchen, but yesterday they took on a whole other identity. Blended with a little dark chocolate cocoa, peanut butter, honey, and a few other baking essentials, a simple can of black beans became a major component of a classic decadent dessert, brownies.

A few tips before attempting to make your own black bean brownies (because I had failed a few times in the past myself)….

1. Blend, blend, then blend again. You want your “brownie batter” to be smooth as silk and in fact mimic regular brownie batter. My first mistake when I tried making homemade black bean brownies was I underestimated just how smooth the batter should be. After tasting a little piece of bean skin in my brownie, my stomach immediately lost its appetite and the “brownie vibe” turned back into a a weird texture and taste of beans trying to be a brownie.

2. Do not skimp on your sweetening agent! Your are already ridding your batter of flour, butter, and oil. The batter needs a sweetening agent to actually pull off the brownie flavor. I used a combination of honey and light brown sugar as my sweetener.

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Now for the recipe! Add your own favorite brownie toppings to make this recipe your own! Enjoy and happy baking 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 15oz can no added salt black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup special dark chocolate cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping Tbsp unsalted peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 over-ripe banana

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Lightly grease a small baking dish and evenly distribute your batter. I added a little extra peanut butter swirl on top of the batter before baking, but additional toppings such as chocolate chips, nut butters, or nuts are optional. Bake your brownies for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Be careful not to over-bake!

Let your brownies cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

Hello there everyone! Took me a while to get this one posted, but with good reason! I am now living in Arizona. Big, BIG change in environment, but the move is done and I’m slowly getting use to everything. I am definitely excited to see what Arizona has to offer food-wise! I have been trying to fine out what food Arizona is known for growing, so if anyone know, please tell me! So far I have heard citrus fruits, but still no definite answer.

Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

I made this recipe before I left for the move because days were hectic, and I needed a snack that was quick, easy, and would help me plow through packing and getting last little minute things taken care of. I had seen recipes for “power,” “energy,” or “protein-balls” all over Pinterest, but as always, I wanted to try making one up on my own so here is what I came up with! In general, if you are going to make some sort of energy bite or ball, you need 3 things to start you off: a dry base, typically oats, a wet base, such as peanut butter or another nut butter, and a sweetener, such as honey or agave syrup. Have fun, get creative, and blend flavors that are your fav to make your perfect energy bite! Oh yes… and there is no baking needed!

Raw Choco-Nutter Coconut Bites

Ingredients: Makes 15 balls about the size of a buckeye

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup chunky organic peanut butter (or any other type of nut butter you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup honey (or agave syrup; I just prefer the taste of honey)
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp chopped almonds
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut (+coconut to roll them in)

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Make sure all dry ingredients are moistened by the nut butter and honey. Firmly press the ingredients between your palms, forming a small compact ball. Roll each ball in shredded coconut (make sure you press it down a little), then place in the refrigerator to chill before eating! I kept mine in the refrigerator for the week. I think they hold up better and taste good a little cold! Enjoy 🙂