Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

This easy,  yummy (and healthier!) granola will put you back on top of holiday preps no matter where you currently are…

Howdy friends! How did it get to be the middle of December already?! I always have the best of intentions right after Thanksgiving… to not be behind for once on my holiday preparations. Yet somehow by the last week of school, I find myself  stuck somewhere between “Deck the Halls” (not quite done but may be as done as it’s gonna get) and “making the list and checking it twice (I guess I need to actually make the list before I can check it??)…

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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Friends, these quick and healthy no-bake granola bars are your answer to all things “back-to-school” related:

Woke up late and no time for breakfast? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Need a portable snack for your kid’s lunchbox? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Missed the bus, forgot about the PTA meeting (by the way, you are the new PTA president!), called your kid’s teacher by the wrong name… well, these here little granola bars may not solve all your problems, but they sure will keep you from losing it completely due to being hungry!…

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Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Hello friends!  I’m hoping that this brownie baked oatmeal will help me pull out of the blogging slump I’ve been in lately.  And if it doesn’t, I’m not sure anything will! This yummy little treat is:

  • chewy,
  • rich,
  • dense,
  • moist,
  • extra chocolatey,
  • and everything a brownie should be.  In a healthy baked oatmeal. What could be better?!

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Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites

These little cinnamon oat energy bites will not only remind you of biting into a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie… but they’re also hugely portable, full of energising carbs and perfect for on-the-go snacks.

This weekend we’re housing athletes from Taipei American School for the international track meet (IASAS- International Association for Southeast Asian Schools) that our school is hosting.  It’s fun… our 2 lovely guests are 10th grade distance runners.  Both girls are running multiple events throughout the weekend, and I figured the best way to be a good host mom was to just keep a lot of food on hand at all times….

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No-bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Howdy folks!  This no-bake peanut butter fudge is hands-down one of my “must-have-in-the-house-at-all-times” recipes, not only for contest prep, but for every single day of my life.  I hope it will become one of yours as well.

Remember my no-bake sweet potato brownies?  Well, these are a close cousin… …

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Vegan Banana Bread

I’ve been on a banana bread kick lately.  Not only do we always seem to have bananas going soft on our counter (who doesn’t?), but also I’m finding so much more freedom in my diet now that my show is over.  I’m still eating well… plant-based, plenty of veggies, adequate protein to fuel my lifting… but I’m definitely indulging in treats if I want them.  Whereas in the weeks leading up to the show, my diet was pretty strict and I focussed on completely nutrient-dense foods with very few extras.  I didn’t mind, because…

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Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

Chocolate Chip Orange Muesli Bars

I’m obviously into bars lately… no, not THAT kind!  The kind you eatmuesli bars like these chocolate chip orange muesli bars.  Mark did give Theda a start the other day though, when he was describing our evening at the “tapas” bar with friends last Friday night.  He was eating a muffin as he spoke and somehow “tapas” came out sounding like another word that goes with “bar” and it made Theda look at her mother in a whole new light.  Luckily I was on hand to do a quick muffin-free translation and save my virtue in my teenage daughter’s eyes!

But I digress… onto the muesli bars!!…

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Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

It’s back to school time for most of us moms… anyone doing a happy dance??  I have to admit I’m not!!  While I thrive on routine, I do miss my kiddos during the day.  And I hate waking up their sleepy little heads when the little hand on the clock is pointing to 5…

But I feel like I can make up for it a bit by sending them to school with healthy snacks, like these sunbutter hempseed energy bars.  I mean, if they’re going to be away from the house for 10-12 hours a day, the least I can do is wave them off with a yummy and energy-filled treat that won’t squish all over their lunch box.  How’s that for showing love?

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

These little dudes are perfect for those nut-free classrooms too, because they’re based on sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) so they fall within the nut-free regulations, woo-hoo!  They’re rich in healthy fats, fiber, and protein, so they’re super satisfying, and sweetly delicious… or deliciously sweet??  Both, actually!  And of course you know I’m a big fan of adding extra ingredients… everything from grated orange rind to dried cranberries to chocolate chips… it all works!

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

As far as holding up under the pressure of being carted around all day, these bars are tops.  I can guarantee you will not have an “unfortunate lunch-box event” (such as has occurred in our family in the past, but we won’t talk about it… it involved yogurt and that’s all I’ll say,) and that’s always a blessing.

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

But here I am talking like these are only for the school-going set… shame on me!!!  Please don’t let your offspring eat all these cute little bars by themselves- that would be a mistake for sure.  You’re gonna want ’em too: for breakfast, post-workout, afternoon snacking, with coffee… yup, they’re pretty much perfect for every occasion.

Maybe the best thing about these bars is that they take only about 10-15 minutes to whip up in your blender or food processor.  So you really have no excuse for not making a batch… or two… just to make sure there are some left for the kids.

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 12 small bars

Sunbutter Hempseed Energy Bars

A super easy, nut-free, low-sugar, high fiber treat that your kids (and you!) will love!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup rolled oats (use certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 T. chia seeds
  • ½ cup sunflower butter
  • 2. T. coconut oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 T. unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries or mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1-2 T. coconut to sprinkle on top (optional)

Instructions

  • Place oats, hemp seeds and chia seeds into a blender or food processor. Blend or process (pulse) until finely ground but not oily.
  • In a small saucepan, heat sunflower butter, coconut oil, & honey until melted. Add to blender or food processor along with vanilla, 1 T. dried coconut, and dried cranberries/chocolate chips if using, and blend on lower speed to mix. DO NOT over-process or it will get super oily!!
  • Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, then sprinkle with additional 2 T. coconut if desired. Chill briefly in the refrigerator to set, about 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 12 small bars and store in the fridge.
http://www.thexpatdietitian.com/sunbutter-hempseed-energy-bars/

Espresso Energy Balls

Espresso Energy Balls

Sometimes the best things are born out of necessity… like these wonderful little bite-sized balls o’ energy.

I often come in from teaching 2 bootcamps so ravenous I could eat my right arm off, and feel like face planting into the closest food handy.  I usually take time to make a smoothie bowl or chickpea omelette, but sometimes I just want something quick (and healthy!) to munch on while I’m whipping it up.

What’s a hungry dietitian to do??…

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