Thursday, April 28, 2016

Peanut Butter Bites

Are you getting enough protein everyday? Protein is super important for our bodies. Protein helps us to have strong muscles and repair tissues. Often times it can be hard to get children to eat protein sources. Children tend to go for the carbs like bread, crackers, rice. I recently made these Peanut Butter Bites in a after school class and the children LOVED them! Make a few and put the rest in the freezer. That way you have some on hand for whenever your children want some.
Ingredients
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¾ cup gluten-free rolled oats
¼ cup ground flaxseed
¼ cup chopped peanuts or other gluten-free (chocolate chips, raisins, etc.)
¾ cup natural, unsalted peanut butter (mine is liquidy)*
¼ cup pure maple syrup

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: coconut, oats, flax and peanuts. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: peanut butter and maple syrup
Pour wet mixture over dry mixture. Using a sturdy spatula, fold together until well incorporated.
Scoop mixture into your hands and roll into bites. I like my bites to be about 1 ½ tablespoons. If the mixture is too dry, add in a bit more maple syrup and peanut butter.

 

 


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Cranberry Orange Oat Muffins

I love this healthier muffin recipe. It is just the right amount of sweet but not over bearing and makes a great breakfast or snack. Also click here to find tips on how to Create a Quick Bread of your very own!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup non-fat lemon Greek yogurt
 (you can also use plain Greek yogurt)
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1/3 cup dried cranberries

Topping

1/4 cup oats
3 Tablespoons chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Mix dry ingredients together, in a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Mix together. Mix topping ingredients together and set aside. Coat muffin pan with cooking spray (I used Baker's Joy, it has flour already in the spray!) Spoon mix into muffin pan, and sprinkle topping. Bake for 18-24 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy! Yields about 12-16 muffins.