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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips are sweetened with honey, and are a healthier version of the classic favorite. Now, I am a big believer in balance, and my 80/20 approach when it comes to food is alive and well. Normally I enjoy a nice sugary sweet when I have a treat, but that being said, I also wanted to start making some “better for you” treats because I love to bake. I find myself finding plenty of excuses to eat sweets throughout the week and eat sweets we do. I’m trying to rein in our processed sugar consumption a bit and this Whole Continue Reading →


8 No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls

Your snack game will never be the same once you try these no-bake oatmeal energy balls. And with eight flavor options, plus tips on how to make up your own, you definitely won't get bored! Hello friends! I'm so excited to finally be getting this awesome post out to you today. I've had the recipes done and photographed for a while and then life happened; I had a pretty nasty illness, and spring sprung, which means I've been slow getting all these words written for you. Last year's post about 9 Energy Bites was so well received that I wanted to share with you 8 Continue Reading →


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Energy Bites are perfect for snacks, dessert, lunch boxes, or post-workout recovery time. I’m so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, are simple to put together, and might be just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I didn't do any kind of organized diet, but this month, some of my parents, some of my siblings, and I are starting a little health and weight loss challenge with each Continue Reading →


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

These easy no-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites are healthy snacks disguised as dessert. Make a batch today to enjoy all week! I'm so into these easy no-bake oatmeal bites. They are made with all kinds of whole foods, simple to put together, and just the thing you need in the afternoon when your sweet tooth is making a fuss but you are trying hard to eat well. This year I'm not doing any organized diets or challenges (except for this fun one!) and I'm simply trying to eat whole foods, move more, and be more intentional with my time and Continue Reading →


10 Healthy Snacks You Can Prep in Advance

Healthy Snacks in Jars

These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way! I'm SO excited to share this post with you. These healthy snacks in jars have been a healthy eating game changer in my kitchen, and I know you are going to feel the same way. Having healthy, simple, easy to grab snacks on hand in your fridge is a lifesaver when it comes to healthy eating, feeding a family, and getting some more whole foods into your diet. The idea here is that you pack a pint jar Continue Reading →


8 Simple Smoothie Recipes to Liven Up Your Day

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8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again, plus my best tips and tricks for making great smoothies, every time. I'm so excited about this post! Today I'm writing all about 8 simple smoothie recipes to get you excited to drink your fruits (and veggies!) again. Smoothies are a great affordable snack the whole family will enjoy. There's no right or wrong way to make a smoothie, but here are some of my bare bones (4-6 ingredients) recipes to get you started on the road to delicious and healthy smoothies. There's a little bit Continue Reading →


Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies

A dip in chocolate and some festive sprinkles turn year-round favorite peanut butter cookies into a delicious Christmas treat. I don't traditionally think of peanut butter cookies as Christmas cookies, but they are one of my all-time favorite cookies, so I thought it would be awesome to make Christmas peanut butter cookies! When you dip the cookies in a bit of melted chocolate and add a few festive sprinkles, you turn a year-round favorite into a tasty seasonal treat perfect for a party! And can we just talk about how perfect that chocolate and peanut butter combo is?! Few things are more Continue Reading →


No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies are simple, delicious treats that can be made in just a few minutes!  There are few things more simple or more delicious than these amazing chocolate covered fluffernutter "cookies." These go by a few names - Ritz Cookies, Cracker Cookies, New Mom Cookies, Knarr Cookies, Ho-Ho's, and a handful of other family specific names. No matter what you call them, you are going to love making and eating these simple treats. These might be a no-brainer for some people, but I actually had never had these until a few years ago, when my sister-in-law made them one Continue Reading →


Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren't your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots of Continue Reading →


9 Energy Bites Recipes Everyone Needs

Energy bites! Also know as date bites, date balls, or little bits of healthy heaven. Have you tried them? It took me a while to put them on my list and now I’m kicking myself for taking so long! These simple treats are healthy eating/snacking/dessert perfection, and I have a batch in my freezer at all times now. The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them all Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies (whole wheat flour)

Honey Sweetened Peanut Butter Cookies made with whole wheat flour are one of our new favorite cookies. These cookies are easy to make, made with great "whole food" ingredients, and taste awesome. These cookies are made with honey, whole wheat flour, and lots of peanut butter. You won't need any other fat/oil like butter or shortening in this recipe either because the peanut butter has you covered. I like this fact because that means I can still make cookies when I run out of butter over the weekend but we still want to make a treat on Sunday night. This simple one Continue Reading →


Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

You guys, you guys!!! Homemade Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs are going to change your life. I'm telling you what, they are amazing! I made these yesterday with the kids after school and I planned on posting them here on Monday. While we were making them I posted a picture on Instagram and I got such great feedback that I figured I better post them today so that you all could have the recipe over the weekend! Who knew that using a few natural ingredients could turn out so delicious. These have peanut butter, a few tablespoons of maple syrup (which you can't Continue Reading →


Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients)

Healthy Lower Calorie Brownies (still made with real ingredients) is the fourth recipe in whole food dessert week and you are going to love these! This recipes is a little different from the Whole Wheat Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies, Blueberry Muffin Date Bites, and Whole Wheat Honey Cake because these are meant to be lower in calories. These brownies have no butter or oil in them but they also don't have any hidden beans, avocados, or protein powder. It's just a smart recipes that uses ingredients wisely. They aren't your traditional perfect brownie (I have that recipe for you right Continue Reading →


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with honey and whole wheat flour)

Welcome to real food dessert week! I've been working on all kinds of recipes of your favorite treats that feature whole grain flour (whole wheat and/or oats) and natural sweeteners (honey or real maple syrup). First up is this recipe for delicious chocolate chip cookies with honey and whole wheat flour. These cookies are thick, soft, and just sweet enough. They don't taste too strongly of honey and chocolate chips make everything better don't they?! Now, I am a big believer in balance and my 80/20 approach when it comes to food is alive and well. Normally I enjoy a nice Continue Reading →


Shortbread Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Shortbread Jam Thumbprint Cookies are a must make. The cookie base is a tender, sweet, and buttery shortbread cookie and it's made fancy (and pretty) by the addition of a bit of jam to the center right before cooking. I love the cooked jam in the middle! Not only is it pretty, but it tastes amazing too. I love how the jam cooks down just a little while the cookie is baking and gets a little thicker and a little stickier. These are some of my all time favorite cookies and I'm excited to be sharing them with you today. I Continue Reading →


Homemade Graham Crackers 3 Ways: Original, Orange Dark Chocolate, and Pumpkin Spice

There are few things more delicious in life than simple buttery homemade graham crackers. I've been making homemade graham crackers for my kids for years and years, and they ask for them often. Homemade graham crackers are essentially a buttery crisp cookie that you can cut into just about any shape you like. I taught my daughter how to spell her name when she was tiny by making homemade graham crackers with her and cutting out the letters in her name from the dough. She still remembers this fun kitchen lesson all these years later. Today I'm working with Bob's Red Continue Reading →


Orange Cranberry Quick Bread

I've been really excited to share this Orange Cranberry Quick Bread recipe with you and today is the day. Of course I planned on sharing it much earlier in the day, but here it, almost 11pm and I'm just getting it done. I decided to write "A Day in My Life" kind of post after my friend Cassie did one this week. I spent the day documenting the whos and whats, and before I knew it the day was done! I can't wait to post it. I think it'll be fun for us both. Back to the orange cranberry quick bread Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)

I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5.... and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. I don't do this type of thing super often, but it's pretty fun every now and again. It's a great way for my to support other bloggers, too. I donated an apron from my Etsy shop to the prize pack, so I hope you enter! I love shipping Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits

Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits are heading your way, friends, and I so hope you take a minute to make them this week (they take 10 minutes to whip together!). Seriously, adding a little pumpkin to your meals in all kinds of fun ways just makes you feel like you are winning at life. Homemade whole wheat pumpkin waffles (super old post but I still love and use this recipe) have been gracing my table this week, I threw some pumpkin in my pot of homemade chili this weekend and you couldn't even tell it was there (it did give it Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Recovering from pregnancy and birth means that I'm not getting out of bed very quickly in the morning. Thank goodness it's still summer break! The kids are just about big enough that they can get out the cold cereal themselves, but man alive do they make a mess when they try to feed themselves. I end up with half a box of corn flakes and a half-gallon of milk on the floor and table. Let's just say that set-up is less than ideal. Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Bread Pancakes to the rescue! These zucchini bread pancakes have been a life saver! I Continue Reading →


Heathy Coconut No-Bake Cookies

Today's healthier recipe for coconut no-bake cookies comes from my desire to have sweets but my goal to not have too many. I'm 30ish weeks along in my pregnancy and I've gained 40 pounds so far. That combined with the fact that I started out 10 pounds too heavy means that I'm feeling huge. I hit my all-time high adult weight last week and with months left to go, there's no way I won't pass it. I'd be lying if I said that it was all just part of pregnancy and I'm ok with it, because I'm not. Being overweight is Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Chex Mix with Lucky Charms

Happy National Cereal Day! I'm not one to celebrate all of the national food days, but I had just the recipe in mind for today. We don't eat tons of cold cereal, but we do love it when we have it! Chex is always a favorite and I've been craving Puppy Chow (or Muddy Buddies if you prefer) for ages and got to thinking about how fun it would be with Lucky Charms involved! I love Lucky Charms. I ate them almost every morning my freshman year of college and I think they make an excellent topping for ice cream. Continue Reading →


Healthy Snack Bars – naturally sweetened and good for you too!

These healthy snack bars are vegan, raw, gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, Paleo and Whole30 compliant, and just pretty darn good for you. Don't let all the health labels scare you, they taste great! This recipe is adapted from One Lovely Life's Healthy Almond Joy Bars and I'm so happy I tried it. These little bars are the perfect craving buster, pack well in lunches, and are best right out of the fridge or freezer. They taste a whole lot like a candy bar without the guilt. The best part is they are pretty filling. I might eat one or two Continue Reading →


Rich Peanut Butter Brownies

Happy Friday to you! Our county fair is this weekend and I've volunteered to be there lots and lots helping out with a country store. It should be a lot of fun, and if you'd like little sneak peaks of the action, tag along on instagram! I post there lots. I'm super excited to see how all of the things I entered into the fair were judged today too. I'm hoping for a few blue ribbons! I thought I'd celebrate my fun weekend with you by posting this delicious peanut butter brownie recipe. It's rich and chocolaty with just the right amount Continue Reading →


Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe

If the title Sweet Tooth Fairy's VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe doesn't mean much to you, let me explain. Sweet Tooth Fairy is a cupcake shop in Utah (the owner was on Cupcake Wars and won!) and the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes are one of their most delicious (and popular) cupcake flavors ever. You just can't beat a perfect vanilla cupcake with out of this world vanilla icing. The cupcakes used to be called Vanilla Squared until the shop decided to change the name to honor one of its biggest fans - Stephanie Nielsen from Nie Nie Dialogues. Stephanie Nielsen has an incredible Continue Reading →


Perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Summer is such a great time of year because there is just so much going on. I love a good party/get-together! I find myself always needing a treat to take places and I like to have something in the freezer in case I'm not in the mood to turn on the oven. To spruce up my traditional chocolate chip recipe I decided to go for peanut butter chocolate chip and  that combo makes for one unforgettable treat. Here's the great part. These freeze like a dream. I make a double batch, bake them all, and then freeze once the cookies have Continue Reading →


Reese’s Stuffed Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

You guys! Today I have two really awesome things for you. The first is a recipe for Reese's Stuffed Peanut Butter S'mores Bars and the second is a chance to win $500 CASH (paid to you via PayPal)!!! This recipe is everything you've ever wanted from a cookie bar and more. I was dreaming of s'mores and peanut butter the other day and then I found this s'mores bar recipes from Pinch of Yum. After a little adapting and tweaking I dare say I invented the most delicious dessert ever. You seriously can't go wrong with a peanut buttery graham cracker infused Continue Reading →


Simple DIY Bird Feeder

This is such a fun little project and I've been looking forward to sharing it with you. If you haven't noticed yet, we have a soft spot in our family for little friends, especially the feathered kind. May came home from kindergarten with a whole page of color photos of birds that are native to Southern Utah and was asked to help with some kind of state-wide bird watch/counting. She's supposed to keep track of what we see and how many and report back in a few months. It's been such a fun assignment! We made these simple DIY bird feeders to Continue Reading →


Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Would you believe me if I told you that you could have a totally "clean" cookie and it would taste great? We'll I'm here to do just that. These healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are awesome and, dare I say, good for you! You will not believe what they are made of... no grain, no gluten, no eggs, and no dairy. So what on earth are they made out of? Guess, go ahead. Ok, would you believe me if I told you they were made out of chickpeas?! You know, the stuff hummus is made out of. Weird I know. The recipes Continue Reading →


Guest Post at Lil Luna

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Today I'm over at Lil Luna sharing some amazing cookies. Check out the post (and Kristyn's fun blog) HERE. And I'll be starting off the weekend with a BANG, so be sure to check back tonight for an awesome giveaway coming your way!


Homemade Butterfingers

Have you seen the recipes for homemade butterfingers floating around? I was pretty curious how such a strange candy could be made so I thought I'd try my hand at it. Basically all you do is melt candy corn in the microwave, add peanut butter, and then let it cool. When it's cool you chop it into pieces and dip it in chocolate. Really! It's three ingredients and you guys, the texture is perfect!!! My husband's favorite candy bar is a Butterfinger and he was a total skeptic when I told him how fun and odd the recipe was. We Continue Reading →


Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

Just few weeks ago we got home from a super fast but really fun vacation to Yellowstone. We live about 10 hours away which in all reality is pretty close. My husband and I had both never been, we were planning to visit my sister in Idaho to enjoy her new baby anyhow, and it all just seemed to work out for us to go visit that amazing park. I spent WEEKS getting ready, planning and preparing meals to stick in the freezer and crock-pot while we were there (our little cabin had electricity but no water), making snacks, and Continue Reading →


Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Recipe

Ice cream season is upon us and I couldn't be more pleased! I've already made three batches of deliciously simple homemade vanilla ice cream (and just realized I've never shared the recipe with you...). I love vanilla ice cream because it goes with everything. Ice cream with a side of berries, pie, or cake, is just a good thing. If I don't have a side for it I like to have a little something to offer on top. More often than not I'll enjoy it nice and plain but sometimes it needs just a little chocolate. Everything is better with Continue Reading →


Peanut Butter Cookies

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After a wonderful blogcation I'm back! We had a fun and family filled weekend that was just what I needed. I spent time with the kids walking everywhere, exploring spring flowers, digging tunnels at White Sands (the natural sand box that is practically in my mother-in-law's backyard), and reading a few good books. April is full of traveling, packing, and moving and this was just the calm I needed before the crazy. Since I'm still feeling a bit like I'm on vacation I thought I'd keep things simple and light with my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe today. It's a keeper. Continue Reading →


Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ahhh, Monday. My house is totally trashed this morning and I'm just not in the mood to clean it again. I take a little break from my usual cleaning on Sunday and I always seem to pay for it the next day. So while I ignore the mess why don't we talk cookies. Gluten and grain free eating are getting more and more common everyday. I would dare say it's starting to become trendy even. Whether you are eating grain or gluten free for medical reason, general health, or you have no idea what I'm talking about, this recipe is for Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Sundaes

Aww gurl. Sometimes the stars align and things just work like magic. This recipe is one such example. Hello chocolate peanut butter perfection! Just imagine the most perfectly rich and moist brownie with peanut butter swirled on topped, smooth cold ice cream, and chopped Reese's cups. And it isn't just drizzled with any old hot fudge either... it's topped with peanut butter hot fudge you'll be tempted to drink for breakfast. Dessert just got taken to a whole new level. So if you remember from months past I'm part of a group of bloggers who do a little chocolate party every Continue Reading →