I LOVE “window shopping” at the local health food store. I ran across cacao and knew exactly what to make with it!
1c GF oats (dry)
1/2c flax meal/ground flax seed
1/3c organic honey
1/4c cacao chips
1/4c organic unsweetened coconut flakes
.07oz instant coffee (prepackaged. I travel w/these too)
Using hand mixer or stand mixer, thoroughly mix. Mold into balls. Refrigerate. Enjoy.
– I have seen SEVERAL variations of this recipe. Instead of the cacao and coconut, use 1/2c of cranberries, raisins, white or chocolate chips, almonds, peanuts, trail mix, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The key is a 1/2 cup of something. Only thing I want sweet in the morning is my latte, the cacao and unsweetened coconut with PB2, instead of something like Jiffy, toned the honey down. If you have an allergy to peanut butter, use a 1/2c of sun butter. If you don’t care for vanilla, leave it out. Easy!
If you have another variation, I’d love to hear it!
I’m certain I’m going to say this MULTIPLE times here… I.DO.NOT.BAKE. But that darn Pinterest has made me want to try things! I may have an addiction issue. If only there was no Gold Diggers, Horders, Jersey Shore, football, Swap People, Storage Wars, random critter-catcher shows, or Pawn Stars. Not that I watch ANY of them by choice…but snuggling up with my hubby at the end of a long day, a couple nights a week while the dvr shows him what he’s missed (GOOD GRIEF)…I have Pinterest to rescue me. Okay, so I’m now going to blame my husband for my addiction. Thanks honey!
I'm soooooo NOT Martha Stewart.
HERE is the recipe I found. She adapted it, so I figured I would too by what I had in my fridge and pantry. Below is what I concocted that turned out marvelous!
2 c. uncooked oats (quick-cooking or old fashioned work)
1/2c packed brown sugar
3/4-1c craisins or other dried fruit
3-4 bananas, overly ripe
1t baking powder
3/4c Greek vanilla yogurt
3/4c skim milk
1/2c unsweetened applesauce
2T butter, melted
1 large egg beaten
1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray muffin tin or line with paper liners and set aside.
2. Add to one medium size bowl…egg and banana. Using your mixer, mix till banana is smooth. Then add your applesauce, butter, yogurt, and milk. Mix well.
3. In that same bowl add your oats, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix on low till everything is moist.
4. Add craisins, or other dried fruit. Mix.
5. Using a 1/3c measuring cup/scoop, add mixture to the muffin tin. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
6. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing, using an offset spatula to loosen. Serve or store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Heat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.
DISCLAIMER: I DO.NOT.BAKE. It’s all about the taste. Faux Martha‘s definitely look better!
1/2c light corn syrup
1/2c marshmallow creme (homemade…see recipe HERE)
4oz white chocolate chips
1T butter, unsalted
1. in a double boiler, combine the corn syrup, marshmallow creme, white chocolate, butter, and milk over hot, but not boiling water.
2. stir continuously until the mixture thickens, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
3. store tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week. Add to coffee!!!
Who doesn’t like marshmallow creme?!
1c sugar, divided
4 egg whites
1. combine 3/4c sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and simmer syrup without stirring until the thermometer reads 240 degrees, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush.
2. place egg whites, salt and vanilla in a medium bowl. with your hand mixer (or for those of you spoiled w/a stand mixer, attach your whip attachment) whip on high until frothy. slowly add remaining 1/4c sugar. whip until medium peaks form. reduce speed to medium, then pour hot syrup into meringue in a slow, steady stream while whipping. increase speed to high and continue whipping until stiff peaks form. recuce speed to medium and whip until meringue is cool.
why did I make this? because I found a recipe for white chocolate syrup…for my coffee. and sweet potato fries require it, but you’ll need to mix in cinnamon.