Archive for: Snacks


No Bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars - rich peanut butter flavor, takes just 10 minutes!

Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars {No Bake}

These Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars have a rich peanut butter flavor and take just 10 minutes to make. Those of you who are regular readers know how much I love to make (and eat!) homemade snacks. So it should come as no surprise to you that I've used some of my rare moments of free time lately to create these no bake Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. These no bake bars are the perfect thing to make when you are short on time yet still want a satisfying and delicious snack. You can make them in just minutes and you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The only thing that you might not have is the puffed brown rice cereal, but once you make these bars I think you'll be ... [Continue Reading]

A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds.

Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias A healthy whole-wheat muffin made with flaxseed, these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins are bursting with chocolate chips and topped with crunchy almonds. I have a serious thing for muffins.  What's not to love?  Muffins work for breakfast, a snack, or even a healthier dessert in the case of these Skinny Dark Chocolate Chunk Muffins.  They are incredibly quick and easy to make, often requiring no more than two bowls and a spoon.  And they are freezer-friendly, making them a perfect grab-and-go breakfast. One of my favorite things about muffins is ... [Continue Reading]

Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie. This healthy breakfast smoothie tastes like apple pie!

Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie (aka the “apple pie” smoothie)

This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is a deliciously healthy way to start your day. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract bring the flavors of apple pie to this creamy oat smoothie.   Have you joined in the oatmeal smoothie craze yet? Ok, maybe it's not so much of a craze, but they are crazy good! Oat smoothies are great for a quick, healthy, and filling breakfast, and they also make a nutritious snack later in the day. My Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is one of my most popular recipes, so I figured you guys might like a new breakfast smoothie to add to your rotation! This Apple-Pear Oatmeal Smoothie is loaded with healthy ingredients, including oats, Greek yogurt, apple, ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies - keep them in the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks!

Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack. As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly. In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]

30 incredible homemade snacks, to satisfy any craving.  Sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy - I've got you covered!

30 Healthy Snacks You Will Crave!

30 healthy, homemade snacks to satisfy any craving.  From sweet to salty to crunchy to creamy, there's something on this list for everyone! I love snacks.  I pretty much eat all day long, with a meal or snack at least every couple of hours. (Even when I'm not eating for two!)  I have my go-to favorite snacks, but I also like to mix things up once in a while and try some new ideas. With my recent commitment to stop buying packaged snacks, I decided a list of my favorite homemade snacks plus lots of new ideas would be a great resource going into the new year. I've searched through some of my favorite blogs to put together an awesome collection of healthy snack options for you (and me, ... [Continue Reading]

Cocoa Almond Protein Smoothie-6468wm

Cocoa-Almond Protein Smoothie

A healthy smoothie made with Greek yogurt, almond butter, banana, and cocoa powder.  Full of protein and nutrition, and guess what?  It tastes like dessert! Happy New Year!!! Are you making any new year's resolutions this year? I'm not setting too many goals, other than figuring out how to balance being a mom of 3 (only a few weeks until baby girl arrives!) with all of my other work and household responsibilities. I do want to remember to slow down and enjoy each day. I have a tendency to get so wrapped up in my to-do lists that I sometimes forget to enjoy all of the little moments along the way.  I want to remember 2015 as a year filled with memorable moments with my kids and ... [Continue Reading]

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Granola Bars - a chewy, healthy snack! - Kristine's Kitchen

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars

Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars are the perfect homemade snack for fall.  Warm spices, apples, raisins, and oats... these bars have it all! As you know, homemade snacks are one of my favorite things to make.  Lately I've been especially loving homemade granola bars and breakfast cookies.  I've tried a number of granola bar recipes, and even have a few new ones that I'm excited to test out.  My latest creation are these Apple, Cinnamon, and Raisin Chewy Granola Bars. These bars are full of good-for-you ingredients, including oats, flaxseed, apples, and cinnamon. They are lightly sweetened with maple syrup as well as natural sweetness from the apples and raisins. If ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Graham Crackers - easier than you think to make! | Kristine's Kitchen

Whole Grain Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves.  Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers! It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find. I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie - a healthy fall smoothie! | Kristine's Kitchen

Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie

Pumpkin and apple are the perfect pairing in this fall breakfast smoothie. This healthy Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie is made with a pinch of pumpkin pie spice and will keep you full for hours! Pumpkin this and pumpkin that have been all over the internet lately. The same goes for apple treats. I decided the natural next step was to put the two seasonal favorites together! This smoothie. It is good. It tastes like dessert, even though it's full of healthy ingredients. It will keep you full for hours, making it the perfect breakfast for yourself and your kids. My two absolutely love this Pumpkin-Apple Breakfast Smoothie, and I can blend it up in less than 5 minutes - a must for busy ... [Continue Reading]

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles - a refreshing and healthy treat | Kristine's Kitchen

Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles

These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles! Happy Friday!  I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today!  Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites.  She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan.  I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her! These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients.  Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles!  Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {plus a new series - Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt {Healthy Bites for Kids}

Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt are a nutritious snack that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.  This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks.  While I've designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!   I'm starting a new series on the blog today!  I am super excited about this Healthy Bites for Kids series, because it allows me to combine my passions for cooking, healthy eating, and kids (I am a mom and teacher, after all!).  We'll get to these Apple Dippers with Honey-Cinnamon Yogurt in a minute. (Don't they look scrumptious?!)   If you don't have kids or grandkids, you'll ... [Continue Reading]

No-Bake Energy Bites {plus a new series:  Healthy Bites for Kids!} | Kristine's Kitchen

No-Bake Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike! Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites.  They are just about the best snack ever.  They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious.  Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients.  You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is. I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]

Homemade Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers - You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  | Kristine's Kitchen

Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Vanilla Wafers

You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats!  Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both! I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too. I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Grain Fruit Bars- a healthy treat for your lunchbox - Kristine's Kitchen-1486

Whole Grain Fruit Bars

Homemade Whole Grain Fruit Bars are the perfect treat to add to your lunchbox. Made with real ingredients, kids and adults alike will love these bars! These Whole Grain Fruit Bars are my latest addiction. I love how easy they are to make. I love that they are whole grain and contain only recognizable ingredients. I love that these fruit bars can pass for both a snack or healthy dessert. In my efforts to pack nutritious lunches made from real foods for both myself and my kids, I've been making up a batch of these every few weeks. They make a great lunchbox addition or after-school snack, paired with a cold glass of milk of course. You know those fruit-filled cereal bars that you can buy ... [Continue Reading]

Peach, Mango, and Kale Smoothie | Kristine's Kitchen

Peach, Mango, and Kale Smoothie

A good-for-you green smoothie made with kale, peaches, mango, and Greek yogurt. Full of protein and fiber, this smoothie will give you the energy boost you need to tackle your day! Happy Wednesday! How can it be that January is almost over? It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was writing this New Year's post. I know they say that when raising young children the days go by slowly and the years fly by, but around here it seems that it's the days, weeks... everything that go by especially quickly. A busy, full life will do that I suppose.  Happily, it's full of great things like snuggles with my sweet kids, story time, watercolor painting, and playtime at the park. Today I'm ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Carrot Cake Oat Muffins | Kristine's Kitchen

Healthy Carrot Cake Oat Muffins

Oh do I have a treat for you today! These little carrot cake oat muffins are ridiculously tasty, and good for you too! They are perfect for snacking or a grab and go breakfast, with plenty of whole grains to leave you feeling satisfied. Pair a muffin with a piece of fruit, some yogurt, or a hard boiled egg, and you'll be set to tackle your day! These carrot cake muffins are made with white whole-wheat flour and old-fashioned oats. Applesauce keeps them moist and delicious and takes the place of most of the butter in the muffins. They are low in sugar, with only 10 grams per muffin. And let's not forget the carrots. These muffins are packed with veggies! But really, the very first thing ... [Continue Reading]

Big Cluster Maple Granola | Kristine's Kitchen

Big Cluster Maple Granola

It's now my second week of school and I am very much back into the swing of things in the classroom. I know all of my students' names, have some of their writing and artwork up on the walls, and am getting to know what makes each of them a unique and special individual. I have a wonderful group of third graders this year, which makes it (a little bit) easier to leave my own two sweet peas in the morning. Early wake-ups are deserving of a healthy and delicious breakfast, but I can't afford to spend any more minutes than necessary in the kitchen. (4:45a.m. is early enough for me to wake up, thank you.) I still need a good breakfast to fuel me through my morning, though, and this granola is ... [Continue Reading]

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper~Kristine's Kitchen

DIY Hummus: Original and Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.) I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]