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Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

These Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars are lightly sweetened with ripe bananas and honey.  They are quick and easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snack time! I live about 30 miles from the school that I teach at, which means that I spend a decent amount of time commuting to and from work. It's frustrating to think about the hours I spend commuting as lost time, so I try to find ways to make my commute more enjoyable. I used to listen to audiobooks that I'd check out from the library, but lately I've been listening to podcasts and loving it. My favorites are podcasts about blogging and motherhood. Since returning to work after my maternity leave I've been catching up on episodes ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies - boost your energy with these soft, chewy cookies!

Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies

Packed with peanut butter, flaxseed and oats, these Peanut Butter Oat Snack Cookies will give you an energy boost while satisfying your cookie craving! They are perfect for after school snacks for the kids, too! Tomorrow I go back to work after my maternity leave. To say I am not ready to leave my sweet baby girl is quite the understatement. Where did the past four months go? Nothing can make up for the fact that I won't be home every day with my little ones, but if I try to look on the positive it is only three days a week, my baby will be with family while I'm at work, and I only have five weeks until summer vacation. I'm trying to look on the positive side. But it's still hard. ... [Continue Reading]

You'll love the hint of orange in this Orange Chia Seed Granola!  #breakfast #oats

Orange Chia Granola

You'll love the hint of orange zest in this Orange Chia Granola, loaded with healthy oats, chia seeds, and nuts! What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is most definitely breakfast. Maybe that's partly due to the cup of coffee that I get to drink at breakfast time. But it's also the breakfast foods. Waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, and toast... I love them all. My favorite go-to easy everyday breakfast, though, is homemade granola. I love making (and eating) granola so much that last year I devoted a whole week to sharing granola recipes here. I've written about the 5 reasons why you should make homemade granola. Basically, I'm a granola addict. I never get tired of dreaming up ... [Continue Reading]

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking - start doing these today!

6 Simple Tricks for Healthy Snacking

I am all about the healthy snacks. Click the snack category in my recipe index and you'll find plenty of evidence. Snacks give me the energy I need to take care of my kids, work, and home, and I find myself hungry and wanting a snack multiple times each day. Without plenty of healthy snack options, and some planning ahead, I'd be reaching for the cookies and cereal all day long. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that help me keep my healthy eating goals and snack for energy. I hope these simple tricks for healthy snacking will help you stay on track with your nutrition goals, too. Life is busy, and these tips are things that you can easily incorporate into your packed schedule. 1. Fool ... [Continue Reading]

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{10 Minute} No-Bake Granola Bars

These chewy No-Bake Granola Bars are packed with oats, crispy rice cereal, and toasted coconut. You can mix up a batch in just 10 minutes, and then comes the hard part – waiting for them to chill in the refrigerator before you can dig in! These No-Bake Granola Bars have been a long time in the making. I think it was about a year ago when I tried my first no-bake granola bar recipe. Unfortunately, those bars did not work out so well. They were way too sweet, and fell apart when you tried to eat them. Since then I've done quite a few experiments with no-bake bars. My first big success was these Nutty Peanut Butter Granola Bars. If you haven't tried them yet and you're a peanut butter ... [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]

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]

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]

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]

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels | Kristine's Kitchen

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face. You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing. These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]

Granola Crunch Banana Muffins | Kristine's Kitchen

Granola Crunch Banana Muffins

Banana muffins are even better with crunchy granola and toasted walnuts.  Enjoy these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins with your morning coffee! By now, you are probably aware of my love of muffins. It's rare that I don't have a stash of them in my freezer, and I'm often developing new muffin recipes. As usual, I tried to keep these Granola Crunch Banana Muffins on the healthier side so that I can enjoy them often without the guilt. If you have any over-ripe bananas on your counter or in your freezer, now you know what to do with them! I added some of my favorite homemade granola to the banana muffin batter and also sprinkled some granola on top for a little extra crunch. Unsweetened ... [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]