Crunchy [no bake] Protein Balls

I haven’t blogged too much nor posted often on social media about the recent changes in our families health. We’ve made some positive steps to get us on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. One of the biggest changes I knew I needed to make was nutritional. I’d happily survive off tacos, chicken nuggets, and candy if I had the choice but that kind of diet is really just doing me a disservice. I had to stop eating like a seven year old child all the time and needed to make better snacking choices.

Thus this protein ball was born. 


I know there are a million different protein ball recipes out there. I’ve tried a few in the past but wanted something that was simple to make, packed full of protein to fight off cravings, was a little crunchy, and of course delicious.



Crunchy [no bake] Protein Balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 balls


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop of your choice in flavor of protein powder
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips


  1. Add oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, nut butter, vanilla extract, chocolate chips, and protein powder to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Combine all ingredients until they are evenly coated in honey and nut butter. The mixture will start to clump.
  3. With semi-wet hands, start to roll the mixture into evenly sized balls.
  4. Place on wax paper and chill for a few hours before serving.
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Besides for having a quick snack to grab on the go, the best part of these is that my toddlers are eating them! I love seeing my picky children getting extra protein and reaching for these instead of fruit snacks. Mom win.


Chewy Chocolate Reece’s Cookies


I can’t even begin to explain to you how amazing these are. They are chewy, soft, and incredibly delicious. I made them over Christmas and an entire batch of about 4 dozen cookies didn’t even last 48 hours. I’m sure everyone in my house gained about 10 pounds but honestly, worth it.


Chewy Chocolate Reece’s Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 Cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 bag Reese's peanut butter chips


  1. Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees
  2. Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl until smooth.
  3. One smooth, add in eggs and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture until a dough forms.
  6. Fold in peanut butter chips.
  7. Drop a small spoonful on un-greased baking sheet
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. *Note, upon taking them out they will still appear soft. This is normal and add's to the chewy factor. You don't want to over bake them.
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Rice Krispie “Candy Corn”

RiceKrispie1If you’re not into eating sugar, I can tell you right now that you’re not not going to like these. They are sweet, sweet, sweet. Luckily for me, I have a crazy sweet tooth so I really enjoyed them. I didn’t let the kids go too crazy on them because I want to keep my sanity. Not having two sugar rushed children running this house seemed like a safer bet.

Rice Krispie “Candy Corn”


  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 10 oz. package of marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice cereal
  • Vanilla frosting
  • M & M's


  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a large saucepan
  2. Add marshmallows until they are completely melted
  3. Pour over the rice cereal and mix until everything is evenly coated
  4. Press into a GREASED pan of any size
  5. Let cool for about 90 minutes
  6. Take out of pan and cut into the candy corn shape
  7. Frost and decorate as desired
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Ghost Bananas & Pumpkin Clementines


This little treat is probably one of the most simple things you can do in the kitchen. I am in love with it because 1) It gets my kids excited to eat some fruit and 2) it requires almost no effort on my part.

Ghost Bananas & Pumpkin Clementines


  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Lettuce


  1. Cut the bananas so they're able to stand.
  2. Place chocolate chips to look like eyes and a mouth. I used mini chips for the eyes and a regular sized one for the mouth.
  3. Peel clementines.
  4. Place any green veggie in the top hole of the clementine to look like the leaf.
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Toothy Grin Snack

appleteeth2 I probably had way to much fun making these. I was pretty much giggling to myself the entire time because they really do look pretty creepy. Everett, whom is about to be 3, was watching me and begging for marshmallows. I gave him a couple and he went running away to snack on them. When he came back he took a few glances at what I had created and yelled, “OH, APPLE MARSHMALLOW TEETH.” When it came time to eat them he sat and stared for a while as if he didn’t know what to do with them. He quickly figured it out when he realized there was peanut butter under the marshmallows.

Three simple ingredients to make these for a fairly healthy snack around Halloween.
1) Apples. We used both green and red.
2) Lots of peanut butter.
3) Mini Marshmallows (or even yogurt covered raisins!)


The assembly is quite simple. I used an apple cutter to slice evenly. Next, I put them together with a toothpick and then layered the inside with good ole’ peanut butter. You probably don’t have to use a toothpick to keep them together. I choose to for extra support and assurance that I could snap a few pictures without them falling apart. Lastly place in your “teeth” however you see fit.

Voila! A relatively healthy snack around one of the most sugar filled holidays there is.


Halloween Spider Cookies

SpiderCookies1During the process of making all of the halloween treats for this week long event on the blog, this one was probably the hit of the bunch. I couldn’t get my toddler to stop talking about “spider cookies” for the longest time. He was so excited about them so in order to get him to stop asking (begging and crying) for them I had to tell him they were made with real spiders. Cruel? Maybe. It worked.


I made them with two different types of “legs” as you can see. Salty (Pretzel Sticks) and Sweet (Sugar Straws). I prefer the pretzels as did my son, surprisingly. They were both quite adorable though.


Oreo Cookies (double stuffed, duh.)
Pretzel Sticks
Frosting (any color) I choose red.
Mini Chocolate Chips

Assembling these guys was simple. For the pretzels legs I just simply stuck them through the frosting on the inside. For the sugar straws, since they’re quite flexible, I had to take apart the cookie and place them on the inside. Either way, it worked great. I put a dot of frosting where I wanted the eyes to go and topped with a mini-chocolate chip.


Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolatechipcookiesSometimes I just want to be “classic” and bake something that I know is going to be delicious and easy. I have been making these cookies for who knows how long and haven’t done much to the recipe except maybe add in extra chocolate chips, nuts, or maybe some candy like M & M’s. It’s like the saying goes, “if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it.” That’s exactly how I feel about my chocolate chip recipe that I’m going to share with you guys today.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 36 Cookies

Serving Size: 1 Cookie


  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water to dissolve baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3 cups all purpose flour


  1. Dissolve baking soda in hot water
  2. Mix together melted butter, both sugars, vanilla,baking soda, and salt.
  3. Beat in eggs individually
  4. Slowly mix in flour to start to form the batter
  5. Fold in chocolate chips
  6. Use a spoon to drop batter onto a non stick pan
  7. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until edges are light brown
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Since this recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies there was no way that we were going to eat all of them in my house. Well, we could but it wouldn’t be a wise choice. I brought them to work and they were gone within an hour. Success!


Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins


My house is the master of always having extra bananas. If I buy a small bundle, the kids always want more. If I buy a ton, they won’t eat them. This is why I am having to come up with ways to use when they go brown them so they don’t go to waste. This is one of my personal favorite “old banana” recipes. Chocolate and banana is such a great combination and these are simple.



Grilling Corn & The Best Way to Eat It


This is going to be quite the corny post; pun intended. I absolutely love corn on the cob. I love everything about it including the annoying way that it gets stuck in my teeth. I have been eating it for years but finally have pin pointed my favorite way. The grill.



Breakfast Muffins

breakfastmuffinsBreakfast is by far one of my favorite meals of the day. I usually like to overindulge myself thus having just a small snack for lunch. Doing this makes it so I’m hungry enough by dinner time to actually want to have a meal. Plus, I just really like how breakfast food tastes. This was just a random throw together stuff idea I had one morning that has turned into one of my entire families favorites. It’s pretty simple, quite adorable, and most importantly yummy!