Archive for the ‘Snack Recipe’ Category

I tried to come up with a more complex name for this. Really, I did. But then my dad declared me a “football savant” for dominating last week’s NFL weekly picks and I lost interest in anything other than basking in the glory.

So here’s the deal with this “recipe” – I realize strawberry season has come and gone, but the grocery store is still selling them which means I am still buying them. And will continue to do so until I get tired of this combination which, based on my track record here, should be approximately never.

Nailed It/Failed It: Peanut Butter Strawberry Chocolate Chip Toast

Verdict

Can I declare a verdict on my own creation (that I realize is nowhere near original)? Because I am. Nailed. It. It’s entirely possible I eat this multiple times a week (read “daily”). My husband thinks it’s weird “because of the toast”, but that’s what makes it awesome. How else is the peanut butter going to get a little on the melty side?

Process

Toast the bread of your choice (I typically use sandwich thins, but my mom gave us a loaf of wheat bread because we looked poor and hungry and I’m a fan of that as well). While your bread is toasting, cut your strawberries to whatever size you’d like. Once your toast pops, smear as much or as little peanut butter as you’d like. Then top with strawberries and a few chocolate chips and prepare to be addicted.

(I’ll also make this without the chocolate chips for breakfast. Seriously. I have a problem. Send help.)

Welcome to the week after Thanksgiving – when we all claim to be on a sugar and carb detox (until the Christmas cookies make their appearance)! Of course, you have to ease into that detox or you’ll get a cramp and drown. And that’s where this bowl of oatmeal comes into play.

Peanut Butter and Peppers: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal(pinned here)

Nailed It/Failed It: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Verdict

Nailed it. I’m pretty sure that if this oatmeal had been in my life earlier, I never would have gone through the “oatmeal makes me gag” phase. I halved the recipe and had it as a snack because I can’t really do sweet breakfasts without feeling slightly nauseous all day, but I can promise you this would be delectable any time of the day. I fully intend to have it for dessert.

Alterations

I used regular milk, real sugar instead of stevia, and skipped the peanut butter chips because I didn’t have any. That’s probably my top life regret right now.

 

 

 

 

Original recipe from Peanut Butter and Peppers.

You know what’s on sale like crazy right now? Apples. But not just any apples. Local apples. You know, the ones the husband won’t eat because, “I like crispy apples.” Translation: “They’re different from what you usually get me therefore I do not want them.”

So what’s a girl to do with a crapton of apples that have been deemed inedible by the main apple eater? Make baked apple cinnamon chips of course!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Chips(pinned here)

Baked Apple Cinnamon Chips

Verdict

Nailed it. It’s like apple pie minus the pie. They lasted approximately 12 hours – and that was mostly because the husband didn’t get home until a few hours after I’d pulled these out of the oven.

Alterations

I used my apple slicer and then sliced the slices thinner with a paring knife rather than doing it chip style. It seemed like it would be a lot easier that way. I didn’t measure my spices, and the 1 1/2 hour baking time is a lie. No but really. Mine took more like 4 hours, and they still weren’t entirely crispy. But the good news is they’re delicious even when slightly chewy.

 

 

Original recipe from The Silver Pen.

The Thanksgiving after I graduated college, my parents informed me that they both had high cholesterol and blood pressure – which obviously bodes well for my future. They immediately started to change the way they ate and added regular exercise in to the mix, and I quickly followed suit because I figured it would be easier to make the changes now than 20 years down the road.

And then came the news that crushed my soul – my dad’s doctor had told him to watch his sugar intake.

If you know me at all, you know that dessert is my kryptonite. Cutting out fast food and switching to whole grain pasta? No problem. But to curb my sugar intake? Are you trying to kill me?!?!?

Yogurt Covered Blueberries(pinned here)

Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Verdict

Nailed it. I’m not saying I’d replace “real” dessert with these, but they make an excellent snack. Or breakfast. Not that I did that while my husband wondered aloud why I can’t eat a “normal” breakfast on the weekends.

Alterations

I used vanilla Greek yogurt instead of honey. I also forgot about them so they spent close to 24 hours on the cookie sheet which resulted in just a bit of freezer burn. While they’re still delectable, you might want to set a timer so you don’t do the same thing.

Original recipe from The Caffeinated Chronicles of Supermom.

 

I have long had a love affair with banana bread (no nuts thankyouverymuch). My mom’s recipe. Which came from my grandma. Which came from who knows where. Other recipes I have never had any use for. Until now. Because while that recipe will always be my favorite, the calorie count on it will not. And these little beauties are only 79 calories a piece*. Which is good. Because eating just one is about impossible. Believe me. I tried.

*The chocolate chips put these closer to 100 a piece.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins(pinned here)

Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins(Guess who finally downloaded Instagram)

Verdict

Nailed. It. I’ve made these twice in a week. Seriously.

Alterations

I added about 1/4 cup chocolate chips. 100% worth the extra calories.

Original recipe from Inspire Me Thin