Nutella Peanut Butter Bites! NO Bake ♡

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_MG_0681Ok this took no time!  Only 5 ingredients and no baking. The peanut butter will provide a little bit of protein and the oatmeal will add some fiber.  And who doesn’t love nutella, right?  Let’s get stated!!  

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice crispy cereal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup nutella 
  • 1 Tb honey

Directions 

Mix dry ingredients, then mix in wet ingredients.  Use a little bit of coconut oil to grease your mixture and hands. Pull apart to form balls.  Place on baking sheet and place in freezer for 10 minutes until firm.  Keep stored in refrigerator. Enjoy!! 

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Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Throw some chickpeas in your cookie recipe next time.  This recipe has actually been around for a while.  I got it from Jessica Seinfeld’s cook book on pureed vegetables in everyday cooking and baking.  If you notice the recipe calls for egg whites, omitting the yolks.  This is a great way to cut down on unwanted cholesterol.  Then adding chickpeas is the best part of this recipe, adding fiber and protein.  Hmmm! Yes Please!

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  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light margarine (If you’re naughty like me I used real butter, there’s still a debate weather process fake butter is better for you than real butter, I tend to go for real foods, you decide 🙂
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup walnuts 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Directions

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a cookie sheet with baking spray.
  2. Beat sugar and margarine until smooth.
  3. Beat in egg whites and vanilla, then add chickpeas and chocolate chips. Add flour, oats, nuts, baking soda and salt.
  4. Drop by tablespoonful onto baking sheet.
  5. Bake 11 to 13 min, until golden brown.

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Happy Baking!!

 

Citrus Sugar Scrub with Grapefruit

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I absolutely love having a sugar scrub around the house. Its a great way to rejuvenate your dry flaky skin.  I almost forgot what healthy moisturized skin looks like!  This is easy to do living in the southwest  🙂_MG_0269_MG_0165 copyEvery year in Phoenix AZ, spring brings a delicious scent of blooming citrus trees.  Whether it’s a Myers lemon tree, a grapefruit tree, orange tree or a tangelo tree(which is a hybrid between a tangerine and a grapefruit) most neighbors, co-worker or family members are giving them away by the pound.

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Here’s a simple sugar scrub recipe easy to make and edible!  I love making bath and body products that are free of weird names and chemicals and everything in this recipe is from your kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice-or any citrus you have
  • 3 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (warmed up 30 seconds) you can also use grape seed oil, olive oil or sunflower oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • few drops of any citrus  essential oil for scent (optional)

What you’ll need:

  1. Couple of Kerr jars or old jam jars cleaned and DE-labeled.  Here’s a brand I like, super affordable.
  2. Sifter for the seeds and pulp.
  3. Funnel for pouring scrub into jars.
  4. labels from any office supply store.

Directions

Position sifter over bowl and juice 1 cup grapefruit juice.

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Add sugar and mix remaining ingredients.

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Suggested use:

Stir before use, sugar scrub will separate between uses and it is important to re mix the ingredients before each use to enjoy the full wonderfulness of the scrub.

Apply in circular motion in shower or bath, then pat dry!  Otherwise you ‘ll rub off all that beautiful oil.  After your shower or bath you will not need lotion all day, it’s a miracle!  Remember, I live in the dessert:) I would recommend NOT using on your face because of the oil in the scrub could cause break outs.

The honey in the scrub should keep the mixture from rotting.  Sometimes water will find its way into the mixture and harden. It usually doesn’t affect the entire jar and only collects around the mouth of the jar, don’t panic just chip away with your fingers.   ENJOY!  Happy Crafting!!

 

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix – extra chocolate

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ImageFrom the kitchen last minute gifts!!  You probably already have these ingredients in your kitchen.  This gift is great for neighbors, office mates, in laws or stocking stuffer.  I got this recipe from Martha Stewart and I accidentally switched the sugar and cocoa measurements, which ultimately worked out because I love chocolate more then sugar.  So feel free to switch them again if you feel the need.  The mix ended up being very chocolatey and the cayenne pepper helps clear up any congestion from a winter cold.

Ingredients – Makes 4 half pint Kerr jars

  • 3 1/2 cups cocoa
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper ( more or less depending on your spice tolerance)
  • old jelly jars or Kerr jars (“De-solv-it” gets sticky labels off fairly well, then I always use rubbing alcohol for any extra glue)
  • ribbon or stickers for decoration

Directions

Measure and sift all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Scope mix into jars, decorate and you’re done!!  If you do not have a sifter then I would use a whisk, however sifting makes for the perfect blend of ingredients.  Enjoy!