Honey Almond Butter Popcorn

Honey Almond Butter Popcorn | Sweet Treats and More

I’ve been in a major dinner rut.  That’s why you’ve seen nothing but snacky, desserty foods this week.  We do eat dinner, but lately I can’t find the motivation/inspiration to make anything that’s been worth blogging about.  But guess what, a lot of our dinners are nothing fancy–the kids get quesadillas and Brett and I throw together an “everything we have in the fridge” kind of salad.  

Well, good thing it’s the weekend and you’re all looking for something sweet to snack on! Next week, I promise to make a notable dinner.   
Honey Almond Butter Popcorn | Sweet Treats and More

This Honey Almond Butter Popcorn is made popcorn, coconut oil, honey, almond butter, and a dash of cinnamon and vanilla! Healthy in my book.  And perfectly fine to devour the entire batch.  

It’s bursting with flavors of both honey and almond butter.  I like to use crunchy almond butter to get a little crunch in the popcorn too! You can probably tell this isn’t a thick and gooey popcorn, if that’s what you’re going for though, just use a little less popcorn.  

Honey Almond Butter Popcorn | Sweet Treats and More

 

Honey Almond Butter Popcorn
Print
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups popped popcorn
  2. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  3. 2 tbsp crunchy almond butter
  4. 3 tbsp quality honey
  5. pinch of cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. place popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. melt coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and cinnamon together in a small saucepan over medium heat. whisk until melted and smooth. whisk in vanilla and remove from heat. drizzle over popcorn and gently stir until evenly coated. enjoy!
Notes
  1. **if you want a thicker, gooier popcorn, reduce the amount of popped popcorn by 1/2-1 cup
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Single serving, microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.  The perfect indulgence for one! 

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | Sweet Treats and More

 This my friends, is the perfect little treat for one.  It’s for the peanut butter lovers, the cookie lovers, even the cake lovers! You in???

Of course you are!  

I saw this Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug over at Heather’s French Press quite a while ago and wanted to try a peanut butter version of it.  So I tweaked it just a little to make this perfect Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake.  

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | Sweet Treats and More

All you need is one small bowl, a few ingredients, a ramekin, and a microwave.  Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | Sweet Treats and More

It tastes a little like a warm cookie, a little like a warm slice of cake.  And we like it with a little milk poured over it. I love whipping this up when I’m craving something sweet but don’t want an entire batch of cookies surrounding me! 

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake | Sweet Treats and More

 

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbs butter, melted
  2. 1 tbsp brown sugar
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 heaping tbsp peanut butter
  6. 1/4 cup oats
  7. 1 tbsp flour
  8. pinch of salt
  9. 1 tbsp milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla together.
  2. Stir in peanut butter, then oats, flour and salt. Stir in chocolate chips, saving a few to place on the top.
  3. Press into a lightly greased mini ramekin dish. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top. Microwave for 40 seconds. Remove and let cool for several minutes (the dish will be very hot)
Notes
  1. adapted from Heather's French Press.
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola

Simple and delicious, peanut butter granola with chocolate chunks- a peanut butter and chocolate lover’s dream and a perfect snack to have on hand!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola | Sweet Treats and More

I should have known this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola wouldn’t last long at our house.  I might have single-handedly eaten the entire batch in just about two days.  I found every excuse to eat it–sprinkled in my morning protein shake  (which is really good btw), snacking on handfuls here and there, sprinkled on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt, or just in  a bowl with milk. 

I seriously couldn’t stop.  But I didn’t feel all that guilty, it’s  made with coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter plus oats and chocolate chips.  Kinda sorta healthy, right?! Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola | Sweet Treats and More

Do you know the secrete to getting big, clusters of granola?  Egg whites.  Beat a couple of egg whites together and mix it into the granola just before you bake it.   Then let it cool completely before you gently break it up and put it in a container.  

I love big, chunky, clustery granola.  It’s the best.  Especially when you like to eat it by the handfuls :) 

Now scurry off and make some granola!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola | Sweet Treats and More

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Granola
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 1/2 cup steel cut oats ( or you can just use 3 cups rolled oats)
  3. 1 milk chocolate chips (or any variety chocolate chips)
  4. 2 tbs coconut oil
  5. 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp peanut butter
  6. 1/3 cup honey
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. pinch of salt
  9. 2 egg whites
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Place oats in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt coconut oil and peanut butter together over medium-low heat. Add honey, salt and vanilla, stirring continuously. Remove from heat when everything is melted together, smooth and heated through.
  4. Pour peanut butter mixture over the oats. Stir to combine.
  5. Whisk two egg whites in a small bowl until frothy. Pour over the granola mix and stir to combine.
  6. Spread granola out in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  7. Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes, stirring half way through.
  8. Granola should be golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely on the pan. Gently stir to break up. Mix in chocolate chips. Store in air-tight container.
Notes
  1. * the egg whites help make larger clusters of granola. try not to break up clusters when stirring.
  2. recipe adapted from
  3. Hillbilly Housewife
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad

This post is brought to you by Tessemae’s All Natural.  Thank you for supporting brands I love! All opinions are my own. 

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad | Sweet Treats and More

I took one of my very favorite salads- the Cobb salad- and ditched the lettuce, traded it for quinoa, and topped it with Tessemae’s All Natural Green Goddess Dressing.  It’s phenom! It’s the perfect salad to throw together on busy week nights and all kinds of good for you:)

Besides, who doesn’t love a Cobb salad? Aren’t we all kind of in it for its yummy toppings? Chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato, hard boiled egg, blue cheese.  Yes please. 

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad | Sweet Treats and More

Most Green Goddess dressings are made with a mayonnaise or sour cream base, but Tessemae’s is made with an olive oil base.  With just a few additional ingredients, it has great flavor and its simplicity allows you to really taste all of the toppings in the salad.  And there’s no guilt in pouring it all over your salad :) 

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad | Sweet Treats and More

Tessemae’s All Natural dressings are gluten free, dairy free, non-gmo, vegan, sugar free, and olive oil based.  There’s a variety of flavors to chose from and all can be used as a dressing, cooking oil, marinade or even dipping sauce.  The Green Goddess, Soy Ginger, and Lemon Garlic dressings are just a few of our favorites. 

Next time you’re craving the flavors of a Cobb salad, give this Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad a try! It’s packed with protein and simple to make, made even more simple with Tessemae’s Green Goddess dressing.  You’ll love it!

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad | Sweet Treats and More

Green Goddess Quinoa Cobb Salad
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  2. 2 cups chicken broth ( or use 3 cups already cooked quinoa)
  3. 1 cup cooked and shredded chicken
  4. 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  5. 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  6. 2 hard boiled eggs, peeled and diced
  7. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  8. 6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
Instructions
  1. Bring two cups of chicken broth and quinoa to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork, set aside (chill if you want a cold salad)
  2. Place quinoa in a large shallow salad bowl.
  3. Assemble the toppings on top of the quinoa in rows. Drizzle with Tessa Mae's Green Goddess Dressing, season with salt and pepper, and toss together.
Notes
  1. *prepare quinoa ahead of time or use leftover quinoa to save time
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Win a Disney Parks Vacation with Smucker’s Uncrustables!!

This post is brought to you by Smucker’s® Uncrustables® and the Mom it Forward Network.  All opinions are my own!

smuckers disney vacation

 image cred

We’ve been living in San Diego for almost seven months and we have yet to make a trip to Disneyland! Can you believe it? My husband has never even been, it’s only been about 23 years since I’ve been, and my boys would die to go!  So I’m just a little bit excited (or jealous) about YOUR chance to win a Disney Parks Vacation

disneysides

disney sides

image cred

All you have to do to enter is share a photo of your family showing your Disney Side –being wild world wanderers, true believers, tireless adventurers, or fun-loving kids at heart!  One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen.  You can visit http://partners.disney.com/share-your-disney-adventure for complete details and Official Rules. You have until February 16th to enter so get on it!

enter to win now

In collaborations with this giveaway the Disney Family is providing moms with inspiration and tips to create fun food art of Disney characters/scenes using Smucker’s Uncrustables Sandwiches and wholesome sides.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve got picky eaters and the best way I know how to get them to eat is to make food fun! 

foodart1

foodart

image cred

You can see how to turn your Smucker’s Uncrustable Sandwiches into some of your Disney favorites like Mickey Mouse, Olaf, Simba, and Tow Mater!  I love how each one includes healthy sides for kids to eat along with their sandwich.  Sides like fruits and veggies that some kids (mine!) otherwise wouldn’t touch.  

We decided to have a little fun of our own and got creative with Smucker’s Uncrustables too. 

uncrustables-big-hero-six-recipe-main-one

Meet our Big Hero Six inspired Bay Max character.  He was so easy to make and my boys thought this was the coolest ever! 

Uncrustables Big Hero Six

Have fun and be sure to enter this awesome Disney Parks Giveaway!!

Cherry Yonanas {with chocolate magic shell}

This smooth and creamy Cherry Yonanas is made with just two ingredients–frozen cherries and bananas.  Topped with a simple homemade chocolate magic shell you’ll love this guilt free treat! 

Cherry Yonana Ice Cream with homemade Chocolate Magic Shell from sweettreatsmore.com

Brett and I usually celebrate Valentine’s Day making a nice, home-cooked meal together {after the kids are in bed} and enjoying a little dessert while watching a movie.  We usually fall asleep by ten o’clock watching a cheesy chick flick picked by me.  Does that make us boring? Or old? Or both?  We just don’t love fighting the crowds at restaurants.  Oh my gosh… we are old!!

That’s it! We’re going out this Valentine’s Day.  But we’ll still be making this Cherry Yonanas for dessert.  Because, it’s totally guilt free.   Well, until you top it with chocolate magic shell.  But that’s kind of what makes it sooo amazing.  

Cherry Yonana Ice Cream with homemade Chocolate Magic Shell from sweettreatsmore.com

All you need to make this is some frozen cherries, frozen bananas, and a kick booty blender :)  I used our Blendtec {with the Twister Jar}, hit the ice cream button and let it do its magic.   

Perfection you guys…

Cherry Yonana Ice Cream with homemade Chocolate Magic Shell from sweettreatsmore.com

It makes the most perfect thick and creamy cherry banana “soft serve” like ice cream.  It’ll melt quickly so either eat it right away or pop it in the freezer.  
Cherry Yonana Ice Cream with homemade Chocolate Magic Shell from sweettreatsmore.com

Chocolate Magic Shell is what really makes this dessert perfect.  It kind of makes it taste like a chocolate cherry dipped cone.  You know, like from DQ? Except the ice cream is cherry and the dip is chocolate.  Same flavors though–chocolate and cherry– which are great together.   

And ps….homemade magic shell is so easy to make.  So don’t you fret! 

Cherry Yonanas with Chocolate Magic Shell | Sweet Treats and More

Cherry Yonanas with Chocolate Magic Shell
Print
for the yonanas
  1. 2 ripe, frozen bananas (quartered)
  2. 1 cup frozen cherries (pitted)
for magic shell
  1. 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  2. 1/2 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Place frozen bananas and frozen cherries in the twister jar of blendtec blender. Press the "ice cream" button and let blend until smooth and creamy. (hold lid down securely while blending)
  2. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave. Drizzle over ice cream.
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola

This post is sponsored by Mazola® Corn Oil. Thank you for supporting the brands I love!  All opinions are my own.

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola | Sweet Treats and More

Oh granola, how I love you.  Cinnamon. Vanilla. Pecans.  Sweetened with maple syrup.  All toasted to perfection.  Perfect for breakfast…and snacking…and yogurt-parfait and dessert making.  I seriously love this granola! 

Did you know February is Heart Health Month? Fitting for the month of all things hearts and love.  So this is a gentle reminder to take care of your heart!  Little changes, like the kind of oil you use in cooking and baking can make a difference.d

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola | Sweet Treats and More

This granola is made with Mazola® Corn Oil, which happens to be a heart healthier option than many other high saturated fat alternatives.  Unlike some oils, Mazola® Corn Oil has a neutral taste, so the natural flavors of the ingredients combined really shine.  Like the cinnamon and vanilla. I know you’ll heart this recipe!

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola | Sweet Treats and MoreI’ve included a helpful infographic to spread the word about how Mazola® Corn Oil can help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. And then go check out Mazola’s Heart Healthy Library to find a variety of recipes that have been approved as “Heart Healthy”. There are so many simple changes we can make for a heart healthy lifestyle! 

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola
Print
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  2. 2 cups quick oats
  3. 1 cup chopped pecans OR sliced almonds OR sunflowr seeds
  4. 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  5. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  6. 2 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  7. 2 tablespoons Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  8. 4 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Ground Nutmeg
  10. 1 cup dried cranberries, raisins OR other dried fruit
Instructions
  1. Combine old fashioned oats, quick oats, pecans and wheat germ in a large bowl. Combine maple syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Pour over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture evenly on greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake at 300°F for 50 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until oats are toasted.
  3. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit. Cool in pan on wire rack. Store in airtight container.
  4. Serving suggestion: To make yogurt parfaits, layer 6 ounces vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup mixed fresh or frozen fruit and 1/4 cup granola.
Notes
  1. source: Mazola
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Cinnamon Vanilla Granola | Sweet Treats and More 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats | Sweet Treats and More

This whole cold oats things has grown on me.  As a kid, I didn’t even like regular oatmeal.  The warm, soggy texture just didn’t do it for me.  But now in my old age, I love oatmeal.  And I even like it cold!   

Especially if it kinda tastes like chocolate chip cookie dough.  You know, a healthier, breakfast-y kind of cookie dough.  

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats | Sweet Treats and More

Here’s the thing– you can sweeten these oats up three different ways.  For the not so healthy option, use brown sugar. It will make them taste even more like cookie dough.  For a healthier option, use honey or agave (or any other natural sweetener) you like.  And for a protein-packed option, sweeten the oats with vanilla protein powder.  

I’ve made these several times in the last week and I like to use protein powder.  We have a Cinnamon Roll protein powder that really makes them taste good.  Greek yogurt makes the oats really creamy too, which I love. 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats | Sweet Treats and More

When you make these the night before they make for a tasty grab-n-go breakfast! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Overnight Oats
Print
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  2. 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk
  3. 1/3 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1-2 tbsp sweetener of choice (brown sugar, honey, agave, protein powder)
  6. 1 tbsp mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a jar or bowl and stir together. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator. Let chill over-night (about 8 hours). Add a splash of almond milk in the morning if needed. Stir and enjoy.
Notes
  1. inspired and adapted from Amy's Healthy Baking.
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites with Cajun Yogurt BBQ Sauce

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites | Sweet Treats and More

Some of you have asked what my results were from doing Whole30.  The short answer: I felt really good.  I felt lean, less bloated, and had much more energy.  I didn’t hit the typical afternoon “wall” I usually do and I had much more energy in my morning workouts.  Which made me workout harder.  I feel like four months later (post partum) I’m finally getting my exercise groove back, which feels really good. 

One thing I really missed while on Whole30 was cheese.  Hot, melty cheese on and in everything.  I realllly love cheese.  Why can’t cheese just make us skinny?! Kidding….kind of.  

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites | Sweet Treats and More

These Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites taste like cheesy chicken nuggets– really good, better for you, chicken nuggets!  They are packed with protein (from both the chicken and quinoa), veggies, and of course, cheese.  You can go light on the cheese or make them super cheesy.  Either way, they’ve got great flavor.  

These might be the only way I ever get my kiddos to eat quinoa.  They didn’t even notice it!  
Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites | Sweet Treats and More

I whipped up a super easy Cajun Yogurt BBQ sauce by combining equal parts Greek yogurt and barbecue sauce, with a little cajun seasoning and lime juice.  And the sauce, it’s pretty essential to these little cheesy bites.   

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa Bites
Print
For the Quinoa Bites
  1. 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  2. 1 cup chicken broth
  3. 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded
  4. 1/2 cup finely chopped bell peppers
  5. 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1/4 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 tsp pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  9. 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  10. 1 egg
  11. 1/4 cup milk
  12. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (any variety)
For the Cajun Yogurt BBQ Sauce
  1. 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  2. 1/3 cup bbq sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays)
  3. 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  4. 1- 1 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning (more or less to desired taste)
  5. dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cook and cover for 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork and set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet, add peppers, and cook until tender.
  4. Combine quinoa, sauteed peppers, chicken, garlic salt, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, cheese, milk and egg in a medium bowl.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop quinoa-chicken mix into a greased mini muffin tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from tin.
  6. Whisk yogurt, bbq sauce, lime juice, and cajun seasoning in a bowl. Serve with quinoa bites.
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/

Nutella Cheesecake Shooters

Nutella Cheesecake Shooters | Sweet Treats and More

These Nutella Cheesecake Shooters are a quick and easy, no-bake, decadent treat to make for Valentine’s Day…or your birthday!! Yep, it’s my birthday, and I plan to eat one of these….as well as some chocolate cake…or a giant chocolate chip cookie.  I just finished Whole 30 and am letting myself indulge today! 

These cheesecake shooters only require six ingredients- Nutella, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, graham crackers, butter, and your choice of fruit.  There’s a chance you already have everything on hand.  If you don’t have Nutella run out and buy some.  You can make these and some Nutella cookies!! And then just eat some with a spoon ;)

Nutella Cheesecake Shooters | Sweet Treats and More

Serve these in small shot glasses or small plastic cups for the perfect single serving, or for a larger serving fill ‘em up in small jam jars.  

Feel free to use any fruit you’d like! You can make cute hearts out of the strawberries which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  But bananas are awesome too!  Top with some whipped cream, more fruit, and dive right in….

Nutella Cheesecake Shooters | Sweet Treats and More

Nutella Cheesecake Shooters
Print
Ingredients
  1. 4 small cups, mini shot glasses (or 2 small jam jars)
  2. 1/2 cup Nutella
  3. 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  4. 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  5. 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  6. 2 tbsp butter, melted
  7. Strawberries or other berry (diced)
  8. Whipped cream for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend the Nutella, Greek Yogurt, and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy (I use my blentec twister jar).
  2. Combine melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together. Divide the graham cracker crumbs among the shot glasses, small cups, or jam jars (whichever you have), pressing into the bottom.
  3. Place the cheesecake filing in a ziplock bag or piping bag. Cut the corner or tip to pipe into glasses.
  4. Fill glasses with a layer of Nutella cheesecake mix, a layer of diced fruit, and top with another layer of cheesecake. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.
  5. Top with whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Sweet Treats & More http://sweettreatsmore.com/