Valentine’s Day can be challenging for me. I
love adore candy, and there are times when my sweet tooth is insatiable. It doesn’t help that the kids had school Valentine’s parties, and their candy now resides in the pantry. I hear them calling me. There’s a large tub filled with these things. Don’t even get me started on the Fun Dip. Ugh.
And when I’m rungry, it doesn’t help that I work from home and have easy access to the pantry. The kids protest if I throw the candy away (and it’s a nice reward for them once in a while), but truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have the heart to throw away good candy. That’s heresy! 🙂
So, to help me stay strong in the battle of the sweets, I’ve been making some more nutritious things to satisfy my sweet tooth and rungry binges.
Fruits are always great snacks and nutritious, don’t get me wrong, but I’m a sucker for baked goods. I added flax seed to all of these recipes to boost their nutritional value.
Pumpkin muffins. I know the whole pumpkin-spiced everything played out in the fall, but these pumpkin muffins from Lovely Little Kitchen are dee-lish. I used half the sugar, and they still came out fine. Also, I found some Carrington Farms coconut oil that’s always liquid and doesn’t need to be softened, so it saved some time compared to using solid coconut oil. The kids devour them, and I’m lucky if they aren’t gone in a day.
No-Bake Energy Balls. I made these no-bake oat energy balls because I needed something quick that would satisfy those times when I’m on-the-go and I get the late-afternoon-I-can’t-make-it-to-dinner-I-will-eat-my-hand cravings. I like that I can substitute a number of different ingredients depending on what I have on hand. Bonus, it’s a great snack for the kids, too. I made these with peanut butter and any nut butter will do, but I made my own coconut butter this week, so I’m going to experiment with that. Stay tuned!
Granola. A friend of mine sent me a bag of this granola one Christmas, and my eyes almost popped out of my head, it was so good. I’ve made a LOT of homemade granola and granola bars that have turned out meh. This recipe from Food52 is awe-some! I have to hide this in the pantry because everybody is getting their grubby little hands on it. It’s a nice snack, but is divine sprinkled on yogurt. YUM-MY.
Brownie Muffins. I made these two ingredient brownie muffins for snacks or breakfast. Take one box of moist variety Devil’s Food Chocolate cake mix and one 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin puree, stir, and bake into moist muffins. You can’t taste the pumpkin at all, but it adds fiber, very little fat, and lots of vitamin A.
Pear Tart. We had a lot of pears on hand that were quickly getting over-ripe, so I used them to make this scrumptious tart from Gail Simmons. Any stone fruit could be used. Trust me, this won’t last long.