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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Chocolate Chip Peanut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (NO added sugar or flour!)

Chocolate Chip Peanut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Tonight the kids helped me try a new recipe that I found on Prevention's list of "No Sugar Added Baked Goods".  In a word:  YUM.  My boys ate three each; I did too!

Well this recipe is great because its delicious, easy to make and as the title claims, there is no added sugar or flour. Meaning, it's super easy to make these Gluten Free, just double check all your labels!

The original recipe calls for some low fat ingredients, but I just used the regular stuff we already had in the kitchen.  I'm not anti-fat when its the good kind, like it is here, in Peanut Butter.  Rejoice for the MUFAs, some of my favorite foods are MUFAs!  Ok, so here is my version of the recipe....

Chocolate Chip Peanut Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Preheat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper.  Into a large food processor add:

2 Ripe Bananas, mushed
1/3 cup All Natural Low Sodium Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup All Natural unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Organic Cinnamon

Pulse food processor 5-6 times, until its all mixed up.  Then add:

1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/4 cup Dry Roasted Unsalted Peanuts
1/4 cup Semi Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes (the original recipe called for unsweetened of course, but this is what we had in the house!)

Pulse food processor 8-10 times until its all mixed.  Carefully remove blade and plop into bowl for a final mixing.  Then drop little spoonfuls onto the Parchment Paper lined baking sheet.  Use a fork if needed to slightly flatten and shape cookies.  Bake for 20 minutes or until starting to brown just a tad around the edges.  Cool for a few minutes then dive in!

This recipe made us 22 cookies total; almost half are already gone!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Homemade Oven Roasted Steak Fries

Homemade Oven Roasted Steak Fries

I LOVE french fries.  This point cannot be overstated.  I would literally eat them every single day, if I could. But I can't.  And I shouldn't!  So, as always my goal is to make my favorite guilty pleasures more healthy, simply so that I can eat them more often and not feel badly about it.   I have a long history making roasted potatoes; they are good.  But it wasn't until this week that I think I finally found a great recipe for making Homemade Steak Fries; yum!

This recipe comes courtesy of May 2016 issue of Health Magazine, page 52, in "Snack Makeover".  They call them "Oven Baked Potato Thins", but I'm happy calling them Steak Fries!  They look like it and taste like it and I want to enjoy them thinking that is what they are.  This may just be a mental thing for me, but if I think I'm eating "health" food, I just don't think I enjoy it as much.  Just me?  Oh well....

Here is my version of Health Mags Steak Fries Recipe:
(This doesn't seem to be posted online yet, but here are other good recipes from Health Magazine!)

-Preheat oven to 475
-Slice 6 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes into Steak Fries
-Toss with 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 tsp of White Vinegar
-Sprinkle with Paprika, Garlic Powder and Salt (amounts to taste)
-Spread out slices on sheet pan
-Roast for 30 minutes, or until they brown nicely
-Eat alone, with Ketchup or Dijon mustard, or if you are looking for something really exciting, why not whip up some Sriracha Mayo?

Homemade Oven Roasted Steak Fries

PS.  Do not feel guilty about eating Potatoes - they are actually good for you in lots of ways.  Potassium of course, Vitamin C?  YES. Yukon Golds are my favorite because they are versatile and mild flavored.