Monday, February 25, 2013

Snack Attack

Ok, I hardly ever feel inspired to blog about my cooking/baking adventures,
mostly because when I do have a precious few minutes to sit down at my computer and write,
I usually have other things on my mind that I want to write about, and quite frankly, writing about food bores me. I love making and eating it and reading other people's blogs about food, but actually blogging about it myself...not so much!
However, tonight my mind is too scattered with too much stuff--all good stuff, but too much to condense into anything coherent and worth reading, or writing for that matter.
Since I've made lots of fun and tasty things the past few days, I thought I'd share.

Let's start with the sweet stuff. Cause I love it!
Oh and by the way, I need winter to go away soon.
I've done very well mentally dealing with it so far (so far meaning the past 5 months), but it started wearing on me the past week, and when I get the winter blues, I eat. Bad things.
So these sweets are 'healthy' sweets, so that at least when I have that urge to eat an entire container of Ben and Jerry's, I have other options staring at me from inside the freezer.

 Frozen Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bananas.

It was super easy. Sorry, no exact measurements here, but you don't really need them.
In a small microwave safe bowl, mix dark chocolate pieces (or chocolate chips...white chocolate would work too, although not as healthy as real dark chocolate) and peanut butter.
Microwave a minute or two until completely melted and stir together.
Cut 2 or 3 bananas into 1 inch pieces and drop pieces into the melted goodness.
With a spoon, remove each piece and place on wax paper.
Sprinkle with shredded coconut or chopped nuts.
I had Nutela sitting around from Valentine's day crepes, so my ratio was approximately this:
3 T Adam's chunky peanut butter (chunky was all I had)
3 T Nutela
5 Dark chocolate Dove pieces
2 bananas
Unsweetened shredded coconut

It turned out perfect, but you could make it more peanut buttery, or no peanut butter if you prefer.
Really, lots of creative options here.
Anyway, pop them in the freezer for an hour or so, and then store in tupperware in the freezer for a yummy, healthy little midnight (or morning) snack attack!


Next recipe might sound strange, but it's really good and super healthy!
I got the idea off of (where else?) Pinterest, but I really just started throwing things in without measuring.
I highly recommend this for cooking; baking, not so much!
Edamame Hummus...

Here is roughly what I did:
Dump the following in a blender...
2 cans chick peas (only drain one of them)
1 1/2 C cooked and chilled edamame
Juice of 2 lemons
A large splash of olive oil...maybe 3 T
3 garlic cloves
1/2 C tahini
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp coriander
A dash of cayenne, if you like a little kick

Blend until smooth and enjoy with veggies, crackers, or like I just did a few minutes ago, blue corn chips! Delicious:)


Last but not least, this morning I made a pumpkin blueberry breakfast crisp to take to a friends house.
But that's not the recipe I'm sharing here. I'm sharing the most delicious smoothie recipe ever:)
I had a bit of pumpkin left that didn't go in the crisp, so for lunch I made a shake
and yes, I took a picture of myself drinking it. Doesn't get much more lame than that, but hey, I couldn't think of a way to make a smoothie look exciting and inciting other than to show myself enjoying it! ;)

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie...
4 ice cubes
1/3 C plain or vanilla greek yogurt
1/3 C pumpkin
3/4 C milk/almond milk/soy milk/coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
a few shakes of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Blend until smooth and enjoy this fall treat even though it's nearly spring!
Everyday is a good day for pumpkin...fall is simply not long enough to get enough of it!

There you have it. Tasty (and gluten-free may I add!) snacks.
This gluten-free thing is getting easier and even my hubby is on board, at least when he's home.
I honestly don't miss any food except for pasta and homemade bread, which I rarely make anyway.
I just ordered 12 pounds of Pamela's baking mix and made some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that tasted almost like regular cookies, which was exciting, as it was my first gluten-free baking success.

Well Brad and I have an afternoon date here in less than an hour, so I need to do some things before our sitter gets here, but I want to share the verse I've been loving the past few days.
It's such an encouraging blessed!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

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