Sunday, June 19, 2016

15 Healthy Blueberry Recipes

Summer is my favorite season for fruit, especially blueberries. I asked a group of fellow food bloggers to share their best healthy recipes using blueberries, and it turned into an amazing list! From breakfast smoothies to appetizers, to salad mains, snacks, and desserts, this list will keep you cooking with blueberries for weeks. Scroll below to check out 15 Healthy Blueberry Recipes.
 

Check out these wonderful recipes and food blogs by clicking on the blueberry recipe links below.







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What's your favorite way to enjoy blueberries?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Oat Bran & Cherry Snack Bars

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During warm summer months, I like to have no bake bars ready for an easy snack or breakfast. I had an opportunity this week to come up with a creative recipe with cereal, using Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran. My Oat Bran & Cherry Snack bars contain only a few ingredients, and come together quickly in a food processor. This recipe is an excellent way to switch up how you use cereal - it can be used in so many ways beyond in a bowl for breakfast.


I found Cracklin' Oat Bran in aisle 1 at my local Jewel-Osco grocery store, the cereal aisle. Cracklin' Oat Bran is lightly sweet and crunchy, with a hint of cinnamon flavor. Try my new take on snack bars and you may reignite your love of cereal!


Start your Oat Bran & Cherry Snack Bars by adding 2 and 1/2 cups Cracklin' Oat Bran to a food processor. Process for ~10 seconds, using the pulse function.


Next, add the rest of your ingredients to a bowl: an extra cup of Cracklin' Oat Bran, applesauce, dried cherries, and melted almond butter.


Stir the ingredients until combined, and add to a 9x9 pan.


Press the mixture into the pan, and add a handful of cherries on top, if desired. Chill your pan for a few hours or overnight before cutting into bars.


This snack bar recipe is perfect for a hot summer day, for busy moms, and for anyone looking for a new and fun way to use cereal!


There are many delicious ways to use Kellogg's breakfast cereals that will leave you looking at cereal in a brand new way. Are you a "cereal foodie"? Please visit this website for more inspiration for creative breakfast and snack creations.

Oat Bran & Cherry Snack Bars
Yields: 16 two-inch snack bars

Ingredients~
2 and 1/2 cups Cracklin' Oat Bran + 1 cup
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup almond butter
4 Tablespoons applesauce

Optional: A handful of extra cherries.

How to~
*Process 2 and 1/2 cups Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal in a food processor for ~10 seconds, using the "pulse" function.
*Add the rest of your ingredients to a bowl: an extra cup of Cracklin' Oat Bran, applesauce, dried cherries, and melted almond butter.
*Stir the ingredients until combined, and add to a 9x9 pan.
*Press the mixture into the pan and add a handful of cherries on top, if desired.
*Chill the snack bars in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight before cutting.


What's your favorite way to snack on cereal?

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Peach Pie Energy Bites

The radio silence on this blog lately is due to the fact that I'm busy loving every summer fruit! Bing cherries, watermelon, muskmelon, blueberries, and strawberries - I can't get enough. Peaches will be in season any minute, and I can't wait to add them to my weekly fruit list. Until then, I created these Peach Pie Energy Bites using dried peaches. This is an easy snack recipe that's perfect for after a workout or any time of day.


I picked up dried peaches at my local Mariano's grocery store that contain no added sugar. Peaches are already SO sweet on their own. This recipe comes together quickly in a food processor with only a few ingredients.


Raw almonds, dried peaches, old-fashioned oats, California dates, and cashew butter. You can sub any nut butter, but I wouldn't recommend peanut since the flavor is strong.


I formed my Peach Pie Energy Bites using a medium cookie scoop. Simply pack the scoop with filling and roll into a ball.


These bites last the longest in the refrigerator, or frozen if needed.


I love the peach flavor! These bites would also be delicious with a bit of cinnamon or vanilla in the mix.


For more peach recipe ideas, check out my Green Peach Smoothie, Roasted Salmon Tacos with Peach Slaw, Peach Pie Smoothie, and 11 Healthy Summer Peach Recipes.

Peach Pie Energy Bites
Yields: 16 energy bites

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 - this is a no bake recipe
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients~
20 California dates {pitted}
2/3 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
4 teaspoons cashew butter or almond butter
6 slices dried peaches
2 Tablespoons almond milk OR cashew milk

How to~
*Add all ingredients to a food processor. Process the mixture a few times. Stop the processor and use a spatula to re-combine the mix if needed.
*Keep processing until the ingredients are evenly combined, using the "pulse" function.
*Remove from the food processor and use a medium cookie scoop and your hands to form the mix into balls.
*Keep refrigerated in a covered container - the bites should last cooled for one week, and longer if frozen.

For more no-bake healthy snack ideas, check out these recipes:

PB&J Energy Bites
Meyer Lemon Snack Bars
Healthy Pumpkin Spice Bites
Chocolate Strawberry Coconut Energy Bites
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Energy Bites
Key Lime Pie Energy Bites
Lemon Coconut Pie Energy Bites
Chocolate Pumpkin Energy Bites



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