Snacking

Blueberry Oat Wheat Muffins

If you’re looking for a filling morning on-the-go breakfast, these muffins are the best one’s we have made so far! And the difference is soaking the oats for 20 minutes in milk. It sounds like an annoying task, but honestly, it MAKES these muffins so fluffy and delish. Enjoy – both kids devoured them today!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) Sassy Cow Milk
  • 1 cup (80g) old-fashioned whole rolled Quaker Oats
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) wheat King Arthur Flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground Penzeys cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) honey (or 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (190g) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)

 

Directions

    1. Combine milk and oats. Set aside for 20 minutes so the oats puff up and soak up some moisture. This is what makes the muffins! Dont skip. You can, but the muffins will be flat.
    2. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners.
    3. Whisk the (DRY INGREDIENTS) flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl until combined. Set aside.
    4. Whisk the (WET INGREDIENTS) melted butter, honey, egg, and vanilla extract together in a medium bowl until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir, then add the soaked oats (milk included, do not drain) and blueberries. Fold everything together gently just until combined.
    5. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Top with oats and a light sprinkle of coconut sugar, if desired.
    6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
    7. Cool on wire rack.

Yield is about 12. ENJOY! These can be stored in an air-tight container for 1 week, or pop into the fridge for 2 weeks. Don’t leave them out the open too long, blueberry molds quickly! Have a great week!

With love & light.

 

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Dove Valentine’s Chocolate

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Chocoholics REJOICE! If you have peanut / treenut allergies, I have such good news to share. Today we called Mars Candy Company, the manufacturer of Dove Chocolates. We asked spcifically about the Pink Champagne and Milk Chocolate Swirl hearts. The customer service rep assured us that they are made in a dedicated peanut and treenut free facility. 

Whats even more exciting is that on EVERY DOVE CHOCOLATE PACKAGE, it will say “Allergies” and a “may contain” statement. The may contain statement may not always be present. If it’s NOT present, then your specific allergen is not present in the manufacturing facility. If the allergen is in the manufacturing facility, it WILL BE STATED on the package in the “may contain” statement under “allergies.”

Wait, there is more! When you’re looking for allergy info, look for this code. ELZ. ELZ is a code that means the chocolate is made in a dedicated nutfree facility. No peanuts or tree nuts.  This code is located on the back of the bag in the “best by” date white box. It’s directy below the date.

Lastly, I just have to say KUDOS to Mars/Dove for having such EXCELLENT and KNOWLEDGABLE customer service representatives answering these allergy phone calls. Our rep today called me back very quickly and she was able to answer my questions and then offer more information for future purchases. I was impressed!

Thank you, Dove!

Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Cocoa White Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Valentine’s Day, we wanted to flip the traditional chocolate chip cookie around and make it a cocoa cookie with white chocolate chips. The flavor is amazing! Artisan Kettle White Chocolate does NOT disappoint. White chocolate is not always our favorite, but Artisan Kettle’s recipe for their white chocolate chips is incredible. It makes these cookies 100%. We made a batch to test, then another to deliver in some sweet Valentine treat bags for teachers at our school. We LOVE our teachers 🙂

White Chip Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F and prepare your cookie sheets.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets using a 1″ ice cream scooper.
  3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Enjoy! Yield is about 40 cookies

 

Snacking, Travel

No-Bake Granola Bars

Car breakfast is all the rage in our house right now – and I love it because it takes a step out of our morning. Eating in the car is multi-tasking, right? We made these on Sunday night to prep for the week and they literally took 5 minutes to put together. When you’re done mushing them into your pan, pop them into the fridge and they will set up over night for you to use all week long.

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies or plain Chex)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 6 Tablespoons butter (*see note)
  • 4 Tablespoons Sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips , or other favorite add-in’s

Directions

  1. Line a square pan with parchment paper, 8×8 or 9×9 work fine. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, cereal, flax and set aside.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the butter, sunbutter, sugar, vanilla and honey. Microwave for about a minute until butter is melted. Stir well.
  4. Combine the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients. Combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into your prepped pan and press down evenly. I like to use a metal scraper to help push the granola down evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the granola with mini chocolate chips.
  7. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.
  8. Once it’s set, use a chef knife to cut into bars. Store in air-tight container.
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Yield is about 8 to 10

 

 

Holiday Favorites, School Safe List, Snacking

The Week of Love

Happy Valentine’s Week! Many people think you should show love all the time, not just on a Hallmark Holiday, so they decide NOT to celebrate 2/14.  I have to agree 100% about showing love all the time; but expressing love & gratitiude on Valentine’s Day is equally as important. This goes for friends, co-workers, family, teachers; really anyone that makes your life lovelier! And this does NOT have to be a grand gesture. It could be as simple as an extra hug to say “happy valentine’s day,” a note on a car door/lunch box, free lunch, a free latte, anything to let that person know you have love/gratitude for them.

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Love is so important, and showing it can sometimes be hard if you have food allergies. I’ve had a lot of questions this week about Valentine’s Day and safe snacking. Here are some quick ideas incase you are still out and about – although by gaguing social media, many of us celebrated Valentine’s this past weekend already 🙂 Hope these tips help you have some fun this week.

Tonight we’re working on Valentine classroom cards and mailboxes 🙂 HOW FUN!

Target has some great finds:

  1. Valentine Oreos
  2. Mini Fruit Roll-Up (these were in the entry way at all targets i have been to)
  3. Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  4. Annies Fruit Snacks
  5. Fruit By the Foot
  6. Goldfish Valentine’s Packs
  7. YumEarth Fruitsnacks and Suckers
  8. Mini Bubbles (non-candy)
  9. Pencils (non-candy
  10. Hershey Kiss – Classic Bag
  11. Heart-shaped York Peppermint Patties

For the Chocolate lovers in your life, we ALWAYS recommend Vermont Nutfree. Watch our IG Live Stories this week, we’ll be unwrapping our first truffle box from them 🙂 If you’re baking in a nut-free kitchen, keep in mind the Enjoy Life chocolate!

With love and light,

Nutfreemom