real food. real life.
Oh my, March is almost over!
Where did that month go?
Oh right. School info sessions. Accounting meetings. Lawyer contracts. Tours, meet n' greets, interviews, media releases - School, school, school! That has become my life. But don't get me wrong - I'M NOT COMPLAINING! Just a lot busier than I used to be. But all for good reason. Opening a school!?!? Still sounds a bit strange, but I'm getting used to saying it now. Getting to make all the decisions for something you truly believe in is time consuming, but pretty freakin' AMAZING, I must say. Follow your dream folks!!
Oh, and did I mention before our kiddos will learn how to cook!? And how to grow food!? And how to read ingredients?! How to take charge in the kitchen and put down that box of KD?! I'm beyond excited!
Oh yeah, and I'm still home with Hannah during the days. So that, too, has made the time go by quickly I suppose. :) Being bossed around by a toddler all day, while keeping the house as ship shape as possible sure does take up my time, as well!
I have made it a mission to still post a new recipe at least once a month, despite the business of life getting in the way. There was a few good meals and snacks that I snapped pics of in March that I was thinking of posting (might post someday!) but today's recipe was literally just made yesterday, with leftovers still in the fridge. It was so simple, and pretty tasty, that I felt it would be a great one to post for March. Especially since we're now into spring, and most people are running out of ideas for snacks for the kids, or things to make breakfast a touch more exciting in the mornings.
We hosted a couple Easter brunches this past weekend, which got me thinking of 'breakfast-y treats' I could make that didn't include mini eggs or chocolate bunnies. The amount of processed chocolate that came through our house was unsettling for me, to say the least, so I needed a pick me up! Why does every holiday need to include such junky foods? Sorry Hannah, next year will be different. No chocolate hangover meltdowns.
So here we are. I give you a delightful breakfast treat that is healthy, using simple pantry ingredients. No processed overloads.
I don't know. Names are always a bit tricky. But this one is a simple one. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Breakfast on the go, snacks for the lunch box, after school treat, dessert? Versatility, too - switch up the nut/seed butter or sweetener of choice. Happy Healthy eating all!
Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bites
Total Time: 5 minutes Prep + 30+ minutes in the refrigerator
2 cups oats
1 tbsp chia seeds (and/or flax seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup nut/seed butter of choice (I used natural peanut butter in this batch)
1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup grated apple (I used a Granny Smith and a Honey Crisp)
What to do:
1) In a small bowl, combine oats, seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
2) In another medium-ish bowl, combine nut/seed butter, honey/maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth and consistent.
3) Using a combination of a super awesome spatula and your hands, combine the oat mixture with the nut/seed butter mixture until evenly combined. Then add in the grated apple. Mix again, with hands most likely, until evenly combined.
4) Form into balls and put in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. They are a delicious treat for breakfast on the go, snacks, dessert, etc! And they smell yummy, too! They should last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
We really cooked these things. From scratch. On weeknights. And we even had time to do the dishes.
They have real, simple ingredients that you'll find in your cupboards. They're healthy and delicious. No lies.
Thanks for reading. Leave a comment below!
Here's a pic of me and my babies. Just because.
A Bit About Me...