No Bake Trail Mix Bites

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I saw this recipe in the May 2015 Rachael Ray Magazine. I immediately knew this would be something my daughter would love doing with me and I had almost everything I needed to make them. Who doesn’t love a healthy no bake treat!

The original recipe called for peanuts, but I didn’t have them, so I subbed almonds instead. You could also sub a different nut butter or a different dried fruit.

Ruby and her friend had fun helping dump the ingredients into the food processor and rolling them in the coconut. They wouldn’t even look up for a picture!

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You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 toasted wheat germ (usually found with the cereal at the store)
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.

Pour into a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips and cranberries.

Roll into balls and then roll the balls in the shredded coconut. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Buon appetito!




Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ok, so we’re back! I have missed y’all! For those of you who don’t know, I’m 21 weeks pregnant. I’m finally past the point where food doesn’t sound good and I have a little bit more time now to get back to my blog.

Each year my husband and I like to do some sort of homemade gift for Christmas. Whether it’s brownies, biscotti, or this vanilla – it just makes it more personal. We did this two years ago – and I know what you’re thinking, uh…Christmas is over! Yes, but I wanted to share this with you because now that I’ve used this vanilla, I don’t know if I can ever go back to the store bought stuff!

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