Homemade Brownie Larabars

Do you eat Larabars?
They are made only with fruit and nuts.  And my favorites, of course, contain chocolate.  When I saw this post over at Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  I found a large container of dates at Sam’s Club the other day, and decided it was time.

Homemade Brownie Larabars

from CCK
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 T cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark cocoa)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)
  • chocolate chips (optional) (of course I used chocolate chips! Ghirardelli 60% chips)
Blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc. Form into bars. (bars are sticky, so I placed in between waxed paper and shaped them into ‘bars’)
Verdict?  They taste just like Larabars!  Wholesome ingredients that are great for an energy boost or quick snack on-the-go.  You can change up the nuts and add different fruits to make your own varieties of bars.

2-ingredient Apple Angel Food Cake

Yes, it can be done! Another tested 2 ingredient recipe that turned out oh so tasty! You may remember that I have already tried the 2 ingredient brownies, which were quite good.  I have also made the 2 ingredient lemon bars, but my pics were lost on my crashed computer.  They were also pretty good. So now….the 2 ingredient apple cake!
SO EASY!

Apple Angel Food Cake

1 can pie filling (any flavor, I used apple)
1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix
nuts (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix can of pie filling with dry cake mix. {No other ingredients}
  • Stir until blended.
  • Pour in a greased/sprayed 9×13 baking dish.
  • Top with walnuts if desired – making this a THREE ingredient cake 🙂
  • Bake at 350 until done. *I saw on a pin somewhere that it should be baked for 20 minutes.  This was not long enough in my oven.  It took at least 25-30, and the middle of mine still wasn’t done, and my oven usually cooks faster than the recommended times.  Next time I will def. cook it longer and make sure to check the center.  Mine also ‘deflated’ by the next day, but that could also be because I didn’t cook it long enough.  However, the flavor was really good, especially since I was craving something sweet like a mad woman.
This is a great little recipe to have tucked away when you need to throw something together in a hurry, looking for something low fat (definitely not low in sugar however), or just have a sugar craving.  You can use any flavor pie filling you want, so you can make lots of variations.  I have also found a ‘no sugar added’ pie filling, so that would cut down on the calories as well.  Now, if I could just find a chocolate recipe with no sugar, no carbs, no fat, but full flavor.  Yes, it IS nice in my dream world, haha.
I’m linking this up with Carole’s Chatter for Food on Fridays

Banana Ice Cream with Oreos

Yesterday I posted this pic –

and asked if anyone could guess what it is.
On Facebook I had a guess of “maybe a smoothie of some sort? With blueberries and chocolate??”
 
Excellent guess, but it was actually
Yes, once again, I have taken something perfectly healthy and uhh….de-healthified it?
oops. my bad.
My kids wanted a treat, and I had frozen bananas on the brain since having an email conversation with another blogger who is preggars, and ‘enjoying’ all the crazy food obsessions and repulsions that come along with pregnancy. And yes, that conversation included the healthy banana.
For whatever reason, I had Oreos in my house.  Which is such a NO.NO.  Since I have absolutely zero will power.  Anyways, I decided I would take the bananas we had in the freezer, blend them up and toss in a few Oreos.
My kids thought it was a delicious, decadent treat!

Oreo Banana Ice Cream

 I used 3 frozen bananas
4 or 6 Oreos (sorry, can’t remember!)
1/2 T. cocoa (mainly for color – my kids eat anything chocolate)
and had enough to fill 3 ice cream cones, plus some leftover!
**Don’t throw away those over ripe bananas, just peel and stick in the freezer in a freezer bag.  Then you can enjoy ‘ice cream’ whenever the mood strikes.  Leave out the Oreos, and it can be completely guilt free!