No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bars

Spiced to perfection, I am so excited to share this easy-to-make, No-Bake Spiced Cheesecake Bar recipe. Combine fresh orange zest with the delicious crunch of a Coconut Chia Granola crust in these cheesecake bars made with Nature’s Path Chia Plus™ Coconut Chia Granola. It’s my latest granola crush with 5 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving with the addition of the superfood, chia seeds! It works fabulous in the curst of this bar recipe! Add a little more zest to the top if you’re in love with the burst of citrus flavor in these bars (I am). This is what I will be making this week for some holiday parties and get togethers. I made this for some friends, and they loved them! Enjoy for holiday gifts, Christmas or Hanukkah dessert. Here’s the nutrition information so serve your guests and friends a healthier holiday treat.

Calories per serving: 152

Fat 11g

Cholesterol 31mg

Sodium 79mg

Carbohydrates 12g

Fibre 0.5g

Sugar 9.5g

Protein 3.5g

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Your family and friends will be so so excited when you share these tasty treats! Beautifully delicious Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic gift, and guests will love them. The maple crunch packs a flavorful punch, and these cookies become a delicious addition to your go-to holiday recipes. For added indulgence, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool. These are made with Nature Path’s Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal (which my kids and I love). These crowed-pleasing treats are so yummy I strongly suggest keeping a few for yourself! Check out how low in calorie there are too!

Calories per serving: 116, Fat 8g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 8mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6.5g, Protein 1.5g

Game Day Sugar Cookie Recipe

Game Day Sugar Cookies

Tailgate season is here, and my daughter, Leigh and I decided to make some Game Day Sugar Cookie Recipe yesterday in time for the Alabama, Auburn and the Oregon game. I admit it. She did 99.9% of the work, and these came out great! This recipe is super easy. You can make this sugar cookie dough the night before. Just remove from the refrigerator, take the chill of while you preheat the oven and roll and cut them out the next day. Leigh also took this photo on my camera so I have to give her all the credit. These are perfect for all tailgating and football parties whether you’re watching the game or headed to your own children’s sporting event. Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead! Thank you Leigh! 🙂

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

It’s back to school season, and we are trying to be super healthy! Treat your kids, their friends, the class, and/or  the teachers to a new cookie recipe from House Foods Tofu. These Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are made by combining House Foods Organic or Premium Tofu Soft with old fashion oats and raisins. If you are not a fan of raisins, you can substitute coconut (just substitute equal amounts of coconut for the raisins). You can also add chocolate chips if you like (just stir in chocolate chips after the batter is combined). America’s leading tofu purveyor since 1983, House Foods Tofu is my favorite tofu choice. This recipe helps make the transition of back-to-school simpler and so much healthier. Enjoy these cookies for dessert, after school snacks or even for breakfast.

Tofu Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

 

Turtle Cookies

I know I say it often, but my daughter, Leigh, is an amazing girl. No new task is too much of a challenge for her, and she is becoming quite the cook and baker. She recently found this recipe for Turtle Cookies on Pinterest from the Pixelated Crumb, and she had to make them. I admit that I helped her a bit, but these came out incredible. She said, “These taste like a chocolate lava cake” while they were warm, and she was correct. The caramel makes this cookie even better. OMG! We both agreed (as well as my two boys) that these are some of the best cookies we have had in a long time. Thank you Leigh for this fantastic cookie recipe find!

Holiday Cookie Mix in a Jar

There’s only one more week until Christmas, and if you need some last minute gift ideas, how about a Holiday Cookie Mix in a jar? This is really easy and fun activity to do with the kids, and everyone loves a homemade gift. My daughter, Leigh, put together most of these for me, and she had a blast! All you need is a few simple baking ingredients and a jar, and you can make a budget-friendly holiday gift for neighbors, teachers or anyone on your list. Happy holidays!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Who is invited to a Christmas Cookie Swap or is in the baking mood? My daughter, Leigh and I made this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, and we have been craving them ever since. These are the classic Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies, and they make a great holiday food gift or cookies to leave out for Santa. Feel free to use dark chocolate chips and add nuts if you wish.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe with a Twist


This past weekend I had the craving to make homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. I asked my friend, Nancy, “What is your latest favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe? She told me that she takes any favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and she adds cinnamon to it. My daughter, Leigh and I headed to the kitchen and made five dozen of these Chocolate Chip Cookies. We were invited to a football party that day so we brought a few dozen. Our friends later texted me that zero were left. I used the famous Nestle Tollhouse recipe and added one teaspoon cinnamon and that was it. How easy is that? They were moist, soft and even better the next day. Try this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with a a little twist!

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend, Amy, sent me this recipe, and it has to be one of the easiest cookie recipes I have tried. Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies are so quick to prepare, and they’re truly divine. This is one of those recipes that just becomes a staple, and you keep making all of the time. They remind me of a crinkle cookie, but the mixture of semisweet chocolate morsels and chopped chocolate makes a gooey, chocolate combination. You can substitute dark chocolate for the semisweet for added health benefits such as heart health, weight loss, mood boosting, and others. Just enjoy them with a glass of milk.

No-Bake Dog Treats: For People Too

When Birmingham Magazine asked me for some dog treats for my monthly food column, I wasn’t sure what to do. Honestly, this is not my area of expertise. I contacted our wonderful veterinarian, Andy, and I asked him to name a couple of ingredients which I could use to develop a cookie that would be good for dogs. I created these No-Bake Dog Treats which are great for people too. These came out fabulous, and my dog, Latte, loved every one of them. Note: For overweight dogs, these should be a “splurge” snack.