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Nutella banana granola bars

nutella-banana granola bars

Every spring I wake up one day, and decide it’s enough: enough of artificial sugar, enough of comfort food on repeat, and enough of store-bought snacs! And this year is no different: last week, when the sun have finally appeared, an first tiny leaves started blooming, I realized it’s time to get back on track, and my first decision was to make these healthy and delicious, Nutella and banana granola bars! Now, I know what you must be thinking now: Nutella isn’t really healthy! Well, I’m just using a tiny bit of it, and believe me, it makes all the difference in the world!

And I just love having these on hand, they are really filling so they stop me from over smacking too!

Also, these granola bars are full of chia seeds and oats and have zero added sugar or fat! And of course, if you’d like them to be 100% sugar free, just skip the Nutella !

nutella-banana granola bars

All you need:

2 ripe bananas
1 cup oat meal
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup nutella
1 table spoon coca powder

Mix it all well together, and pour over a baking sheet covered with wax baking paper. Bake for around 15 minutes on 350 F, and let cool completely. Once cooled down, you can add a bit of Nutella “icing”on top!( I usually put a spoon in a small zip bag, cut off the top, and then decorate it as if it was a cake!

They are perfect to freeze for later, eat on the go, or wrap up as a little gift. Or even as an easy breakfasts for those busy mornings! And my kids kept asking for more!

nutella-banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

nutella banana granola bars

This recipe is for around 10 bars, so I suggest you making a double batch, you’ll thank me later! You can even add chocolate chips, nuts or dried cranberries! Enjoy!

Healthy and easy nutella and banana granola bars

Easy matcha brownies

easy and delicious, matcha brownies that are too good not to share!

I’m a huge fan of brownies, and I think there’s nothing better for warming up on the cold winter day, then indulging a little in a chocolaty and comforting brownie slice, accompanied by your favorite hot mug of tea. And recently I discovered matcha green tea, with its distinctive taste and amazing health benefits. So it’s only logical that I have decided to put these two flavors together!

And if you don’t know matcha tea yet, then all you need to know is that its a finely grounded powder of specially grown and processed tea, that is high in antioxidants, enhances calm, boosts memory and concentration and fortifies the immune system! Now, I think this is enough reasons to try it, am I right?

So, this is rather an adult type of cake, with its slightly bitter matcha taste. Though one of my daughters still loved it, and actually was fascinated by its green color! But other one of my daughters not so much .. So I guess it’s best to make it for your adult friends, and not necessary for your kid’s birthday party!

matcha brownies

matcha brownies, easy and so yummy!!

All you need:

– 1/2 cup canola oil
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
– 3 eggs ( separated yolks from whites)
– 2/3 cup flour
– 1 cup dark chocolate chips ( melted)

– matcha green tea

Beat up the egg whites in a mixer, and set aside.

In a standing mixer combine together sugar, oil, vanilla essence and egg yolks. Add melted chocolate and then add flour. Once it’s all well blended, add slowly egg whites.

Pour on a prepared baking sheet, and bake on 350F for around 20-25 minutes. Don’t over bake!

Let your brownie cool down completely, and then dust them with matcha green tea. Don’t use too much of it though, as it can be too bitter!

matcha brownies, so yummy and easy !

Enjoy with a big mug of hot tea and a couple of good friends!

Overnight maple chia oats

Overnight maple chia oats, simple and healthy breakfast, kids approved!

You know what I love about Mondays? The overnight maple oatmeal chia pudding waiting for me in the fridge! It’s my secret for those busy mornings when everyone slept a bit too long and nobody is in the good mood. And since it’s both a heathy and easy breakfast, as a super yummy one, I think it’s a win-win for everyone!

Now, you can keep it simple, or make it more fancy by adding some fresh ( or frozen) fruits and some granola for that extra crunch ( you can click here to see my home-made granola, that once crushed in pieces is really delicious with this maple chia oats! ) or you can use a bit of a store-bought one. I won’t judge you!

Also, my portion is big enough to feed two small kids and two adults two days in a row (since these maple chia oats are very fridge friendly, and can be kept on hand for up to four days!) I simply heat it in the microwave and serve.

Overnight maple chia oats

Overnight maple chia oats

What you’ll need:

2 cups of oats
1 cup chia seeds
2 table-spoon maple syrup

4 cups milk (can be almond!)

1 cup fruits ( mix berries, fresh or frozen, or apple and pear chunks)
1 cup granola

In a bowl, mix together chia and oatmeal. Take two medium mason jars and fill them with the chia-oatmeal mix. Add equal amount of milk and maple syrup. stir, and cover with fruits. Leave to refrigerate overnight. In the morning (after heating up) add a bit of granola for that extra crunch!

Overnight maple chia oats

And some days, if I have still some chia oatmeal left on the third day, I’d use it as a base for a fruit and oat smoothie!( Just add more fruits, a bit of milk or yogurt and blend together in a blender!)

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as me and my family does!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with pecan crust and peppermint topping, amazing and so easy to make festive dessert!

Festive gatherings call for delicious desserts, and what’s better than a rich chocolate cheesecake with a pecan crust, a dollop of whipped cream, and a topping of chocolate fudge cookie and a peppermint candy? I can’t imagine anything better than this!

And, you’ll love the fact that this treat is actuality an easy to put together, no bake chocolate cheesecake! So you don’t really need to worry about your oven space while preparing the holiday roast! And you can even prepare it a day ahead!

I guarantee you that everyone will love these treats! My family can’t get enough of them!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

Also, you can get all of the indigence at Giant Tiger , at store or on-line, and turn this recipe in to a budget-friendly one! Now that’s what I call a win-win!

No bake chocolate cheesecake

What you’ll need:

For the pecan crust:

– 1 cup graham crumbs

– 1 table-spoon soft butter or margarine

– 1/2 cup of pecans

– 1 teaspoon honey

For the chocolate cheesecake filling:

– 1 1/2 packages of cream cheese ( softened)

– 1 1/2 cups of melted chocolate chips

– 1 table-spoon of honey

– 2/3 cup sugar

For the topping:

– 1 cup whipping cream

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– crushed peppermint candy

– chocolate fudge cookies

Start by mixing together graham crumbs with soft butter, and then add crushed pecans. Press to the bottom of your serving bowls, and set aside.

Now mix together softened cream cheese with sugar. Melt chocolate and pour in and mix together slowly. Add honey, mix until it’s all smooth, and pour on to the pecan graham crust.

No bake chocolate cheesecake

For the topping:

Whip the cream, and add a dollop of it on top of the chocolate cheesecake filling. You can make bigger and smaller serving options like I did, and in the bigger ones you can add a chocolate fudge cookie on top of the chocolate filing and just then top it with the whipped cream layer.

Crush peppermint candy, and sparkle a bit. Or a lot. Oh and add a peppermint candy cane too, it’ll feel even more festive !

Now cut chocolate fudge cookies in half, and add them on top. And here it is, your no bake chocolate cheesecake is all ready to serve! You can devour it right away, or chill a bit before serving.

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

No bake chocolate cheesecake , with peppermint topping and pecan crust, amazing simple holiday treat!

This dessert is a holiday favorite of mine, and I’m so exited to share it with you too! Enjoy!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Giant Tiger all opinions remain my own.

Peppermint and white chocolate sugar cookie

Peppermint and white chocolate sugar cookie

Who doesn’t like some delicious festive cookies to munch on, while dressing up the Christmas tree? Or organizing a cookie swap party? Or gifting friends and family with a batch of home-made goodness? Nobody, right? So today I have these Peppermint and White Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe for you, perfect for all of the above! Although, it’s more of a cookie hack to be honest.

Of course, the best sort of cookies, are the ones that only grandma used to make – because of course noting is as good as an old family recipe passed through generations of passionate bakers!

Except, that we don’t always have time to make that big batch of perfect home-made cookies. All the cutting and baking is definitely fun, but sometimes between work and home it’s just not happening.

So with this cookie hack, nobody will know you didn’t actually bake these cookies. Or you can tell them the truth, and I’m sure everyone will still love these! Because these melting in your mouth shortbread cookies, mixed with sweetness of white chocolate and the crunch of the peppermint candy cane, are simply delicious!

And it’s a perfect treat for a snowy day, and one of my families favorite too. You can even involve the kids in making these, they’ll be great little helpers! My daughters loved dipping them in white chocolate and sneaking some right away!

Peppermint and white chocolate sugar cookie

Oh, and you can even prepare them ahead of time, and freeze them for up to a month!

You can get the Peppermint and white chocolate sugar cookie recipe in our Hello Holiday Christmas Lookbook, here! It’s an on-line book full of festive ideas, DIY’s recipes and life hacks, all prepared especially for the holiday season!

And don’t forget to make a double batch, as they tend to disappear pretty fast!

<em>Second photo in this post was captured by <a href=”http://www.donnagriffith.com/&#8221; target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Donna Griffith</a>.</em>

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Easy and puffy soft sugar cookies recipe , so delicious and uncomplicated!  And once frosted with this vanilla cream cheese frosting, they simply melt  in your mouth!

What I love the most about winter weekends, is that we can stay in our pajamas all day and bake cookies together. And one of my favorite recipes is this one here, for perfectly puffy and delicious holiday soft sugar cookies!

These cookies are melting in your mouth, so easy to make, and frosted with delicious and simple vanilla cream cheese frosting! Pure winter perfection, if you ask me!

And, I really find that cold mornings are meant to be spent in comfy and cozy onesies while making a mess in the kitchen with kids. And my both daughters, they just love helping me with baking! I let them mix all the dry ingredients together, and then they choose their cookie cutters. And let me tell you, we have a real collection of cookie cutters now : forest animals, Xmas trees and snowman, little hearts and geometric shapes! But for little hands it’s easier to operate smaller cookie cutters, so we stick to these mostly.

And while the weather outside might be dreadful and cold, I make sure we’re cozy and warm, in our winter fleece pajamas, onesies and cozy winter slippers from Giant Tiger. Actually my girls love their onesies so much they want to wear theirs all day, and not only in the morning! ( And they might have been wearing their onesies to groceries the other day.. But I don’t blame them, they’re so cozy and soft!) While me, I love to have some soft flannel pyjama pants and micro polar on me, and yes, I love winter prints too! Having some nice pj’s and slippers make getting up early on weekends a bit easier! ( because #momlife! )

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

So while we’re all cozy and warm, we make cookies and listen to Xmas songs, because that really makes everything more cheerful!

And here’s what you’ll need to make your soft sugar cookies:

For the Holiday Soft Sugar Cookies:

– 2 cups sugar
– 1 cup softened butter
– 3 eggs
– 9 teaspoons of milk
– pinch of salt
– 5 cups flour
-5 teaspoons baking powder

For the Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:

– cream cheese package
– 1 1/4 cup sugar
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– drop of food coloring

Preparation:

Mix the dry ingredients separately in a bowl. In a mixer, combine softened butter, eggs sugar and milk. Once all is well blended, add dry ingredients. Mix slowly together. Divide the dough in two. ( Since it’s a recipe for at least two big sheets of cookies, I usually work with first batch while the other half of my dough refrigerates. You can keep in a fridge for up two 2 days, if you feel like finishing your cookies a bit later.)

Roll and cut! Have fun with shapes, or use a glass to cut out simple circles like my grandmother used to do!

Once they are ready bake, set your oven for 350F and bake for around 10 minutes. If you want them to be really soft and puffy they can’t get brown! Not even a little!

Prepare vanilla cream cheese frosting: Mix all the ingredients in a mixer, and blend well together. Add a drop of food coloring.

Let them cool down completely before frosting.

Frosting hack: use a small zip bag, fill it with frosting, cut a tiny hole, and then frost!

vanilla cream cheese frosting

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies

Holiday soft sugar cookies with vanilla cream cheese frosting

holiday soft sugar cookies

And so even though I’m not the biggest fan of cold winter months, I think that as long as we have someone to snuggle and make cookies with, then these Canadian winters of ours are not that bad after all!

Disclosure: this recipe was brought to you by Giant Tiger, all opinions remain my own.

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