Energy Bites

Alright Mommas! I’m always looking for quick but good-for-you snacks for my kiddos. We are also entering the throes of another hockey season. We’ve got two now as Miss Eva decided to join this year. (Lord, have mercy!) That means this momma needs to be ultra-organized and keep those little skaters sustained. I’m always looking for healthy, easy snacks for my kiddos, no matter the season and I thought there was a good chance that you may be looking for the same. Today, I’ve got a sweet and easy recipe to share for homemade, healthy energy bites. My kids love them and I love knowing there are just five simple ingredients!

Energy Bites

  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mini-chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. honey

Mix together in bowl. Use tablespoon cookie scoop and form into balls with hands.

Place in sealable container and store in refrigerator.

Makes approximately 24

Note: You may encounter a scoopful that does not want to be molded properly.  I just squish around, flatten and re-squish in the palm of my hands until it cooperates.


Click here for printable recipe: Energy Bites


Caramel Apple Dip 

It’s autumn in the north woods and I love everything about it! The leaves are spectacular. Leggings and boots are in effect. Warm soups and chilies are back on. Our family celebrates the season with an annual hay ride at my grandparents, complete with potluck dishes and a bonfire. Sometimes, we even throw in a shrimp boil for good measure.

My dear sister Amy is always finding yummy recipes to share at events and a few years ago, she brought this delicious Caramel Apple Dip to our hay ride. I’ve been craving it and decided I had to have it this past weekend.

It is the perfect dish to share at your next fall event! It’s also easy to make and contains 4 simple ingredients, plus your favorite apple for dipping. It reminds me of biting into a big caramel apple as a kid. (Such a treat!) But it has the added bonus of creamy goodness and my favorite Heath candy bar. (So. Much. Toffee. Goodness.) I love the combination of sweet and tart! I use Granny Smith apples but I encourage you to pair with your favorite. Enjoy!

Thanks to Crumbs and Chaos for the perfect fall treat!

Click here to find recipe: Caramel Apple Dip

Bean & Sweet Pepper Salsa

Fresh vegetables are everywhere right now. {cue the alleluia chorus} 😊 There is no better time to enjoy fresh salsa. And if there are any non-tomato lovers (gasp!) out there, this salsa has nary a tomato in it. 😉 

Recently, we spent a week at the the lake and my dear sister came to visit us for a day. She brought this fresh salsa with…and…Oh. My. You guys! It’s so good. Credit goes to Mary Gunderson for sharing the recipe with her. (Thank you Mary!)  Served here with multi-grain scoop chips. And with a cold beer or summer cocktail, even better! {cheers!} 

This requires a bit of chopping, but I usually find that somewhat cathartic. 

Mix together the following:

  • Chopped purple and yellow onion
  • 1/2 each red, yellow, orange peppers
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 can pinto beans ( rinsed)
  • 1 can shoepeg corn 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 bottle tiger sauce 

Tiger sauce was a bit elusive for me at our small town grocer. I used a healthy dose of Cholula original hot sauce (about 1/3 of bottle) and it worked out rather nicely. It’s just the perfect blend of sweet and spicy (and the beans provide some good fiber too!).