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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

This year 2 of my kids (and myself) decided that they wanted to take a *bento* type of lunches to school this year.  One of them is entering 2nd grade and another is a Freshman in High School.  Plus, I decided I wanted to make all lunches  healthier this year.

I have 5 lunches I have to prepair every weekday!  That is a lot of lunches.  I am looking for new, healthy and FUN (who says food can’t be fun) ideas to put in lunches.  So if you have any suggestions please leave a comment.  I love to hear from all of you!

These little gems whip up SUPER quick….and funny enough my WHOLE family loved them.  INCLUDING my very picky 15-year-old son.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats (dry)
1 1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup mini-semi sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup of honey (I use local honey)
2 tsp. vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Through everything into a bowl and stir until completely combine.

2. Refrigerate  “dough” for about 30 minutes.

3.  Roll into balls (about 1 inch in size).  I used a cookie scoop to make it go a little faster and to get more uniform *balls*. Store in an air tight container for about 7 days in fridge.

Notes:

It is not really necessary to refrigerate the dough.  It does make it a little easier to form the balls though if the dough is chilled.

You can add so much to this recipe.  Dried fruits, nuts, flaxseed.  Mini-M& M’s would be fun as well.

The amount of bites you get depend on how big you make them.   I was able to get 50 bites made with my cookie scoop.

~Enjoy!~

Microwave Popcorn-Homemade

So easy.  Such a healthy snack!

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup popping corn (popcorn kernels)
1 brown or white paper bag

Directions:

1.  Place popping corn in paper bag.  Fold over the top of the bag one or two times.

2.  Sit it up in microwave.  Microwave for  2 minutes and 30 seconds to 3 minutes.  Until you do not hear popping within 2 second intervals.

Notes:  You can use a teaspoon of olive oil on the kernels and then place in bag.  You can also season up the popcorn to your liking with anything you want really such as, cinnamon, butter, Garlic powder/salt…..

~Enjoy~!

 

Corn Dog Muffins

Perfect for Pot Lucks, Quick Lunches, and super duper for a kids lunch box!

Kid tested and approved!

Ingredients:

1 (18 oz box) Miracle Maize Corn Bread and Muffin mix OR 2-8.5 ounce packages of corn bread mix (I use Miracle Maize)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
5 hot dogs- Cut into small bit sized pieces
Honey to drizzle

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

2. Combine corn bread mix and brown sugar together.

3.  Combine eggs and milk; stir into dry ingredients until moistened.  Stir in the hot dog pieces (you might want to heat the hot dogs through before cutting them….this is just a personal preference.

4.  Fill Lined muffin cups 3/4 way full.

5.  Drizzle the tops with honey ( this is optional) and then bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Notes:

**You can add mustard, Ketchup (or BBQ sauce as one of my children prefer) to the sides or on top of each muffin.
***You can also add 1 cup of shredded cheese to the mix for added yumminess!

~Enjoy!~

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