I’m back! Sorry for the break, but it’s amazing what a trip to Disneyland and a work-intensive Halloween costume can do to derail a blog. Luckily, we ate well enough that I didn’t miss Buttery Basics too much! But after that Disneyland trip, I could […]
These chocolate chunk bars are an ideal snack. You can tell yourself they’re healthy, because they have fiber and fruit and aren’t some processed junk you got from a vending machine. Yet, at the same time, there’s CHOCOLATE. . . and peanut butter and honey and other yummy things, if you’re into that. Quick breakfast on your way out the door? Grab a chocolate chunk bar. After-school snack? Chunk bar. Your friends or family invited you to an absurdly late dinner and you need something to tide you over? Chocolate chunk bars.
If you’d like to make them more healthy, you can even *gasp* leave the chocolate out. At that point, they would still be a delicious homemade granola bar. So basically, this recipe is for everyone who has ever been hangry. Enjoy!
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 2 cups oats
- 1 cup dried fruit/nuts (cherries, raisins, cranberries, etc.)
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Melt your peanut butter and honey together in a large pot. Remove from heat, add the oats, and stir until well combined. (You may have to add slightly more honey, depending on the size of your oats.)
When your mixture is combined, add your dried fruit/nuts to the mix. Finally, add your chocolate chips. They may begin to melt, which is just fine. Spread the bar mix into a 9″ x 9″ pan, and allow to set in the fridge for at least an hour. Slice into squares. Enjoy with a napkin and a tall glass of milk.
Summer means peach season! I like smelling peaches so much that I always end up buying too many, and need to find new ways to eat them. Baked peaches are especially tasty, and a dessert where you can still feel virtuous for being so healthy.
These baked peaches are as simple as can be. Find a juicy peach, slather it in good spices and butter, and then caramelize to sweet perfection. (Trust me, the slathering is important.) I served my peaches with honey on top, but these would be delicious with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or even a tart cherry jam. Enjoy!
4 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Honey to taste
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, pit the peaches and cut the peaches in half. Arrange the peach halves in a baking dish. Fill the dip in the middle of each peach with butter, and top with brown sugar.
Sprinkle the peaches with cinnamon, and bake until golden and soft (about 7-10 minutes, depending on how ripe the peaches are). Drizzle with honey, and serve warm.