Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party Fun!

Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party

Are you looking for a healthy snack for Easter party fun?

These bunny cups are a nice alternative to all the sweets and treats that pop up this time of year.

Layered in a glass cup, this snack is supposed to resemble the “dirt” dessert that is so popular. Instead of layering chocolate pudding and chocolate cookies, this “dirt” is made from healthy hummus with a layer of ground nuts.

I like to make my hummus from scratch, and have linked to my favorite recipe. If you are strapped for time, just pick up a tub from the grocery store.

Bunny Cup Ingredients:

1 recipe zucchini hummus or a 7 ounce container purchased hummus
1 package organic baby carrots
1 cup finely ground almonds
Celery leaves

Directions:

  1. Using a spoon, fill a clear cup with hummus.
  2. Use a spoon to shake a layer of ground almonds over the top of the hummus.
  3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
  4. Carrot with hole in top for bunny cup recipe

  5. Careful fill the hole with a small bit of hummus. Then, stuff the carrot hole with a celery leaf. (This step is optional)
  6. Celery Leaf in Baby Carrot

  7. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite whole grain chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

The size of your glasses will determine how many bunny cups this recipe makes.

Make sure to serve with additional baby carrots since the dipping is so much fun!

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The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe

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The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins

This Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe is one of my family’s favorite recipes. Packed with sweet and juicy fruit and made with whole wheat flour, these muffins are a healthy treat I love to bake for an after school treat.

The secret to a muffin that is actually good for you is to start with fresh and wholesome ingredients.

Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins Ingredients

While this recipe is a whole wheat muffin recipe, you don’t want to use all whole wheat flour in your recipe. A blend of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached organic all purpose flour will add the health benefits of whole wheat flour but it won’t weigh your muffin down.

If you are making this recipe in winter, it is perfectly alright to use frozen fruit. In fact, it will probably be cheaper. There’s no need to defrost the berries first, just stir them in!

I like to keep my freezer stocked with frozen fruit at all times. You never know when the mood for a muffin will strike. Be prepared for muffin attacks is my motto.

Since this is a recipe I make frequently for my family, I knew it was the perfect recipe to try with MELT® Organic Rich & Creamy Spread. MELT® Organic is a line of luscious, organic spreads made from healthy oils for butter lovers seeking a much healthier alternative, available in Rich & Creamy (original), Honey, and NEW Chocolate.

What appeals to me about MELT Organic is it is made from the Perfect Blend of “good fats” like Virgin Coconut and Flax Seed oils.

It also is a product I can feel good about using. It is Non-GMO certified, organic, and sources fair trade ingredients.

Melt Rich and Creamy Melts Like Butter

As you can see, MELT Organic melts just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories.

But could MELT Organic pass my family’s taste test in one of their very favorite recipes?

The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Melt Organic Rich & Creamy, melted
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Pour milk, eggs, and Melt into well and stir until well blended. Fold in blueberries, strawberries, and cherries.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each, three quarters full.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/cherry-berry-whole-wheat-muffin-recipe/

Our Cherry Berry Muffins turned out beautifully and not one family member asked if there was something different about this batch of muffins. In fact, all they asked is if they could please have another one.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MELT Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls {Without Corn Syrup!}

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls Made Without Corn Syrup

Did you know you can make popcorn balls without corn syrup?

All natural honey acts as the sweetener and binder in these sweet and spicy popcorn balls.

I’m not kidding when I call these sweet and spicy. They start out sweet and innocent but then they hit you. BANG! Sooooo good and spicy!

Of course, if you don’t enjoy that much spice, you can add less. Or leave it out all together and just have sweet popcorn balls.

But for those of us that love spicy food, these don’t disappoint!

Two things to remember when making these:

1. Make sure there are no popcorn kernels left in your popcorn. They will kill your teeth if they get made into a popcorn ball.

2. Pack your popcorn balls together just like you would a snowball. You’d be surprised at how much pressure you can apply when forming a ball.

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls

Sweet and Spicy Popcorn Balls {Without Corn Syrup!}

Ingredients

  • 6 cups popped organic popcorn
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together honey, olive oil, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Pour over popcorn and stir gently to coat.
  3. Bake popcorn for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and toss popcorn to evenly coat with melted honey.
  4. Bake 10 more minutes and stir again. Bake a final 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before forming 6 evenly sized popcorn balls.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/sweet-and-spicy-popcorn-balls-without-corn-syrup/

Once you’ve made the basic recipe, play around with the spices you add. One time I made these with cumin and cayenne pepper. It was the perfect Southwest combination!

What other spice combinations would you use?

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Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

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Have you purchased Silk Almond Blends before?

One of the diet changes we’ve made in our house is to look for foods with protein that are not animal based. Which is why we’ve been purchasing more almond milk. Almond milk protein is the perfect substitute when trying to cut back on animal consumption.

Since Silk AlmondMilk with Protein and Fiber has both 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, I find it makes for a perfect post-workout recovery food.

My husband is training for a half marathon, my daughter is doing her cross country summer work-out runs, and my other daughter has summer volleyball practice.

When they get home from their training, they are hot, tired, and in the mood for something refreshing. I’ve come up with these Black Forest Protein popsicles as a way to cool them down and give them a post-workout protein boost.

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One thing you’ll notice about the almondmilk is it’s creamy consistency. It makes these popsicles nice and creamy – more like a fudgesicle!

These popsicles are so easy to make and only require a few healthy ingredients.

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Black Forest Protein Popsicles: Almond Milk Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Silk Almondmilk with Protein and Fiber
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen sweet dark cherries
  • 1/4 cup fair trade cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
  3. Once frozen, enjoy!
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/black-forest-protein-popsicles-almond-milk-recipe/

This recipe makes between 6 and 8 popsicles, depending on your popsicle molds.

Of course, if you don’t have the patience to freeze these, drink it as a smoothie! It will still be cold and refreshing.

Finally, all you need to do is enjoy a healthy treat on a hot summery day.

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Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Amazingly Delicious Whole Grain Brownies

I can’t wait to share with you the recipe for these amazingly delicious whole-grain brownies.

Cooking with whole wheat flour can be tricky. It’s heavy taste doesn’t always lend itself well to desserts. So if you are serving a whole grain dessert to what we call a “White Bread Eater,” they can immediately detect that something about the dessert resembles a health food.

This recipe can deceive anyone into thinking it is just a brownie recipe. It is that tasty!

I know that nothing seems easier than making brownies out of a box. But I think you’ll find these brownies take about the same amount of time to whip up, and the results are better than boxed.

About the optional add-ins. I personally feel nuts have no place in brownies. However, if you disagree, you are welcome to add them. You’d be wrong. But you can add them. ;)

A quick note about the butter. If you are vegan, or need a dairy substitute, you can use an equal amount of melted coconut oil with the same delicious results.

Amazingly Delicious Whole-Grain Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional:
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease an 8x8x2 inch pan.
  3. Stir together eggs and melted butter.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and vanilla.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  6. Start by adding the eggs and butter to the flour mixture. Next, stir in the sugar mixture. Stir just until all ingredients are moist. Batter will be stiff.
  7. If you are adding nuts or coconut flakes, carefully stir them in.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  9. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/amazingly-delicious-whole-grain-brownies/

Do you like nuts in your brownies?

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How to Make Deviled Eggs

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Do you know how to make deviled eggs? They are such a quick and easy whole food snack. And this recipe is near impossible to mess up.

There are many variations of deviled egg recipes. This one is a classic. It calls for a combination of mayo, mustard and chives.

If you wish, you can substitute an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for the mayo. I find I can eat so many of these, that lightening them up with Greek yogurt isn’t always a bad thing.

By the way, I’ve never been able to pipe the filling into the egg white. If you have that talent, it does make for a pretty presentation. However, I find a few shakes of paprika and a few chopped chives can cover up my lack of piping skills!

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 12 hard boiled eggs, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mayo or may substitute Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, finely chopped
  • optional: paprika

Instructions

  1. Remove egg yolks from eggs.
  2. In a bowl, mash together egg yolks, mayo, salt, and mustard.
  3. Stir in chives and shallots.
  4. Place egg whites on a platter. Use a 1 teaspoon scoop to put yolk mixture into hollows of egg whites.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle eggs with paprika and additional chopped chives
  6. If you prefer a fancier presentation, use a piping bag and pipe filling into egg white hollows.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/how-to-make-deviled-eggs/

Do you ever serve deviled eggs for a snack? They are excellent for an after school snack. Serve them on days when your kiddos have sports practice, and fill them up without weighing them down.

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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

It is impossible to resist a warm muffin straight out of the oven.

Therein lies the beauty of this raspberry chocolate chip whole grain muffin recipe.

You can keep this batter in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Bake only the amount of muffins you will eat hot, fresh out of the oven. Then keep the rest of the batter for the next day. And once again enjoy hot, fresh muffins straight out of the oven.

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Whole Grain Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Grease a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the two flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. On slow, beat in sour cream and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl.
  5. Once sour cream is well incorporated, add the dry ingredients and beat on low until the batter is smooth.
  6. Mix the raspberries and chocolate chips in by hand.
  7. Refrigerate for at least one hour. At this point, may be refrigerated for up to 4 days.
  8. Preheat oven to 400.
  9. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake muffins for 22 to 26 minutes.
http://thegreenbacksgal.com/raspberry-chocolate-chip-whole-grain-muffin-recipe/

Raspberries and chocolate chips are only one flavor combination you can use in this recipe. Try skipping the chocolate chips and using raspberries and blueberries. Or try all blueberries and add some lemon zest.

If you come up with a winning combination, let us know!

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