Maple Glazed Pear Chips

pear-chipsI have a confession: I’m a snack-a-holic. I’m constantly looking for new tasty (and healthy) things to munch on and recently I’ve discovered fruit chips. They’re crispy, slightly sweet and completely customizable. For example, if you don’t have maple syrup, try agave or honey? Maybe a sprinkling of vanilla powder or cardamom?

I used a dehydrator to make these, but an oven on the lowest setting will work just as well. To keep things hassle free in the oven, use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper. Continue reading “Maple Glazed Pear Chips”

Banana Bread Chips

banana-chips1I had to call these “Banana Bread” chips, because calling them just “banana chips” would be doing them a disservice. I’ve had store-bought banana chips before and they were…ok, so I was totally amazed when I tried these and they tasted exactly like homemade banana bread with lemon glaze.

These are easy to make, there’s no sugar required and they vanish with shocking speed. 😀  I meant to bring some to work to get other people’s opinions… but they just didn’t last that long. Apologies to my co-workers – you guys missed out. 😉

I used a dehydrator to make these, but an oven on the lowest setting will work just as well. To keep things hassle free in the oven, use a silicon baking sheet or parchment paper.

 

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No-Bake Lemon Coconut Squares

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About 100 calories for 3 squares

 

These were a huge hit and I’m definitely going to make them again and again and again… (and again). They’re slightly tart, a little sweet, and take about 10 minutes to make a batch. They’re also healthy, but don’t tell anyone!  😉

Perfect for lunch snacks!

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Easy Santa Fe Dip

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I didn’t plan to make this dish this week, but it’s the holidays and these things kinda happen.  This morning my husband asked me to make something for a pot luck tomorrow.  After giving him the glare-of-death for the less than 24 hours notice, I pulled out one of my easiest quick-n-easy standby recipes and gave my now incinerated husband a grocery list.  My logic was that if the glare didn’t teach him a lesson, maybe the holiday crowds would.  😉

This is always a favourite at pot lucks.  It’s creamy, salty and even a little spicy if you’d like it that way.  Serve with corn chips. Continue reading “Easy Santa Fe Dip”

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal-cookiesI absolutely love these.  They’re so fast to make, they taste great, they’re healthy and they’re an easy grab-n-go snack.  They’re based on the principle of “power balls“, but lower calories and easier to do.  (I cheat and just cut these into 24 squares instead of rolling them into individual balls).

Once you figure out the general process & texture, you can vary the recipe as desired.  Replace the cocoa with sesame seeds?  Use orange juice instead of water?  Cranberries, dried apples or dates instead of raisins?  Add cinnamon, cardamom and/or nutmeg?  One serving is 3 “cookies”.  Bet they don’t last long! Continue reading “No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies”