Monkey Munch Chex Mix

To celebrate the rolling of Spring to Summer, I’ve teamed up with Chex cereals to bring you a fun snack that is perfect for road trips and travel! You’ll love this Monkey Munch Chex Mix!

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I adore these warm Spring months. They feel like all of the wonderful celebrations that are to come. There are so many Summer birthdays, graduations, zoo trips, holidays, road trips, long weekends, and fun trips on the horizon! And my favorite part: the food! The grilling, the watermelon, the potato salad, popsicles, handfuls of snack foods while driving across the country!

At the moment I’m celebrating a few big summer activities: Blend Retreat, Memorial Day and the road trips I’ll be taking to visit family.
I’m so excited to go to Blend Retreat later this week. I’ll be gathering with 100 other healthy living bloggers for a weekend of fun and networking. I attended last year and could not pass up the opportunity to go again this year, representing Chex!

After Blend Retreat is Memorial Day weekend, which my husband and I always celebrate with his dad because it usually falls around the same time as his dad’s birthday. I’m ready for the lake and some sunshine and good food!

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I’ll be brining loads of my Monkey Munch Chex Mix to keep my hungry tummy tied over! This Chex Mix is one of my favorite creations. It’s full of peanut butter and bananas, peanuts and popcorn. I love that the popcorn adds lots of volume, so you can eat way more, without adding a ton of calories. I also love that the banana chips give me an excuse to put the “healthy” stamp on this.

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As far as Chex Mixes go, this one is a super simple one. No baking, no mixing of spices. It’s made in a similar way that you’d make Muddy Buddies (or do you call it Puppy Chow?), pouring melted peanut butter and coconut oil over two kinds of Chex cereals. Then I just mix in some more goodies, cover it in powdered sugar, and you’re good to go!

My husband and I ate 2 batches of this stuff, so it’s definitely family-approved! Make a big batch of my Monkey Munch Chex Mix before your next road trip and you’ll have some happy campers in your crew! 

Monkey Munch Chex Mix
Monkey Munch Chex Mix is a fun mix, perfect for summer! Rice Chex and Honey Nut Chex collide with peanut butter, peanuts and banana chips, plumped up with popcorn, and dashed with a touch of sweet powdered sugar. This mix is a fun snack for summer road trips and parties. (makes 8 cups)
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Rice Chex
  2. 3 cups Honey Nut Chex
  3. ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  4. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  5. 4 cups popcorn (air popped or store-bought)
  6. ¾ cup dry roasted peanuts
  7. 1 cup banana chips
  8. ¾ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a very large bowl, combine the Rice Chex and the Honey Nut Chex. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter and coconut oil until completely melted (a minute or so). Stir the peanut butter and coconut oil together, then pour over the cereals. Use a large wooden spoon or silicone spatula to carefully stir it all together, coating the cereal.
  2. Add the popcorn, peanuts and banana chips to the bowl of peanut butter-covered cereal. Add the powdered sugar and stir carefully until everything is well coated (you can use more powdered sugar if you’d like). At this point I like to put the whole bowl in the fridge so it sets up well, but you can just leave it on the counter until the mixture is completely cool and set.
  3. Scoop your Monkey Munch into snack-sized bags for an easy grab and go snack! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Eat Monkey Munch Chex Mix within the week of making. You can store extras in the fridge. Keep in an air-tight container.
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Note: this post was sponsored by Chex cereals. All opinions and content are my own. 

Happy Graduation to my baby Brother! I can’t believe you’re a grown man, college educated, and on your way to worlds of success! I love you. 

Grapefruit Bars

Who needs Lemon Bars when Grapefruit Bars are here?! Indulge your inner citrus-lover with my gluten-free Grapefruit Bars, which are perfect for Spring. 

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I had every intention of sharing this recipe with you on Wednesday. But I’ve been attacked…

By allergies.

I sat there, Tuesday night, eyes so heavy and barely able to focus, that I ended up choosing Married At First Sight over trying to focus on the computer. Wise choice. A friend of mine pointed out that other people’s eyes were probably itchy and shut too so they wouldn’t be reading it anyways. Good point.

Hopefully by now the mixture of essential oils my boss has doused her house with have helped me and I can feel normal again…maybe even get some sleep? Hopefully.

Anyhoodle! So I decided some bright citrus was definitely the way to go to match the beautiful sunshine outside and that disastrous pollen that’s coating everything.

Instead of Lemon Bars though, I’ve opted for some Grapefruit Bars! Because let’s face it, grapefruit is the bomb.

So let’s talk about the ingredients for a hot sec. You’ll probably notice raw sugar and butter and eggs.

  • Butter, I have no qualms there. It makes the base more cookie-like and I’ve actually cut the amount in half by using Greek yogurt too.
  • The eggs help the grapefruit juice become more like a curd when it is baking. Grapefruit curd is the way to go.
  • And that raw sugar. I opted for the clean taste of something as close to white sugar, because I didn’t want to add any caramel-y flavor to the party, which something like coconut sugar or dates would have done. I also significantly cut the amount of sugar down from your typical citrus bar.

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Now, back to sneezing and pretending like I’m enjoying this weather (and wishing I hadn’t chosen to work outside today because now my computer is coated in pollen). 

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Grapefruit Bars
Who needs Lemon Bars when Grapefruit Bars are here?! Indulge your inner citrus-lover with my gluten-free Grapefruit Bars, which are perfect for Spring. (makes an 8x8" pan of bars)
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Base
  1. ¼ cup butter, softened
  2. ¼ cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
  3. ½ cup raw sugar
  4. pinch of salt
  5. ½ cup brown rice flour
  6. ½ cup sorghum flour
  7. ½ Tbs. tapioca starch (or potato or corn)
Grapefruit layer
  1. Juice of 1 large grapefruit (1/3 – ½ cup)
  2. ½ tsp. grapefruit zest
  3. ½ cup raw sugar
  4. 1 Tbs. tapioca starch (or potato or corn)
  5. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Spray and line an 8x8” baking dish with parchment and nonstick spray. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer combine the butter, yogurt and sugar. Beat until smooth and light in color, about 3 minutes. Then add all of your dry ingredients and let them blend until the dough just comes together.
  3. Pour the dough into your prepared baking dish. Press it into an even layer (I sprayed my hands with nonstick spray to make it easier).
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden. Then let the base layer cool and set for 10 minutes. In the meantime, make the grapefruit layer.
  5. In a bowl, combine all of the grapefruit layer ingredients, whisking together well until smooth. Pour this mixture over the base layer. Bake for an extra 15-20 minutes, or until the layer doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan in the oven.
  6. Let the bars cool completely on a wire rack. Use the parchment to help lift the bars out of the pan. Slice, sprinkle with powdered sugar (if you want), and serve! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Bars will keep on the counter for up to 3 days, or in the fridge for a week.
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Fig Macaroon Granola

Fig Macaroon Granola is a crunchy sweet topper for that perfect bowl of yogurt…or for a by-the-handful snack you can’t get enough of. 

  Fig Macaroon Granola // treatswithatwist.com

I’m officially sucked into season 3 of House of Cards at the moment.  And because I don’t have internet at home, I’m fixated on when I’ll get to the next episode. Like a drug! So…I’m at a Starbucks watching it while working at the same time. The lengths we go to.  This being said, please don’t get mad if you catch a few slips in my narrative about granola, because typing “drones” may happen instead of “figs”…

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I realized it had been awhile since I posted a granola recipe! And because I still am making granola every few weeks, I knew I had to share with you the latest recipe that has me captivated.

My Fig Macaroon Granola is that addictive, crunchy, sweet, moreish snack that not only is a killer yogurt topper, but its also amazing by the handful straight into the gob. Yup, that’s just how we do. It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup, crunchy from a hint of coconut oil, has a zip of flavor from a heavy hand of vanilla and a splash of bourbon…

Yes, bourbon.

And then, figs. Serious, delicious, dried figs. I bought these at Trader Joe’s after urging from a friend of mine, and they’re the most amazing dried figs ever. They’re not dry and seedy, they’re not sugar bombs. They’re basically a Fig Newton sans cookie. Crazy delish. And cut up and folded into this coconut-laced granola just puts the whole thing over the top.

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You’ll be making a double batch with every intention to gift some to your neighbor and your mom…but then again, after your third handful just for “quality control”, you may end up stashing it in a dark corner of your pantry to prevent interference. No judgment.

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Fig Macaroon Granola
Fig Macaroon Granola is a crunchy, mildly sweet, addictive yogurt topper, or all on its own an amazing snack. [makes 2.5 cups of granola]
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  3. 2 Tbs. flaxmeal
  4. 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  5. pinch of sea salt
  6. 2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
  7. ¼ cup maple syrup
  8. 1 Tbs. bourbon/whiskey (or dark rum, whichever you have)
  9. 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  10. Dried figs (I used 6 or so, chopped up)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, flax, sea salt and cocoa. Stir to combine.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, bourbon and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir well until completely mixed.
  4. Pour the granola onto your baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake for 35 minutes, stopping to stir once or twice. Then, turn off your oven and let the granola stay in the oven for another hour as the heat decreases.
  5. Remove the granola from your oven and set on a wire rack. Sprinkle the chopped figs over the granola, stir it all around a bit, then let cool completely.
  6. Transfer your granola to an airtight container or gift bags, whichever you please. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Granola can be kept on the counter for a week or two in an airtight container. I keep mine in the fridge indefinitely, but to be honest, it doesn’t last very long in my house, so I’ve never had granola spoil on me. I don’t think that’s possible.
  2. One last thing, use your noggin. If your oven is holding heat too well after you turn it off an you sense your granola is burning (instead of crisping), take it out of the oven early.
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Hope you love this one as much as I do. I have to get back to doing a thousand things at once [sipping a coconut iced coffee, watching a guy take an online CPR course (Is that even possible? Pumping the chest of an online cartoon figure really isn’t the same as the real deal…), and binge watching HoC (I’m in episode 3 and do NOT want to hear spoilers…consider that a nice warning)].

 

Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I know you have chocolate on your mind! I do too, in a BIG way! So here are my favorite Healthier Valentine’s Day Treats so you can indulge and enjoy the holiday (whether that means alone with a chick flick or with your sweetie). From breakfast to dessert, I’ve got ya covered! 

 

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

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Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies

Flourless Double Chocolate Chewy Cookies / treatswithatwist.com

 

Cocoa Maca Porridge

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Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Coconut Hot Chocolate (treatswithatwist.com)

 

 

Dark Chocolate Blended Chia Pudding 

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Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Decadent Waffles With Strawberries and Mascarpone 

Strawberry Mascarpone Waffles // treatswithatwist.com

I know, whatever you make that day, your sweetheart is going to love it! 

xxoo 

 

My Favorite Superbowl Eats!

I’m sharing My Favorite Superbowl Eats! You can have pizza, Chex mixes, cookies and ice cream without feeling guilty or gorged-out! Hooray! Go team! 

 

The Superbowl is a holiday, for sure, in my house! In fact, my husband admitted when we started dating that I was more into the Superbowl than he was. Case in point, my enthusiasm last year.

My dad and I bet on the Superbowl every year. And its one of those things that ends up being brought up in conversation for MONTHS after the Superbowl is long forgotten. Who won George? Ugh, I hate losing.

So! I am not divulging my pick for the winner this year. That will be my own personal internal hurricane to enjoy. I WILL, however, share with you my Favorite Superbowl Eats!

It’s all about the food, right?! Salty, sweet, fatty, greasy…

Well, we can do that in the right way. I’ve got pizza, snack mix and cookies for you!

  Plantain Crust Pizza (treatswithatwist.com) #glutenfree

Plantain Crust Pizza – my plantain pizza is the BOMB. The crust is made from just two ingredients plus seasonings. Then top it how you like it! My extended family have all tested it in their own homes and continue to send me texts and pictures every time they make it! My husband loves that he can eat the entire pizza and not feel like a total pig. I love that I can eat as much of it as I want with zero guilt…and still have dessert!

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Chex mixes! Chex mix is always present at my family’s celebrations. Handful after handful, this is always a winner. I have a couple kinds for you to graze on!

1. Honey BBQ Chex Party Mix 

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 2. Honey Nut Chex Mix 

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Cookies! No Bake Halva Cookie Bites are my latest obsession. I love that I can eat a couple, feel satisfied and oh-so-happy and a sick, over sugared tummy never results. 

No Bake Halva Cookie Bites // treatswithatwist.com // #glutenfree

 

Need some ice cream to go with those cookies?! Of course you do! I’ve made ice cream in the BLENDER for you! Pistachio Chocolate Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream (yes, dairy free!). 

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Ok! Now what are YOU making for the Superbowl?!