May 15

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

On days when a spring storm hits, it’s important to be equipped with the staples. Herbal tea, fuzzy socks and soft peanut butter oatmeal bars. It’s a beautiful sight to see chocolate chips and oats studding thick peanut bars and the scent of it all baking away in the oven. This kind of scene is sure to ward off any springtime chill.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Just like a warm oatmeal cookie, these bars have a similar tender and chewy consistency. The bar version is always nice for freezing or slicing and sharing. These are the kind of bars that would do well in care packages, hauled to a soccer game or taken to the (home) theater for a rainy afternoon movie.

Natural Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

The dough is soft and pliable and made for tasting if you want! You can add and mix the chocolate chips into the dough or sprinkle the chips on top of  bars while they are nice and hot. I love when the chocolate chips become shiny and gently melt over their fresh baked tops. The chips stay soft and silky well after the bars have cooled, complimenting their soft peanut base. Is a spring rain in your future? These will have you covered.

Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars (dairy-free, soy-free)
Print Recipe

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 Large Organic Egg
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1 cup Oats
3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 cup Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter, coconut oil and coconut sugar. Add the egg, vanilla extract and baking soda. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips. gently press dough in a 9by13 baking dish. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until edges begin to brown and tops are golden. Sprinkle chocolate chips over bars while hot. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting into. Store covered in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 4 weeks.

May 15

Overnight Vanilla Quinoa Oats

Healthy Overnight Oats

I should probably stay more aware of the latest trendy items in the health food world but usually I just follow my stomach when it comes to new recipes for the blog. Lately, it’s been leading me to sweet overnight oats. Oats will always be a kitchen staple, but now I’ve noticed overnight oats are definitely a thing. It’s taken me a little too long to get on this trend. How lovely is it to wake up to breakfast (with sweet fresh berries) all ready and waiting for you?

Overnight Vanilla Quinoa Oats Recipe

Make the preparations for a nutritious breakfast in advance with just a few steps the night before. This truly minimalistic dish can set the tone for your day and adds a little something sweet right when you need it. Let’s be kind to ourselves in the morning! Let’s be extra kind by adding a health twist to these overnight oats with quinoa!

Overnight Vanilla Quinoa Oats

Quinoa adds a nice earthy tone to these oats while packing in the protein. Overnight oats are simple and easy, yet this quinoa oat pudding has just enough sweetness to feel indulgent. Have yourself a beautiful healthy day!

Overnight Vanilla Quinoa Oats with Fresh Berries (vegan, sugar-free)
Print Recipe

3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1/3 cup Oats
2 Tablespoons Quinoa  (Like one of these)
1/4 teaspoon Liquid Stevia
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Fresh Berries

Mix all the ingredients together except the berries. Allow to soak for 8-10 hours (overnight) in the fridge. Top with fresh berries and enjoy!

Serves 2

May 15

FAQ: What’s Pink Salt?

FAQ: What's Pink Salt?Photo Credit: SixDepot

You don’t have to spend much time around our recipes to see that we use sea salt or pink salt pretty exclusively. Sea salt you’ve heard of… what in the world is this pink salt? We’ve heard your comments and we’ve read your emails. Let’s get this pink salt out in the open.

Here it is: pink salt is a form of sea salt! It’s also known as Himalayan Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Hawaiian Salt and there are probably more! There are different sources for pink salt, hence the different names. Why distinguish the different forms of salt and bother with the fancy pink stuff?

Pink Salt 101

Pink salts are believed to be the purest form of salt available because they are sourced from the deepest, unpolluted salt deposits in the world. They are extracted in the most natural ways, such as solar evaporation or hand-mined. The salt is extracted without chemicals or harsh methods. These salts are the best quality and the most natural because they are unrefined and untreated.

Due to the sourcing methods and locations of sea salts, these salts are full of essential minerals, trace minerals and electrolytes. These are extremely valuable to our bodies. Regular table salt totally lacks these minerals. We don’t use sea salts to be fancy, we do it to reap these health benefits. Feeling fancy is just a nice side-effect!

We also love that sea salts are free of chemicals and additives. 

White table salt often has sugar and toxic chemicals added to it. Without the minerals and electrolytes of sea salt, it’s just sodium chloride with unhealthy additives. A diet high in sodium is not healthy in general, but especially when it is high in salt that lacks any of the natural benefits of sea salt. Our society adds such an abundance of sodium to foods, considering the type of salt eaten on a regular basis can help you adapt a more natural, toxic-free lifestyle.

Pink salt is superior to white table salt in other ways.

Pink salts have a beautiful color, they can be used in face scrubs or bath soaks and taste simply amazing in all recipes! Pink salt adds an amazing robust flavor to foods and due to it’s strength, it’s usually best to use less! It’s high potency allows you to easily decrease your sodium intake while reaping the flavor. We try to use a bit less salt in our recipes because we always use a good quality salt.  We have also found that most sea salts are practically like a natural MSG. It’s magic in your dishes!

Final Word on Salt

Do you have to use pink salt in our recipes? Not at all. But we do recommend using some form of a good quality sea salt. Just go with a good quality, pure sea salt that fits your budget and taste. The salt you use doesn’t have to be pink or have a fancy “vanilla” flavor or have a course texture. Use what you like! Unless of course a recipe calls for it!

Sugar Free Gluten Free Cookies

When you have the choice to treat your body to a good salt, we have found it is worth it. It just feels good! You’ll notice a difference in your health and in the flavor of your culinary endeavors. Now let’s get fancy!