Flourless Brownies- a pinterest find

Flourless Brownies- a pinterest find

[Find the full recipe linked at the bottom]

It’s our last week in this house (tear), so we are soaking up and packing in as many lasting memories as we can. The best way to make lasting memories for my kids is with food, specifically desserts so that’s what we did!


I found this paleo brownie recipe on Pinterest and was intrigued. They ended up turning out to taste AMAZING. I mean they are called the Best Flourless Brownies so…we served these up with some hot cocoa and marshmallows because why not?!

What do I love about these brownies besides the taste? The ease of the recipe, the simplicity of ingredients (I already had everything), and it was easy enough for my kids to help bake too!

Note: I made a few adaptions only because it’s what I had in the house (verse what they had listed). I used raw stevia instead of the sweetener they listed, and I used dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa which is why my brownies look black. Also, the recipe says it takes about 25 min to bake, but we ended up having to bake (on the top shelf) for about 35 min.

Find the recipe & original post here


Local Healthy Popsicles!

Local Healthy Popsicles!

In a perfect world, my kids would eat healthy all of the time. Instead, I have one that would eat bread at every meal and another that would eat dirt if she could (hey, it builds the immunity, right?). I’m a mom who is always on the lookout for healthy swaps for not-so-healthy treats. If you know me, you know I care about eating healthy for the sake of nutrition not so much losing weight. Yes, I’m the mom most get annoyed with that chooses natural options over antibiotics. My husband likes to call me the modern hippie. I may have a more holistic mindset, but I’m also not out of touch with reality that we can’t avoid what we can’t avoid. All of that to say, we do eat sweets, we do have the occasional processed foods, and we may or may not eat dirt every now and then ;), but when I find something that isn’t just good but good for you, I love to tell others about it. I have something to tell you about today! Local friends, it would do you well to get check out Xisco Pops on Facebook, like their page, and then head to 800 Degrees Restaurants, Cinema Center, Ted’s Market or Barr Street Market to pick some up! My tiny dancers got home from dance class and indulged in their favorites just before bedtime and here are their thoughts…

 

Kimberly loves the Avocado Coconut Pop because “it tastes like delicious yummy”. She’s right, it does taste like delicious yummy. This was the first one I tried and was hooked after two bites. Don’t believe me? I dare you to go  try one.

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Brinn highly recommends the Dutch Royalty because “it tastes like poop”. Ok you guys, that’s just her thing now…poop, everything is poop. Let me help you translate Brinn talk “it tastes like chocolate”. Note to self, don’t ask Brinn to review another product for you…

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I highly recommend the Strawberry Lemonade dipped sparkling water. Once the kids went down for bed, I had myself a snack too. Simply, pour a glass of sparkling water, dip your Strawberry Lemonade Xisco Pop in, let it dissolve, and enjoy while watching your favorite show (or reading more of my blogs…).

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Cheers

to healthy treats for mama and kids!

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Farmer’s Market Finds

Farmer’s Market Finds

Some of our favorite Saturday’s are spent at the local Farmer’s Market. This time around, I made it a point to remember what we tried, loved, and want to talk about with others. I can’t wait to share with you because I know you and your family will love them too!

 

First stop was to Hoffman’s Organic Grill.  To say their chicken is good would be an understatement. I’m pretty sure I told them my life was forever changed after eating their chicken. My mouth is seriously watering thinking about their chicken thighs on a stick! In fact, both of my picky eaters ate their entire chicken thigh! If you’ve never tried Hoffman Organic Grill, you are missing out! They come highly recommended by the Bowersock crew.

 

 

From there, we headed for dessert (yeah, we only had chicken for lunch…don’t judge me). The girls wanted cookies so we stopped over at Pure Sugar Creations and got the girls some sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. I just have to say, the owner was so sweet which made me even more glad we stopped. What were the reviews on the cookies? Well, my oldest shoved 3 cookies in her mouth while we weren’t looking if that tells you anything. I may or may not have had 2 cookies later that night. They are most definitely worth a stop!

 

For dinner that night, we decided to pick up some vegetables and the most amazing summer sausage from Master’s Hand BBQ. Not only did the husband and I enjoy it but the girls did too. I’m not exaggerating when I say, you’ll never be able to eat just any ol’ summer sausage again. This is the real deal, good stuff people! I definitely suggest stopping to pick up a few different types of summer sausage at the next local Farmer’s Market!

 

Somehow, we found ourselves at Beachler’s Sugar Bush next. I mean, I know we told the girls one dessert but, you guys, this was cotton candy made from maple sugar! Maple sugar! I can hardly even talk about how amazing this was without going nearly insane over needing more. If you think cotton candy is good, you ain’t tried nothing yet. I highly suggest stopping by their booth the  next time you are out, my Fort Wayne friends! Oh, and when you do, will you pick up another bag for us because I may have ate over half the bag and got yelled at by my daughters…

 

Last, but certainly not least, the world’s best popsicle from Xisco’s Pops. Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about healthy, all natural food (especially treats for the kids). I ended up trying one I was very skeptical about (Avocado and Coconut) and I loved it! Not only did I love it but my husband and both the girls did too, so much so we ended up getting another one! To top it off, the owner is down to earth, sweet, and works at 800 Degrees and anyone that works at 800 Degrees and makes all natural popsicles, has to be good people.  If you only went to the next Farmer’s Market for these sweet and healthy treats, you would not be disappointed!

 

Next weekend, load your crew up and head on out to the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market and give these places a try. Please be sure to let me know what you think!

Maria

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice cream

I don’t know about you but my vice is ice cream, especially in the summer. I mean come on … I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! In an effort to bring some health to this summertime family addiction, I grabbed some frozen bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, and an ice cream maker and tried my hand at some healthy(er) homemade ice cream and it wasn’t too bad! I mean listen, if you are expecting this to taste like DQ ice cream, you will be sorely disappointed so let’s have some realistic expectation here. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • ½ cup, cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup, all natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1 cup, Almond Milk
  • ½ cup, chocolate chips  (plus more for topping)

Directions:

  1. In a blender, mix all the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips)
  2. transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker
  3. once the ice cream is done, transfer into a freezer – safe container for later or serve immediately!