Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, peeps! Today I’ve got a yummy treat for you courtesy of one of my students’ mom’s–fruit n’ nut balls!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup dates, pitted

~1 cup dried cranberries

~1 cup walnuts

~2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute with almond butter)

~1 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

 

First, pour the walnuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

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Then, place the dates, cranberries, and peanut butter into the food processor and blend to a paste. (No, that’s not my tiny hand–I had an assistant!)

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After you’ve achieved the “paste”-like texture, pour the walnuts in with the other ingredients and blend thoroughly. It will look a little crumbly, but that’s okay!

 

Roll into balls (or press into bars). You can also melt chocolate chips and dip them! If you do, place them on parchment paper immediately after and let them chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

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Y’all, these things are AMAZE-BALLS (hey-oh!)! They’re super yummy and I don’t feel bad eating them because they’re made with minimal ingredients. Here are the nutrition facts (this is for 1/22 of the recipe and I did not include the chocolate):

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These would make a GREAT pre-workout snack or a great dessert! Have you ever made these before (or something like it)? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Happy Tuesday, errybody! This weekend was my birthday and I planned on doing two things: napping and partaking in an ungodly amount of cheesecake. Cheesecake is to me what cookies are to Cookie Monster. Seriously.

A week ago, my sister sent me this video on Facebook of Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake and I immediately asked her to make it for my birthday lunch at my parents! (Fruity Pebbles is my FAVORITE cereal!) Thankfully, she obliged and its today’s Try It Tuesday!

Here’s what you need:

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`4 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal, plus more for garnish

~1/3 cup melted butter

~1/4 teaspoon salt

~No Bake Cheesecake Mix by Jell-O (the original recipe calls for other ingredients, but we have folks in the family whose tummies can’t handle heavy whipping cream)

 

Process cereal in a food processor until it’s very fine. (Not like, “Dang, Benedict Cumberbatch is fine!” but like, “really small”.) Then, measure 2 1/2 cups of the cereal into a large bowl and set the rest to the side. Add the melted butter and salt to the cereal and mix well. Pour your crust into a pie pan and shape it to the pan, making sure to bring the mixture up the sides of the pan. Cover and freeze for about 15 minutes, or until firm.

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Mix the no bake cheesecake according to the directions on the box, adding in the extra cereal. Pour into the pie crust and smooth. Place it back in the fridge for at least an hour.

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When ready to serve, top with more cereal as a garnish. Then, dig in!

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I REALLY liked this! I mean, its cheesecake and Fruity Pebbles—what’s not to like?! Not everyone shared my enthusiasm. Let’s just say I took almost an entire cheesecake home with me. (And I was not complaining!)

 

Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

Its Tuesday! And you know what that means! I’ve got another tasty treat to tempt your taste buds!

This Try It is actually pretty easy and looks yummy!

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What you’ll need:

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1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 tbsp vanilla extract

3 cups Honey Nut Cheerios

1 cup raisins, nuts, craisins, or whatever floats your goat!

1/2 cup mini M&M’s (I used mini Reese’s Pieces)

Pinch of salt (which I just now realized I forgot to add in, lol)

 

First, line a pan with aluminum foil, spray it with Pam and set it aside. Then, in a large microwave-safe bowl, toss in the butter, honey, and brown sugar and then microwave it on high for 1 minute.

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When its done, stir it and then microwave for another minute. And then do it again. When the mixture has been microwaved three times, it will be pretty bubbly and foamy.

 

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Stir in the vanilla. Be careful, though because the mixture (which is basically caramel) bubbles and splashes.

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Add in the cereal and then your other fixin’s.

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Pour and press the mixture into the prepared pan, packing down firmly with a spatula.

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(I put the Craisins on only half of the bars because I’m the only one who likes them)

 

Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours. Then take out and slice!

 

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They were pretty yummy! But, they were also SUPER sweet. I think they might be better with just plain ole Cheerios. These would be great for camping; just throw some almonds or peanuts in there with raisins and M&M’s, and you’ve got trail mix to go!