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Sweet Treats --- the Healthy Way

Kelly Woolfe

Do you all enjoy cooking with your kids? My kiddos are still pretty young -- 9, 7, 5, and 3, and they LOVE cooking with me. Well, maybe not COOKING per se, but if any type of baking supplies are pulled out of the cabinets, they come creeping around and are ALL IN to help me (especially if its means helping with the hand mixer and licking the beaters). :)

I really enjoy including my kids in the baking and love that its a fun family activity that we can all do together. When I have 4 little helpers and 4 extra sets of hands, it SEEMS like things should go quicker and smoother, but if you have kids, then you know this is NOT true! When my little helpers come creeping around, I just KNOW its going to be a longer process and a bigger mess, but I also know those smiles, giggles, goofiness, and yes, a big mess, result in PRICELESS memories! And, that is what I want for my kids and I!!!  Memories of being together, smiling, and having fun.

So, because my kiddos are little bakers, I like coming up with treats that are fun to make and super yummy, but are still a little bit healthy, too! Oh, don't get me wrong, we still do good 'ol chocolate chip cookies and brownies sometimes (because you just HAVE to, right!?), but I don't want any of us eating those kind of treats TOO often, so its nice to come up with healthful, but still delicious, alternatives. (Because if you're like us, there are already way too many opportunities for junk at school, birthday parties, cookouts and other special events -- we try to keep it pretty healthy at home!)

It was just my boys and I this past weekend and we kept busy and active!!!

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So of course, after all of THAT, they were starving!! After noshing down some dinner, they wanted a treat, too!

As you know, I am loving the new Fixate Cookbook, and there is a whole section of healthy desserts that I've been dying to test out. We decided to dive in and give one of them a try.

We went with the Peanutty Peanut Butter Squares because they just looked and sounded so delish!!!  Love that the recipe is quick and easy, too. We had this whipped up in minutes (even with the extra "helping" hands).

Peanutty Peanut Butter Squares

Nonstick Cooking Spray
1 1/2 cups natural peanut butter
1/2 cup raw honey (or pure maple syrup)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat and 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Spread in pan and bake 20-23 minutes. Cool and cut into 16 squares.
Container equivalents (for 21 Day Fix) - 1 square=1 yellow, 2 1/2 tsps
  

Consensus? I think they're great! When I want something sweet and "carby", but still want to stay on track, these would definitely do the trick for me!  I like that the container count for my nutrition plan is minimal so I'm not blowing a whole bunch of containers just to indulge in a treat. As for my kids? They poked and prodded and checked them out real good. :)  All in all, they liked them (even though its not a Dunkin Donut!). I like the fact that I can give my kids a treat that is still sweet, but with natural sugars and ingredients that are good for them. And, for them to learn to be satisfied by this kind of treat is huge. No, we DON'T need to be scrounging up some long lost Oreos after dinner (although they probably WOULD eat a stale one!) Honestly, it makes me feel better as a mom to put these kind of things in their little tummies! I just can't wait to try out some more of these dessert recipes and see what other healthy options become our new family favorites!

Can't wait to hear how you and your family like these!

Have a wonderful week!
Kelly


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