Low-Sugar Chocolate Oat Cookies

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a fabulous start!

I’ve been spending lots of time with friends and keeping super busy when I’m not! Lots of beach time as well, because, well I think I’m turning into a mermaid.

And now… I have a fun recipe to share with you! It has a pretty funny story behind it.

First of all, I don’t know who to credit for the original recipe for this, because I got it from my Nana, who got it from someone. However, I did tweak it a little bit and make my own version of it because I love doing that!

Last month I went to visit my Nana and Pawpaw. When I go see them, my Nana ALWAYS has some sort of sweet treat made for me. Ever since I can remember, she’s always had fresh cookies, brownies, or some sort of yummy treat waitingย because she knows my love for sweets! Well this time, since she knows that I’m trying to maintain a healthy diet and enjoy finding new healthy recipes, she made me some healthy cookies similar to no-bakes (my FAV)!! How thoughtful is that?! Ugh she is the sweetest.

But when she told me about the cookies she made me, she said “Bethany, I made you these cookies because they’re healthier than regular ones and I know you’re eating healthy… but THEY ARE AWFUL!” Hahaha. So of course, when I tried them I loved them, and they were certainly not awful. *Disclaimer: we ended up making real no-bake cookies that weekend because we just needed the real thing too! Balance, right?* I just thought it was so funny that she thought they were so gross. She’s too modest – everything she makes tastes like heaven in your mouth.

That being said, these do not taste quite like no bake cookies. HOWEVER! They are not a bad alternative if you are counting calories or avoiding sugar! I honestly did enjoy them, and will definitely make them again. One of the main changes I made is adding a small amount of NATURAL sugar. When you look at most cookie recipes, there’s a minimum of a whole cup of sugar, so this still keeps them minimal sugar!

I’m not hating on normal cookies, but moderation is key! Sometimes ya just need a healthy alternative, especially with summer right around the corner!

Here is the recipe, including my changes I made:

3 ripe bananas
2 cups oats (I prefer old fashioned over quick)
1/3 cup peanut butter (I use natural!)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
*If you still need more sweetness, you can add stevia.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash the bananas. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Let the batter stand for 20-30 minutes. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

I hope you guys have a lovely week! You are amazing. Thanks for reading!

XO beth

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Dip

Hi friends! Hope you’re all having a lovely hump day ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m praying for all you peeps in the middle of a blizzard – hope you’re stocked on bread and wine! I’m not gonna lie, it dropped to the 40s this morning here, and I thought I was going to freeze to death. Florida has officially ruined me. Anything below 70 feels like torture now! Eeek.

Anyways, today I threw together something yummy and wanted to share with you all. I came home from running errands and felt a little light headed and realized I hadn’t had any protein today! Yikes. Get it together Beth. So I looked in my fridge and found some plain low-fat Greek yogurt and some apples. Then I decided to make up a dip with the Greek yogurt.

One of my FAV go-to snacks is an apple and PB. So I mixed some PB into the Greek yogurt, along with a little honey, and BOOM. Yum city, trick. High in protein (about 14 grams for the whole bowl!), also high in taste ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey (can use 2 tsp if not sweet enough)

Mix all ingredients together until fully mixed. Great for dipping fruit in! Enjoy!
*This yields about 2-3 servings, so you can definitely throw it in the fridge and save some for later!

Nutrient breakdown for WHOLEย bowl of dip (keep in mind it makes more than 1 serving):
Calories – 265
Protein – 14 g
Carb – 26 g
Sugars – 21 g
Fat – 7 g (this fat is only from the PB, so it is healthy fats! BUT be mindful when choosing peanut butter; go for natural rather than reduced fat, and look at the ingredients. You want one with minimal ingredients!)

Hope y’all like! Happy Nutrition Month!! Thanks for reading.

XO beth

Strawberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie

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Happy Sunday loves! I hope your weekend has been lovely! I have been studying for an exam all weekend, but it’s been filled with a few fun study breaks. The weather here is still amazing, so I’ve been outside every chance I get.

Yesterday, after the hubby and I worked out, I made him this smoothie. And of course, I had to sample it. That’s when I realized how yum it is and that I should share with you guys.

Its a great post workout snack to get some protein to those muscles. Or just a healthy way to treat your sweet tooth. And it’s not one of those smoothie recipes with like 27 ingredients. You most likely have all these in your kitchen already.

Strawberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie:

handful of frozen strawberries (about 3/4 a cup)

2 tablespoons of PB2 (use natural peanut butter if you don’t have pb2)

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (can sub with 1 tbsp cocoa powder)

1 cup of nonfat milk (used vanilla almond milk for my hubby and it was yummy, but use nonfat if trying to count calories. Also, use less milk if you want a thicker smoothie)

Blend until combined! Add stevia for sweetness if you want. And I would have added a cup of spinach if I had some in my fridge!

Hope you all enjoy this if you try it! Play around with measurements to get your preferred consistency.

Have the best Sunday!

XO beth

Power Smoothie

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Hi guys. Happy hump day! Hope your Wednesday is going well. Mine hasn’t been the ideal day – I’ve been sick this week and today woke up feeling 1000x worse.ย It seems the only time I have time to blog lately is when I’m stuck at home sick. When you work with roughly 75 kids a day, your immune system takes a few hits. I think this is the third time I’ve been sick in a month or so… Ain’t NOBODY got time for that. The hubby is taking me to see my favorite band play tomorrow night and I can’t be feeling lousy for that!

ANYWAYS! This cold I have is what inspired this smoothie recipe for my afternoon snack today. I don’t call it super smoothie because it has lots of magical super foods in it (is there even such a thing?), I just think it sounds cool and I really want it to have some sort of power over my cold. I also ate a Larabar since I recently got my appetite back, and what better way to heal your body than to fuel it?!

It’s cold/flu season, so I thought you guys might enjoy this smoothie as well! It’s got lots of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries in it, which are high in anti-oxidants. The spinach also contains lutein, which is also an anti-oxidant. (In case you’re wondering what antioxidants do for ya, they help protect your healthy cells from damage by free radicals!). Spinach is a great source of vitamin A, and even has some vitamin C in it to help out your immune system.

Find the recipe at the bottom of this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m alsoย here today to remind you of something very simple yet very impactful.

It’s just three words, but when I read them somewhere this morning, it felt like God just instantly wrapped me up in a big bear hug.

Are you ready?

(No, those were not the three words.)

You are enough. YOU are enough. You are ENOUGH.

No matter what the world tries to tell you, this is true. You are enough in the eyes of the Lord, so why worry what the eyes of the world think? Whether you are a student trying to keep up with studying and your GPA, or a mom trying to juggle your kids and your marriage and your sanity, or a wife trying to balance your work life with your wifey life, or someone who’s somewhere in between there… You are enough and you are loved!

I struggled for a long time beforeย realizing that I am enough, but now that I’m confident in that, life seems to be a little easier. Just thought I’d share. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you guys have a great rest of your week!

XO beth

Power Smoothie

1-2 generous handfuls of baby spinach (I promise you can’t taste it)
1 cup of frozen berries (mixture of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries)
1 tbsp natural peanut butter or PB2
1/3 cup skim/nonfat milk (use what you prefer)
2 tsp chia seeds
1 packet stevia, if needed

Blend until smooth and enjoy!