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New Quaker Chewy Thin Mint Bars and Free Printable Wrapper

We’re gearing up for Back to School around here, which is why I was thrilled when BzzAgent recently sent me two free boxes of their new Chewy Girl Scouts Thin Mint granola bars. Talk about a beautiful marriage of foods! Each year we buy Thin Mints in bulk and hoard them until the next cookie selling season, so I’m thrilled to start seeing Thin Mint flavored goodies popping up in the grocery store year-round.

Back To School Granola Bar Wraps Free Printable | Five Marigolds

BzzAgent is an organization that works with brands and provides its ambassadors with samples and coupons in exchange for trying products, sharing their honest opinion, and spreading the word. In this case, the task is easy, because these granola bars are super yummy and kid-approved.  When Dub took his first bite he proclaimed it “Ahh–mazing” and asked if he could have it as his lunchbox treat at school. No problem!

I love to slip little notes and jokes into his lunchbox daily to let him know I’m thinking of him, so I made a few super simple granola bar wraps to add a special touch to his treat. Of course, I couldn’t leave Evelyn out so I made a couple of girly-girl wraps as well.

Want to try these granola bars for yourself? They can find at your local grocery store. Want the wrappers for your kid’s lunchbox? Click here to download your free granola bar wrap printable!

 

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My 3 Favorite Recipes for Homemade Ice Cream

3 Recipes for egg-free, no churn, Homemade Ice Cream: Cookie Dough Frozen Yogurt, Malted Milk Ball, and Birthday Cake Batter | Five Marigolds

With the official begin of summer quickly approaching, we’ve been having a lot of fun making homemade ice cream again. We’re huge fans of ice cream, and even made it the central theme for Eve’s birthday party one year! My very favorite homemade ice cream continues to be vanilla ice cream with a drop or two of lemon extract, but the kids have loved creating their own ice cream recipes.

Here are our favorite egg-free ice cream recipes – no ice cream maker required!

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? Do any of the above three make your list?

Salted Caramel Dip and Apple Chips for a Sweet Healthy (ish) Treat

You’re going to love this salted caramel apple dip recipe! Use it on fruit, ice cream, dried apple and banana chips, or graham crackers for an extra sweet treat!

Just like most families, we try to eat a well-balanced diet. We incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into every meal and snacks. But I’ve been thinking a lot about how my kids have started to view fruits and vegetables almost like the drudgery they have to go through to get to the good stuff: sugary desserts. So, what about turning fruits into actual dessert? Something that’s not completely saturated in sugar and fat, but doesn’t leave them cheated out of a great treat.

I attempted this today for the kids’ after school snack.

First, I made an ahh-mazing salted caramel dip. I got the recipe from Kevin and Amanda, here. I’d never made caramel anything before and I wish I’d known how easy it is!

Just heat sugar, butter, and stir in heavy cream and sea salt.

Salted Caramel Apple Dip Ingredients | Five Marigolds Whatever you do, DO NOT bump the top of the whisk handle with your hand, sending about 1/8 Cup of nearly caramelized sugar all over your kitchen. Just don’t.

Salted Caramel Dip Caramelized Sugar | Five Marigolds

Caramelized Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

The result is sweet, salty caramel goodness that will have you licking the bowl, pan and anything else you might “accidentally” spill.

Salted Caramel Dip | Five Marigolds

If you aren’t worried about extra big helpings of the caramel counter-acting the healthy fruit, serve it up as a dip for dried apple chips, graham crackers or fruit.

Salted Caramel Dip with Dried Apples | Five Marigolds

In this case, I only wanted to use a little, to make something healthy into a treat. So, I just poured a little of the cooled dip into a ziplock, snipped the corner with scissors, and drizzled just enough over some freeze-dried apples. The verdict? The kids loved them and were asking for more!

Salted Caramel Apple with Apple Chips | Five Marigolds

I can see drizzling this over a colorful fruit tray for a quick and healthy (ish) after school snack or dessert.

 

 

 

 

Healthy (ish) Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies featuring Bananas, Oats, Honey, Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips | Five Marigolds

Healthy Breakfast Cookies featuring Bananas, Oats, Honey, Almond Butter and Chocolate Chips | Five Marigolds

Healthy Breakfast Cookies. These moist breakfast cookies feature bananas, oats, almond butter, honey and chocolate chips | Five Marigolds

I have a serious sweet tooth in the morning, so I’ve long been on the hunt for sweet breakfast recipes that are healthy’ish AND taste good. It’s been a long journey! After a testing a  lot of recipes and coming up short, I’ve finally found something that balances a little of both – it’s super yummy, and the ingredients are in the healthy’ish zone that I can feel good about serving my kids. Rich flavor – with no flour, butter or refined sugar.Another thing I love about these cookies is that they are really satisfying. I’m almost always hungry within 30 minutes of breakfast, but not with these.  Ladies and Gentleman: I proudly introduce you to Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies.

I’ll often mix up the dry ingredients before I go to bed, and in the morning just add the banana, nut butter and honey and pop them in the oven. So good! Here is the recipe with my preferred ingredients.

Source: Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 C. quick oats
  • 3/4 t. salt
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 C. nut butter (I prefer almond butter)
  • 1/4 C. honey
  • 1/3 C. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together, folding in the chocolate chips at the end.
  3. Scoop 3 tablespoons per cookie onto a parchment-lined baking sheet  – I used my Pampered Chef large scoop to make easy work of this – and gently flatten to the desired shape.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool on a baking rack.

Makes around 15 cookies. These stay good for about three days, or can be frozen for later. Be sure to separate cookies with parchment paper in storage.

Are you a fan of breakfast cookies? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

 

This post was featured on A Blossoming Life.