Simple Snack Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are full of fiber and protein, naturally gluten, dairy, and grain free, and sweetened with honey. Except for the chocolate chips. Those are sweetened with sugar. Meh, let’s live a little.

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I love these bars so much! They are a snack that fills the belly and satisfies the sweet tooth without being terribly sweet. They offer nourishment while still being fun. They are a perfect snack!

As you can probably see from the pictures, these No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars soften when out left out of the fridge too long. This problem is solved by grabbing a fork and right digging in. Or, you can still eat them with your hands. Simply lick your fingers after you enjoy a bar.

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This No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe was inspired by my No Bake Cookie Bites recipes.

No-Bake Cookie Bites - Easy Recipes!

You can make this No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars recipe into bites if you like. Simply roll the batter into balls and refrigerate. Or, take the simpler route and press the batter into a small pan. Refrigerate, cut into bars, and enjoy!

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Simple Snack Recipe: No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup natural creamy almond butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. Press mixture into an 8x8 inch dish.
  3. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Peaceful Mealtimes: Kids with Knives (Yes, Really!)

Here’s a fun kitchen freebie for you this week! After this, you’ll be able to hand your kids knives and enjoy peaceful mealtimes too. Knives and peace? Why, of course.

I’ve been checking out some tips from the teacher behind the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, an online cooking class for kids. She’s got so many ideas about strategies for peaceful dinners, fostering healthy eaters, and dealing with picky ones, and she’s sharing them all in a (free!) live online event this week!

Join this free webinar

Katie Kimball, who is a teacher and mom of 4, will show you:

  • 7 Proven Strategies to Make Family Mealtimes Peaceful (even if you have picky eaters)
  • 3 Choices to Give Your Kids That Will Make Healthy Food a Reality in Your House — but They Still Think They’re in Control
  • 2 Way-too-common Ways Parents Sabotage Dinner Without Even Realizing it
  • The Snacktime Rule that will be your new best friend
  • The Biggest Mistake Parents Make when inviting their kids into the kitchen…and how to avoid it.
  • How to Make the Clean Plate Club Totally Unnecessary
  • How to Teach Kids to Use Sharp (or dull!) Knives Safely
  • Plus WHEN YOU ATTEND LIVE, you’ll get access to a free video teaching kids to use knives safely — for children of ANY age. Be ready for your kids to exceed your expectations!

Sign up for this fun, free webinar

Bonus Freebie!

For attending, you’ll also get a free knife skills video from Katie’s Kids Cook Real Food eCourse that you can use to teach your kids (of any age!) how to use dull and sharp knives safely, in a fun and kid-friendly way. (This video is usually part of a $20 set of 5 videos)!

I want peaceful mealtimes! When’s the webinar?

There are 4 times to choose from. Which one works best for you?

  • Thursday, Feb. 22nd, at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 7PM Eastern (4PM Pacific)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27th, at 10PM Eastern (7PM Pacific)
  • Saturday, March 3rd, at 4PM Eastern (1PM Pacific)

It will be recorded and signing up is the only way to get the replay!

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How God Broke My Chains and Set Me Free: Piercing with Purpose

The past five years, God’s been working a major overhaul in my heart. Today I am delighted to share the latest – a beautiful new way God broke my chains and set me free.

How God broke my chains and set me free

If you’ve ever lived in fear of pleasing all the people – all the time, you know that this is impossible and therefore excruciatingly painful. I lived much of my life in knots of anxiety – my head, my heart, my gut – all in knots, as I worked so hard to be what people wanted me to be and of course, in an effort to “do all the right things.”

It all sounded so good at the time. I wanted to serve people, to do right, to make everyone happy. I thought I was on the right track, that the anxiety was simply a part of who I was.

Until God broke me. He painfully, gently, beautifully, and faithfully broke me. He took me to a place so desperate I had no choice but to look up, to kneel down, and to surrender.

Nothing about being broken is easy. It’s simple, but it isn’t easy. It’s simple because God and His promises are faithful and perfect. It’s hard because dying to self, walking away from who you once were, learning new Truths about who God actually is, and bravely turning your back on where the enemy has held you in bondage means he’ll start attacking in other ways in an effort to keep you as his slave.

Not today, Satan.

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Praise God, His power is bigger!

In the name of Jesus, and because of the love of Jesus, Satan is powerless over us. We are a new creation. We are in Jesus. We are free!

As I’ve been learning to trust God fully, walking my way through the fire of refinement and eagerly seeking healing for my brokenness, He began revealing more and more pieces of His plans for me.

Last summer He said, “It’s time to speak up. Share what you are learning. Do not settle for mediocrity. Tell my people to break free from what has become comfortable. Staying in comfort is not what I ask of my people. I ask people to die to self so they can fully experience my love and selflessly love their neighbor. Share what you’ve been learning so others can learn to truly live life through the promise of the Holy Spirit.”

As a faithful follower, of course I answered with, “Thanks for the offer, God. I don’t want to do that. Ask someone else.”

And He replied, “I am not healing you for silence.”

Fearfully, I cowered.

God continued to refine and renew me. He led me through Scripture to reveal Truth I’d been blinded to before. He guided me through trial to reveal His faithfulness and provision. He walked me through pain to teach me how to trust Him. He taught me to truly seek the Holy Spirit for constant guidance and peace. Then again He said, “Share what you’re learning.”

But I said, “It’s all too weird for me. I’m not comfortable with this. I don’t know what to say.” (Sound familiar? Hey, Moses. Be my BFF. Let’s come up with a secret Exodus 4:13 handshake.)

God said, “Laura, trust me. Trust and obey. I will give you all the words.”

In the weeks that followed, I continued to seek Him, continued to walk forward, but continued to stay quiet. I watched God move and work and I relished in His goodness and power. But I remained silent. Perhaps I can just lead by quiet example, I thought. And again He said, “It’s time.”

“It’s time for you and every one of my people to move past what is comfortable. I call people to love and live through the power of the Holy Spirit. Stand up, stand firm, stand strong. Learn to truly seek me, to love me, and to love others.”

And then He told me to do something outward, something entirely out of my comfort zone. It’s almost too funny to say, because really, would God ask a person to do this? I had no problem with others doing it. But me? Ha! I’m 44 years old. Really, God? Did I just hear you right? Did you really just tell me to go out and get my nose pierced? In the name of Truth and Freedom?

I laughed until I realized that God really meant it.

For two weeks I wrestled. I cried, I barely slept, and I hardly ate. I sought guidance and counsel from wise people God selected, secretly hoping someone would talk me out of it. True and faithful friends that they were, they stood by my side and encouraged me to obey.

I asked over and over, “God, please make this clear. Did you really tell me to pierce my nose as a message to the church that we are to break free of what is comfortable and seek actual, true freedom in you? This is a beautiful message, and how desperately I want to share, but please, Dear Jesus. This is too weird, too hard for me.”

He reminded me that He told Hosea to marry a prostitute to convict people of their unfaithfulness. He asked Ezekiel to eat a scroll, then lie down on his left side for 390 days and eat defiled foods to send a message to His people. Ok, fine. Put a tiny sparkle in my nose? I can do that. I think. Maybe?

What will people think, Lord? I’m Laura Coppinger, the one who serves in the background, writes behind a computer screen, feeds all the people all the food. I don’t even wear make-up or care about jewelry, for goodness sake.

I was willing to obey God but I became terrified. What would I tell people? Was this really from God? People would disapprove.

Bingo.

While I had thought God asked me to do this as a message for His people (and He did), I learned that He really asked me to do this to cleanse my own broken heart. The pride. The selfishness. Wanting approval from people – this sin I’ve struggled with since I was a tiny girl. I thought God had healed this part of me. But suddenly I became well aware of the ugly monster still within.

God and I had more work to do.

Free me, Lord! I don’t want to be in bondage. Break my chains! Cleanse me of this pride and selfishness, and the anxiety that grips me over the fear of disappointing people.

Oh our God is faithful. He is good and holy and righteous. He is healer. He is victorious! He binds our wounds and sets the captive free!

I obeyed. I did it.

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And just like that, I was free! FREE!!!!! Jesus set me free. Chains broke, snapped in two, and dissolved. The yoke of slavery is defeated. We live in freedom!

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

God bless my husband, my sons, and the precious friends God chose to walk these weeks with me. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so outwardly messy, so painfully aware of my weaknesses, so humbly in awe of my need for surrender.

There is glorious freedom in surrender. There is tremendous joy in obedience! And as an added perk, I crazy LOVE my tiny little nose piercing! Who knew? (God.) It is a constant, sparkling reminder to me of the healing God offers and the freedom He provides.

Friends, we serve a God who has called us to holy living. We are chosen by a Father who wants to refine, cleanse, and heal our brokenness. We are saved by the blood of Jesus. And we have been provided with His Spirit to live inside us constantly and fully so that we can be in His Kingdom now and forever.

Learn to listen. Be open and free and willing to be taught and cleansed. Welcome His truth. Deny the schemes of the enemy to hold you back. Ask for fresh eyes and an open heart to reveal truth from Scripture about how the Holy Spirit works and lives among us.

Trust. Obey. Be free!

Simple Snack Recipe: Creamy Italian Veggie Dip

Creamy Italian Veggie Dip includes just three simple ingredients, not including the veggies. :)

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If you’re hoping to push the veggies, either for yourself or for your family, I think great dips are the way to go. Do not fear the dip! Unless they are full of ingredients like MSG or High Fructose Corn Syrup that hurt your insides. Otherwise, enjoy dipping your veggies in something fun and flavorful.

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I don’t know about you but I eat three times the carrots and cucumbers when I’m dipping them in hummus or some sort of creamy dip.

Once on the way home from a basketball game with my family I was ravenous. We got out the hummus and carrots to munch on as we drove home. I ate a half pound of petite baby carrots before we made it out of the city. I ate so many carrots my jaw got sore from all the crunching.

Veggie dip makes life better. It just does.

This Creamy Italian Veggie Dip is our newest addition to our veggie dip options in our fridge. I love how easy it is to stir a batch of this dip together. Long live veggie dip!

Creamy Italian Veggie Dip

Simple Snack Recipe: Creamy Italian Veggie Dip
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I prefer Hain Safflower Mayo)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons dry Italian Dressing Mix (we have a simple homemade recipe for this right here at Heavenly Homemakers!)
Instructions
  1. Mix the three ingredients together.
  2. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.
  3. Serve with your favorite raw veggies.

Find our recipe for Italian Dressing Mix here.

Creamy Italian Veggie Dip

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Simple Snack Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge (Stevia or Honey Sweetened)

Who says we can only eat fudge during a holiday season? This Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge is so low in sugar we can eat it in the middle of February, every other Thursday, and if you’re really feeling sassy, on a Monday afternoon after you’ve washed the breakfast dishes.

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Or not. I mean, you don’t have to actually wash the dishes before rewarding yourself with this fudge. I think it is enough work to have dirtied the dishes in the first place, am I right? Indeed. Fudge all around!

This Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge needs no special occasion. Though it will feel like a special occasion while you’re eating it because of the fact that it is fudge and it tastes amazing. I suppose the fact that it has the word “cheesecake” in the title also proves its greatness. You will be tempted to feel guilt over splurging on this treat since Christmas was two months ago and you’ve been doing such a good job of eating right since the first of the year. But no guilt is allowed or even warranted because this fudge isn’t full of sugar! Yep. It’s sweetened with a little honey and a little stevia. That’s it.

Of course this qualifies as a Simple Snack Recipe because you can blend all the ingredients together in just a couple of minutes. What a treat!

Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge

Simple Snack Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge (Stevia or Honey Sweetened)
 
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Serves: 18 pieces
Ingredients
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 8-ounces softened cream cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 30 drops liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals brand best)
Instructions
  1. Blend ingredients together in a high power blender.
  2. Spread mixture in an 8x8 inch dish.
  3. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
  4. Cut into pieces and serve.
  5. Store fudge in the refrigerator.

Simple Low Sugar Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge

This recipe is easy to adapt. Add more or less honey, stevia, and cocoa powder per your preference. You can find NuNaturals Liquid Stevia here (my affiliate link).

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Simple Snack Recipe: Sweet and Salty Almonds or Pecans

We thought you might like a simple snack that is a little bit sweet, a little bit salty, and obviously, a little bit nutty. Everyone likes to be a little bit nutty sometimes. So how about some Sweet and Salty Almonds or Pecans?

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When I first decided to experiment with this recipe, I planned to surprise Matt with Sweet and Salty Almonds after he’d put in a hard day’s work. So I searched the pantry. No almonds. I searched my freezer. No almonds. I searched my other freezer. No almonds. I searched my other freezer. (I have a lot of freezers.) No almonds.

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What I did find was package after package after package of pecans. Apparently my desire to stock up for our Pecan Pie needs way back at Christmas time took over my brain and prevented me from ever adding almonds to a shopping list. After all, there’s no such thing as Almond Pie. At least I don’t think there is.

Anyway, Matt never knew about the Sweet and Salty Almonds because on the day of this nutty experiment, I presented him with Sweet and Salty Pecans and all was well.

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Aside from the time it took for me to search through all my freezers behind all the leg of lamb, cube steak, and bags of peaches from last summer’s harvest in a futile effort to find almonds that didn’t exist, making these Sweet and Salty Pecans was super fast and easy.

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So grab either almonds or pecans (or both if you’re feeling extra nutty). Make a batch or three of these Sweet and Salty Nuts. They make a great snack to enjoy when you need a pick-me-up!

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Sweet and Salty Almonds or Pecans

Sweet and Salty Almonds or Pecans
 
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Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole almonds or pecans
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup, or sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. Stir water, sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Pour the almonds or pecans into the boiling liquid, stirring for about one minute until the nuts are coated with the syrupy mixture.
  4. Spread prepared nuts onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  5. Cool and serve or bag them up to give as treats!

Simple Sweet and Salty Almonds or Pecans

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Simple Snack Recipe: Parmesan Crisps

How many recipes can you make with just one ingredient? Can this even qualify as a recipe? Have you ever tried anything like these Parmesan Crisps? Should I write this entire post in question form?

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These Parmesan Crisps are about to become your new best friend. They are so fast to make that you have no choice but to stand right in front of the oven while they bake because there is no time to walk away and come back before they are finished and ready to pull out. I mean, you slide these into the oven, you take a moment to breathe, then you open the oven and your snack is ready to eat.

For me, the most difficult part of making these Parmesan Crisps is getting out a cookie sheet while preventing my muffin tins to clatter down out of the cabinet at the same time. Someone should really organize that cabinet before someone gets hurt.

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Once the cookie sheet has been successfully acquired, I find it best to lay down a silicone baking mat. At the very least, spread parchment paper on your cookie sheet so these crisps won’t stick to the pan. Then scoop about one tablespoon of cheese into little piles on the pan, leaving about one inch of space in between each pile like so:

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Slide the cookie sheet into a hot oven for 3-5 minutes so the cheese can melt and brown and tada! You have Parmesan Crisps.

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You can eat these right off the pan, but we like them best dipped in salsa.

Even better news: This idea works with any cheese you like. Colby jack is a winner. Cheddar. Pepper Jack. This is all too much fun.

Parmesan Crisps

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Simple Snack Recipe: Parmesan Crisps
 
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Serves: 1-2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Scoop about one Tablespoon of cheese onto the pan, leaving about one inch of space in between each pile of cheese.
  4. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Watch to be sure they don't over-bake!

Simple Parmesan Crisps

I think the best thing about this Parmesan Crisps idea is that you can make them very quickly when your family needs a snack. This is a huge win at our house as we almost always have cheese on hand.

As for my cookie sheet and muffin tin cabinet, someone really should do something about organizing it before someone gets hurt.

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Simple Snack Recipe: Easy Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread (With Real Food Ingredients)

Want to know why this Easy Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread qualifies as a Simple Snack Recipe?

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Because you can throw all the ingredients into a high powered blender, give it a whirl to mix, pour the batter into a bread pan, and you’ve got yourself a delicious snack! I love being able to mix up a recipe so quickly.

I love taking simple shortcuts like this. I have a Blendtec, which has saved me hours of time in the kitchen since I invested. I make all my quick breads in it now, tossing in all the ingredients and letting my Blendtec do the hard work.

In this recipe, the blender purees the pineapple while mixing all the ingredients together. Simple, simple, simple!

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Easy Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread

Easy Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread (With Real Food Ingredients)
 
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Serves: 1 loaf
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups whole grain flour (I use freshly ground soft white wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-ounces softened cream cheese
  • 8-ounces canned pineapple with 100% juice (do not drain)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender.
  2. Blend mixture until batter is smooth.
  3. Pour into a buttered 9 inch bread pan.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Pineapple Coconut Quick Bread

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