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Nom Nom Nom: M&M Bars

For someone with 647 food-related Pinterest pins, you would think I cook more often. Unfortunately, I do not have the time or resources to become a master chef/baker just yet, but I’m still going to try. I made these M&M bars last weekend for my boyfriend’s family Thanksgiving/game night, and let’s just say they we’re half way gone before the rest of the family arrived.

M&M Bars (adapted from Fantastic Family Favorites)

Ingredients:

2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 & 1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg white (the original said one egg yolk – i can’t read, and it tasted great)
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M’s, divided in half

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray. FYI – foil lining is gods gift to baking, because clean up was a BREEZE!

2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg white and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until you can’t find any more dry ingredients. Fold in 1 cup of M&M’s and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M’s on top and press in slightly.

3. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, (mine took 26 minutes, but check after 24). Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang, cut into squares and serve.

And magic – super soft, chewy M&M bars! They reminded me of Schnucks’ sugar M&M cookies (which are delicious!)

You could definitely use Reese’s Pieces instead of M&Ms. I would even be interested to try it with the Pretzel M&Ms!

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Nom Nom Nom: Banana Oatmeal Muffins

So, after completing my first 5K Saturday by walking over half (it wasn’t timed), I decided this week was ideal to pick up my dieting habits once again. I joined weight watchers a few weeks ago, and with a hefty goal of 25 lbs., I sought out some delicious, low-point recipes.

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I’m not a big fan of oats, but this banana oatmeal muffin recipe seemed easy enough, and I needed an excuse to wear my new belle apron. Plus, weighing in at only 4pts, it was a good replacement for my boring old cereal & milk.

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Ingredients
– 2 1/2 cup oats (old fashioned kind, not quick cooking)

– Single serving cup of plain low fat greek yogurt (I used 8oz of chobani)

– 2 eggs

– 3/4 cup sugar

– 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 tsp baking soda

– 2 bananas

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray. FYI – this will make the muffins look darker then they really are. don’t worry, you aren’t burning them!
2. Place all of the ingredients, including bananas in a bowl or blender. Mix on high until oats are smooth. I used a regular hand mixer, but if you have a strong enough blender, that would be easier!
3. Fill pan 2/3 full with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine took 21, but were a little done.

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Easy peasy, right?

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Nom Nom Nom: Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies

OK – I have an unhealthy addiction to baking. Cookies, cupcakes, brownies – you name it, I’ll pop it in the oven. But since starting Weight Watchers at the start of the year (down 6 lbs., might I add!), I’ve had to replace the Gooey Butter and Chocolate Chips for carrots and strawberries. So you can imagine my excitement when I found a recipe for Funfetti Cake Batter cookies that we’re a mere 1 point each! Plus, they’re absolutely delicious, and didn’t take a thousand expensive ingredients. Thanks to Cookin’ Cowgirl for the original recipe!

Funfetti Cake Batter Cookies:

  • 1 Box Golden Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sprinkles (NOTE: That is TWO containers of sprinkles! I messed up and only got one)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake mix and baking powder in large bowl.

Mix oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl.

Combine egg mixture with cake mix and stir.

Stir in sprinkles.

Spoon teaspoon-sized balls onto your baking sheet (ungreased).

Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5.

And poof – delicious cookies! How easy is that? I made them before dinner last night! And like I said – 1 Point Plus EACH!