No Bake Energy Balls

Everyone loves these in our house! They’re fun and easy to make and not too bad for you!

Ingredients:

-2 cup rolled oats or old fashioned oats (I use Better Oats)

-1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup -1 cup peanut butter or almond butter (I use Agave in the Raw)

-1/2 cup chocolate chips

-1 pinch of sea salt (optional)

-2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I use this homemade recipe)

-1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (optional: toasted first)

-4 tablespoons ground flaxseed (I used Super Seeds because I had them on hand)

Instructions:

Combine all of the ingredients (sometimes melting the peanut butter a little helps), mix well, chill the mix in the fridge for 20 minutes or so, then roll them up into balls with your hands!

You can add different kinds of chocolate chips, cinnamon, raisins etc. They always turn out so good. I store mine in an airtight container in the fridge. YUM!

xxoo Kate

How to make the perfect acorn squash

My mom suggested trying an acorn squash a while back and I was like, “what’s an acorn squash?” HA!

I’m not going to lie, I would see them in the grocery store and just think they were one of those festive gourds you see during the fall time.

Despite my hesitation at first, I gave it a try and… I’m hooked! I will actually sit down at night and eat an acorn squash instead of my normal “sweets” and I have no clue why because they’re really not similar. Seriously though, they are so satisfying.

You can cook these with brown sugar to make them sweet but I don’t think anything beats this simple butter and salt recipe. Acorn squashes are the perfect side or snack!

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2: Wash your squash.

Step 3: Cut your squash in half. They are strong so you’ve got to put some muscle into it!

Step 4: Hallow out the halves, removing all of the seeds and most of the strings.

Step 5: Place the halves face down on a cookie sheet and add a small amount of water to surround the halves

Step 7: Bake for 45 minutes. Larger squashes may require a few more minutes but 45 usually does it for me!

Step 8: Remove from oven, flip squashes over (hallow side up) and put 1 TBS of butter in each half

Step 9: Return to oven and Broil for 3 minutes

Step 10: Remove from oven, salt to taste and enjoy! (You can scoop the squash out of their skins if you desire)

There is also a microwave option where you do the exact same thing (cut it in half, hallow, place face down with a little water) but you only have to microwave it for 8 minutes. Yes, this is the faster option and tastes really good too, but I like to avoid the microwave as much as possible. Either are delish though so do as you please!

xxoo Kate

Easy Peasy Apple Cider (crockpot recipe)

The fall feels are in full swing in our home! The decorations are up and it actually snowed today. It’s safe to say that the warm weather is gone until next year.

When I think of fall I think of fall scents, apples, cinnamon, and a warm cozy home. This apple cider recipe accomplishes all of that and more. Even better, it can be made in your crockpot! Easy peasy!

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