Category Archives: Snacks

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip

Shredded chicken, chopped green chili’s, black beans, cheese, and ranch seasoning are combined and baked to bubbly perfection in this easy Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip. Grab your chips and get to snacking!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I love appetizers.

I love appetizers so much I have no idea why I actually cook meals.
Aren’t they so much more fun?! Dips and spreads, and bite sized things.

Yum, I love it!

Green Chili Chicken Ranch Dip...super easy dip that is full of flavor! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

So, the other night as I was getting ready to make Cheesy Chicken and Rice my love of appetizers got the best of me. I scoured the cabinets to see what I had to work with. Black beans, ranch seasoning, green chills, chips…Mexican it is!

This turned out perfect, so full of flavor, and because it was loaded with meat, beans, and reduced fat cream cheese it felt way more sinful then it really was!

Green Chili Chicken + Ranch Dip, SO easy and gluten free! www.maebells.com

So just in case you find your self in need of a good game day snack or a fun dinner idea keep this one in mind!

Ranch + Green Chili Chicken Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 8 ounce package reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 small can chopped green chili
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray an 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the chicken, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, green chili's, and drained and rinsed black beans.
  4. Fold in half of the shredded cheese.
  5. Place dip mixture in casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 25 minutes until gold and bubbly.
  7. Garnish with tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and avocado if desired.

 

 

 

 

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

 Salted Caramel Mocha Granola has all of the flavor of a Starbucks favorite! Just a few simple ingredients for this delicious sweet and salty snack!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I am kind of the queen of granola in case you haven’t noticed. It is quickly becoming my favorite thing to play around with in the kitchen. I love how quickly it comes together and the endless variations of add ins and flavor combinations, but most of all I like having easy, delicious snacks around the house.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

My Mocha Granola recipe is our go to, but I decided to try putting a new spin on it. Last year around the Holidays I tried a Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks and was totally hooked. I rarely go for a super rich, chocolatey coffee drink, but this was basically heaven in a cup. All of my Starbucks gift cards from Christmas were gone in like a week, and my skinny jeans were feeling a little too tight. Luckily, it is not offered year round!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Once the idea for Salted Caramel Mocha Granola got in my head it was pretty much all I could think about. I thought of a couple different ways to approach it like adding a caramel sauce or making granola clusters with caramel in the center, but eventually simplicity won out and I settled on adding chunks of caramel in the granola and topping it with course sea salt.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Yum. Just yum.

This is the perfect afternoon pick me up or great over ice cream and yogurt! Give this a try, you won’t be sorry!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup caramel squares, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  3. Add oats and stir mixture until all oats are completely covered in the chocolate coffee mixture.
  4. Grab a large baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, and add half of the chopped caramel squares, bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove oats from oven, let them cool about 10 minutes, and while still warm sprinkle the rest of the caramel over the granola mixture.
  8. When the granola is completely cool add the sea salt over the top
  9. Store in an air tight container

 

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans

These no bake Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans are packed with oats, puffed rice, fruit, nuts, protein powder and chocolate! They are a cinch to make and give you a boost to get through the day!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

I go through fazes.

I can go from ninety to nothing in a day. I can be so totally all into one thing, then totally uninterested the next day. Urgh. I really hate that about myself. I am trying very hard to change. To be a finish what you start-always do what you say you will do-make it happen kind of person. I feel like I am about 75% of the way there, but not quite where I want to be.

Two years ago we started revamping our house. Yes, two years. We tackled the floors, tiling, painting the walls and cabinets, new furniture, and new lighting, and then I hit a wall. I didn’t want to look at paint colors, carpets, cabinets, tile, light fixtures…no, just no. I was over it.

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So our little remodel never made it past the front rooms of our house. Leaving the bedrooms and bathrooms untouched. You know what? I didn’t care. Not one bit. I just kind of thought..okay if we have house guest I will just close the doors or something. For two years my I don’t care attitude stayed. We had bedrooms with bare white walls and all was right with the world.

Until last week.

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I woke up and on my way to the kitchen glanced into one of the guest rooms. Urgh…I hate you, I thought. White walls, plain carpet, cheap blinds. I walked to the front of the house, made a cup of coffee and looked at my pretty kitchen. Everything was in its place. Everything was exactly how I wanted because I had done it. Then I remembered I had once hated this kitchen. The cheap, stained laminate flooring, the ugly cabinets, the plain light fixtures. I peeked around the corner into the living room. My nice living room with pretty barnwood floors and lovely drapes. The living room that once had dingy carpets and an Ikea coffee table. It was a nice living room because I had made it nice.

A seed had been planted.

I stood in the door way of the plain, untouched guest room, coffee in hand and the wheels started turning. Suddenly, paint colors and light fixtures seemed interesting again! The humble little room in front of me had so much more potential than I had ever thought!

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So, as I mentioned on Monday, I spent an entire weekend covered in paint. The room is far from finished. There is still a lot I want to do, but this morning I woke up, walked to the front of the house and glanced into the guest room. The pretty, freshly painted room with new furniture, new curtains, and new picture frames and I smiled.

It is pretty because I made it pretty. It is just how I want it, because I did it.

Sometimes we need to be reminded the only thing standing in our way is ourselves. Sometimes you just need to make it happen.

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

Of course a little help is never a bad thing! I made these Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans to give me something to snack on during the weekend. They take all of five minutes to make and require no baking. They are the perfect little pick me up that is totally guilt free!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil, measured solid
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the honey and coconut oil. Microwave for 45 seconds until the oil has melted.
  2. Add the protein powder and cocoa, stir well.
  3. Add the oats, rice, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips until well combined.
  4. Line an 8x8 pan with foil, spray with cooking oil.
  5. Add the granola mixture to the pan and spread it evenly. Using your spatula press the mixture down into the pan. (the tighter the mixture is the less likely your bars are to fall apart)
  6. Place bars in the freezer to set, 15-20 minutes.
  7. Turn bars out onto cutting board, carefully removing foil, and slice into bars.
  8. Keep cold.

 

 

 

Pina Colada Soft Serve

It is hot.
Like hot hot hot.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

Sunday afternoon I went to run a few errands and ended up cutting the day short because it was totally miserable outside. Make up was melting right off my face, and my car felt like it was a million degrees every time I turned it on. No thank you. I would rather do all my shopping online than deal with a heat index of 104!
I walked right into the house ready to make a smoothie but ended up making this Pina Colada Soft Serve by mistake.
Talk about a happy accident.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

This has the perfect soft serve consistency and it was loaded with pineapple and coconut flavor. Just the refreshing mid afternoon pick me up I needed! I topped the soft serve with toasted coconut which added a whole lot of flavor and a little bit of crunch.

Piña Colada Soft Serve...no ice cream maker needed! Just 30 seconds and five simple ingredients!

This makes the perfect snack size for two people or one super hungry person who needs to cool off! (um, yeah I ate both bowls)

What are you waiting for? You’re only five ingredients and 30 seconds away from tropical bliss!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Pina Colada Soft Serve
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup frozen cool whip (I used fat free)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend for 20-30 seconds. You may enjoy it immediately or put it back in freezer to firm up to a harder ice cream consistency.
  2. If you wish to add toasted coconut just set your broiler to low and sprinkle about ⅛-1/4 cup of shredded coconut on a baking sheet. Let it set under the broiler for 30 seconds-1 minute or until lightly toasted. Watch closely! Let it cool before adding to soft serve

 

 

 

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

One of my favorite breakfast or snack options is a fruit and yogurt parfait. I love them, they absolutely never get old. Cold, creamy yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and crunchy granola. Yum! What’s not to love?!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!!

But until now I didn’t have the perfect parfait granola. Something sweet, crunchy, but not overpowering. I love my Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola and I am obsessed with this Mocha Granola, but neither one are quite what I am looking for with fruit and yogurt. So, I did some experimenting. I made several batches and played around with flavors like cinnamon raisin and maple walnut, just to name a few. None of them hit the spot.

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Eventually I decided on Honey Vanilla Almond Granola. This smelled amazing when it was cooking, but as soon as I tasted it I knew we had a winner. This totally knocked my socks off! The honey and vanilla really shine through and compliment the almonds perfectly! I enjoyed this with a couple different flavors and fruits, but my favorite was vanilla yogurt and freshly chopped peaches piled high with granola loaded on top. Perfection!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups Old Fashioned Oats (I used Bobs Red Mill GF oats)
  • 1¼ cups almonds*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a microwave proof bowl combine the oil and honey. Heat for 45 seconds at a time until the oil is melted.
  3. Add vanilla, stir well to be sure it is combined.
  4. Pour in oats and almonds stir until everything looks moist and covered in the honey mixture.
  5. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray, dump the oat mixture on the pan and make sure it is spread evenly.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir everything well. Bake 10 more minutes. Remove and let cool completely before storing.
  7. *Regular almonds work great, but Blue Diamond Honey Vanilla Almonds are fantastic in this.