The other day I went to a “meet the producers” event to learn more about local farmers, ranchers and foodie companies around me. The e co center was packed full of people and I got to try tons of amazing cheeses, soups, desserts, breads, produce and jams.
One of the companies at the event was one I have had a foodie crush on for a while. Butcher’s bunches is a great company and not just because of their delicious jams and cool flavor combos. Butcher’s uses only local and sustainably grown produce and absolutely no sugar or yucky sugar substitutes.
While I was at the ‘meet the producers’ event I got to meet the founder and she gave me 2 of their jams to try and best off all they are going to give one of you readers a jar as well (giveaway at end of post). I have been wanting to make a peanut butter and jam cookie sandwich for a while but was waiting for the perfect jam, after trying a spoonful of each I knew Butcher’s was a match.
These jams are naturally sweet and taste just like fresh picked fruit. I tried the raspberry and blackberry jams and both were like jars of fresh berries both tart and sweet and oh so addicting. This recipe is a classic childhood favorite disguised as a guilty treat and if you use organic protein powder it becomes a healthy protein rich power food. I hope you enjoy it!
What you need
- 1 c peanut butter
- 1/4 c creamed or raw honey
- 1/4 c of plain protein powder or dry ingredient of choice- any flour, almond meal, even cocoa powder would work
- 1 egg
- sugar free Jam, I used local Butcher’s bunches
How to make it
- preheat oven to 275
- blend together peanut butter and honey, make sure its well blended
- mix in egg
- add protein powder or dry ingredient of choice
- mix well
- roll into balls and place on cookie sheet a couple inches apart
- press balls down with the bottom of a jar or cup to flatten
- bake in oven for around 8 minutes until edges are slightly darker brown
- cookies will be soft but firm up as they cool
- when cool spread jam on the bottom of one cookie and top with another
- let sit for 5 minutes (if you can resist) to let jam soak into the cookie a bit.
- gobble up!
As a nursing mama it is super important to have a quick and easy protein snack on hand. I spend a lot of time nursing and a most of that time is in a rocking chair far away from the kitchen. I made this recipe to keep on the table next to me for when I inevitably become ravenously hungry and no one is around to fetch me a snack and I am just to tired to try myself.
Of course the kiddo, the dog and the husband saw my tasty treat and snagged a few and it quickly became a house favorite. Packed full of protein and yummy raw honey sweetness, it really does taste like candy but I assure you it is powerful protein magic. These are quick to make so if you are juggling kids and dishes and giant dogs you can whip these up in no time, hand over a few to everyone and get a few moments of peace.
They are great for hikes or post workout , snacking while nursing or silencing the brood. They will stay fresh in the fridge for weeks (or freezer for a cold snack) so go ahead and double or triple the recipe!
What you need
- 4 tbsp raw honey or honey of choice
- 6 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 c organic whey protein or protein powder of choice
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
How to make it
- mix all ingredients together except cocoa powder
- roll into balls
- put into the freezer for half hour to firm
- drop half of the balls ( or all if yo love chocolate!) in a bowl of cocoa powder
- try not to eat them all in 3 seconds, good luck
When I am juggling cleaning, breastfeeding, and blogging I don’t always have time to whip up a meal for the kiddo so having healthy organic snacks on hand is vital. There are a lot of companies out there and it can be hard to figure out which ones are really good and which ones are secretly owned by companies who kind of suck.
Newman’s own organics won me over when I started snacking on their Newman O’s. I had a craving for Oreos but didn’t want the gross ingredients.I had a coupon for any Newman’s own organic company so I decided to try them out, they were so delicious and the ingredients were all things I have in my kitchen. After that I was hooked and I started making Newman O’s and pretzels my go to snacks.
The great thing about Newman’s own organics is that they are completely transparent about everything that goes into their products. On their website you will find a FAQ’s page where every single ingredient is broken down for you and every question you might have about their products is answered down to how each ingredient is processed.
The best thing about Newman;s own organics is that a proceed of the sales go to the Newman’s Own Foundation which was founded by Paul Newman. Newman’s Own Foundation has given more than $370 million to organizations helping those in need around the world. Great food and a great cause? It doesn’t get better than that
Newman’s own organics recently sent me a box of products to try out and although I was not obligated to write a review but after sampling them all I have zero complaints. Here is a review of my top 3 favorites:
Although I don’t usually eat microwaved popcorn I was just gifted a free microwave from a friend and was excited to try organic popcorn. It was wonderful and light and not greasy at all best of all the buttery flavor was not overwhelming.
I think these are my favorites! I have been trying to find mints that weren’t 100 different chemical ingredients and these are it! There are 3 ingredients to these mints- organic sugar, organic corn syrup solids and peppermint…that’s it! They were fresh and delicious and melted in my mouth.
Who ever invented these is a genius! I used to love the name brand strawberry licorice but when I cut out processed foods from my diet I had to say goodbye to those. These are not only better but they come in fun flavors, like pomegranate strawberry, tangerine, sour apple, mango, cherry and black licorice. Best of all they are made with REAL fruit!