Recipe – Homemade Cereal Bar Cookies

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Hi y’all,

There won’t be a weekly weigh-in this week (or next week for that matter). I am not on my best behavior and I am going to Disneyland Paris this weekend so I already know what the scale is going to say. Something along the lines of: ‘I hate you, leave me alone! Get back to me when you’re slimmer again, selfish bastard!’. So I figured, why not upset the scale a little more? And that’s why I decided to bake some homemade cereal bar cookies I found on the blog ‘Once a Month Mom‘ by Tricia. Most of the recipe will look exactly like Tricia’s though I did make a few tweaks.

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What do you need?

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1,5 cup of oats, ground (or oat flour)
  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2,5 tablespoons of apple sauce
  • 9 ounces or 255 grams of jam (any kind you like, I used blueberry jam)

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Directions:

  • Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176 degrees Celcius.
  • Step 2: Use a muffin tin and add paper muffin cups or grease the cups with butter or cooking spray.
  • Step 3: If you don’t have oat flour in your pantry simply grind 1,5 cup of oats with a foodprocessor. It might take a while but it’s worth it!
  • Step 4: Mix all the ingredients, except for the jam, with your hands. If the ingredients don’t stick together add a little more apple sauce, it will do the trick.

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  • Step 5: Use 3/4 of your dough to fill the bottom of the cups.
  • Step 6: Create a dent in the dough and fill it with a little bit of jam.
  • Step 7: Take the rest of your dough and put it on top of the jam. Be careful, you don’t want the jam to seep out.
  • Step 8: Bake the cookies for about 20 to 25 minutes and let it cool down a bit. Now it’s time to attack them!

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Quick tip:

Are you unable to eat all the cookies before they go bad? Or do you love to mealprep? Then don’t throw these cookies away, freeze them! Simply let the cookies cool off, put them in a ziplock bag or Tupperware box (wrap them in wax paper first so they won’t stick to each other) and put them in the freezer. When you want to use them you can thaw them overnight or as Tricia suggests place them in a microwave and heat them for 30 seconds to 1 minute. The jam will be hot though so be careful when you try this out!

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Enjoy or as we say in the Netherlands: ‘eet smakelijk’!

When you’re craving for cookies what do you reach for?

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Recipe – Pita Pizza

pitapizzaHi y’all!

Today I am going to share on of my favorite recipes with you. And the best part? It’s super easy to make! I’m talking about pita pizza’s. I don’t know about you, but I sure love my pizza. But because I’m on the Weight Watchers program I know there are way too many points/ calories in it. No way I am eating a regular pizza any time soon! This pita pizza will stop your craving and you can make it as healthy/ unhealthy as you like.

What do you need?

  • Pita’s 
  • Tomato sauce (passata di pomodoro)
  • Cheese (I used grated cheese)
  • Herbs (dried or fresh, that’s up to you)
  • Any topping you prefer (I used mushrooms)

pitapizzapitacollageLike I said, this is super easy to make, but I made a step-by-step tutorial…. you know, just in case. So, first step: take out your favorite pita (I prefer biological and organic wholeweat pita’s from the reformstore but we were out of them) and put them on a baking sheet.

pitapizzatomatosaucecollagePut one tablespoon of tomato sauce (passata di pomodoro) on top of the pita. 1 tablespoon is more than enough. Don’t overdo it.

pitapizzacheesePut your favorite cheese on top of your pita. I used normal, grated cheese but you can opt for parmezan or mozzarella. I used a lot of cheese here, so the pic would look pretty, but if you are watching your diet I would use one tablespoon of grated cheese during this step.

pitapizzamushroomsNow, since we are being healthy, the right thing to do is to add some veggies and perhaps a little bit of protein (chicken, tuna, etc.). I used mushrooms today, but you can use whatever you want, just use your imagionation with this one. May I suggest onions, pineapple, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers or perhaps a little bit of avocado?

pitapizzaseasoningAdd some of your favorite (dried) herbs. I used dried Italian herbs, a little bit of seasalt and pepper. I wanna bet some dried parsley will taste amazing! Or if you’re into it (I’m not) use some fresh basil.

pitapizzaextracheeseAdd around a tablespoon of extra cheese onto your topping. This is just to make it look pretty, you can skip this step if you want. Put it in the oven for around 10 minutes on 225 degrees Celcius (or 437 degrees fahrenheit).

pitapizzaendresultAnd this is what the end result should look like! Try to vary a little bit through out your weightloss journey and you have an amazing ‘low’ kcal snack/lunch that will suit your needs. If you don’t want to go overboard with your kcal, I would suggest to eat one pita pizza and fill the rest of your plate with cucumber and a little bit of fruit.

I calculated 9 propoints for my pita pizza.

Enjoy your meal or as we say in the Netherlands: ‘Eet smakelijk!’

If you’ve tried this recipe, let me know what you think! What is your favorite pizza topping?

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