Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Treats I've Made Lately

Although life has been crazy busy lately, I have been baking! I just haven't had a chance to blog about the treats I've made. Today I thought I'd share links to a few things that I've made but just haven't photographed or written about them... Just haven't had time! But writing a blog post like this allows me to still share some awesome goodies with you, so here goes. :)

As for baking, I've made these cookies lately...

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction

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Oh my goodness, are these good! I've made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies before, but this may be my new favorite recipe for this fall goodie. They are soft and chewy but not cakey like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies often are. A perfect fall treat.

I also made another batch (a double one!) of Sugardoodles (original recipe from Averie Cooks). Once again, they were a huuuge hit!

And I've also been on a no-bake kick! Within the past few weeks, I've made the following three no-bake recipes.

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Guess what? These bars are healthy! There's no added sugar. The ingredients for the base are simply oats, dates, peanut butter, agave nectar (or honey), vanilla extract, and cinnamon. And then the topping is just chocolate and milk (melted together). A no-guilt goodie! Love it. I have plans to make these again very soon.

Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bites from My Blessed Life

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I've actually made these awesome little energy bites twice now but still haven't blogged about them. Whether they get their own blog post or not, it's about time I shared with you that these chocolate cranberry energy bites from My Blessed Life are awesome. A great sweet treat that again, is on the healthier side! What's not to love?

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Balls 

I posted this recipe on my blog last year, and the original is from Taste and Tell. These could not be any easier! The ingredients aren't quite as healthy as the previous two treats (there's a whole stick of butter in these guys :)), but they are soooo delicious! The next time you're in a pinch and need to make something quickly, remember these chocolate oatmeal cookie balls. You'll be glad you did.

Thanks for letting me pop in to share a few recipes with you! Hopefully my next post will be sooner than a week and a half away...can't believe it's been that long since my last post! Oops. :)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Enjoy Life's Decadent Soft Baked Bars: A Review

I recently had the pleasure of receiving Enjoy Life Decadent Soft Baked Bars in the mail to try. What a fun treat! You may remember that I've previously reviewed other Enjoy Life products on the blog (Plentils, Chocolate Mega Chunks, GranolaNot Nuts, and Crunchy Cookies - which were all wonderful!), so when Enjoy Life recently contacted me to see if I was interested in trying their newest product, their Decadent Soft Baked Bars, I was more than happy to oblige!

What a fun, colorful package to receive, don't you think?!

One of the great features of Enjoy Life products is that they are free from the 8 common allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish, and shellfish). What I've liked about all the Enjoy Life products I've received is not only their delicious taste, but that that products are labeled very clearly! It's very easy to tell what you're getting with these products. It is not difficult to decipher the labels or ingredients list with their products, and I love that. Aaand, these bars are free of GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms), which is something the hubs and I have been paying attention to a lot more lately. So I was glad to see the Non-GMO Project verified symbol on the box of these bars!

After snapping a few photos of the Decadent Soft Baked Bars, I dug right in to try the different flavors!

Each of the four different bar flavors has either a white or dark drizzle on them. That little drizzle in and of itself is a great reason to enjoy these bars. ;) And the bars are all soft (as the name suggests, of course), chewy, and slightly dense - enough to make them feel like a substantial snack or dessert. They're not light and airy as if there's nothing to them. I'm not a fan of bars like that!

The Cinnamon Bun flavor was delicious! It's like a condensed version of a freshly baked cinnamon bun...but much neater to eat. :) And healthier too! I love that the Cinnamon Bun flavor contains quinoa, cinnamon, and apple as ingredients.

The S'mores flavor was also fantastic! It actually reminded me of a brownie, which is always a good thing in my eyes. And this flavor even combines Enjoy Life's Vanilla Honey Graham Crunchy Cookies as an ingredient in it - neat!

Although I didn't snap any photos of the Cherry Cobbler or Chocolate SunButter, I have tried them, don't you worry. The Cherry Cobbler is a great mixture of sweet and tart and is topped with that delicious white drizzle like the Cinnamon Bun flavor. And the Chocolate SunButter is great (possibly my favorite flavor actually!) because the sunbutter gives it almost a peanut butter-y flavor.

Enjoy Life products are wonderful for the friends and family in your life who may have any of the common allergies! Definitely keep them in mind the next time you're looking for a treat that's gluten-free and free of many other allergens as well. You can find a list of store locations that carry Enjoy Life products on their website.

These new Decadent Soft Baked Bars are a great addition to the overall line of Enjoy Life products. They're a perfect on-the-go, portable snack, great for a road trip or to enjoy as fuel on a hike. I've found the bars to be a satisfying little snack in between meals too. And I've even enjoyed one as dessert a time or two! These bars satisfy the sweet tooth but don't contain too much sugar like a lot of desserts, so they're a nice, low-guilt dessert option. :)

Thank you so much to Enjoy Life Foods for giving me the opportunity to try another one of their great products!