Posts Tagged ‘homemade’

Homemade Reese Cups

July 29, 2010

These couldn’t be any easier!

Homemade Reese Cups


1 Cup Peanut Butter

6 TBSP Butter (softened)

2 cups Powdered Sugar

24 ounces Almond Bark (Chocolate or Vanilla)

12-18 Aluminum Baking Cups

-Combine first 3 Ingredients. The mixture may look crumbly and that’s okJ *I use my Kitchenaid Mixer to combine but you can also use a  dough cutter to cut the ingredients together.*

-After you have combined the above, melt Almond Bark (chocolate or vanilla) in a Double Broiler, making sure to stir frequently (I use a makeshift one that I create from two pans, one obviously smaller then the other).

-Once your chocolate is melted, cover the bottom of 12-18 Baking Cups (the number you end up with depends on how big you make them).

– Make a Peanut Butter Mixture Ball from the combined ingredients and flatten slightly with your fingers. Place on top of the Chocolate in the Baking Cups.

-Fill the Baking Cup the rest of the way with Melted Chocolate, making sure to cover the Peanut Butter Mixture,  and smooth across the top.

-Chill for 10 minutes in the fridge and enjoy!


Make Your Own Gatorade/Electrolyte Drink

July 7, 2010

A friend of mine and I were having a conversation the other day that made me remember I had not posted these recipes on here….

Little Interesting Tidbits of Info. about Electrolyte Drinks: The importance of an electrolyte Drink is to replace the Water, Sugar (Calories) and Electrolytes that you lose through sweating, vomiting etc…. Sports drinks have quite a lot of sugar, but interestingly they have only about half the sugar of most other commercial beverages. This is because if you load in too much sugar at once, it slows down water absorption. The Electrolytes most Sports drinks focus on include ions of calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and chloride.

Don’t want to waste money on expensive Sports Drinks? Want to know exactly what you are ingesting and be in control of the amounts? Make your own Electrolyte Drink with these Recipes:


Regular Electrolyte Drink aka Gatorade

  • 1 package unsweetened Kool Aid (any flavor)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


Low Calorie/Carb Electrolyte Drink Aka Propel

It turns out that two tablespoons of lemon juice contain almost exactly the amount of potassium in 8 oz of a typical sports drink. So, if you want to make your own low-carb sports drink, it’s quite easy. Just mix together:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) water (not carbonated)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • small pinch of salt
  • Flavoring and sweetener to taste

Flavoring Ideas:

  • Crystal Light Drink Mix
  • Sugar Free Kool Aid


These Mixes can also be made up and frozen in an ice cube tray, crushed in a Food Processor and eaten like an Icee as well.


Little Frugalista

Parfaits for Little Dude’s Birthday

May 12, 2010

I didn’t want Little Dude eating cake twice on his Birthday and wanted to send some other treat to his class for his special day. My solution….

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Parfaits

I used 10 ounce clear cups, filled them with about 5 ounces of yogurt in each cup and then topped that with about a 1/4  a cup of homemade Granola (recipe below). I added Thomas the Tank stickers to the cups to make them fun for his class and then finished them by placing  “Thomas” blue spoon in the cups.

Little Miss has a July Birthday and doesn’t get to celebrate with her classmates since school is out so I sent in Parfaits to her class as well and placed pink spoons in those….

Homemade Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Granola


  • 2/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats

Add ins….

1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup Peanut Butter Chips



  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter, honey and cinnamon; heat through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Place oats in a large, shallow roasting pan or a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan. Pour warm peanut butter mixture over oats and stir gently until oats are coated. Spread evenly in pan.
  3. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  4. Remove from oven let dry completely, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in Chocolate and Peanut Butter Chips.
  6.  Store in covered containers.

NOTES: The “Add ins” on this recipe can be tailored to your tastes. These are just the ones I used for the Parfaits.

To make Clusters in your Granola squeeze the Mixture with your hands to form little mounds before baking.


Homemade Granola Bars

April 27, 2010

In an effort to stay away from High Fructose Corn Syrup and various other additives I make lots of things that your average person buys already processed and premade. This recipe is no different 🙂

From my Meal Plan this Week…

Homemade Granola Bars


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or other goodies


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, vanilla, butter, honey and brown sugar. Stir in the 2 cups assorted chocolate chips, raisins, nuts etc. (picture shows bars made with 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup peanut butter chips)
  3. Firmly press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 9 minutes. Pull from oven and press mixture firmly again into the pan. Bake another 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into bars. Let bars cool completely in pan before removing or serving.

Save Money AND Eat Healthier with: Healthy Homemade Cracker Jacks

March 30, 2010

Low Calorie, High Protien “Cracker Jacks”
from 50 Ways to take the junk out of junk food by Julie Whittingham

7 cups air-popped popcorn (I cook mine on the stove top)
Salt to taste
1 cup peanuts
2 TBSP honey
3 TBSP light margarine
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 350
2.Put popcorn in a large bowl and flavor it with salt. Mix in peanuts.
3.Put honey, margarine and cinnamon into a microwave safe container and microwave for 3o seconds.
4.Stir honey mixture and then pour over popcorn and peanuts. Coat well.
5.Spread popcorn evenly on a lightly oiled sheet pan.
Bake 12-14 minutes. Stir once while cooking.
6. Let cool 15 minutes before eating or storing in an airtight container.

**Notes: You may need to add a little more popcorn to achieve desired consistency. My picture shows about 8 cups of popcorn.

Would make a great snack in packed lunches 🙂