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Iced Mocha: Fast & Healthy

iced mocha healthyMost days I feel pretty slaggy at 2pm. Slaggy is my word for tired, losing mojo, wanting to eat every. single. thing. My day is almost over, but I still need energy to get it all done, and not ruin my good eating all day vibe.

So this is a quick, easy, healthy recipe for you if you are anything like me! It’s an easy to make, and healthy, coffee drink, made easier by instant coffee. Which by the way is usually only used in emergencies in my house! I keep it on-hand just in case of making a chocolate cake, a “mocha” cake. Or chocolate frosting, a “mocha” frosting. That sort of thing. We don’t actually drink it!

But alas. We are trying not to eat cake… or frosting in my house. Aren’t we all trying not to eat this stuff?!  But, really, it’s not so hard. Not when I can make a yummy chocolate-coffee drink in no time, and it satisfies my need to indulge in a coffee mid-day. Weellll…I say indulge, but really I mean, just have it. I need it. It will either be a boring coffee, or this guy. I choose this.

And P.S. It is most diet(s) compliant!

Iced Mocha: Fast & Healthy

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

113 per serving

3.5 per serving

Perfect Mid-Afternoon pick-me-up!


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1TBSP. cocoa powder
  • 1TBSP. Peanut Butter powder (or regular)
  • 1TBSP ground flaxseed (just to make it a bit healthy!)
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet of instant coffee (1 TBSP granules)
  • 1 cup cold (leftover) coffee, or water if you don't have any
  • 1 handful of ice (not too much or it gets slushy)


Blend. Serve.


*Add a scoop of protein powder if you need an afternoon post-workout shake!


calories in iced mocha from HAG

Calorie analysis from : http://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

I am sort of mad that this is so good. Now my husband wants me to make these all the time.

The good and the bad of working from home, I guess! I compare it to the $4.50 Iced Mocha at my fave coffee place (rhymes with Far-tucks- hehe) which , even without the whipped cream is 230 calories and 6 grams of fat…still not too too bad… however, this homemade version has some nutritive value in the almond milk, banana and flaxseed…And I am $4.50 richer, not going there! And it is in my own house…so after a workout, I don’t have to duck away from anyone seeing my sweaty head and crazy-red-face!

Pump it up with protein powder if you want to, and then just add the nutrient value from there. Enjoy!

iced mocha healthy and fast

fast and healthy iced mocha

 Linked with Foodie Friday, Pin Junkie, Tasty Tuesday, Katherine’s Corner,
Full Plate Thursday, Gator MommyFuntastic Friday

Winter White-Chocolate Salty-Sweet Popcorn

Winter White-Chocolate Salty-Sweet Popcorn
I first made this recipe for a twin-mom convention and everyone went crazy for the salty-sweet, addictiveness of this. It is just popcorn, white chocolate, crushed corn-chips, and candy (you can mix this part up!). Done. Salty and sweet. Very easy and delicious. It is a favorite of my kids, when it’s made in it’s purest form: with M&M’s. I am totally okay with that. But for the holidays, I think we need green and red m&ms…and in this case I used the Mint M&M’s. Well. Yes.mint m&m's for sweet and salty popcorn

Pop the popcorn, melt the chocolate, crush the chips, add the candy. Let’s do this.

There are lots of variations of this recipe, bu the one I base mine on is from Your Homebased Mom:

Winter White-Chocolate Salty-Sweet Popcorn

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

I love to make a big bowl of this "special" popcorn for the kids when they have a movie-night- It is easy,and a special change from our normal snacking~


  • 8 cups popped corn
  • 6 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 2 big handfuls of crushed corn chips (like Fritos or Bugles, not tortilla!)
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms candies, regular or mint flavored.


Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Set aside.

In an oversized bowl, mix your popcorn and crushed chips.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe dish until soft, and stir until smooth (Mine takes 2-3 minutes on 50%power, stirring half-way).

Pour the chocolate over the popcorn and mix with a rubber spatula.

Add the M&M's.

Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet and let sit until it hardens (usually 30 minutes).

Break into chunks and serve!


Change up the colors of the M&M's for the holiday: Blue for Hanukkah, or green for St.Patrick's Day- kind of a little treat!



sweet and salty popcorn

sweet and salty popcorn

Linked with Foodie Friday, Pin Junkie, Tasty Tuesday, Katherine’s Corner,
Full Plate Thursday, Gator MommyFuntastic Friday


Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

granola bars

No refined sugars=mom happy, no peanuts=school happy, chewy with chocolate=kid happy.

A trifecta of happy. These are the bars.

This is the recipe that I have needed to create for 4 years. It is so easy, and now since I can make them myself using Almond butter, I can pack it in the school lunches. Hallah!

Clean Eating Peanut-Free Chewy Granola Bars

This is a great option for including granola bars into kids' lunches without worrying if there are peanuts in them! Easy to make with ready to find ingredients. They aren't too sweet, but just sweet enough with the chocolate chips.


  • 1 Tbsp. flax meal mixed with 2 Tbsp. water (flax "egg")
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup nut butter (Almond is best here)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350*.

Make the flax egg by mixing the 1 Tbsp. flax meal with 2 Tbsp. water, and set aside.

Using a food processor, mix the raisins, dates, and 2 Tbsp. almond milk on high speed until it is tiny rice-sized crumbles.

Place mixture in a large bowl.

Add the honey, almond butter, vanilla, and the flax "egg."

Mix thoroughly.

Add the 2 cups of oats, and mix until the oats are completely covered in the date mixture.

Add the chocolate chips until combined.

Dump it into a 8X8 inch baking pan, that has been sprayed or lined with parchment, and press down until level (I use waxed paper for this).

Bake 15-20 minutes until the edges are just brown. Remove from the oven.

Cool in the pan, and cut into squares.


*If you are vegan, you can substitute brown rice syrup for the honey and use vegan chocolate chips. ** If you are not worried about peanut allergies, than feel free to substitute. If you use sunflower butter, the baking process can turn your granola bars green! Shocking to look at, but fine to eat!



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