Protein Cookie Puffins

I have to admit getting this recipe right was quite enjoyable.  These soft baked cookie puffs or puffins, as we call them around here, are a real tasty treat the whole family will feel good about indulging.  With peanut butter, cinnamon, and chocolate flavors, every bite is also protein packed and fiber filled for that healthy balance.


3/4 C. Kodiak Cakes Cinnamon Oat Mix (or plain mix with 1/4 C. Quick Oats and 1 tsp Cinnamon)

1/2 C. Butter

1/2 C. Chocolate Chip Morsels

4 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Flax Seed

1 Tbsp Honey

1/4 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 C. Water

2.5 oz. Vanilla Yogurt

Servings: 16

Cook Time: 15 min.

Preheat Oven: 350°

1.  Whip butter, peanut butter, oil, and yogurt, and honey in a bowl

2.  Mix all dry ingredients in a separate bowl

3.  Combine whipped ingredients and dry ingredients adding the water to help fusion

4.  Fold chips into dough like mixture

5.  Form ping pong sized balls and space them on non stick cookie sheet

6.  Bake 15 minutes

7.  Enjoy after cooling several minutes

4 Easy Oatmeal Recipes

Being that oatmeal is a heart-healthy breakfast option, I have really tried my best to incorporate it into my diet.  It is considered a superfood that will keep you fuller longer while providing nutrients like fiber and antioxidants.  I found store-bought flavored oatmeal to be too sugary with not so much oats and that is why I started trying to make my own flavors at home.

Basic Maple

Servings: 2   Cook Time: 5 min.


3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

2 servings Quick Oats


-Cook oatmeal as directed on box

-Stir in maple syrup

PB&J Oatmeal              

Servings: 2     Cook Time: 5 min.


4 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

2 servings Quick Oats

2 Tbsp. Berry Jelly


-Cook oatmeal as directed on box

-Stir in peanut butter

-top each serving with 1 Tbsp. of berry jelly


Coconut Cocoa Oatmeal            

Servings: 2   Cook Time: 5 min.


1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

½ c.  Sweetened Shredded Coconut

2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

2 servings Quick Oats

Topping:  Shredded Coconut & Grated Dark Chocolate


-Cook your quick oats as directed on box

-Stir in cocoa powder and shredded coconut

*Top with desired toppings


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Servings: 2   Cook Time: 15 min.


2 Granny Smith Apples

1 tsp. Cinnamon Sugar

½ tsp. Cinnamon

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 Tbsp. Oil

2 servings Quick Oats

Optional Toppings-Cinnamon Sugar and Chopped Pecans


-Rinse, peel, and dice apples

-Pour oil into heat skillet and pan fry the apples

-Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and cinnamon over apples

-While apples cook, prepare your quick oats as directed on box

-Once apples have softened and become a caramel color (about 10 min)

-Remove apples from heat and add to oatmeal

-Stir in honey and add toppings if desired


Hope you find these yummy!  If so please give me a star so I know and tap the arrows up top for ways to follow.

Take care

5 Kitchen Tips and 2 Simple Recipes

1. Brown your meat-Try not to stir it too often, letting it stick a little so it gets a somewhat charred look.

2. Don’t soak your pot-Instead, put a drop of dish soap with about a cup of water. Bring to a boil and gently scrape the remaining food off with a stirring spoon or spatula. I rather this method because it is easier and gets the job done much better. Sometimes soaking it just delays the vigorous scrubbing and scraping of nasty soggy gritty food particles.

3. Cut your cutting time in half-Being in a new mom fog I suppose is why I did not think of these until after baby #2. The following hacks are much easier than using a knife.

Pizza cutters are no longer just for pizza! Try using it for pancakes, grill cheese, tortillas and more.

Have an egg slicer? It is perfect for slicing meats, fruits, and softer veggies into smaller more uniform bites.

4. Bag those scraps-If you are like me and dislike cutting over a trash can then try these hacks. Place a shopping bag in the sink with one handle around the faucet. Another option is wrapping shopping bags handles around the cabinet nobs to hold the bag open.

5. Extra love into simple dishes-My friend’s kid thinks I make the best tacos and I use the same box most moms use. So I’m guessing it is maybe how I cook them. Which is really just an extra easy step or two as you can see in the recipe below.


1 Taco Kit

1 lb. Ground Turkey

15 oz. can Pinto Beans


*favorite toppings


Brown and drain meat

Stir in seasoning with meat

Add water and undrained beans

Cook on medium for 4 min

Use a spatula to break meat up into very small pieces allowing taco flavor set in

Mash beans as well for better flavor and digestion (blends better for picky eaters)

Cook on low 4 minutes to allow flavors to set in

Serve in the preferred shell with favorite toppings

Sometimes it is more how you cook something than what you are actually cooking. Take peas for instance. You can just throw them in a pot until hot, right? Or you can add a little extra love. Here is my recipe for a savory side of peas…


2 can of Petite Pois (Peas)

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp butter


Empty one undrained can into a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 8 min.

Add garlic, pepper, and turmeric

Mash peas until slightly pasty

Add second (drained) can of peas and butter

Cook on low/medium heat for another 8 min.

Bonus Tip: After your meal is cooked. Set heat to low and wait about 5 minutes before serving to let flavors set in.