3 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies Recipe (VIDEO)

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So I’m trying to lose weight. Again. This does not mesh well with my love of fall baking and all things pumpkin and chocolate though. That’s why I have been hard at work finding yummy, low calorie baking recipes that will not break my diet. One of my new favorites are these 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies. Yep. 3 ingredients. Brownie mix, canned pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice. These three things come together to make a fudge-like brownie that feels like an indulgence, but has none of the fat of regular brownies. Instructions below and in the video. Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package brownie mix
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Lightly coat square pan with cooking spray. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to cool to room temperature, and cut into squares. Serve with a cold, glass of milk and enjoy!

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Easter Recipe: Deviled Eggs Three Ways

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It’s not Easter unless we have deviled eggs so today I wanted to share three of our favorite recipes. The first recipe is for classic deviled eggs except that there’s a little twist that makes a big difference. Sugar and honey mustard. These two ingredients really add a lot of flavor. However, it’s also fun to play with deviled eggs and add new ingredients like avocado or salsa. Enjoy!

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Classic Deviled Eggs

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  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Paprika, for garnish

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a sprinkle of paprika.

 

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

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  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 medium Haas avocado
  • 1 tsp red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a cilantro leaf.

 

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

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  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1-2 Tbsp salsa
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a sprinkle of chili powder and little green onion.

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Quick Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Appetizer: Apple Pie Dip Recipe

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I’m a big believer in appetizers being simple and quick to prepare – especially on Thanksgiving when I am already spending several days before cooking and cleaning and getting everything just right in preparation for the big day. So today I wanted to share with you a to.die.for appetizer that is easy and quick to prepare, but is also a crowd-pleaser.  Hot Apple Pie Dip served with Triscuit and/or Wheat Thins crackers.

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You guys. This dip is FALL on a plate. It is creamy and filled with apples and pecans and spices. The melted cheddar cheese on top makes it a little bit sweet/salty. And…it is served warm.

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Total rustic, comfort food while still being an elegant dish perfect for the holidays. It is also an easy recipe to double or triple if you have are expecting a full house on Thanksgiving.

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Hot Apple Pie Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tub (8 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese spread
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 apple, chopped, divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped pecans
  •  WHEAT THINS Original Snacks and/or TRISCUITS

Instructions

  • HEAT  oven to 375°F.
  • MIX  cream cheese, sugar and spice in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half the apples.
  • SPREAD  into pie plate or small casserole dish; top with remaining apples, cheddar and nuts.
  • BAKE  10 to 12 min. or until heated through. Serve with WHEAT THINS and/or TRISCUITS.
  • OPTIONAL: Top with extra chopped nuts and apples for garnish.

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Fall Treat: Pumpkin Pie Spiced Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow Recipe

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Have you ever had muddy buddies – aka puppy chow? Every holiday season, we are guilty of whipping up an embarrassing number of batches of peppermint muddy buddies. They are slightly addictive. Ok, not slightly. Highly, highly addictive. We have been known to make a batch late at night because wejusthavetohavethemnow. This year I thought – what if I put pumpkin spice + muddy buddies together? The result is a perfect fall snack. We have been using Kellogg’s Krave Cereal to make all of our muddy buddies recipes since last year (which by the way if you don’t have time to whip up muddy buddies, Krave cereal all by itself will satisfy any late night sweet tooth!). It’s great because it is light and crunchy on the outside and has lightly sweetened chocolate on the inside. Consume at your own risk though. You might feel the need to make a batch in the middle of the night too.

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Pumpkin Pie Muddy Buddies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate Kellogg’s Krave Cereal
  • 11 oz White Chocolate Chips (White Chocolate)
  • 1.5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • (OPTIONAL) Fall sprinkles

Directions

  1. Place cereal in a large zip top bag and set aside.
  2. Put powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice into a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, melt white chocolate chips by microwaving 30 seconds then stirring and repeating until melted (about 90 seconds).
  4. Pour melted white chocolate into the zip top bag with the cereal, close, and lightly shake until cereal is evenly coated.
  5. Pour cereal mixture into a large bowl, sprinkle powdered sugar mixture over the cereal and lightly toss until cereal is coated. Store in a sealed air-tight container or zip top bag.
  6. OPTIONAL GARNISH – add sprinkles when ready to serve.

 

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After School Snack Ideas: Homemade Baked Doughnuts Recipe

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Fridays are pretty special around the Jolly household. Friday mornings typically start with Lucas jumping out of bed super-excited that it’s Friday. There are usually a few high fives and TGIF’s thrown around! Lucas loves Fridays because he gets to do a lot of art and the school day is much more relaxed. He also knows that mom and dad always bring him a special after school snack on Fridays. Sometimes that might be a Blizzard from Dairy Queen or sometimes it’s a homemade treat. No matter what though – he gets a special treat to celebrate the end of the school week. Friday nights are also family night – whether it’s playing video games or board games or going out to dinner or cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie – Friday nights are all about us.

This past week, we surprised Lucas with a new Friday treat – homemade Baked Doughnuts. This is a wonderful recipe that is easy to follow and results in an airy, light glazed doughnut. Just perfect. We topped a few with lightly crushed Kellogg’s Froot Loops, which was a big hit!

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Glazed Baked Doughnuts

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups milk, scalded
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup All-Bran® Original
  • 2 packages dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water (105 to 115°F)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Directions

1. In large mixing bowl, pour hot milk over shortening. Stir in sugar, salt, spices and KELLOGG’S ALL-BRAN cereal. Cool to lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add to cereal mixture together with eggs. Mix well. Add flour and thoroughly combine. Cover and let stand in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

3. Turn dough out on well-floured board. Shape into a ball. (Dough will be very soft to handle.) Roll out lightly to about 1/2 inch of thickness. Be careful not to stretch dough. Cut with floured 3-inch doughnut cutter. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Brush with melted butter and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 20 minutes.

4. Bake at 425° F about 10 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Glaze

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • (OPTIONAL) 1 cup Kellogg’s Froot Loops, lightly crushed

Directions
1. Using a mixer, beat together cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, salt, and hot water until smooth.

2. Dip tops of warm doughnuts into glaze.

3. Sprinkle with crushed Froot Loops or serve as-is. NOTE: If using Froot Loops, make sure to do this right before serving or else the cereal becomes soggy when stored for a long time.

Yield: 3 dozen (36) doughnuts

For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Lucas’ Favorite Trail Mix Recipe

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One of the main things we focus on after school is reading. We encourage Lucas to pick out his own books. Books that really appeal to him. Sometimes those books are chapter books, sometimes he chooses comic books, or sometimes he will even choose Minecraft Tutorial Books. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me as long as he is reading and more importantly – as long as he is developing the love for reading. The love for books. Because that is truly a gift. While he reads, it’s nice to have a crunchy snack that he can nibble on and trail mix is perfect. Lucas’ favorite combination is a little bit salty and a little bit sweet, but the great thing about this is that you can add whatever your child loves. What I personally love about trail mix is that in minutes, I can make a huge batch. Then, I can portion into small zip-top bags and now we have quick snacks that Lucas can grab on the way to baseball practice, while he is reading or doing homework, etc.

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Lucas’ Favorite Trail Mix

makes 16-18 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Kellogg’s® Crispix® cereal
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup dry roasted lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Directions
1. In large bowl toss together all of the ingredients. Store in airtight container.

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For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

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There are usually 1-2 days during the week which Lucas doesn’t come straight home after school – sometimes it’s because either Mike or I (depends on who picks him up) has to run a few errands or we have an appointment. On those days, I like to send a portable snack that he can munch on in the car. One of our favorite on-the-go snacks are Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars. OMG, you guys. YUM!!! These are better than any granola bar you can buy at the grocery store. They are loaded with lots of good for you ingredients – oats, almonds, peanut butter, honey, banana chips, dried berries, and Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal. If your child has a nut allergy, you can omit the nuts and add more dried fruit and replace the peanut butter with sunbutter.

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Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried berries
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
1. In large bowl stir together oats, almonds, KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal and dried berries and banana chips.

2. In small saucepan combine peanut butter, honey and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.

3. Pour peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir to combine. Press into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool completely. Cut into thirty-two 2 x 1 1/2-inch rectangles.

Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars

For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples Recipe

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Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s nice to have a warm and comforting after school snack for Lucas. This is especially true on baseball practice days. Some warm food in his belly helps get him through practice until dinner. One of his favorites snacks (and one the entire family loves) are Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples – it is the perfect fall treat! The Kellogg’s Mini Wheats, raisins,  cinnamon, and apple juice meld with the softened, warm apple to produce what really almost resembles an apple pie or apple crisp. Sometimes we like to serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a bit of vanilla yogurt. The bonus is that while it tastes like dessert – it is actually very low calorie, healthy and nutritious. A+ in my book!

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Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples

recipe from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 4 medium baking apples
  • 1 cup Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites® Original cereal
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup 100% apple juice

Directions
1. Core apples. Peel strip about 1 inch wide around middle of each apple. Place upright in 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe casserole.

2. In small bowl combine cereal, raisins and cinnamon. Pack cereal mixture into centers of apples.

3. Pour apple juice over apples and into casserole dish. Microwave, covered, at high for 6 to 12 minutes* or until apples are tender. Turn casserole dish and baste apples with juice every 3 minutes.

4. Before serving, spoon juice over apples again. Serve warm.

Note: These Kellogg cereals may be substituted for 1 cup Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites cereal

  • 5 biscuits Frosted Mini-Wheats Big Bite cereal
  • 1 cup Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal
  • 1 cup Frosted Mini-Wheats Maple & Brown Sugar cereal

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For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

After School Snack Ideas: Almond Cocoa Muffins Recipe

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I always like to have a nice snack ready for Lucas when he gets home from school. He usually comes home famished – partly because he spends most of his lunch time socializing rather than eating and partly because he is a growing boy. He needs to have something nutritious in his body to get him through homework, reading, baseball practice, etc. But also? I want him to feel that home = love, comfort, and warmth. Having a yummy snack that he enjoys is part of that. It’s home. So every day this week I will be sharing after school snack ideas that Lucas loves.

First up are Almond Cocoa Muffins – they are packed with protein from the almonds, whole grains and fiber from the white-wheat flour and Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal, and a little indulgence from the cocoa and chocolate chips. Paired with a glass of milk and fruit, it is the perfect treat for a child to enjoy while he does his homework after a long Monday at school. I like to whip up a batch, freeze, and then thaw on the counter an hour before Lucas will be home or just pop into the microwave for a few seconds.

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Almond Cocoa Muffins

recipe adapted from Kelloggs.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups white wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Bran® Original
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
1. Stir together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

2. In large mixing bowl, combine Kellogg’s® All-Bran® cereal and milk. Let stand 2 minutes or until cereal softens. Add egg whites, oil and almonds. Beat well.

3. Add flour mixture, stirring only until combined. Portion evenly into twelve muffin-pan cups coated with cooking spray.

4. Bake at 350°F about 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm.

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For more recipe ideas, please visit Kelloggs.com.

End of Summer Yogurt, Fruit & Cereal Popsicle Recipes

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The summer is coming to an end and we are trying to savor every last drop of sun, every weekend afternoon lounging at the pool or evening spent on the back porch enjoying a frozen treat after dinner. One of our favorite homemade frozen treats are yogurt popsicles made with fresh fruit and Kellogg’s cereal for a little crunch. They are so easy to make and they make yummy and healthy treats for everyone in the family. Kids also love them as an after school snack and it could even be served as a fun twist on breakfast.

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Froot Loops, Blueberry & Yogurt Popsicles

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Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Kellogg’s Froot Loops Cereal
  • Blueberries
  • OPTIONAL: Sugar or honey or sweetener of choice; sweeten yogurt to taste
  • Popsicle molds

Directions: Starting with the yogurt, add the ingredients to the popsicle molds in layers. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, unmold and enjoy!

All-Bran, Berries & Yogurt Popsicles

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Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Kellogg’s All-Bran Cereal
  • Strawberries/Raspberries, pureed and a few very thinly sliced
  • OPTIONAL: Sugar or honey or sweetener of choice; sweeten yogurt to taste
  • Popsicle molds

Directions: Starting with the yogurt, add the ingredients to the popsicle molds in layers. Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, unmold and enjoy!