Samoa Bars recipe - just like your favorite Girl Scouts cookies! And so easy!

Originally published on February 19, 2011. 

It’s that time of year. You know what time I’m talking about.

Girl Scouts have positioned themselves outside every grocery store, drug store, ballpark, everywhere you could possibly need to go. I try, I really do – I try to walk past them without making eye contact. It never works. This year was no different. I ended up with a box of Samoas (what’s the new name? Caramel something-or-another?) that my children demolished within seconds.

These bars, which are meant to be like my beloved Samoas, have been on my must make list for years now and I am so sad that I’ve waited this long to make them! They are so easy, so quick, and taste exactly like the Samoas. Please don’t be scared of the 3 steps. I’m telling you, there’s nothing difficult about this recipe.

If you wanted to take these one step further, you could dip the bottoms of the bars in melted chocolate. I’m not a chocolate fan so I skipped that part but if you wanted to, just melt a bag of chocolate chips instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Once it’s melted, dip the bars one at a time and then place on parchment (or wax paper) to harden.

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No Bake Granola Bars - perfect for kids or adults!

The end of school is probably not the best time to be sharing a No Bake Granola Bars recipe, huh?

My kids have been loving these in their lunch boxes but they’ll be perfect for throwing in my pool bag or whatever, too. 

Anyway, my kid totally pulled one over on me yesterday. He’d been sick over the weekend. Like, not super sick but he had a cough and he basically slept from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. So yesterday morning when he woke up and said he didn’t feel better, I let him stay home.

An hour later: “Mom! I feel so much better! Can I play Playstation?!” 

Uh huh. 

And lucky for him I was waiting for the guy to come fix our fence and didn’t want to risk leaving and and missing the appointment so he got to stay home. 

I feel like a sucker. 

If your kids aren’t jerks like mine, you should definitely make these for them. Y’all know I can’t control myself around granola bars and these were no exception. 

No Bake Granola Bars - perfect for kids or adults!

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Avalanche Bars – Rice Krispies cereal coated with white chocolate and peanut butter with marshmallows and chocolate chips mixed in!

Avalanche Bars - Rice Krispies coated with white chocolate and peanut butter with marshmallows and chocolate chips mixed in!

Happy Tuesday! Back to the real world today, huh? That long weekend sure was nice.

This morning I have to take Penelope (#idiothusky) to the vet for her regular ol’ checkup. And the big plan is to drop her off and then call Clementine’s (the cockapoo) hair girl to see if she can squeeze her in before Penelope gets home.

Because, yeah, you guessed it. She still thinks Clem is a new dog whenever she gets a haircut. Like, she actually growls at her and won’t let her near the food bowls. This has happened every 8 weeks for 2 years now.

#IdiotHusky for real.

So I’m hoping that if it happens while she’s gone, she’ll come home and think “Hey, you look different. But you’re still Clem.”

These are the things you have to think about when you live with a husky.

Also, “$#%^, her snowprints disappeared, which way did she go?”

And sometimes, “Gahhhh, I hope I left her enough treats so she won’t pull dishes out of the sink and eat all the spatulas!”

And don’t forget, “Did you really get sick all over the modem? REALLY?!”

I’ll keep you updated.

Avalanche Bars!

I love any bar that starts with Rice Krispies. I love plain Rice Krispies treats, I love peanut butter Rice Krispies treats, I love them all. So this is kind of a dream come true. It’s the Rice Krispies cereal with melted white chocolate and peanut butter covering them and then marshmallows and mini chocolate chips mixed in.

They are delicious and since the only real work you have to do is melting the white chocolate chips, they’re super quick to throw together and then you just have to wait for them to set before cutting them.

Avalanche Bars
  • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips + 2 tablespoons for top
  1. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together over super low heat. Stir constantly until smooth.
  2. Put Rice Krispies in a large mixing bowl and pour the white chocolate peanut over it. Stir until all the cereal is coated. Let cool for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once cool, stir in mini marshmallows and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a 9x9 pan and gently press down to make it all even. Press the remaining 2 tablespoons of mini chocolate chips into the top. Let set completely before cutting and serving.

Things you may need for this recipe:

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I’m sorry, guys. I had no intention of posting another Paleo recipe this week but the cheesy, white floury bread I made yesterday totally failed. I think I must’ve burned the yeast or something because it just refused to rise. At all. 


So you get these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies! And I really don’t even feel that bad because they’re awesome. My husband had 7 of them last night. Yeah, that’s pretty much the entire pan.

And btw, how unfair is it that men can eat 7 blondies on top of meals and other snacks and not gain weight? 

Anyyyway, we’re all sorts of iced/snowed in right now which is fun because I can stay in sweatpants all day and only go outside when the (idiot) husky opens the gate, lets herself out of the yard, and then makes me chase her around the neighborhood before finally making the circle and ending up back at our porch. But it’s not so fun because the kids and the husband are all driving me crazy.

If I have to hear, “HE WON’T GIVE ME A TURN!” one more time…

I don’t even know what I’ll do. But it won’t be pretty.

I’m going to have the blondie I hid from my husband for breakfast and then lock myself in my room and binge watch all the Madam Secretary episodes on the DVR. 

You should make these even if you aren’t Paleo. They are really delicious and so full of coconut and chocolate chips – you will hardly even notice that the actual blondie part is made from almond flour instead of regular flour! I promise.

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January is a hard month to be a food blogger. I mean, the last few months have all had a theme. September was football, October was pumpkin & Halloween, November was Thanksgiving, and December was Christmas.

But there’s nothing in January.

I’m posting healthy/paleo stuff because I hear it’s popular around this time of year but every time I do, someone unsubscribes and uses the “content not relevant” option. 

Which then causes a conversation with my husband that goes something like this: “WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! Are they saying that my content is not relevant to THEIR life? Or are they saying I’m not relevant? Am I old? Am I too old for the internet?!” 

And my husband just looks at me. Because how do you even respond to that?

So I made Salted Nut Roll Bars. It’s always a good time for marshmallows and peanut butter and Rice Krispies, right?

I love these kinds of bars. You’ve got the cakey bottom (made from boxed mix so super easy!) and then a marshmallow middle, all topped with crunchy goodness coated in peanut butter. It’s all my fave flavors with all kinds of fun texture. They are delicious. 

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