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Sweet Potato Pie with Streusel Topping

There are few things in life that I love more than a pie with a streusel topping made of rolled oats.

I feel like I mention at least once a week that I really, really hate making pie. The crust. It’s just too fussy for me. And then there are those stressful moments where I’m positioned in front of the oven trying to catch it between when it’s undercooked and too jiggly and overcooked with burnt  crust.

Pie is just too stressful for me.

But pie is SO GOOD and you can’t do the holidays without it, right? Plus that list of pies my husband wants gets longer everyday.

I picked up the special winter packaging of Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oats that’s exclusive to Target (it’s limited edition so keep an eye out!) and wanted to make a fabulous and easy pie with them. 

I’m super traditional when it comes to pie for the holidays. I like pecan, pumpkin, and sweet potato. That’s it. So I made a super simple, but absolutely delicious sweet potato pie.

The pie starts with a store-bought crust and I don’t care what anyone says, I think they’re just as good as anything I’d make from scratch. Then a simple sweet potato mixture (I just diced my sweet potatoes and boiled them like I was making mashed potatoes – beat them with my stand mixer until they were smooth and added the rest of the ingredients) and then topped with the oat mixture. 

It turned out perfectly. Super soft filling with a crunchy topping. Just how I like my pie!

Make sure you print the Quaker Oats coupons on the Target website and then head to Target to #QuakerUp with the limited edition winter packaging of Quaker Oats and let me know what you think of #MyOatsCreation.

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 It’s almost the weekend! Yay! 

You guys, so much snow. So much cold. 

Y’all know I’ve been doing my snow dance since August but I really, really didn’t mean to wish these negative temps on us.

It’s November, Colorado! Get your act together!

We had a high of 7 yesterday.

Seven.

Seven degrees.

That literally hurts. And, of course, Penelope (the husky) wants to go outside every 10 minutes when it’s snowing. This means that I have to stand there at the back door and watch her or else she’ll open the gate and leave. So I froze all day, standing in front of the back door, watching Penelope eat ALL THE SNOW.

I still love the snow though. I’d just love it a little more if it was, you know, 20 degrees out there. 

I made these bars the other night in preparation of what I thought was a definite snow day. Who doesn’t cancel school when it’s 3 degrees out and snowing like crazy?! We’ve had school canceled for much less around here.

But anyway, I wanted to have some treats on hand since I’m still off wine and I need something to get me through a day stuck in the house with all 3 of my children and the hairy child that throws herself at the back door 6 times an hour.

So good. They’re oatmeal bars with chocolate, pecans, and caramel in the center. I don’t know what it is but I’m just crazy about anything with oats right now and these are definitely my new favorite. And they’re super simple since you use the same dough for both the base and the topping. 

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

I think muffins are the thing I crave most. Like, I crave muffins over ice cream or cake or pizza. I routinely have strong urges for a 500 calorie Starbucks blueberry muffin and, you know what? Those cravings are really, really hard to quiet. Especially when I know they’re just a drive-thru stop away.

I’ve been making a lot of muffins recently because my children have decided they don’t like cereal for breakfast. And real breakfast is absolutely not happening during the week. They’re lucky if I remember to set out vitamins and pour milk for them.

So I’ve been making muffins at night (yeah, every night – they eat entire batches of muffins for breakfast) which works out well for them because the muffins usually have chocolate chips or a sugary topping. And it works out well for me because I can start my daily 6 hours of CNN viewing as soon as I’m out of bed.

You know, when I was small, I used to think it was so lame that my mom would come home from work, turn on a news channel, and just leave it on as background noise all night while she cooked, cleaned, whatever she needed to do.

But that’s totally what I do now.

And it’s amazing.

Anyway, muffins!

These are Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins and I think the healthfulness (is that a word?) of the oats negates the unhealthfulness of the chocolate. They’re super light and fluffy and chocolatey and delicious.

Make ‘em today and you won’t be stressing about breakfast tomorrow!

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

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I had leftover Chinese for breakfast this morning.

That’s important why?

I have no idea. I just feel like I needed to cleanse my soul of that information.

I have become the actual worst at breakfast lately. Three times last week I had Lean Cuisines. Like it’s completely normal to have salisbury steak at 8 in the morning.

It’s not.

So I’ve been actively trying to get back into my good breakfast habits. You know, eggs, cottage cheese, lots and lots of bacon. But it’s so hard when I’m clearly addicted to mac & cheese and cashew chicken first thing in the morning.

I made this Coconut Pecan Granola to tempt myself into having cottage cheese this week so we’ll see how it goes. I had some yesterday for a snack and it’s delicious! I used coconut oil and the big, fat coconut flakes so it’s extra coconut-y!

Homemade granola is as easy as mixing up the ingredients and baking it for an hour so if you’ve never given it a try, you really should. One of my pet peeves is grocery store granola being soggy and weird but with the homemade stuff, you can get it as crunchy as you want!

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My kids are obsessed with granola bars. It’s bad. Like, so bad that I have to hide them or they will all be eaten before I know it.

And I don’t blame them. I’m sure I’ve told you guys before that I have granola bar problems. I cannot just have one granola bar. If I have one, I’m eating the whole box. Right then.

I’ve tried to make my own granola bars in the past and had okay results. I just want something simple that doesn’t require a special trip to the grocery store.

This one is perfect! It’s no-bake so I threw them together in less than 10 minutes. I have all the ingredients on hand at all times.

My kids love them and I don’t have to worry about hiding them since I can just make another batch if we run out!

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No-Bake Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 cups quick cooking oats (or pulse whole oats in a food processor a bit)
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, crisp rice cereal, and coconut.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt together coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey. Add salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, allow to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the oats mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir everything together - make sure everything is coated. Let cool for a few minutes and then stir in chocolate chips (if you don't allow to cool, all your chocolate chips will melt).
  5. Press mixture into the prepared pan and press additional mini chocolate chips on top. Let set in fridge for about 20 minutes before slicing into bars. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil for storage.
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