Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars

No bake cookie dough truffles get even easier to make when you spread them into a pan and cover them in mint chocolate.

Andes Mint Cookie Dough Truffle Bars - easy chocolate no bake truffles made with Andes Mints

 Want to know something crazy about me?

I am a big time talker.  Oh, but not out loud and to anyone.  That’s right.  I talk to myself.  Really I think it is just because I have so many ideas going through my head at once that some of them have to come out somehow or I’ll explode.  That and for some reason actually saying things out loud helps me process my ideas even more.  Tell that to my hubby!  He just thinks I’m plain crazy.   As long as I’m just talking about cookie dough and treats, I think I’m totally sane…right?   [Read more...]

No Bake Nutella S’mores Granola Bars

Mini chocolate chips and marshmallows add a fun twist to these no bake granola bars.  S’mores for breakfast or after school will have everyone smiling.

No Bake Nutella S'mores Granola Bars - easy no bake granola bars that are perfect for breakfast or as after school snacks

 Lately I have become obsessed with making everything granola.  We have had granola bites and granola bars every single week for the past month.  I’m trying to space them out sharing them here because I’m sure you are not as obsessed as I am.

It all started with these Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites and has just spiraled out of control.  Let’s just say that the big container of rolled oats is down to the last few oats.  Mental note:  add that to the grocery list.

Peanut butter, cranberry, coconut, sprinkles, chocolate chip, blueberry…just a few of the things that have made their way into our granola bars/bites recently.  [Read more...]

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites

These Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites are a healthy snack to munch on when you are trying to cut out a little extra sugar from your diet.

Skinny Peanut Butter Granola Bites from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy no bake granola bites that are light and healthy

 Yes, you read that right.

I have totally and completely jumped on the skinny bandwagon.  (But don’t worry…I have a few other recipes that I will have to jump off the wagon so I can share with you soon!)

It is the beginning of the year after all, and everyone is doing their best to stick to those healthy eating goals.  I don’t want to be the one to make you stumble, plus I am doing my best to cut some of the excess sugar out of my diet too.  When I have brownies and cookies in my kitchen, my sweet tooth is stronger than my will power.

So, I made a sweet little snack that is lower in calories and higher in fiber and protein to pacify my sweet tooth with. [Read more...]

No Bake Banana Cream Pies in a Jar

Easy no bake desserts are always a quick and easy treat to make up.  These Banana Cream Pies in a jar make the perfect end to any dinner.

Banana_Cream_Pie_in_a_jar, banana cream pie, no bake desserts, Jell-o pudding cups

Did you know that today was Pi Day?   March 14th = 3/14 = 3.14  Yeah, that’s kind of losing me too.  I only know because I have friends who freak about all things math.

Me?  I just freak because it is another day to celebrate with a dessert.  Pi Day to me means PIE DAY for the BruCrew!!!   These cute little Banana Cream Pies in a Jar are waiting for us to enjoy after dinner tonight.   [Read more...]

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

These Caramel Mud Pie Cups are the perfect no bake treat for when you only have a few minutes to make a chocolate dessert or a Valentine’s Day treat.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Last week I didn’t bake anything at all.  I know!  I was just as shocked as you.

Over the past few weeks I have made so many pink and red treats to share with you, that I was kind of ahead of the game in baking.  All I had to do was edit and post each day.  Plus, I thought no baking means no yummy chocolate treats in the kitchen tempting me from my diet.  Because we all know that sugar talks to me…and the sad thing is that I listen to whatever it tells me to do.  ”Oh hello, delicious cookie.  Why yes, I do want to eat you.  And your friend?  Of course, I’ll see what I can do.”   It’s ok. I know I’m a little off my rocker.  It’s the sugar talking again.

I knew the no baking would end in me making something. The last time I tried to do no baking, the week ended with these Chocolate Avocado Muffins.  It was only a matter of time before I made something sugary.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Now my kids have gotten used to all these cookies and treats being around.  So a week of no baking was so foreign to them.  They kept asking where the snacks were.  We kept pointing at the bananas and carrots and told them to have at it.  Apparently they don’t want veggies and fruit after a long day at school.  But we didn’t budge…well, until I had this brilliant idea to make these yummy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups for an after dinner treat.   I found the original idea for this pie in a Holiday Jello booklet that I was looking through.

Caramel_Mud_Pie_Cups_sprinkles

FYI…looking through cooking magazines and books when you are trying to stay away from baking is not the best possible thing you could do.  I now have about 30 new ideas of things to make…like I needed more things on my list.

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

We had everything I needed for these no bake cups.  Well, I didn’t have nuts and that’s what the original called for.  Honestly I am not a huge nut fan for a crust or in anything for that matter.  Don’t quote me on that though, because every once in a while I will add nuts to some things.  Just doesn’t happen often.

Anyway, I started looking in our cupboards and I found a bag of holiday pretzels.  Yes, people we still had jingle bell pretzels in our cupboard.  The bag was unopened, so I thought this was the perfect way to get rid of them.

And since I am slightly addicted to salted caramel, I decided to add caramel topping to the no bake cheesecake layer.  Best.idea.ever.  Well, not for the diet eating plan but that was just silly any way!

 Caramel Mud Pie Cups - pretzel crust, caramel cheesecake, and chocolate pudding in a fun jar treat www.insidebrucrewlife.com

If you are not wanting to make a bunch of little pudding cups, feel free to double the recipe and put everything in an 8 inch pie plate.   Your sweetie will love you when you make this for a Valentine’s Day treat.

 

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No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

No Bake Caramel Mud Pie Cups

Easy No Bake Caramel Mud Pie cups with a Pretzel Crust

Ingredients

3/4 cup crushed pretzels
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 Tablespoon sugar
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
3/4 cup Cool Whip
1 box chocolate pudding (3.4 oz.)
1 1/3 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Stir together the pretzels, butter, and sugar. Spoon into 8 small jars. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add the caramel and beat again. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spoon into the 8 jars.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes. Spoon evenly on top of the cream cheese layer. Refrigerate.
  4. Top with more Cool Whip and sprinkles (if desired) before serving.

Notes

Feel free to double the ingredients and make it in an 8 inch pie plate.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2013/02/no-bake-caramel-mud-pie-cups/

Want more easy no bake dessert ideas?

Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecakes

Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Ice Cream

Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits and Applicious Week

So a few weeks ago my blogging bestie Aimee and I were chatting…
Apple Pie Cheesecake Parfaits - no bake cheesecake layered with homemade apple pie filling in a jar  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
and we decided that we wanted to have an entire week of everything APPLE!
Not really an original idea, but a fun one anyway.
We also thought it would be fun to invite some other girls for a hop.
Together we came up with a list of all the blogs we thought might want to participate with us.
Believe me, our list was pretty long.
But we narrowed it down to 10 other girls that we thought you might enjoy checking out. [Read more...]

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Time for another fun round of Secret Recipe Club
No Bake M&M Granola Bars
What is that you ask?
It is a group of bloggers that get together and make a recipe from their assigned blog each month!
Basically we are encouraged to blog stalk until we find the “perfect” recipe!
This month I was given The Fearless Homemaker!!!
I have been following and reading Amy’s blog for a while now…
oh and keeping up with her on facebook and instagram too :-)
So, I was so excited to go through some more of her posts that were “new” to me,
and to get to know her even more!!!
That girl has some awesome stuff going on over at her blog…
things like Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins (those are most definitely going to happen soon too) look at theses Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream (love me some pumpkin and salted caramel), and oh me, oh my S’mores Cheesecake with Toasted Marshmallow Topping (I die).  

I seriously wasn’t sure how I was going to pick just one recipe to make this month.
And I will eventually try them all, but for today
the No Bake Granola Bars won out.
Mostly because it was over 90* the week I made them,
and after a day at the pool I was feeling kind of lazy like!
No bakes it is!!!
Plus, my kids eat granola bars like they are going out of style,
so I decided that making my own is cheaper and better than the processed cheap ones
I have been feeding them.

I’m not sure if I will ever buy another box from the store again!!!
These were so delicious and fresh!

And I love being able to throw whatever I have in my cupboard at the time
for new varieties!!!  So many things you could do with this recipe.
I’m thinking a peanut butter cup version needs to happen asap :-)
Love me my pb cups!!!

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

This time I pretty much stuck to the recipe…
not much you can change up except your mix ins.
(Next time I am thinking about using coconut oil though.)
That I had fun digging through my cupboard for goodies.
I came out with mini m&m’s, mini chocolate chips,
mini marshmallow bits, and chopped peanuts!!!
Why yes, I do love all things mini :-)

These were fantastic and I can’t wait to make more,
with lots more fun flavor combo’s!
Thank you Amy for so many great recipes and a fun blog to read!!!
You are the bomb girl!

 

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

Yield: 24 granola bars

No Bake M&M Granola Bars

No bake granola bars are a fun way to enjoy a snack in the afternoon. Have fun with the mix ins and create your own fun flavor.

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups quick oats
1 cup rice krispies cereal
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup mini M&M’s
1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits

Instructions

  1. Combine the oats and cereal and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and honey. Stir over medium heat until melted and the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Add the oats mixture and stir until coated. Let cool for a few minutes before stirring in all the mix ins.
  2. Press into a greased 9x13 pan. Make sure you really press it down so everything sticks together. Let cool on the counter for about 2 hours before cutting into 24 bars. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Notes

Loosely adapted from The Fearless Homemaker

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/06/no-bake-mm-granola-bars-src/

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Easter is kind of sneaking up on me this year.

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

The boxes in the basement labeled Easter…
are still in there.
I have a feeling they will end up staying there this year.
Too much going on in the house right now.
I better at least dig the baskets out :-)

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
A couple weeks ago I was leaving Walmart
and saw a poster advertising the movie Hop.
Our kids are deprived because we wouldn’t take them last year to see it.
We don’t mind watching silly movies,
it is just paying an arm and a leg to see them that I mind.
So we told them when it comes to redbox we could rent it.
$1 for silly movies is much more doable!!!
Anyway, on the poster was an egg shaped chick
wearing bunny ears!!!
My sister actually pointed it out to me
and said that I should make something like that this year.
Fast forward 2 1/2 weeks and I finally made them.
Let’s just say, they ALMOST didn’t happen.
I blame it on trying to do these after 11 p.m.

pb bunny collage
The peanut butter filling worked perfectly.
The marshmallow ears were super easy to do.
It was the chocolate coating that gave me grief!!!
(It isn’t good to hurry when working with chocolate.)
 
I heated it up too much and then
the chocolate was clumpy and just wouldn’t smooth out,
even with shortening added. GGGRRRR!!!!
Finally I gave up on that batch and tossed it before getting too mad.
I still had a bag of CandiQuik white chocolate in the cupboard.
This time I got smarter and heated it up slowly over low heat.
Then I added some shortening and Wilton gel color,
and was able to cover the peanut butter eggs.
Then for all the fun details.
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
But really the best part of these chicks
is cutting into them and gobbling them down!!!
With the peanut butter filling I made 2 chicks.
They are about 4 1/2 inches tall, 3 inches wide, and 1 3/4 inches thick…
I don’t recommend eating a whole chick in one sitting!
Spread out the Peanut Butter Easter Chicks wealth!!!
In fact, I would recommend saving one for yourself/family
and then packing the other one up for someone special.

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
These are the perfect little gifts.
Put one chick in a plastic treat bag.
Top it with a doily that is accented with a sticker,
and put it into a grass lined easter basket from the $ Tree.
(I got the clear treat bags and small doilies from Michaels)
(the googly eyes came from there too)
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks
Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Prep Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 large eggs

Peanut Butter Easter Chicks

Peanut Butter eggs decorated to look like a chick with bunny ears

Ingredients

6 tbsp. salted butter, softened
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. marshmallow cream
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 package vanilla candiquik, melted
2 tsp. shortening
yellow gel food coloring
1/4 c. orange candy melts
2 large marshmallows
pink sprinkles
8 mini twist pretzels
4 googly eyes
2 mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. In mixing bowl, cream butter, vanilla, peanut butter, and marshmallow cream until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in the sugar. Shape into 2 large eggs. Place on wax paper and refrigerate.
  2. Melt orange candy melts in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Dip 4 pretzels in the orange chocolate. Use a fork to place on wax paper to set up. Scoop the rest of the orange chocolate into a plastic baggie. Cut the end off and carefully pipe 2 orange triangles for beaks. Set the pretzels and beaks aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the vanilla candiquik. Stir until smooth. Stir in shortening and yellow gel color. Add the gel color slowly until you get the shade of yellow that you like. Pour the melted chocolate into a shallow bowl. Place one peanut butter egg into the chocolate and spoon the chocolate over the top until coated. Using a small spatula, remove the peanut butter egg and tap off the excess chocolate. Place on wax paper lined plate. Refrigerate until set. Dip 4 pretzels in the yellow chocolate and let set. Place a spoonful of yellow chocolate into a plastic bag and cut the tip off. Pipe a small patch of yellow hair.
  4. While the chocolate is setting, cut the marshmallow in half diagonally and dip the sticky edge into pink sprinkles. Place 2 orange pretzels side by side. Add a dab of yellow chocolate on the bottom of the egg and stand it up on the pretzels. Use a toothpick to add chocolate to the backs of the googly eyes and place on chicks face. Do the same for the beak. Dip the bottoms of the marshmallow ears in the yellow chocolate and set on top of the egg. Hold in place for a few seconds so they don’t slide off. Dip the end of the patch of yellow hair into the yellow chocolate and put in between the ears. Cut 2 small pieces off the mini marshmallows and add to the sides of the chick so it looks like a headband. Dip the edges of the yellow pretzels in the yellow chocolate and hold on the sides of the egg for a few seconds. Keep refrigerated if you aren’t going to eat within a day or two.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/04/peanut-butter-easter-chicks/

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake – SRC

This recipe for No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is a keeper for all those hot summer days.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Can it really be the end of March already???
This month is flying by.
And it is time for another SRC.
The blog I was assigned this month for the Secret Recipe Club
I had so much fun going through her blog.
She had so many awesome adventures and pictures to enjoy.
I was in awe of the gorgeous scenery and flowers in her pictures!!!
AND she is amazing in the kitchen too!!!
Check out how delicious THIS and THIS looks.
One day I will make “real” food…
but it is the desserts that speak the most to me!!!
The Peach Cobbler looked so yummy!
But then so did the Bread Batter Chocolate Pudding.
How do I narrow down the choices?
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
My kitchen is torn apart,
so that had some say in what recipe I could make this time.
(mainly because I waited until the last weekend to finish this…procrastinate much?)
I decided on the No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
mainly because I love strawberry, because I love cheesecake,
and mostly because I love that
this recipe only uses a blender :-)
Who needs an oven anyway
when you can make fun layered jello desserts in cute jars!!!
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I followed the recipe as much as I could,
but there were a few things I didn’t have.
So I substituted with what I could find packed in my boxes.
This will teach me to procrastinate:-)
Strawberry salad with a pretzel crust is one of our fav summer desserts,
so it just seemed right to have a pretzel crust.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I also modified the ingredient amounts a little bit too,
and added some vanilla.
The end result:
A delicious light dessert in a fun little jar!
It got two thumbs up from all the kids!!!
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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 small jars (4 oz.)

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No bake strawberry cheesecakes made with only a blender. Perfect for those hot summer days.

Ingredients

For the Crust
1 c. pretzels, crushed
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar
For the Cheesecake
1 Tbsp. plain gelatin (1 pkt. Knox)
1/4 c. warm water
1 1/4 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/4 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Combine crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Spoon into 10 small glass jars (4 oz. Mason jelly jars) and press into the bottom. Set aside.
  2. Combine the gelatin and warm water in a small bowl. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Place the strawberries in a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add the sugar, yogurt, vanilla and cottage cheese and blend until creamy. Add the gelatin water and blend again. Pour into prepared jars. Refrigerate overnight. It will be a soft set cheesecake. You could also freeze for a thicker consistency. Serve with Cool Whip and strawberry slices, if desired.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/03/no-bake-strawberry-cheesecake-src/

Chocolate Mojo Bars

Do you get inspired by things you are eating?
 
A couple weeks ago I was on my way to pick up
our kids from school, so I grabbed a Cliff Mojo bar
as I ran out the door.
 
I was just driving along minding my own business
munching away on my bar.
There are quite a few red lights on the way

and as I sat at one of them

a lightbulb went off!!!
 
The Mojo Bar resembles a rice krispy treat!!!

What a fun way to change up an easy no bake item.

So on the next shopping trip I stocked up on items

to recreate this bar.
There is a difference though…the Mojo bar is a healthy snack
and I would love to tell you mine is healthy too…
but something about adding butter and marshmallows
to healthy items… it kinda ramps up the fat factor.
 
But that’s ok because with all the extra shopping
you are doing this month, you need a little more
healthy fats in your diet.
 
Just think of these as power bars to help you
make it through all those shopping trips!
So go ahead and make these and then
put them in your purse for when the cravings hit
and you are stuck in line at the store or post office.
You will thank me later!
 
Chocolate Mojo Bars
3 Tbsp. butter
4 c. mini marshmallows
3 c. chocolate rice krispie cereal
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. chopped peanuts
1 c. chopped pretzels
 
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
2 tsp. butter
 
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the cereal, seeds, peanuts, and pretzels. Lightly press into a buttered 9×13 pan and let set. Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Spread on top. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.
 
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No Bake Cookies

Well, summer is officially over for us.
No more pool days, no more play all day time,
no more sleeping in until 10 AM…
I think I am most upset about that one:-)
Just so you know I also stayed up until after 3 AM most nights,
so no more of that either.
Sixlets No Bake Cookies It is time for routine to join us again.
We were ready for that routine…
ok, I admit I was ready to get back on a schedule.
While it is nice to stay up super late, sleep in even later,
and be mostly lazy all summer, there is something to be said about a schedule.
I have even been getting up by 6:45…
now I know that isn’t super early but hey, baby steps:-)I am looking forward to getting a lot done during the day.
That means I need to keep the computer time to a minimum.
How will I ever make any of those fun things that I pinned on Pinterest
if all I do is keep pinning new ones???

I have some fun new ideas for the blog.
So I am wondering…
do you like all the sugar that I post
or are you kinda over it?
If so, what else would you like to see?
If you have never commented before,
go ahead and let me know.
Plus I love to see who is reading:-)

Just curious while I try to figure out where this little blog is going:-)

My kids weren’t as excited about school and the routine.
At least they humored me with pics on the first day:-)
Oh how I am loving the sunkissed hair in this!
I can’t believe how big they are all getting…
seems like just yesterday I was taking my oldest to K5
and now he is in Junior High.
God has been good to us and so faithful
as we try to be good parents and teach them.Do we make mistakes? Sure. What parent doesn’t:-)
But I am thankful for God’s grace and leading
as we continue on this parenting journey.
I know we are just getting into the “good” teenage years.
Yikes! That is scary even just typing it
and we don’t have one yet.
It is exciting to see how they continue to grow
and mature as they experience more firsts.
So bring it on 2011-2012 school year…
we are ready:-)
kids school

Now of course there had to be a yummy treat for them to come home too.
I mean with all the scariness of a new school year and a new school
with brand new teachers and new classmates…we needed cookies.
Now since I was still adjusting to this new schedule stuff
and also because my body was so used to sleeping in.
I chose to go with a super easy cookie…
one that I used to make all the time as a teenager.
I can’t actually remember the last time I made No Bakes.
Must have been like years because the kids were in awe of such a simple cookie.Funny how I can bake all sorts of decadent treats
and the ones they comment on the most are the simplest:-)

On a small side note…no bakes are the ugliest cookies to photog…
good thing Sixlets came to the rescue.
I think it kind of makes them look pretty!
Sixlets No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

No Bake Cookies

Easy no bake cookies with added color from Sixlets

Ingredients

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoon malt powder
1/2 cup chocolate milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups quick oats
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Sixlets

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, malt powder, milk, salt, and vanilla over medium heat. Continue to stir until it comes to a boil. Boil for a full minute while you stir. (This helps to melt the sugar down so you end up with creamy cookies.)
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter, oats, and coconut until combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper lined trays. Press Sixlets into the tops of each cookie. Let cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter.

Notes

Work quickly to add the Sixlets. The cookies will set up fast.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/08/no-bake-cookies-for-the-first-day-of-school/