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Quinoa Crunch Cereal and a Healthy Cookbook Giveaway

Quinoa Crunch Cereal | www.kiwiandbean.com

Mornings in my house often start with: “Mama, yogut and ganowa!” That’s the sound of my R-challenged two year old calling out for his breakfast.

He’s looking for yogurt and granola. And not the kind of granola you buy in a box or from a bulk bin, or even in a fancied-up super expensive bag from the farmers’ market. No siree, my kid is looking for mama’s homespun made-from-scratch cereal. Continue Reading →

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Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut-Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I never imagined I’d have to raise my kids without peanut butter. When Kiwi & I decided to start our family, I prepared myself for early mornings, dirty diapers, temper tantrums, and the exorbitant price of higher education. Peanuts didn’t cross my mind. (Except perhaps when I was in the throes of morning sickness, the only reliable remedy for which was a ritual morning snack of peanut butter spread on saltines.)

Like most of the eighties babies out there, I was raised on peanut butter. Spread on morning toast, slapped between two pieces of bread and tucked into my lunchbox, and stirred into peanut butter cookies—those iconic fork-imprinted childhood treats.

So it was natural to assume I would raise my own kids on PB too. Right? Continue Reading →

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Double Chocolate Lunchbox Bites (Nut-Free)

Nut-Free Double Chocolate Lunchbox Bites | www.kiwiandbean.com

The Bean starts junior kindergarten next month (gasp!) and while I should be focused on the important things (you know, reading, writing, teaching her to tie her shoes), I’m mostly just thinking about lunch.

Yes, come September 8 the Bean will be a kindergartener, and I will be a lunch-packer.  Continue Reading →

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Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars

Crispy Baked Homemade Granola Bars | www.kiwiandbean.com

I’ve found no recipe more elusive than the granola bar.

There are no shortage of granola bar recipes out here, granted, but none that did exactly what I wanted them to.

First and foremost I wanted something healthy—more of a snack than a dessert—that I could pack in lunch boxes and tote on road trips without feeling like I was feeding my kids half a bag of cookies. So recipes calling for a cup or more of sugar (and there are a LOT of these recipes out there) were immediately disqualified.

Of course it couldn’t TASTE like a healthy granola bar. Oh no. Chocolate and dried fruit were inevitable. Continue Reading →

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