Try these Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars next time you find yourself with some extra apples at home.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars

This recipe uses basic ingredients, but there’s a twist. Instead of using store-bought applesauce, we are making our own in the blender!

When I bake these, the house smells like apple pie! The whole family enjoys them and they tend to disappear within 24 hours so I’ll call that a winning recipe.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars

I tried this recipe a couple of different ways. With applesauce,  and without. With egg, and without. This version offers the best balance of flavor, fiber, and texture. A filling treat with layers of apples, nuts, and a healthy dose of protein.

My version is a riff off of Laura Lea’s version. I’ve simplified it as I try to eliminate all excess steps.

You will be making your own oat flour in a high-speed blender. (I have the Blendtec one.) If you don’t have that or a Vitamix, then buy oat flour ahead of time. (saves you another step!)

RELATED: How to Make Sheet Pan Pancakes

How to make apple cinnamon oat bars

Parchment and Binder Clips

I always use binder clips to keep the parchment paper on my baking pans. Whether it’s a loaf pan or a square baking dish, these clips are like an extra set of hands.

If you have metal clips, they can go right into the oven!

Parchment sheets are also something I always keep stocked in my pantry. No more fighting with a hard-to-tear piece of paper. These are the unbleached parchment paper sheets I buy.

Oat Bar Cooking Tutorial

I  have some new online cooking classes in the works. To help me get ready I’m doing a few extra cooking demos on Instagram. Here’s the demo on YouTube, or you can find it on my IGTV channel. (the layout is perfect for IG, not so much on YouTube…if only tech was easier, right?)

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bar Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bars

Healthy snack or breakfast treat. Made with apples, oats, and nuts.
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 6
Author: Emily Roach


  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 3.5 cups rolled oats divided
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 apples
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond milk sub regular milk or cashew milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins sub currants
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup walnuts divided


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, or grease well.
  • Mix together water and chia seeds in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork and set aside.
  • In a high-speed blender, add 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats. Blend on high until you reach a flour consistency.
  • In a large bowl, add the oat flour, the remaining 1 cup of oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Core and roughly chop two apples. Place them in the blender along with the chia seed mixture (wait till it's a gel-like consistency), almond milk, egg, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Blend on high until smooth.
  • Pour the blender ingredients into the flour bowl and mix well. Add in the raisins and walnuts.
  • Thinly slice the other apples into half-moons.
  • Pour 1/2 the batter into the prepared pan. Spread it out evenly.
  • Add a layer of apples so they cover the batter. Top with the remaining batter.
  • If you have extra apple slices use those to decorate the top. Otherwise use a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts as a topping. (optional)
  • Bake 25-27 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. The bars need to cool completely to avoid crumbling. Let sit in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove bars with parchment sheet and let cool another 15 minutes before diving in.
  • Store on the counter for 2 days, or in your fridge for up to 6 days. Freezes well for up to 3 months.


Nut-free?  Skip the walnuts and double up on the dried fruit so you have more texture. Dried currants, cherries, or chopped dates are all good options. Choose nut-free plant-based milk to make it nut-free and dairy-free.
Egg-free or Vegan? You can skip the egg. If you do, it may have a slightly more oatmeal-like texture. Cook long enough so it's fully set.
Apples on top? We were a little split on this at home. It's a pretty decoration, but the apples don't fully cook so they get a bit chewy. You can beef up the middle layer with more apples so they cook and break down more and dress up the top with chopped nuts.
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Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

Who likes the simplicity of a one-pan meal? I certainly do on a busy weeknight. Fewer dishes and more time to relax before gathering around the table. This new recipe for our Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli could not be easier, or delicious.

Ingredients for Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

There’s a couple of helpful tips for gathering your ingredients for this recipe.

First, the chicken. I find chicken thighs retain the most moisture and are my first choice. I opt for organic if I can’t find any local, pasture-raised poultry. However, if you want to save time, you can purchase cutlets to reduce your prepping time. (You can toss them in without slicing them into smaller pieces.)

Second, we use the cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe’s that’s Gluten-Free. This version is made with about 75% cauliflower, as well as cassava flour, potato starch, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt. No wheat, sugar, dairy, or eggs are included here, and that translates to fewer carbs, with significantly less fat & calories than potato-based varieties. (Whole Foods has a good option too, but more expensive and tastes the same.)

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Cauliflower Gnocchi

Trader Joe’s also has sweet potato gnocchi, but it’s NOT gluten-free. They also have Kale Gnocchi, which is gluten-free, but I didn’t want too much green in this recipe in case it turned off the kids from trying something new.


If you want to make this vegetarian, I would suggest trying this with tempeh. Cut in half lengthwise, then short wise into rectangles.

sheet pan peanut chicken and broccoli ingredients

Thai Green Curry Paste Uses

The one unique ingredient I purchased for this recipe is a Thai Green Curry paste from Thai Kitchen. You can use red curry paste, though it will have a bit more of a kick. Most grocery stores will have these in the Asian food section.

Don’t let these awesome flavor pastes go to waste. Use a little bit to jazz up some storebought hummus. Thin it out with a little olive oil and use it as a salad dressing. I’m a huge fan of making rice bowls for lunch. I’ll sauté leftover chicken, rice, and roasted veggies on the stove and toss in a teaspoon or so of the curry paste to bump up the flavor.

Both of these curry pastes make an awesome marinade for chicken, fish, or pork. Even better, toss some chicken with the curry paste and olive oil and toss in the freezer for a simple freezer meal down the road.

Simple One-Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

My version of this recipe came about after I read Nadia Hussain’s Time to Eat: Delicious Meals for Busy Lives. There are loads of time-saving tips in her cookbook. Freezer meal ideas, simple sheet pan suppers, and lots and lots of ideas of how to repurpose leftovers.

Nadia’s version includes making peanut butter from scratch. While that sounds lovely, I’m taking a shortcut and buying the peanut butter.

I’m also using frozen gnocchi and skip the step of boiling them separately. I find roasting them is one of my favorite ways to cook gluten-free gnocchi.

Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli Recipe

Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli

A simple sheet pan meal with peanut butter chicken, thai curry spices, and fresh broccoli.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, thai
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Emily Roach


  • 2 lb chicken thighs thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil sub olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Thai Green Curry Paste
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter smooth, sub almond butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 12 oz cauliflower gnocchi (gluten-free)
  • 2 heads broccoli florets only
  • 2 red onion sub yellow onion
  • 4 tbsp peanuts dry-roasted, salted, chopped
  • 4 tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Lightly spray a roasting dish with olive oil. (13" x 9" size)
  • Add sliced chicken to a large bowl. Add in the honey, curry paste, peanut butter, and salt. Mix well so the chicken is evenly coated.
  • Layer the broccoli, gnocchi, and red onions in the roasting pan. Add the chicken and mix to distribute evenly.
  • Cook 30 minutes. Stir halfway through to distribute the sauce.
  • Top with chopped peanut, cilantro, and the juice of one lime.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator, or freeze for up to 3 months.


I use the frozen cauliflower gnocchi from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. It's the easiest to work with. You may want to boil traditional gnocchi ahead of time. 
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I love that I can pop this in the oven and then sit and read for 30 minutes, or get a head start on the dishes.

Sheet pan suppers are such a great way to serve a family. If your kids don’t “like things touching,” I found this recipe still worked well to separate the ingredients at the end. One child had this on a plate with the chicken and broccoli separated out, with a couple of gnocchi to try (again.) After a few comments, he dug in and enjoyed this recipe.

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Thanks in advance for sharing my Sheet Pan Peanut Chicken and Broccoli Recipe.

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How to create a Halloween Snack Board for the spooky holiday ahead.

Halloween Snack Board

A few years ago, we started planning a Halloween Dinner Board before Trick or Treating. It’s now a tradition in our house. It’s such a simple way to get some food into the kids before heading out the door.

They are always way too excited to sit still for dinner, so this snack board really makes life easier. They can grab and go as they get into their costumes. It’s also easy to entertain and feed grandparents who stop by to take costume pictures too.

Dinner snack boards or you may call them “grazing boards,” are a holiday tradition that you can mix and match with the colors of the event. For our Halloween snack board, we go with a white, black, green, and a little red mixed in.

Halloween Snack Board Emily Roach

Halloween Snack Board Shopping List

The easiest place to grab all your snack platter ingredients is Trader Joe’s. They truly have such a great selection, and I love getting in and out of their store quickly.

Here’s a shopping list of the items I usually grab for my snack boards.

  • Goat cheese (rolled in dark herbs)
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Salami and Proscuitto
  • Crackers (I like the Trader Joe’s Beet crackers too)
  • Raw milk cheddar
  • Cornichons
  • Black olives
  • Mini cucumbers
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pesto
  • Clementines
  • Blackberries
  • Carrots (farmer’s market ones that looks like creepy fingers are best!)

Halloween Dinner Ideas Snack board

Forgive the lighting on the picture above, but that’s real life when you are busy getting the kids ready in their costumes and trying to snap a picture.

Here are some other great ideas to add to your snack boards. (and if someone has the source for these, let me know. I had them saved from ages ago)

Halloween grazing board

In my Halloween charcuterie board, I choose not to add in any Halloween candy. My goal is to fill the kids up with some real food before they dive into the sugar. This year, if your kids can’t go trick-or-treating, you may want to create an epic Halloween snack board and include some candy before you settle into a Halloween movie night.

Halloween clementines

We also put these cute clementines in the kid’s lunch boxes during the week of Halloween. Here’s a food-safe pen you can use. to decorate oranges or bananas. 

Halloween snack board

Halloween snack board can be transitioned for fall entertaining too. No need for all things spooky! If you want to create mini charcuterie boards, I really love the ones we got from Etu Home.

You can also whip up a batch of my Green Smoothie Muffins too! Such a great addition to the snack board or for snack time.

Have fun this Halloween. Be safe, and tag me if you make a Halloween Snack Board with @EmilyRoachWellness on IG.

Halloween Snack Board Ideas

Need some help planning your 4th of July meal plan? I know it doesn’t quite feel like business as usual when it comes to our summer plans, but the Fourth of July is my favorite holiday of the year. Even if it’s just you celebrating, here are some fun ideas for the kitchen. We will celebrate at the beach this year with some family outside. Here’s hoping the mosquitoes are not too bad this year!

Watermelon Sticks 4th of July meal plan

4th of July Menu

Pamela Salzman’s American Flag Pie recipe. You can check out her Instagram IGTV and watch the tutorial. Make the dough today and break up the steps to make it easier.

A Couple Cooks’ updated broccoli salad looks like a great option to use some of our garden fresh broccoli.

Potato salads are my favorite, especially when it’s a French Potato Salad. I’m totally hooked on adding capers to my potato salad, and so are my kids!

I like grilling chicken and being able to have some “plain” and others with a kick. I’ve found using a hoisin glaze at the end is perfect. Here’s an easy tutorial for a grilled hoisin chicken, but please don’t use canola oil. Sub avocado oil on the grill due to the high heat.

Zucchini hummus is a perfect pair to all the snappy veggies from our garden, plus a few more from local farms.

Round out the menu with watermelon sticks and you’ll be good to go. Sticks are the way to go for less mess and they also taste delicious frozen.

Scale-up as needed for your guest count.


Easy American Flag Cheese Board

American Flag Cheese Board from The Baker Mama

And a cute red, white, and blue cheese and fruit board is always a win for your 4th of July meal plan. This one from The Baker Mama is gorgeous and full of gluten-free crackers from Trader Joe’s.(She has a full shopping list on this post here.)


I hope you enjoy the long weekend. Raise a glass of clean-crafted wine to toast the holiday! I’ll be enjoying a glass of Adelante Sauvignon Blanc because my mom and sister are in town and it’s their favorite. You can grab it too for 20% off till Friday.

Cheers and happy 4th of July!

As I write out our Thanksgiving Meal Plan, I thought I would share it here too, along with some recipe links.

We tend to host a larger gathering, this year will be have 20 guests for dinner, and 26 for dessert. We always try to incorporate lots of local produce, farm fresh turkeys, and delicious flavors.

Every year I take notes about what worked, and what didn’t, for the big Thanksgiving dinner. Having a Thanksgiving meal plan you can refer back to year after year is so helpful. (so much so that I want a digital copy by creating this blog post!)

What size turkey should I buy?

What size turkey should I buy?

This was the top question I get about planning the Thanksgiving Meal Plan.
What size turkey should I get for Thanksgiving dinner?

The general rule of thumb is a pound per person. However, I want to make sure we have leftovers. ⁠
I’m ordering an 18-20 lb turkey, AND I’ll cook a turkey breasts separately in the slow cooker so we have extra, AND it makes a fresh batch of turkey stock for the gravy. ⁠Last year we didn’t need to serve the turkey breast, so now I know I can save it for leftovers over the weekend.

thanksgiving meal plan

Where I buy ingredients for my Thanksgiving

  1. Farmers to You: farm fresh ingredients collected from Vermont farms and delivered to drop locations in Massachusetts.
  2. Thrive Market: all my baking staples were restocked via Thrive Market. Having it delivered makes it so much easier to prep for a big dinner.
  3. Whole Foods, Prime Now delivery: after this post is done, I’m finalizing my shopping plan for Thanksgiving. And yes, I’m a huge fan of delivery.
  4. Scout & Cellar Clean Crafted Wine: again, delivery saves the day. I ordered some pinot noir and sauvignon blanc for the dinner hour, plus I have a special Cabernet Sauvignon that will come out as dinner winds down and desserts are served. Grab your four bottle dinner set now for the next round of holidays. Stock up on clean crafted wine and share no sugar added, natural wines for the holidays. 
  5. Volante Farms: I’m picking up my farm raised turkey from the local store tomorrow, and I’ll grab some flowers and apples for decorations.

cranberry sauce for thanksgiving meal plan

Thanksgiving Meal Plan Recipes

I try to plan a few weeks in advance, especially once I know how many guests are joining us for Thanksgiving. Having lists of what was on our meal plan in year’s past is super helpful. This year I even created a binder just for Thanksgiving. There are so many delicious recipes, why should we save them for only Thanksgiving? I plan to use the binder for weekly meal planning during the cold season ahead.

Thanksgiving Meal Plan Ideas

Here’s our Thanksgiving meal plan:

  • 18-20 lb Turkey and a turkey breast
  • Roach family stuffing…sourdough bread cubes with nitrate free sausage, a little homemade cranberry sauce, eggs, butter, onions, celery, and lots of poultry seasoning.
  • Murphy family stuffing….white bread, onions, celery, egg, and Bays seasoning. (old traditions die hard.)
  • Corn bread pudding…my husband just made this request as it’s one of his family favorites. I’ve doctored up the recipe over the years to include only unprocessed ingredients. This corn pudding from Pamela Salzman is very close to the way I make mine now.
  • Cranberry sauce…at least three! I make it from scratch with just maple syrup, gelatin, and orange zest. Last year we made an amazing version with chopped pears so that’s on deck to be repeated this year. (the recipe is from Pamela Salzman’s Thanksgiving ebook. I bought it last year and there were tons of great ideas in it, including what to do with turkey leftovers! (not an affiliate link…I just loved the ebook!)
  • Butternut Squash…last year my dad made it with squash from his garden. This year, I’m making a roasted holiday veggie dish with squash from OUR GARDEN! It’s one of the new recipes that’s been updated in my own Fall Ebook Bundle. 
  • Green Bean Casserole…I’m still looking for the perfect update to the green bean casserole I loved as a kid. Complete with French’s onions. This year I’m testing out the recipe from Live Simply Mom.
  • Mashed Potatoes…last year we accidentally made it with russet potatoes…use yukon gold instead. This year I’m trying it in the Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes recipe to lighten the load on our stovetop. I don’t like to have leftover mashed potatoes, but I will increase the ingredients in this recipe to make sure we have enough.
  • Gravy…my Nana taught me to make it with Wondra flour. This year I’m testing some out with brown rice flour and arrowroot starch to see if I can make myself a gluten free gravy. Stay tuned!
  • Sweet Potato Casserole…love this with orange sweet potatoes…OR PURPLE potatoes. Using this recipe, but I do skip the apple juice concentrate. I think it’s sweet enough with the maple syrup, and I don’t like buying a random ingredient like this for just dish.
  • Something GREEN! This will be a game time decision for either Brussel sprouts or sautéed green beans. I just find I like the balance of having more greens on the table, but yet I don’t always want a salad. If you do make a salad, dress it up with pomegranate seeds and persimmons! So pretty. And use butter lettuce as it will hold up better than super greens.

purple sweet potato casserole

Okay…I better get off this computer and start cooking.

Oh wait, you didn’t think I would forget dessert?!

Thanksgiving Meal Plan dessert

Thanksgiving Desserts

  • Apple pie (little sister is the pie master!)
  • Pecan pie…also from little sister
  • Pumpkin pie…my task, and my 8 year old just LOVES pumpkin pie.
  • Chocolate and cheese board is from a guest this season, so curious to see it!
  • Tea (no one ever drinks the coffee I make!)

I hope you have some ideas now for your own Thanksgiving Meal Plan! Pin this post to save for years to come as I’ll try to keep updating it with what works! Cheers to a delicious holiday ahead.

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Who loves pancakes?!! If you’ve been looking for a delicious gluten free pancake recipe for your family, you’re in the right place!

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Fall Recipe bundle meal planning help

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Creating good food for your family does more than fill little tummies. It presents an opportunity to gather and slow down.

But let’s be real. We are busy. Our kids are busy. So these recipes are not only healthy but totally doable. As a busy mama of three little ones, I hear you. You want family-friendly, yummy, and healthy fall recipe ideas. I’ve got your back.

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  • Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad
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  • Bison Pumpkin Chili
  • Slow Cooker Maple Mustard Chicken
  • Sausage & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Peanut Tempeh with Purple Cabbage Slaw

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  • Balsamic Roasted Veggies
  • Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Brazil Nuts

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A few people have asked about what we pack in our Yumbox lunches. These are our favorite lunch boxes, both for ease of use and how cute they are. They come in a variety of colors and inserts so you can customize it to the age of your child.

Yumbox bento box lunch for kids

When packing the boxes, it’s best to break it down into categories. The Yumbox makes it easy for you by reminding you of the categories in their inserts. Protein, dairy, vegetables, fruits and grains. So simple, right?

We own both the panino (sandwich friendly) insert and also the original bento box version. I use them both so frequently I can’t say I love one over the other. We have the blue and the pink box.

Here are some ideas of what to pack for each category.

  • Hummus
  • Yogurt
  • Cold cuts rolled up
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Beans (chick peas are kid friendly)/Legumes
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Sunflower seeds/sunbutter
  • Sulfite free pepperoni sticks
  • Cheese stick
  • Cheese cubed
  • Yogurt- plain or greek flavored with honey is better than the presweetened variety
  • Cottage cheese
  • Ricotta with honey
  • Grapes-check for seedless variety
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Applesauce
  • Oranges/Clementines
  • Raisins/Craisins
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber- English is better for packing
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • Salad
  • Pita bread
  • Crackers/rice crackers
  • Popcorn- (homemade)
  • Whole wheat bread/bagels
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Homemade mini muffins/breads


Pin the image to save for those mornings when you just can’t think of what to pack!

Healthy kid lunch ideas using the Yumbox lunch box container bento


What else do you like to pack in your kid’s lunch box?

Note: I’ve bought all my Yumboxes myself. Love them. The links in here are affiliate links, which means if you decide to purchase one the site receives a small commission. Thanks!


Pineapple Delight dessert for summer

Pineapple Delight is the recipe that always make me think of summer and my Grammy. Summer is often a nostalgic time. People have strong memories of vacations, family gatherings and lazy summer evenings. They want to repeat this pattern year after year. Food often plays an important role in recreating these memories. Both of my parents grew up in large families so I remember going to family parties all the time. Each family had their own favorites and today I’m sharing on of my favorite summer desserts my Grammy would make, Pineapple Delight.

Grammy had eight children. Yes, eight. So you can imagine that our families were always loud and crowded. Grammy didn’t have a lot of free time to spend in the kitchen, but she had a few tricks up her sleeve. This Pineapple Delight is a perfect summer recipe since it’s no-bake, and can be made ahead. I can totally see myself making it this summer at our little red cottage in the morning and having it ready to go for a cookout in evening.

Pineapple Delight Dessert Recipe

It’s funny how some things never change. Even what my Grammy and I use in our kitchen is mostly the same. We both use our Pyrex®, a World Kitchen brand, measuring cup to put together most of the recipes we make. Pyrex is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year. It’s pretty cool to see certain kitchen tools have withstood the test of time.

See the giveaway link below and share your favorite recipe of all time. Win a set of Pyrex 100 classic kitchenware!


I think it’s amusing to see old recipes and how they are written. I had to Google what a #2 can means in today’s world. I updated the recipe to reflect our standard measurements.


Best way to crush wafers or other crumb toppings? Toss them in a zip top bag and grab your rolling pin. This rolling pin I found in an antique store in Essex. I also love these neat-os bags instead of plastic ones. I’ve been reusing this gallon storage bag for well over a year.

This recipe is a no-bake recipe. Super easy, but it also contains eggs. Choose wisely.


I grease my pans with coconut oil. You can also use butter, coconut oil spray, or ghee.


I just love pineapple. Maybe this is why this recipe has stuck in my mind for so many years.


Whipped cream really is easy, if you have the time. Plan on letting it whip for no less than 5 minutes to get it stiff.


I went for pecans in this recipe. You could also make it with walnuts.


Please arm your kitchen with an offset spatula. It makes spreading or frosting anything so much easier!

Serve this in small glass mason jars to complete the vintage effect. I also love to reuse the Bonne Maman glass jars, they are the perfect size for dessert in jars.

Pineapple Delight

A delicious no-bake summer dessert, perfect to make ahead and bring to a party or BBQ.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Emily Roach


  • 1/2 package vanilla wafers
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 20 oz cans crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans


  • Grease a 9x11 pan with coconut oil.
  • Crush wafers. Put 1/2 wafers in the bottom of the pan and reserve the other 1/2.
  • Cream butter, eggs and sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Pour mixture on top of wafers.
  • Drain pineapple and put on top of egg mixture.
  • Whip cream until stiff. Mix with nuts and put on top of pineapple.
  • Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top.
  • Refrigerate approximately 8 hours.
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This is a compensated post in partnership with DOLE and the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions shared are my own. 

Go Green Spinach Smoothie

Spring has finally sprung! After leaving town for a couple of days, I was amazed to come home and see flowers everywhere. The trees are pink and the tulips are all standing at attention. It’s days like this that I love being a stay at home mom and get to relax and watch the kids play in the backyard for hours.

My other favorite thing that happens in spring is snack time takes place outside. Two less rounds of crumbs to clean up in the house! It’s the little things that make me happy in the spring.

The kids were excited when we tested out a new smoothie recipe shared with us from DOLE Pineapple Juice. I usually don’t add juice to our smoothies, but I was happy to learn that Dole’s juice is 100% juice and GMO-free. Two great things in my nutrition playbook. Plus with the “pollen tsunami” taking place, increasing our Vitamin C intake can be a helpful remedy for allergy symptoms.

Silly smoothie facesThe Go Green smoothie won over our neighbor’s daughter who isn’t always a green smoothie fan. The silly green mustaches everyone was wearing at the end of snack time was a sign of success!

One note, since we try to avoid GMO’s I swapped out the soy milk for almond milk. It can be tricky to find organic GMO-free soy milk so almond or coconut milk are alternate suggestions.

How to make a green smoothie

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

Go Green Smoothie

An energizing green smoothie to kick start your day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Emily


  • 1/2 cup DOLE pineapple juice chilled
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk or almond milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks partially thawed
  • 1 banana peeled
  • 1 tablespoon whole ground flaxseed meal


  • If you have a high speed blender, add all ingredients to blender starting with the Pineapple Juice.
  • If you have a traditional blender, add juice thru spinach and blend before adding the balance of ingredients.
  • Blend and enjoy!
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You can make your own Go Green smoothie and get coupon here for your next sunny day smoothie snack break!

  • $1.00 off #coupon for any 46oz or 6oz 6-pack of DOLE Canned Pineapple Juice.

Learn more about what you can make with healthy pineapple juice on DOLE’s Pinterest boards, Twitter channel or facebook page. I’ll be checking out some fun summer cocktail recipes here so I can use up my leftover pineapple juice. You can also buy the small cans and have them in the pantry for when inspiration strikes.

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

What’s your favorite activity to do in the sunshine?

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