Furikake Chex Mix

Yeah. Make this.

Furikake Chex Mix

Adapted from onolicioushawaii.com

  • Bag of pretzels
  • Bag of bugles
  • Box of rice chex cereal
  • Box of honey comb cereal
  • Bag of Gardetto’s
  • And any other bag of stuff including wheat Chex cereal or Fritos
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Agave syrup or maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 bottle of Furikake

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Mix butter, syrup, sugar, veggie oil and soy sauce in pot until sugar is melted.

Mix all dry ingredients but the Furikake in an oven proof baking dish. You might need 2 containers.

Pour sauce evenly over the dry ingredients. And mix well. Then sprinkle the entire bottle of Furikake over and mix gently.

Bake for an hour, tossing every 15 mins.

You just want to bake it till the syrup is dry and makes every piece of furikake cereal crunchy and crisp.

Oh soooo addictive: granola bars

Well, she’s here! Our second baby girl was born in late March and our amazing Mom’s Club helped feed my family the first month!! I remembered from our first how much help the homemade dinners were. But this time around, with a four year old to feed too, the dinners were a life saver. Just when my first would start to get grumpy, I’d look at the clock and realize it was dinner time! Like superheroes, a mommy would knock on my door with dinner for all of us. Saving the day!

One of the mommies, a woman with wings, not only made us an amazing meal but also made us these. I have to admit that I ate the majority of them (perfect snacks for the nursing mommy) and my guilt brought me to make my family another batch (2 months later). 

This time around, my family knows I’ll devour them in no time. So, they’re keeping pace with my addiction. We have at least two a day each. 

    Granola Bars

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup hazelnut or almond meal
  • 1 1/2 cup seeds and  raw nuts (pecan pieces, cashew pieces, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, Pepitas)
  • 1 cup raw shredded coconut
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup 
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup hemp seed hearts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup dried fruit (cherries, blueberries, raisins)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the first five ingredients in a large rimmed cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins or until slightly golden and fragrant.  Be sure to stir every few mins. Once done, remove and turn the oven down to 300 degrees. 

Heat the butter, sugar, honey, syrup, vanilla and salt in a pan over medium heat until the sugar is melted. 

In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and fold together until everything is wet. 

Line you large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture evenly (I used a rubber spatula to press it and spread it evenly).  

Cook at 300 for 25-30 mins or until golden brown. I cooked mine for 25 but it could’ve used another 2-3 mins to stay more in bar form. Mine were a bit crumbly. 

Let them set for at least 3 hours. Then cut them with a serrated knife. And store in sealed containers. 

Makes about 16 bars. 


Mommy Power Bites (Lactation Cookies)

I hate to call these cookies and give you the wrong idea. These are not sweet like cookies but more satisfying like a great power bar. They include lactogenic ingredients like oats, hemp seed and nutritional yeast that help with “boobie milk” as my 4 year old calls it. Not that I’m breastfeeding my 4 year old and have no judgement of those that do, it’s just not for me. Her friend just had a new baby and we have one on the way! So, there’s lots of talk about things like poopy diapers and boobie milk. Wait. Have I digressed? Anyway, they’re great for lactating mommies and really anyone who is expending a ton of energy (I’m thinking the cyclists in my life would love these too).

Try these bites if you’re expecting or know someone who is. They’re a perfect snack for mommies who are posted on the couch taking care of a newborn.


Slight adaptation of a recipe by The Fitnessista

Mommy Power Bites

* 2 cups rolled oats
* 1 cup hazelnut meal
* 1/2 cup hemp seed
* 2 TBSP chia seeds
* 1 TBSP flax seeds
* 2 TBSP nutritional yeast
* 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1/4 tsp baking soda
* pinch of salt
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 6 TBSP melted butter
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix first 10 ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Combine them all together. Then fold in the chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to mold the bites into balls and place on cookie sheet ~2″ apart.

Pop in the oven for 10-11 mins or until they just start to brown around the bottom edges. Let cool slightly (they’ll be crumbly if you try to move them now). Then carefully remove them from the sheet with a spatula and finish cooling on a rack.

Wrap up or freeze remaining bites.