Give yourself a boost of energy and satisfy those cravings with one (or two!) of these easy-to-make, no-bake, really-good-for-you, Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites!

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites | Twin Tough

It usually hits me mid-afternoon. This tired sort-of slump that makes me want my bed and a nice, long nap with no interruptions. (We all know that that pretty much never happens.)

Enter the next best thing: these cranberry cashew energy bites! The recipe is not an original of mine, but once I tried it, I loved it, and knew that these little sweet bites of goodness would be making a permanent appearance in our house.

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites | Twin Tough

These energy bites are super-creamy, with little bits of nuts throughout, slightly sweet, and with hints of tart, chewy cranberry to balance it all perfectly! (You’ll want more than one!)

You can eat them straight from the food processor with a giant spoon, but I prefer to chill them first; they are extra yummy when cold, and they firm up and hold together more nicely.

Another bonus: they are really easy to make – the kids can even help with this one!

Add all of the ingredients in your food processor, and pulse and blend until the mixture comes together and forms a ball.

Measuring out a Tablespoon of dough each, I roll the little guys into balls and place them in an airtight container and force myself to wait while they get nice and chilled.

You can totally roll them in shredded coconut, too. Or you can do half-and-half. It’s all up to you.

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites | Twin Tough

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites | Twin Tough

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites | Twin Tough

They are the perfect snack, and also work great for re-fueling after a strenuous workout (or climbing several flights of stairs with endless loads of laundry!!)

In what ways would you enjoy these? At home? At work? On-the-go? Try them and let me know what you think!

Recipe very lightly adapted from these Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies.

Cranberry Cashew Energy Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to food processor and pulse/blend until everything is combined and dough starts to form a ball.
  2. Grease hands with a little coconut oil, as the dough is very sticky.
  3. Roll balls into whatever size you want. (Mine were about 1" in diameter. You can make them bigger or smaller. Or multi-sized for adults and kiddos!)
  4. If rolling in coconut, place about 1/8 cup in a shallow bowl, and roll balls to cover evenly.
  5. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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**If you liked this recipe, you should also check out these Cranberry Almond Oat Granola Bars! **

*This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated in any way for my recommendation or positive review of any of these companies or their products. I will never recommend products that I don’t personally use and enjoy. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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These Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts are sweet, flaky, and oozing with fruity goodness! Admittedly, they’re not a health food, but they make a wonderful, from-the-heart, homemade treat for little ones or that special someone.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

I still love Valentine’s Day.

It used to mean a day of waiting and wondering whether or not Prince Charming would magically come to his senses, realize the significance of this all-important day, and part with his hard-earned cash to show me his undying love and commitment. I waited a very long time.

My daddy was wonderful at making his wife and daughters feel loved, and almost every Valentine’s Day, he would surprise my mom, and my sister and me with flowers, and some token of his affection. I have to say, that during those tough, trying teenage years when I didn’t have a “valentine,” I still never felt unloved, thanks to the love and affection of my wonderful dad (and great girl friends!)

I now have my own honest-to-goodness valentine, and I love him tremendously! I also have two little girls that I love more than life itself. Valentine’s Day for me, now, is a wonderful day to show my sweethearts how much I love and appreciate having them in my life. I love showering the loves of my life with special things to show them how truly loved and special they are. I also think of my daddy, and remember how loved and special he made me feel, and I want my girls to know that same love. I firmly believe that if they experience real, true love in their lives, they will be much less likely to fall for the counterfeit kind that masquerades as the real thing, but always takes, rather than gives. Just a thought.

So, since we are discussing sweet, special treats that make your valentines feel loved and cherished, why not whip them up these very special, made-with-love Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts?

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

These homemade pop tarts are vastly different than the pre-packaged ones you purchase at the store. These pastries are warm, soft and flaky, sweet and fruit-filled, and drizzled with a not-too-sweet glaze that just may make you weak in the knees. (If you are a little short in the “valentine” department this year, it is totally acceptable to make these all for yourself!)

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

And, while these delicate pastries will earn you rave reviews, (and maybe even a few kisses!) they are super-simple to make.

You can definitely make this sweet treat even easier by using a pre-made crust, but I happen to love this fantastic crust recipe from A Spicy Perspective, so it is the crust that I used for this particular recipe. (I did not chill the crust before rolling and cutting the pastries – I may be a little impatient.)

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Whether using a pre-made crust, or homemade, roll out the crust on a floured surface to about 1/4″ thick. Mine may have been a little thinner. It’s not too crucial.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

I used this handy toaster pastry cutter, but you can certainly use whatever shape you want. You can even cut out shapes freehand, just make sure that you cut two of the same shape and size. It is important that the two shapes match.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Spoon your favorite fruit jam, preserves, or jelly onto one half of the pastry, taking care to keep the preserves in the middle, leaving at least an inch on all sides.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Place the other half of the pastry on top, and carefully press down on the sides to prevent jelly from leaking out. You can press the edges with a fork or your fingers – whatever works.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Place pastries on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and brush lightly with an egg and water mixture to ensure a nice golden crust.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Place in oven and bake for around 20 min, or until crust is nicely golden, and fruit mixture is bubbling. (Trust me, a little will make it’s way out of the pastries, and it will be happily bubbling away.)

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

 

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Remove these little beauties from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Prepare your glaze!

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Whisk confectioner’s sugar, milk, salt, preserves, and one drop of food coloring (totally optional) to a smooth, semi-thin consistency.

Now, the fun part! Drizzle your gorgeous glaze all over your warm-from-the-oven strawberry pop tarts! There is no wrong way to do this (just make sure you put enough on there!!)

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

The result – lovely, homemade treats that will ensure your place as best valentine ever!

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Yield: 4 pastries

Ingredients

    for pastries:
  • 1 batch pie crust dough (Use a pre-made crust, or make your own. I used this recipe.)
  • Strawberry preserves (about 4 Tbsp)
  • 1 egg + 1 Tbsp water (for egg wash)
  • for glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry preserves
  • milk to thin
  • pinch salt
  • 1 drop pink or red food coloring, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Roll pie crust dough onto a floured surface, about 1/4" thick.
  3. Cut out pastries, making sure to make TWO per pastry.
  4. Spread about 1 Tbsp preserves in the middle of one of the pastries.
  5. Cover with other pastry, and seal edges.
  6. Place pastries on parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crust is golden, and fruit preserves are bubbly. Remove from oven, and let cool for a few minutes.
  7. Whisk confectioner's sugar, salt, preserves, and milk together in a small bowl. Glaze should be thin enough to drizzle.
  8. Generously drizzle glaze on top of pastries. Lick the spoon, and enjoy!
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Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts | Twin Tough

This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated in any way for my positive reviews of products or companies. All opinions are 100% mine.

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This easy10-minute Ginger Kale Stir Fry is bright and colorful, lightening-quick to make, insanely delicious, and won’t break any of your new year’s resolutions.

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

The new year is all about re-prioritizing, right? Taking better care of yourself, choosing healthier life habits, doing less, exercising more, etc…the list goes on.

Let’s be honest. Consciously making healthy choices is not always easy. It requires discipline, patience, endurance, and lots of self-control! Fortunately for you guys, this good-for-you stir fry is healthy, totally delicious, and super easy!!

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

This Ginger Kale Stir Fry is my go-to, easy, healthy lunch of choice right now! I love the vibrant green and orange, the slight crunch from the veggies and nuts, and the decidedly asian-style flavors from the ginger and soy sauce. Mmmmmm….

I made this one day when I was doing a fridge clean out, and it has become one of my favorite meals ever! (It could not be easier, either!)

First, wash and prep your veggies. (I use this julienne veggie peeler from Pampered Chef. Love it!)

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

I like toasting my walnuts to bring out their rich, nutty flavor!

Remove the walnuts, add some olive oil to your pan, then add your carrots, ginger, garlic, and any other veggie you decide to throw in there! (I also love to add mushrooms!)

Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add kale.

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

Sauté kale for 1-2 minutes, just until slightly wilted, then add soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat, and add walnuts. Toss lightly. Serve immediately. (You can definitely add a little cheese on top!)

I think you’re going to love this kale stir fry!! It just might become one of your favorite dishes, too! Enjoy!

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

10-Minute Ginger Kale Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1/2 bunch kale, rinsed and chopped
  • 2-3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • hard, aged cheese, shaved (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash and prep veggies.
  2. Toast walnuts on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Drizzle 1-2 tsp olive oil in skillet, and set on medium to medium-high.
  4. Add carrots, ginger, and mushrooms (if using,) and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add kale, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Toss lightly to coat, and sauté for 1-2 minutes, or until kale is slightly wilted.
  6. Remove from heat, and add walnuts. Lightly toss.
  7. Garnish with shaved cheese (optional)
  8. Serve immediately.
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Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

Kale Stir Fry | Twin Tough

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