fairy-dusted cake batter rice krispies treats


My kiddos are so into fairies lately. They love them.  Tinker Bell being the all-around favorite, of course… all 3 littles love to talk about and play pretend fairies.

(Even 1 year old Maren walks around the house chanting “Bell!  Yay BELL!”)

So, of course I had to encourage this sweet fairy love (because secretly I really love fairies too!  Always have, always will!!) with a fun little treat.

Fairy-Dusted Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats | Sweet Anna's

I’ve never met a kid (or husband, for that matter!) who doesn’t love a good buttery, gooey homemade rice krispies treat, so I decided to change them up with some cake batter for flavor and a sprinkle of sanding sugar ‘fairy-dust’!

To say my kids were excited was an understatement.  (It might have helped that this was Maren’s first time tasting a rice krispies treat!)

Now, you might say fairy-dust should be gold, but in this house fairy-dust is purple.  Actually just about everything is purple around here.  My boys are UW Huskies fans…  so purple fairy-dust it is!

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healthier delicious whole wheat banana bread

You guys, I am so excited about this banana bread!  (Ok, I know I say that a lot, but that’s because I love to share the things I’m excited about with you!)

This much-healthier banana bread is way up at the top of my list right now of favorite things!

It’s no secret that I love banana bread.  I love making it, baking it, eating it, and sharing it with others.  But my ultimate banana bread recipe is so indulgent and wonderful that I almost feel bad serving it sometimes.  It’s too good.  (And NOT so good for you!)

This banana bread on the other hand…

Healthier Whole Wheat Banana Bread | Sweet Anna's

This banana bread is the kind of treat you can serve your kids every morning if you want and not feel the least bit guilty for it.  Even when they slather it with butter, because the only fat in this bread is what you find in your greek yogurt.  That’s it!

It’s chock-full of healthy stuff.  Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, whole wheat flour, oats…  and it tastes like a cross between a thick, hearty slice of oat & wheat bread crossed with a decadent banana bread.

I’m telling you, you should make this soon.  Because we all need a healthy treat in our back pockets for those munchie (or “there’s nothing for breakfast!”) emergencies!

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Big Batch Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

These chewy, moist peanut butter cookie bars are packed with 3 kinds of chocolate chips.  Serious crowd pleasers in every way!

And by the way…  when I say Big Batch, I mean BIG BATCH.

This recipe make 3 half-sheet jelly roll pans.  You know, the big ones.  The 13×18″ones that are rimmed all the way around.  (These:  Nordic Ware Half-Sheet Pans)

That means 72 big cookie bars, or 288 small ones!

I occasionally have to bake for a lot of people at once.  That often translates to batch after batch of cookies and hours at the oven.

This deliciously easy recipe eliminates so much work, without sacrificing any flavor or texture!

And on a day like today, where my well is dry and I can’t wash these dishes after I use them, there is no other way I could have done this baking that needed to be done.

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perfect microwaved ‘baked’ sweet potato

You guys!!  I can’t even handle how excited I am about this sweet potato!

Perfect Microwaved 'Baked' Sweet Potato | Sweet Anna's

I know, I know…  it’s just a sweet potato.  What’s the big deal, right?

Well, here’s the big deal.

I am not a huge sweet potato fan!

Ok, so I adore my microwave sweet potato chips and that’s usually the extent of my homemade sweet potatoing.

I will also rarely say no to a plate of crispy sweet potato fries with ranch to dip them in, and I do enjoy them in a sweet & spicy curry (like this Sweet Potato Coconut Chicken Curry!) but beyond that, they just sit in my cupboard in their giant Costco bag until they slowly get chipped up or tossed away eventually.

Today, I decided to try a microwaved ‘baked’ sweet potato.  I wasn’t expecting much, but a quick filling lunch that was ‘tolerable’.  What I got was pure bliss! 

A sweet, creamy, spicy, flavorful, low-fat, gluten-free and protein-packed lunch that was so good, I was sad when it was over.

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extra festive (smaller batch) mini monster cookies

Ok, so I know this is not particularly a new recipe here on Sweet Anna’s, but it is a perfected one and something you should make ASAP.

Monster cookies are the perfect cookies for cookie exchanges, mailing treats, giving away to neighbors and friends…  they are naturally gluten-free* and they freeze beautifully, so they make great gifts.

Extra Festive (smaller batch) Mini Monster Cookies | Sweet Anna's

I have been making these for years (and so have most of my family members!) and I think I finally perfected them one step further!

With the addition of Christmasy mini-m&ms, a little more coconut for extra moisture, and a smaller, shareable size, these really are perfect holiday baking cookies.

Best of all, this is my small-batch recipe, which suits my life much better than the regular huge batch.

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