A Quick, Easy, Frozen Watermelon Drink (with or without rum)

delicious watermelon slush

This healthy frozen watermelon drink can be made with alcohol (rum, anyone?) for a great summer cocktail!

I cannot get enough of this amazing cocktail that I whipped up tonight. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it’s pretty healthy! Well, until you add in the rum. 😉 But come on. What could be more perfect on a steamy hot summer’s night? Frozen watermelon + ice + lime + rum for the grownups = heaven. My drink and smoothie experiments don’t always go over well around here, but my kids and Hubs loved this one. Hooray!

Extra bonus of this drink? We always have too much watermelon, and I hate it when it goes bad because we can’t get through it all. Now it’ll never have to. I’m always going to chop up half that big old melon and throw it in the freezer so I can whip up a batch of these drinks whenever the mood strikes. Which will be often!

Watermelon Slush

Makes 4 servings

4 cups of frozen, seedless watermelon cubes (if you want this NOW and your melon isn’t frozen, give it a go anyway. The texture will just be a little more watery.)
1 cup of water if using frozen watermelon, 1 cup ice if using fresh
2-3 tablespoons lime juice
1 scant tablespoon of sugar (not needed if your watermelon is super sweet!)
1 shot of rum per glass for the grown-ups
Fresh mint, for garnish

– Throw the watermelon, ice, lime juice, and (optional) sugar in a blender
– Blend it all up
– Pour into four glasses, such as stemless wine glasses
– Stir in rum, if desired
– Garnish with mint
– Kick back and cool down!

Happy summer everyone!

Honest Mom’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (super easy and one bowl!)

My girls and I have been baking like crazy around here. Even though I have a wonky oven and it’s turning out to be a game of chance with each batch (will the oven suddenly shoot up to 450 degrees? Will it plummet to 250?), we’ve been relatively successful. Kind of.

But these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies turned out great and they’re so easy! My kids loved rolling the balls and smushing them down. I adapted the recipe from My Life and Kids – hers is great if you need a gluten-free recipe.

This is a perfect last-minute cookie recipe. Enjoy – and Merry Christmas!

easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Honest Mom’s Super Easy, One-Bowl, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup flour (I use white whole wheat)
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix peanut butter, sugar, and egg together.
  3. Add flour and mix well. Batter will be crumbly, but will hold together when squeezed.
  4. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Roll about one tablespoon of dough into a ball.
  6. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and flatten slightly into a round disk. Repeat for 23 more balls.
  7. If you’d like, use a fork to press a criss-cross design into the top of each cookie.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? Share in the comments!

Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – no butter or oil!

It’s been too busy around here lately, but I have somehow found time to make my pumpkin chocolate chip bread twice in two weeks. And I’m making it again today. I need My kids need a snack that isn’t Halloween candy from the weekend’s parties, you know?

I’m a big fan of no-butter and no-oil recipes because I love my baked goods (see more recipes below). But my hips and belly don’t need more high-fat, high-calorie treats. So I created this recipe, based on a few others I found that weren’t quite right – and I have to say, in the words of Rachael Ray … YUM-O.

WIthout further ado, may I present my kid-tested and kid-approved…

One-Bowl, Mostly-Healthy, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Healthy and delicious pumpkin chocolate chip bread

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3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (you can use plain flour if you want)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Cooking spray

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Directions}

Preheat oven to 350

Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly.

Add flour, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until just combined – don’t over-stir. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into a loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

After 10 minutes, remove loaf from pan and let it cool on a rack.

I recommend you eat a nice, warm slice after the loaf cools for about 30 minutes!

What’s your favorite healthy (or mostly healthy) recipe? Leave a link to it in the comments!

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Have you seen these other recipes on the blog?

Yummy, healthy pancakes (no butter, no oil)

Pumpkin chocolate chip bars (no butter, no oil)

Sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin pancakes

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