Back To School Baking With Stevia In The Raw #Review #Giveaway

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Back To School usually means one thing…Fall is just around the corner and us moms can’t wait to fire up the oven and get to baking!  If you’ve followed my blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that I LOVE baking, and what better way to spend my time now that all three of my kids are in school?  After going on a weight loss journey last year and losing 55 lbs, I have become pretty conscious of my caloric intake, and baked goods are usually off the table.  Thanks to Stevia In The Raw, I can enjoy my favorite pastime even more, and actually indulge in the sweet treats I’m baking!

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With all of the Back To School baking, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got plenty of Stevia In The Raw on hand, and the Bakers Bag is the perfect size!  Stevia In The Raw measures cup for cup, just like sugar.  So go on, bake a pie, whip up a sauce…cut the calories in all of your favorite recipes this BTS season!

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What better way to start the day thank with homemade Cranberry Pecan Breakfast Buns?  Stevia In The Raw has an AMAZING recipe that the whole family will love.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Sugar In The Raw, divided
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp 2% milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted,
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine flour, 2 tablespoons Sugar In The Raw®, 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®, baking powder, and salt. Using your fingers, work butter into flour until crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup milk and vanilla until dough comes together. Chill 30 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, and 2 tablespoons Stevia In The Raw®. Cook over medium-high heat until cranberries burst and mixture is thickened, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool completely.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 16×12” rectangle. Spread cranberry mixture evenly over dough. With the long edge facing you, roll dough up tightly. Cut crosswise into 9 rolls, place in buttered 8” round or square baking pan. Bake until browned, about 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan 5 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk to combine powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth, and drizzle over the warm cinnamon rolls. Sprinkle with pecans and serve warm.

 

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Ready to try another delicious Stevia In The Raw Recipe?  Apple Pie Streusel Cake is another crowd-pleaser that your family will love.

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 medium tart apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Stevia In The Raw
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl of a food processor fitted with blade attachment combine flour, brown sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Pulse until well combined. Add butter slowly, pulsing between additions, until pea-sized pieces form. Press 1/2 of the mixture in an ungreased 9-inch springform pan; set remaining mixture aside.

Place apples, Stevia In The Raw®, cornstarch and remaining 1 tsp. cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to combine. Place apples in prepared springform pan. Evenly sprinkle the remaining mixture over apples.

Place springform pan on baking sheet with sides. Bake 60 to 70 minutes until top is golden. Remove from oven. Run knife around the edge of pan; let cake cool completely. Remove springform ring just before serving.

 

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Back To School in our home is all about after-school snacks, and a favorite among my kiddos is chocolate chip cookies.  But sometimes, when you live in Arizona, it’s just too hot to bake for a little while into the school season.  I thought it would be super fun to share an EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH recipe I make using Stevia In The Raw, so not only do the kids get to enjoy…but this mama does too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Stevia In The Raw
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation

In a small bowl, mix together Stevia In The Raw, brown sugar, and butter.  Add in the flour, salt, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and serve immediately or chill.

There are so many ways to enjoy your Back To School baking, and Stevia In The Raw wants to make sure you can bake your butt off too!

***GIVEAWAY***

Stevia In The Raw has been generous enough to sponsor a giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a Stevia In The Raw Bakers bag, as well as a $25 VISA gift card to make sure you have all you need to bake, bake, bake!  Giveaway will begin 08/16/17 at 9:00 pm EST and will end 08/23/17 8:59:59 pm EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Stevia In The Raw giveaway!!

Remember that ALL mandatory entries must be completed…failure to complete mandatory tasks, or submitting tasks that aren’t complete will disqualify you.

 

***I received the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion, as well as a gift card to help facilitate the review***

Back To School Lunchbox Snacks Your Kids Will Love From Pure Growth Organic

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If you’re a parent, you know the struggle is real when it comes to finding lunchbox snacks the kids will like that will keep fresh all day.  With my three kiddos headed back to school, I set out on a mission to find snacks that my kids would enjoy and I wouldn’t feel bad about giving them.  I found some Pure Growth Organic Snacks that my little ones couldn’t wait to try out.

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Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn was a HUGE hit with my daughter.  She’s loves everything Mickey Mouse so the packaging instantly made her want to try what was inside.  We love popcorn in our household and the White Cheddar Popcorn does not disappoint.  What you’ll love about sending your little one off to school with this tasty treat:

  • organic
  • kosher
  • gluten free
  • 8g whole grains per serving
  • popped in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving
  • NO MSG

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What kid doesn’t love a little sweet treat in their lunchbox, right?  These Pure Growth Organic Crispy Rice Squares are a treat that kids everywhere will love!   This is a whole new spin on America’s favorite childhood sweet treat…vegan, gluten-free, made from brown rice, and of course, organic.!  This snack is a delicious and convenient solution for kids (and parents) to enjoy.  What you’ll love about these Crispy Rice Squares:

  • organic
  • gluten-free
  • kosher
  • vegan
  • made with brown rice
  • formed in the U.S.A.
  • NO GMOs
  • NO artificial colors
  • NO artificial flavors
  • 0g trans fat per serving

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Packing a lunch your little one will love (and you’ll feel good about) is finally a little easier thanks to Pure Growth Organic.  Make sure you check out their whole selection to find the products that are just right for your family!  Enter code  20PGO to save on your purchase!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Back To School Snacks From SunRype #SunRypeSnacks4School

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When shopping for Back To School snacks, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming and quite misleading.  It’s hard to know whether we’re making the right choices or not, and having to second guess our purchases makes the trip to the store take even longer, which a busy mother of three like myself despises.  SunRype is making it easy to provide healthy snacks for your kids this Back To School season so you can get in to the store, pick up exactly what you’re looking for, and get on with your day.

 

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My kiddos can be pretty picky sometimes, so I wasn’t sure how these new snacks would go over with them, but I was so incredibly surprised.  Both the SunRype FruitSource + Veggie and SunRype Fruit To Go taste amazing!

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Fruit To Go in Apple Strawberry Watermelon was instantly a HUGE hit with the kids, and yes, even myself.  This delicious snack is a summery blend of strawberries, apples, and watermelon that you can enjoy any time of year.  The juicy strawberries and mouthwatering watermelon combine for a flavor that kids will love…just be prepared for them to ask for more!  These thin fruit strips will satisfy your sweet cravings without any added processed sugar…something a mom like me truly appreciates.  These vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free 100% fruit snacks are made with real fruit puree so you and your kids can finally agree on this tasty, portable, on-the-go snack.

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Looking for a great way to get more veggies into your little one’s diet?  The SunRype Fruit Source + Veggie are a great option!  Mango and strawberry make a perfect match in this 100% fruit and vegetable snack.  Each bar has 2.5 servings of fruit and veggies!  Just like the Fruit To Go, they’re also made from a real fruit and veggie puree, and are vegan, peanut-free, kosher and gluten-free so you can indulge no matter your dietary needs.  Add in being a good source of fiber and potassium and you’ve got one superhero snack here to save the day.

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This year, send your kiddos back to school with snacks that will help fuel their bodies and minds with SunRype.  You’ll find these tasty snacks available in the produce department at most grocers next to the fruits and vegetables.  Make sure you check out all of the snack options that SunRype provides so you can find the ones that are just right for your little ones.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Squeezable Back To School Goodness From GoGo squeeZ

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Back-To-School can be a time where we struggle to find healthy snacks for our children to take to school.  Whether I’m shopping for my kids, or for a snack donation for my kindergartener’s class, it’s so nice to have a snack like GoGo squeeZ to rely on!  GoGo squeeZ products are crafted with high-quality, natural ingredients to provide wholesome goodness for kids (or adults) of all ages.  With over 20 varieties of fruit and veggieZ on-the-go, GoGo squeeZ is so much more than just Applesauce, they’re Goodness on the Go!

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Have you heard the GoGo squeeZ commercial that plays on the radio?  A little girl is offered numerous different snacks (cookies, chips, etc.) in exchange for her GoGo squeeZ and she says to the other children “you know I don’t trade my GoGo squeeZ!”  That’s how my three kiddos are so we were so happy to receive a shipment of goodies from our GoGo squeeZ friends.

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GoGo squeeZ Blueberry Yogurtz were a new one for us, but the kids have quickly fallen in love with this unique flavor that makes it easy to take yogurt anywhere.  This yogurt is a real low fat yogurt with blueberries, never anything artificial.  Even though it’s yogurt, it still comes in that loveable iconic squeezable, portable pouch.  GoGo squeeZ YogurtZ can be stored at room temperature until opened which makes it a perfect lunchbox companion for the back-to-school season.

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If you have an adventurous eater like I do, these GoGo squeeZ Apple Raspberry Lemon Twist pouches are perfect…but they’re a limited batch so find them while you can!  These pouches of goodness are sweet, delicious fruit flavored pouches with just a tiny sour punch of lemon.  All natural and always full of goodness, this tasty applesauce combination is a healthy snack with a sour twist that kids won’t be able to resist.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry is a crowd favorite here in our home.  These apple strawberry pouches are jam packed with apples, strawberries and yumminess.  This sweet and healthy snack is perfect for anytime, or anywhere.  All that lip-smacking fruit in a no-fuss, no-mess strawberry applesauce pouch – that’s what’s called goodness on the go.  Whether you’re headed to the beach, sports practices, on the road or sending your little ones off to school, you simply can’t go wrong with GoGo squeeZ Apple Strawberry.

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GoGo squeeZ Apple Banana is another favorite with my kiddos, but it’s hard not to be a favorite when two of my kids’ favorite foods are combined into one squeezable, perfect combination of deliciousness and nutritiousness.  Kids will go bananas for this flavor so make sure to keep a few on hand!

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Oh my…where has this Apple Pumpkin Spice been all my life?  This was a flavor that was just too good for me not to try, and I will be heading to the store this week to find more boxes of this hidden gem.  Pumpkins, apples and a twist of cinnamon yumminess all squeezed into a portable pouch makes this snack perfect to take on-the-go.  This special Fall blend of tasty goodness is natural as always, but it won’t be around for long so grab them while you can!

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Last, but not least, we also got to try out the Pedal Pedal Peach Fruit & Veggiez.  Kids need natural energy to keep going, and Pedal Pedal Peach is the perfect nutritious blend of apples, peaches and sweet potatoes.  The natural energy they’ll gain while nourishing their bodies with wholesome foods just couldn’t get any better.

With so many flavors to choose from, you’ll be sure to find a GoGo squeeZ flavor (or two or three) that your little ones just can’t like without this school year.  Check out all of the flavors here.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

A Taste Of History With American Heritage Chocolate (Plus Bonus American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe!)

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Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an absolute chocoholic.  No matter what it is, how light or dark it is, I LOVE IT!  I recently got the chance to try out some American Heritage Chocolate so you know my answer to partnering with them was YES!  Of course, haha!  American Heritage Chocolate has a unique place in the history of MARS, Inc. and in the hearts and minds of people all over America who appreciate an artisanal, authentic approach to making and celebrating chocolate.  115 experts from around the globe came together to perfect this 18th century recipe that is absolutely unlike anything else on the market.  The brand’s unique flavor profile makes it a joy to explore new ideas!  Like the complexity of a fine wine, a bite of American Heritage Chocolate reveals layers of taste.  The mildly spicy and slightly sweet recipe is flavored with a blend of 11 spices and ingredients available during the 18th century that range from the heat of chili peppers, to the warmth of vanilla, to the freshness of orange peel.

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Did you know that in the 18th century chocolate was enjoyed as a beverage?  It wasn’t until the mid 1880s that chocolate became “candy” as we know it.  These American Heritage Chocolate Bites give you a sampling to be enjoyed grated and served as a beverage or just popped in your mouth, which is really the best way to enjoy any chocolate…especially this one!

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There individual American Heritage Chocolate Sticks make perfect stirrers for your morning coffee!  If you prefer, it can be grated and added to water for a tasty sample of this authentic 18th century chocolate.  I chose to skip my coffee creamer and stir my morning cup of joe with this stick and the flavor was AMAZING!!  I had fun sitting and imagining that this is how my distant grandparents enjoyed their morning coffee.  (Hey, don’t judge me!  I’m somewhat obsessed with the past and figuring out what life was like for my ancestors.)

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Perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy this authentic recipe is the American Heritage Grated Chocolate.  Taste the sweeter side of the revolution!  This grated chocolate is delicious as a beverage and a great substitute for semi-sweet chocolate in a wide variety of recipes.

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I think the American Heritage Chocolate Block was by far my favorite item in my package.  Perfect for baking!  American Heritage is 63% cacao and a perfect substitution for the semi-sweet chocolate that your favorite recipe calls for.  I decided to use the chocolate blocks to make some peanut butter cups and the results were awesome!  Find the recipe below, try it out, and let me know what you think!

American Heritage Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 six ounce package of American Heritage Chocolate Block
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Chop one 3 ounce block of chocolate into large size chunks.  You don’t need to worry about getting it too small, it will all melt down just the same.

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Using a heat-safe glass bowl and small saucepan filled with water, melt the chocolate down using the double boiler method.  Once completely melted your chocolate will be smooth and glossy.

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Place baking 4 paper baking cups into a large muffin mold, and place a small layer of chocolate in each cup.  Freeze about 20 minutes or until solid.

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In a small bowl, beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract until the mixture is completely mixed.

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Divide the mixture into 4 pieces and form them into peanut butter patties.  Be sure to leave a little room on the edge so the chocolate on top can seal the whole thing together.

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Chop and melt the remaining chocolate block as you did before, and top your peanut butter cups off.  Freeze another 20 minutes or until solid and serve.

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The finished result is something that you and your friends and family just won’t be able to get enough of.

No matter how you choose to enjoy American Heritage Chocolate, you absolutely can’t go wrong.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Perfect Back To School Nutrition For Kids From Zone Perfect

 

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With Back To School just around the corner, I know most parents like myself are worried about proper nutrition with increased activity.  Zone Perfect Kidz bars are a perfect Back To School snack option for parents like myself who want quality snacks for our little ones.  The Zone Perfect Kidz bars are packed with the essential vitamins, minerals and the protein your child needs to fuel an active lifestyle.  These nutrition bars are tasty, yet nutritious, and come in 3 kid approved flavors that I couldn’t wait to try out with my kiddos.

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My daughter is just like me, a total chocoholic.  The Zone Perfect Kidz Chocolate Cupcake bars were her absolute favorite out of the three flavors available.  When you’re a kid, it’s always cupcake time!  This sweet and satisfying little snack is as nutritious as it is tasty. Rich.  Chocolately.  Totally snag-worthy and the most coveted “trade item” at the lunch table.

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What kid wouldn’t love a nutritious snack that tastes like sugar cookies?  The Zone Perfect Kidz Sugar Cookie bars are delish!  Treat your little one to a sweet little snack you can put in their pocket, lunchbox, backpack…just about anywhere!  Each bar has 5 delicious grams of protein to help keep little tummies full longer, and give little ones the energy they need to get through their day.

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Last, but certainly not least, the Zone Perfect Kidz bars are also available in Yellow Cupcake!   It’s a cupcake that fits in your pocket!  When your little one starts to get a little hangry, they can squash it right then and there and carry on with their day.

Zone Perfect has really made it easy for a busy mother like myself to rely on a wholesome snack.  Combine the great benefits of Zone Perfect Kidz nutrition bars with no artificial colors or flavors and you’ve got one great snack a mom like me can get behind.  Try out all of the flavors this Back To School season and see for yourself why these bars are so good.

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Give Your Kids A Back To School Lunchbox Treat With Hi-Chew

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If you’re like me, you love giving your kids a healthy, nutritious, well-rounded meal to head off to school with…and sometimes to occasional  yummy treat.  This Back To School season, treat your kids to a chewy, fruity, fun snack in their lunchbox with Hi-Chew.  If you haven’t tried this incredible candy yet, you really don’t know what you’re missing.

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With roots that go as far back as 1865, it’s easy to see why Hi-Chew and Morinaga have become a worldwide sensation.  What began in 1956 as “Chewlets” has evolved into the incredibly delicious Hi-Chew candy that we have today.  There are a few new, fun ways to enjoy Hi-Chew and my kids just can’t get enough of it!

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The Hi-Chew Sticks are a great way to enjoy this sweet delight on the go.  The individual wrapping makes it easy to toss a few in a purse, diaper bag, backpack, lunchbox, or even just your pocket!  At first glance, they may look a little different but that’s for good reason.  Hi-Chew looks like nothing else on the market because IT IS NOTHING like anything else out there.  The texture is soft with a long and smooth chew and a slightly rubbery texture – almost a cross between gum and taffy.  With bursts of juicy flavor you’ll keep coming back for more and believe me…it will be hard to pick a favorite!  Currently you’ll be able to find kiwi, strawberry, mango, green apple, grape, cherry, and banana flavors in the stick packaging.

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One of the newest additions to the Hi-Chew family are the Hi-Chew Bites.  The Bites are a smaller version of the juicy, delicious Hi-Chew candy in fun mixes of flavors.  Each piece features a thin candy shell for quick and easy snacking without any sticky residue left on your fingers.  These yummy little bites are sold in a resealable pouch, and each pouch has two flavors for twice the fun.  You can find the Hi-Chew Bites in grape/strawberry as well as mango/orange bags.

With Back To School just a few weeks away, my kiddos can’t wait to take their new favorite treat to school and share with all of their friends.  Hi-Chew is gluten free, nut free, and made with real fruit juices and purees, which is perfect for allergy-conscious schools and students!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***