Sugar Rush

I feel the need to start this by saying that I love vegetables. I eat a variety of nutritious foods. I cook the majority of my meals. I also have a killer sweet tooth. 

Not like “oh I enjoy a square of dark chocolate in the evening.” No, I want artificial flavours and bright colours and sour powder and straight up trash candy.  

I try not to eat a lot of candy but when I do, it’s the candy an elementary school child would enjoy. I refuse to feel any shame over this.  

It took three and a half hours for Poppy to fall asleep tonight, and sometime after the stories / songs / back rub portion of the shenanigans but before the open weeping, I kind of checked out mentally (it was best for both of us for me to stop engaging) and tried to figure out my favourite candy of all time.  

An impossible task, I know, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top three: 

1. Hot Tamales (the burnier, the better) 

2. Sour Patch Kids (apparently I just really hate my tongue) 

3. Skittles (which can be ranked as follows: Tropical, Original, Berry, and I refuse to acknowledge any of the other types). 

What tops your favourite candy list? (If you’re someone who doesn’t eat candy that’s great, I’m really happy for you, this post isn’t for you.) 

 

Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars

We're fortunate enough to live five minutes away from a blueberry farm. Our fridge is overflowing with blueberries. We've gone through twenty pounds of blueberries in the last two weeks. I'm not exaggerating. Poppy has had some truly horrific diapers.

These bars are rich and buttery but the blueberries add a fresh element so they're not too heavy. They're great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream, but they're also a lovely summer breakfast with a little yogurt and an iced coffee. These bars are versatile is what I'm saying.

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Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup cold butter
4 cups fresh blueberries
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease 9" x 13" pan.

In large mixing bowl, mix together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter until mixture is uniformly crumbly. Reserve 1-1/2 cups mixture and press the remaining into the bottom of the prepared pan.

In another mixing bowl, gently stir together blueberries, lemon juice, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp salt. Pour blueberries over crust. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over top of the blueberry mixture.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until blueberries are bubbly and top is lightly golden.

 

Sweet Stuff

I've got a pretty wicked sweet tooth. If given a choice between sweet and salty, nine times out of ten I'm reaching for the sweet treats. Cinnamon buns are my spirit animal. My life motto is "everything can be made better with frosting." Woo me with cake is what I'm saying.

Hello, lover.  

Hello, lover.  

Grady has developed a taste for chocolate. I want to teach him that treats are great in moderation but it's difficult to enforce when I'm hiding in the closet eating Girl Guide cookies.

I want to find recipes for somewhat healthy sweets but I'm intimidated by all the gluten-free, coconut sugar, paleo, beet cookies out there. I can cook healthy food no problem but ask me to make healthy baked goods and I break out in a cold sweat.

Where do you find recipes for healthy(ish) baked goods? How do you keep your sweet tooth in check?