Recipe Round-Up and a Giveaway

Two weeks from today our boys head back to school which means it’s time to start thinking about what to include in their lunch boxes.  For the past few days I’ve been experimenting with new healthy recipes found via Pinterest, on-line searches, and from my new favorite book, “The Art of Eating Healthy: Kids” by Maria Emmerich. (See the bottom of the post for details on how you can win a copy of the book!)  I always like to try the recipes before I send them to school with my kids to ensure what I’m making is something they will actually eat.  We’ve tried some real doozies over the years, but it’s getting a little easier for me to predict which recipes will go over well with the kids.  I thought I’d share a few recipes today that were kid-approved in our unofficial home taste test.

First up is a recipe for flourless, sugar free peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies (adapted from this recipe):

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I used erythritol which is a natural plant based sweetener and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (you could use Sunbutter if peanut allergies are a concern)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tsp water
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and set sheet aside.
  2. Using electric mixer, blend egg, sweetener, vanilla & baking soda together for 1 minute.   Add peanut butter and continue mixing.  Dough may be dry depending on the type of peanut butter you are using…add up to 4 tsp of water.  Stir in
  3. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to portion tablespoon-sized balls of dough, and place them on parchment-lined baking sheet. You could roll these into balls if you like, but it is not necessary if you want to skip that step. Press top of each cookie with fork tines twice crosswise to form a classic crosshatch pattern.
  4. Sprinkle tops of unbaked cookies with coarse sugar crystals or additional granulated sugar if desired. (Yes, you should desire this.)
  5. Bake for 11 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking pan at least 5 minutes (they are fragile until cooled). Remove to a rack and cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

And next is a healthy version of a fruit filled cereal bar from Maria’s blog:

3/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 TBS psyllium husk powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or coconut oil, softened
1/2 cup Swerve (or erythritol and 1 tsp stevia glycerite)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (or your favorite natural extract…I used strawberry)
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1½ cups Nature’s Hollow no-sugar Jelly (any flavor) OR fresh berries

In a large bowl, mix almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium and cinnamon until well combined. In another bowl, cream together the butter or oil, Swerve, eggs, vanilla and salt. Add the dry ingredients into the wet until well combined.  Chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes for easier preparation.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease two pieces of parchment with coconut oil spray. Place 1/2 the dough onto 1 piece of greased parchement and top the dough with the other piece of parchment. Roll out until a rectangle that is about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut into small rectangles about the size of a NutriGrain bar. Place 1 TBS or a few berries onto the middle of half of the rectangles. Gently place cover the jelly topped retangles with a piece of dough without the jelly. Seal the edges with a fork or your finger. Place the parchement onto a cookie sheet and bake for 14-17 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12 servings.

Throughout the school year I’ll be sharing some of my favorite recipes from the book I mentioned above, “The Art of Eating Healthy: Kids” including strawberry cupcakes, whoopee pies, fruit roll ups, and many, many more!  Maria Emmerich, author of the book, was kind enough to offer a copy of the book to one lucky reader!  Simply leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, August 24th for your chance to win!  I will announce the winner here and on the This Lunch Rox Facebook page on Saturday, August 25th so stay tuned.

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113 Responses to Recipe Round-Up and a Giveaway

  1. Danielle says:

    Love the healthy fun lunches you make for your family, and appreciate the great recipes you share!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks for sharing!!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi, Jamie!

      So excited to see your post this morning! Just as excited to see Maria’s giveaway! I would l.o.v.e. Her new book as my Picky, little princess starts her second year of preschool! Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    With the beginning of a new school year, it would be great to try out some new and healthy recipes for the lunchbox! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  3. Thanks for making my peanut butter cookies! Such a good, easy recipe. I will have to try erythritol sometime.

  4. Sheila says:

    Love your blog and really, really love the recipes! We made the chocolate granola bars the other day and my three kids all loved them! I am sending my daughter off to kindergarten in a week and really need these fabulous recipes, she is as picky as they come! Thanks for all you do!

  5. Suzi Scott says:

    I would love to have this book! My son is an 8 year cancer survivor and I try my hardest to cook healthy meals for him everyday!

  6. Amy says:

    Can’t wait to try these recipes!! I love your blog and Maria’s as well!!

  7. Jennifer says:

    We love your cute lunch ideas!!!

  8. Jamie says:

    Love to see what you’re cooking Jamie! Can you share some of your favorite protein smoothies?

  9. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the blog and promoting Maria’s work. You both inspire me to produce healthier lunches for my children.

  10. Sebrina says:

    Oh I want that book for sure!!

  11. brooke says:

    A friend told me about this website and I am so excited to try out some new lunches for my kids!

  12. Sue says:

    Always looking for easy recipes for kids for gluten free treats! I have bought peanut butter cookies at my local farmers market. Excited to try and make them on my own. Seems like a breeze.

  13. Sally says:

    I *love* Maria’s books and can’t wait to get her new kids book. Have you tried the Swerve? I need to find some :)

  14. Daniele says:

    Ooohhh…I’d love to have her book! And I love your blog–so inspirational!!

  15. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the back to school inspirations!

  16. Helen says:

    I adore your blog. My kiddo isn’t in school yet but I am already getting such amazing ideas from you!

  17. Nathalie says:

    I too need to bet my behind in gear about school lunches!! I have one more week to do so! Thank you for the recipes! I still have to figure out the whole sugar substituting thing!

  18. Jessica says:

    My only child started first grade today..i love your blog i get some fantastic ideas for his lunches. Keep it up!!! You make us all look like heros to our munchkins :-)

  19. Cathy Davis says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m constantly on the lookout for new lunch ideas – especially healthy ones! :)

  20. Jacqueline says:

    Would love to win this giveaway! I’m trying to raise a healthy eater, but it is so difficult since he’s such a picky eater. New recipes to try would be great!

  21. Gael Noel says:

    I would LOVE to win this book!!!

  22. Gael Noel says:

    This book is on my want list – I would definitely love to win it!!

  23. Angie says:

    These recipes look delicious, and this book looks amazing!

  24. Keri M says:

    My oldest child started Kindergarten yesterday so I am excited to try new things for her lunch box :))

  25. erin says:

    Thanks for helping my family eat healthier!!

  26. anna says:

    Thank you for such a wonderful resource – love your blog! The book looks wonderful!

  27. Addie says:

    The fruit bars look good, but Im not familiar with alot of the ingredients – where do you buy them? I live in a very small town so maybe buying them online would be the best option?

  28. Jennifer Weinzirl says:

    Your blog is so inspriational and I would love to add another Maria book to my collection.

  29. Michelle Berkey Rhude says:

    Jamie, perfect timing for this post! The book looks great…my son and I live with my parents and I’m resident chef to contribute to the household. We all need to eat healthier, but dad has doctor’s orders. So…we start a food revolution here soon…

  30. Love love love your blog! My daughter is 16 months old & I really need to take the time to teach her healthy eating habits. My husband & I are in our 40s, so old habits are hard to break! The recipe book would be great!

  31. Vicki says:

    Looking forward to another school year of your fun lunches and great recipes.

    That book would be awesome to have – thanks for the chance!! :)

  32. Amy Clark says:

    Our family has a new focus on healthy eating. Thanks for the inspiration!

  33. Jennifer Davis says:

    I would be ecstatic if I won this book!

  34. Christine says:

    Would love to win this book and add another Maria book to my bookshelf :) Love your blog and can’t wait to see what’s in store for your boys’ lunches this year!!

  35. chelsey says:

    This book looks great! Would be a great addition to our kitchen! :)

  36. April says:

    I love your blog and I love Maria’s too & I would love to win a copy of her latest book! Thanks!!

  37. Tammy says:

    Took a peek at the book online…it looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!!

  38. I would love Maria’s book;-)

  39. Jessi Meyer says:

    You and Maria are so inspiring! I’m going to have to try these cookies today! PS everyone else should pay attention when the strawberry cupcake recipe comes…I made them last weekend…it’s the first time I got my familyand friends to ALL say they were great and request again. Normally someone complains they aren’t as good as something else. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!

  40. Jen says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the fun and healthy lunch ideas…

  41. angel pope says:

    As always, I’m enjoying your website. Thanks so much for the effort you put into it!! I want that book! :-)

  42. As a celiac mom and with two gluten intolerant daughters, this book would rock! Thanks for all the helpful school lunch ideas!

  43. Amy Gunderson-McNeil says:

    I love coming to this site to get healthy ideas for meals! You give us inspiration to put “real food” into our diets and to give our kids a better life!

  44. Erika says:

    Thanks for all your wonderful, creative ideas! I have “borrowed” many of them. :)

  45. Jennifer from MN says:

    WOW- PICK ME! PICK ME!!! love your blog and can’t believe theres only 2 weeks left! thanks for inspiring me (and all of us) to be better Moms!

  46. Sally says:

    What a great concept for a book! I’ve adopted a low-carb diet for myself but have wondered if it would be good for my kids and how to go about it for them.

  47. Danielle B. says:

    I love the healthy recipes that you so generously share and am so excited about this cookbook! Thank you!

  48. Shannon says:

    I’m always on a quest for healthy things my kids will eat!

  49. Julie G says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  50. April says:

    I would love to have a copy of Maria’s book! You both have inspired me to make fun and healthy meals for my three children who will all be in school next month. I have been addicted to your site and Maria’s for a year now and am encourage by all the great comments I receive back from my son’s special needs teacher about his lunches. They love how Caleb’s lunches look and I love how they are packed with protein and healthy fats to get him through the day. Thanks again for the wonderful recipes!!

  51. Kimberly says:

    This will be my first year making lunches! Thanks for the great ideas!

  52. April says:

    I can’t wait to try these. I would love to win the cookbook.

  53. First of all, what a great blog name!!! Second, thank you for sharing a few of Maria’s AWESOME recipes…it is always great to have them approved by another nutrition-focused Mommy!!

  54. Cheryl Hulme says:

    I would love to get my son eating healthier! This book would be a great start!

  55. Lisa says:

    I’m so interested in this book! I’m always looking for healthy recipes for my picky eaters. And these lunch ideas look fabulous!

  56. Bonnie says:

    This book looks great! Thanks for sharing your review and the awesome giveaway opportunity! Looking forward to lots of great lunch boxes this year :)

  57. Kristi Duggins says:

    Great post! I’ve been following Maria’s blog for a while now and just LOVE her!

    Would love to win the book–I’m committed to only healthy homemade lunches for my daughter this year (2nd grade!).

  58. Melanie says:

    Would love ti win! Have looked for this book in books-a-million & Walmart and could not find it

  59. Michele says:

    We are already back-to-school and this marks one year that I have been following you. I found you by searching for ideas on how to survive sending a picky eater to school all day :-) Of course, through your “introduction”, I’m following Maria too. I would love to win her book! I’m always looking for ways to improve our eating because it affects everything else we do! Thanks for your help in coming up with ideas for healthy lunches – that are realistic and portable. You have been an encouragement to me.

  60. Brenda says:

    I’ve been so inspired by Maria and your blogs. Thank you for this opportunity to have more of Maria’s awesome recipes at home:)

  61. Sandy says:

    I would love to have one of Maria’s healthy eating and recipe books.

  62. Martha Mason says:

    would love to win this, I have one of Maria’s other books and know this would help with lunch’s this year!
    Also first time at your blog, looks great, I’ll be back :-)

  63. Nicci says:

    I would love to have this book!

  64. Leah says:

    As a gluten free mom, I’ve been struggling with finding good recipes that are GF but kid-friendly (as in, my picky kids will eat them!). The cookies look amazing (and easy!); I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for this great blog!


  65. Ryan R says:

    That is awesome! It’s always a challenge to make meals fun for the kiddos! those picky eaters get me every time!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  66. Lisa Bailey says:

    Love Maria’s cookbooks! I really need to get the kids cookbook since I will be sending my youngest off to kindergarten.

  67. natalie says:

    I look forward to reading this blog. I am always looking for new ways to feed the 4 sweet boys in my life! Thank you for your inspiration, and I really am crossing my fingers to get my hot little hands on this nifty book :)

  68. Hillary says:

    As the mother of a 2 year old I am very interested in healthy meals and especially when I can make them as cute as the ones you have shown, thanks!!

  69. Jane says:

    This will be my first year packing lunch for my first grader…I love the healthy ideas on your blog!

  70. Jennifer Luebke says:

    Thanks for the post – and the opportunity to win Maria’s book!

  71. Kristin says:

    Always love your posts. I need to try the cereal bars, my kids miss those and they look great :)

  72. Wendi says:

    What a great opportunity! Thank you :)

  73. Lauren Reid says:

    yummo! i’m excited to check out that cookbook, my son has Crohn’s Disease and I’m trying to find more low carb/paleo type things for him to eat, but he’s SO picky! thanks for showing this sucker off! xo

  74. Jen says:

    Love the PB/CC cookie recipe! Also will be trying the breakfast bar, I’m always looking for something different for breakfast! Thank you!

  75. France says:

    I’m so glad to hear that peanut butter cookie recipe works with alternatives to Sugar, it’s so simple to make too! And your “pop tarts” look great (and your photos! swoon!)
    Thanks so much for the chance to win this fabulous book, it would be a welcome addition to my new lifestyle, which I’m slowly imposing on my girls and hubby! *Ü*

  76. Connie says:

    Are these more like a “pop tart” or cereal bar? Either way they look yummy and I think I may try tomorrow!

  77. Maria l says:

    Those look amaxing

  78. Beth H says:

    I would love a new cookbook to rock out our lunch boxes!

  79. Michelle says:

    Love these recipes and love all of Maria’s recipes I’ve tried. Would love to win this cookbook.

  80. Karla T says:

    Yum, these look delicious!!

  81. Joan says:

    I have tried some great recipes from Maria’s blog. She knows her stuff.

  82. Genevieve says:

    I used a Planet lunch box for my son’s camp this summer and we both loved it! And of course, I got my cookie cutters out for the sandwiches and figured out every time the sandwich was in a special shape, he ate it all. So simple to do! Thank you for all your great ideas!

  83. erin says:

    i have been wanted to buy this… but if i won it ohh that would be so sweet!

  84. Emily says:

    Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait for another school year full of fun lunches!

  85. Kiley Hayon says:

    We have one of Maria’s cookbooks already, would love to add this one to our collection. We have two boys – 5 and 7 and both have healthy appetites! Thanks!

  86. Jena says:

    Oh, I’m going to have my sons help me make those cookies this weekend. Thank you!

  87. Laurie says:

    Love your website and love Maria!

  88. Brenda says:

    I was nervous about packing cold lunches for my son this year, until I came across your website. Thanks for sharing your healthy and creative ideas with us.

  89. Haydee says:

    That recipe is awesome. I’m looking forward to making it this weekend….. and I would really love to try out the new lunch ideas from Maria’s book!

  90. Jesseka says:

    I’ve been following her website/facebook (and yours) for about a year and don’t have any of her books yet! Would love to win one!

  91. Brooke says:

    I love your creativity! I also love the thought of a kid only, healthy cookbook!

  92. Andrea says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  93. Aimee says:

    Tried the peanut butter choc chip cookies, followed the recipe exactly and they didn’t turn out at :-( BUT I would still like a shot at winning the book :-)

    • Jamie says:

      That’s such a bummer, Aimee! Which peanut butter and what kind of sugar did you use…maybe we can save other readers from frustration.

  94. Rainyday says:

    I’ve recently had to go gluten free. We’re already dairy free. I’m supposed to be sugar-free. When school starts, snacks will have to be nut-free. (And last year, they also had to be egg and dairy free, due to severe allergies of a classmate). I’ve been experimenting with different recipes and concoctions to help get us through the coming school year, but the boys are quickly loosing faith in my attempts. (Of course, they still want gluten-bread smothered in honey & PB, so they’ll probably fight anything else!)

    Love your site – and would love a chance to win the book!

  95. Amy H says:

    I just found your page via pintrist. I am so happy that I did. I have a kinder kid and this would help with snacks. Your ideas and the book is a great assist for any parent or caregiver. Thank you.

  96. Laura L. says:

    My eldest started school yesterday, and I never got organized to make a chart for lunches. I had it all planned out to have recipes and ingredients ready. I guess I’ll have to be super mom another day!

    I’ve been waiting for you to start posting your boys delicious lunches as it’s time to get inspired! =)

  97. holly says:

    always trying new recipes for my 16month old, & always looking for new ideas!

  98. Beth says:

    Love your blog and can’t wait to see some of your school lunches this year. We are going to attempt homemade lunches most days this week.

  99. Amy L. says:

    I just came across your website from Pinterest. I love your lunch ideas & would love to win a copy of Maria’s book. I will definitely stick around to read more of your blog. Thanks!

  100. Nicole says:

    I have been looking for a cereal bar alternative for quite some time! I cannot wait to try this recipe! Thank you for the inspiration to show me that even crazy busy moms like yourself can pack healthy, fun, delicious lunches!!!

  101. Amy says:

    I love your blog. I have found so many creative ideas for my son’s lunch here. I have just started trying to cut out all the processed foods in my family’s diet. This book would be a tremendous help to find alternatives my family would like. Thanks for all you do.

  102. Katie says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for over a year now and love it! I appreciate the healthy eating tips for the kiddos!

  103. Ashley says:

    Love looking at all your school lunches! Thanks for sharing.

  104. Zandra says:

    I would LOVE to win acopy of this book. I made the cereal bars today (a double batch to have them in the freezer when needed) and would love to try more of her recipes! Thanks for sharing on your blog, it prompted me to check out her blog too!

  105. lorrie says:

    What a great contribution for moms who want to cook healthy!

  106. CassC says:

    I’ve stumbled across your website before and had it bookmarked, but my computer took a dive and I forgot about it. Subscribing this time and becoming a fan on FB so I don’t loose you again!!

  107. Alyssa says:

    love the recipe for the Nutri-Grain like bars, and I’d love a copy of her book! :)

  108. Stephanie says:

    Would love a copy!!

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