Treats to Honor Mom on Mother's Day
My mom is the best. You probably think that your mom is the best. On Mother's Day, well, on any day, we ought to express our love and gratitude to her. I think one of the best ways to do that is with homemade treats. Following are some of my favorite treats to make and give. I have included some that are not quite so unhealthy for mom to consume.
Chocolate Dipped Coffee Stirring Spoons
Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip spoons in melted chocolate leaving handle uncovered.
Let dry on way paper. Wrap in plastic with bows tied around them. Give a bunch to a mom who loves to drink coffee. You may want to include them in a new coffee mug with a sample size of flavored coffee.
Chocolate Dipped Ruffle Potato Chips
Melt chocolate according to package directions. Dip chips in melted chocolate covering completely or just halfway. Let dry on wax paper. Package in a pretty cookie tin.
Doctor Oz’s Peanut Butter Energy Snacks
(I copied this directly from Doctor Oz’s website).
1/2 cup 100% natural peanut butter made with ONLY peanuts
1 tbsp honey or agave nectar
11/2 cups crispy oats or flax meal (for omega-3s)
1/2 cup raisins or 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help maintain cardiovascular health.
Roll up into bite-sized balls and refrigerate for at least an hour before eating. Be sure to tell your mom to remember not to eat more than 1 or 2 energy balls per day. (and only before her workout.)
Sweet Potato Muffins
*See cook’s note.
1 ½ cups mashed sweet potatoes with no butter or milk added
1 cup applesauce, unsweetened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon each of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
½ cup sugar
½ cup milk
¾ cup flour
¾ cup dry quick oats
Blend potatoes, spices, vanilla, eggs, sugar, milk, and applesauce in blender.
Using unsweetened applesauce substitutes for using oil in your muffins and also allows you to cut the amount of sugar you use.
Spoon sweet potato mixture out of blender into mixing bowl. This just makes it easier to mix in the dry ingredients. Mix flour and dry oats in with sweet potato mixture.
Spray muffin tins or use cupcake liners. I like to use cupcake liners. It just makes my life easier with less clean up time.
Bake in preheated 375° oven for approximately 20 minutes.
* Cook’s Note:
These measurements are approximate. I like to get in the kitchen and throw things together just to see what happens. I don’t usually measure as I go along. I can usually look at an ingredient and tell how much I’ve put in. Sometimes, it turns out great like these sweet potato muffins did.
Mary’s Amazing Granola
4 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
½ cup sesame seeds
1 ½ cups pecans
¼ cup olive oil
¾ cup honey
Mix all ingredients; bake at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring wowed 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool. Stir in 1 cup each of dried cranberries, apricots, raisins, and dates.
If you are hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch for you mother, serve this granola as part of a yogurt parfait bar. Have vanilla yogurt available and also sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries, and mandarin oranges.
Peanut Butter Kisses
2 cups dry milk
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
½ cup honey
Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls. You can roll these in shredded coconut, chopped nuts, chopped dates, or even granola. Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies or chopped pretzels are also good options for rolling these peanut butter treats in. When you give them to mom, be sure to tell her to keep in the refrigerator for the best taste.
If you would rather, coat these peanut butter kisses with melted white or milk chocolate.