We are officially on holidays and couldn’t be happier; sitting here sipping my coffee and homemade Baileys, anticipating the days to come and reflecting on the amazing year that was had. It’s these simple moments before the day begins that I really want to savour more often. The calmness and joy that comes from sitting and enjoying a cup of java rather than rushing out the door with a cup in hand. And with the holidays amongst us, your regular cup of joe can become much more festive with this quick and easy clean Irish Cream.
For the last two years, I have been loving my homemade Coconut Baileys Irish Cream, but this year wanted to try a recipe that didn’t involve stove time and one that was a bit lighter on the calories. Here comes my newest version, Almond Coconut Irish Cream.
It’s healthier, cleaner, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, vegan friendly and pretty amazing in my opinion. It’s easy to double or triple the recipe and makes for a great gift giving idea too!
The Christmas tradition of munching on Nonna’s homemade nuts and bolts pre-dinner is one that I will continue to carry on. This recipe is one that has been around for decades (as you can see in the picture below) and a fan favourite to all. I’m not at all a cereal fan but this combination seasoned and baked to perfection is seriously addicting! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂
It has always been one of my favourite snacks for the holidays, simply because it’s delicious and of course tradition.Cheerios, Shreddies, peanuts, pretzels and Chex are perfectly combined; however the great thing is you can switch up the ingredients any way you desire and you’ll still come out on top! But let’s be real Chex makes this mix.Simple in its ingredients, this easy snack doesn’t even come close to the party mix you can buy from your local grocer. While plain and simple in its parts, let’s not be fooled, these Nuts & Bolts aren’t exactly healthy. Unfortunately, the boxed and processed cereal are not as wholesome as we hope and the butter component is obviously less than ideal. Even if trying to find a healthier alternative (i.e.- earth balance instead of butter) no pound substitute of anything is that much better. So remember moderation and consider it an indulgence. After all it is the Christmas season.This recipe will stock you for the holiday season and all the parties you may be hosting, but you will also have ample supply to package up and gift to friends, family, co-workers and/or hosts of holiday parties. After all, it is 3+ boxes of cereal combined. 🙂
Combine all of the snack mix ingredients in a large pan.
Melt butter in saucepan on low-medium heat. Add in seasoning ingredients and whisk until well combined. Pour slowly over snack mix, stirring as you go, to coat evenly. Continue stirring until snack mix is well coated with seasoning. Bake for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Let cool, then serve or store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.