S’mores Bars and my return to the blog world

HELLO AGAIN!!!  Finals are done, I’ve had time to relax, and I am ready for my return to the blog world.  I ended my semester with 2 A’s and 2 B’s.  Perfect, and definitely worth all the hard work.  This is the longest hiatus I have taken away from my blog since I started it.  As all of you know by now, my greatest challenge continues to be posting on a regular basis.  I remember I once asked a blogger who was a dietitian how she kept up with her blog while being a dietitian.  She told me she posted 3x a day from school.  This, as you can imagine, made me feel like a fool for using the excuse, “I don’t have time.”  I later read in her bio about her journey that she did not work at all during that time.  So, my excuse still remains that I don’t have time.  I try to find time as much as a can but it is difficult working full time and going to school full time.  What I am trying to say is that I am doing my best and all that I can.  Stick with me, people, I don’t want to lose you!

So, where have I been?  Working and relaxing while I don’t have school work.  After finals I really had no desire to want to log onto my computer, be creative, or have any detailed thought process for that matter.  I just wanted to exit out of everything for a few weeks until I started school again.  Well, today is the day that my two summer classes begin.  They are online so they are definitely more challenging due to time restraints, but I am SO determined to get them over and done with.

I will definitely be posting more, especially about my trip back to Chicago on May 27-31!  I can’t WAIT!  Me and my bestie are going out there together (he’s from Illinois) and are going to enjoy ourselves.  Before then, I have to manage to complete 2 weeks worth of homework all while trying not to rip my hair out.  Yikes, bikes!

Anyway, I just wanted to give you a quick update on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing and to let you know that I haven’t given up on the blog world.

Speaking of blog world, my blog has been hit with a ridiculous amount of spam comments while I was gone.  Can any of you WordPress users out there recommend a way to prevent it?  Thanks!

Now, to celebrate my return, I offer you:

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These bars are super easy to make and do not require much technique.  Drop ingredients in a bowl, stir, and bake.  Three decadent, rich, and sweet layers all wrapped up in one delicious package that will instantly remind you of your childhood.  Bonfire is optional. ;)

The recipe for the middle, chocolate layer comes from my favorite chocolate cake recipe found HERE!

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S’mores Bars and my return to the blog world
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These bars are super easy to make and do not require much technique. Drop ingredients in a bowl, stir, and bake. Three decadent, rich, and sweet layers all wrapped up in one delicious package that will instantly remind you of your childhood. Bonfire is optional. ;)
Ingredients
For the Graham layer
  • 2.5 c WW flour
  • 2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick earth balance butter, soft
  • ¾ c sugar
  • ½ c brown sugar
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbls flax meal + 6 tbls water)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
For the chocolate layer
  • 1¾ c WW flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • ¾ c cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 c coconut milk
  • ½ c coconut oil
  • ½ c applesauce
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c hot coffee
For marshmallow layer
  • 14 oz ricemellow fluff
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbls butter, soft
  • 32 oz powdered sugar
  • coconut milk for thinning
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease baking pan with coconut oil and line with parchment paper
  2. Combine all dry ingredients together
  3. Cream butter, sugar, flax eggs, and vanilla until fluffy
  4. Add in dry ingredients and mix until crumbly but moist texture
  5. Press into greased baking pan and set aside
  6. Sift dry ingredients together and set aside
  7. Cream together wet ingredients, excluding coffee
  8. Add dry ingredients to wet, alternating with hot coffee
  9. Pour on top of graham layer and bake for 40-45 minutes
  10. Allow to cool completely before topping with marshmallow layer
  11. Cream butter, ricemellow, and vanilla together
  12. Add powder sugar to ricemellow mixture, alternating with coconut milk to achieve desired consistency
  13. Once cake is completely cool, top with marshmallow layer and cool in refrigerator

 

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  1. These look amaaaazing…especially that topping!!!
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted…BBQ “Chik’n” Salad + Larabar Giveaway Winner!My Profile

  2. Welcome back!! It’s good to “hear” from you again :) Congrats on such awesome grades! I love anything s’mores!
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted…Loaded Pancake MuffinsMy Profile

  3. Drooling allllll over this recipe!

  4. Christina, congrats on the great grades! I have been away from Food, Friends, Family for months, (until last night),so no problems from me!
    Glad your back ; looks like we timed i t together.
    Ricemallow? I haven’t seen that.I will have to look for it.
    I love the sound of these bars.

  5. Good job on the grades! Glad you are done and will be blogging more!!

    Have a blast in chicago love! Can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  6. Those are great grades and these sound delicious!!!!
    carrian recently posted…JCW’s French Fries & Special SauceMy Profile

  7. Yay! You’re back!! I totally understand the time constraint issues and you won’t lose me :) Now… #1 – I want these bars in my life ASAP and #2 – Do you have the Akismet plug in? You’ll still get spam but it won’t go onto your actual blog post because it will be blocked!
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted…BLEND Recap – Part 1My Profile

    • Christina says:

      I will be more than happy to send you a batch next time I make them! :P
      I had the Akismet plugin but never activated it! Thanks Becky, hopefully the spam will stop.

  8. It’s hard to find balance with everything, isn’t it? But these bars look amazing. I could definitely be happy with one.
    Deborah recently posted…Oatmeal Raisin BarsMy Profile

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