Double Date Night & A Cookie Bar Recipe

Yikes! How terrible of me…I promised you all a recipe yesterday and I didn’t deliver! Surprised smile

Well, Jay and I set out yesterday afternoon to run the errands that we needed to take care of, but things took a little longer than we anticipated and we never made it back home before our double date night plans!

Yup, double Date Night! Open-mouthed smile

We were first invited over to Joe & Kate’s place for dinner, where we were greeted with some amazing smelling chicken tacos!


And they were healthy chicken tacos to boot! Thumbs up

I enjoyed two mini whole wheat tortillas, filled with (hidden) black beans, taco-seasoned chicken, lettuce, salsa, cheese, and homemade guacamole.


Kate actually made her guacamole using equal parts of diced avocado and cucumber, which helps cut back on the fat. Very delicious, and very similar to my healthified guacamole, too! I had some extra guac along with some blue corn chips and a side of Spanish rice.




After dinner, the four of us made our way out to the Albany Devils hockey game.


This is the game that I actually bought Jay the tickets for for our “Paper” anniversary. I had checked with Joe ahead of time to see if they’d be interested in joining us, and the plan was a GO!



YAY for double Date Nights!!!



Thank goodness we were in a box that had a TV in it so we could watch the Jets game…otherwise we may have had to leave the hockey game early to go watch. Winking smile


So after the hockey game was over, we went back to Joe and Kate’s to watch the rest of the game. All I can say is…

GOOOOO JETS!!! Open-mouthed smile


Alright, so how ‘bout that recipe?!? Winking smile

On Friday, we officially got our stove back up and working and I was determined to bake something. Granted, it still is not easy, since we have no countertops or sinks, but I had to attempt at least one goody!


I attempted to make a healthier version of an oatmeal raisin cookie bar, which turned out pretty good for the most part. They were a little bit drier than normal, which I attribute to reducing the butter. But otherwise, they have really good flavor!


If I were to make these again (which I probably will) I might try to add in a little applesauce, as well as reduce the amount of oats in the bars. If you decide to give them a try, feel free to mess around with the ingredients…if you come up with a winner, let me know! Open-mouthed smile



I may feel the need to attempt to bake something else today…we’ll see where the day brings me!

Question for the Day:

What are your favorite “healthy substitutions” when baking or cooking?


  1. says

    Love the new set up of your blog! That game was so AWESOME last night! I was watching at a bar with friends and totally thought they were done. So happy for the Jets and next weekend should be interesting. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. says

    I love subbing applesauce and Greek yogurt to healthify recipes! Your granola bars sound fab! Bet it feels great to have at least some of your kitchen back! :)

  3. says

    When cooking, I try to substitute healthy ingredients but when I’m baking I usually use the regular stuff! I think living a healthy lifestyle and keeping up with physical fitness allows for a little indulgence..or at least that is what I tell myself!

    Love your blog!
    Amanda @ Fashionably Plate recently posted..Regaining my Balance


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