One-Hour Freezer Cooking: Skinny Chocolate, Energy Bites, and Whole Wheat Pancakes

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I’m f-i-n-a-l-l-y getting around to telling you about my very successful one-hour freezer cooking session that I did recently.

So this Peppermint Skinny Chocolate was a winner. I was kind of hesitant about how it would turn out, but I followed the recipe exactly — including the tips the blog suggested — and it was delicious. In fact, it was so good that I was tempted to literally lick the bowl out. Instead, I scraped it clean (see above).

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

If you are looking for a delicious and healthy chocolate recipe, I recommend this Peppermint Skinny Chocolate.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I cut it in small pieces and stored it in the freezer and it’s the perfect treat on a hot day!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Next up, I made a batch of Homemade Energy Bites. These are the snack of choice for my kids this summer. And I love it that they are packed with pretty healthy ingredients.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

One batch lasts the three kids about a week. But I can’t always keep up with the demand, so Kathrynne asked me if she could learn how to make them, too. See pictures of how her batch turned out here. :)

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And while I was busy making Skinny Chocolate and Energy Bites, the guys were whipping up a batch of Whole-Wheat Pancakes.

I love baking and cooking together in the kitchen as a family. And now that we’ve overhauled our lifestyle with the move to TN, it’s becoming a fairly regular occurrence around here — which is so much fun!

Recipes made:

Peppermint Skinny Chocolate
Whole-Wheat Pancakes
Homemade Energy Bites

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One Hour Freezer Cooking: Cowboy Beans, Spaghetti, & Energy Bites

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Here’s a little peek into my recent One-Hour Freezer Cooking session

I browned a massive pan of ground beef and onions. And kind of chose a pan that was too small. Whoops!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

While the ground beef was browning, I put everything in the crockpot for the Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans. These were so simple and easy to make!

 

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And the ground beef was finally done. Yikes! I made a MESS on the stove!

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I had planned to make Million Dollar Spaghetti, but I was running short on time and I didn’t want to turn on the oven because the house was already so hot, so I decided to just boil the noodles, add a jar of pasta sauce to some of the ground beef, and make spaghetti for dinner.

Er, maybe I was just lazy? Well, I’m going with the fact that the house was too hot to turn on the oven. Yup, that’s my story. :)

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While everyone was getting dinner on their plates and getting situated at the table (which always seems to take a LONG time!), I dumped everything in a bowl for the Homemade Energy Bites.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And then I quickly rolled these in balls and stuck them in the freezer. Well, after we did a little taste-testing. ;)

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One-Hour Freezer Cooking: Pizza Pockets, Pepperoni Pizza, and Flaky Biscuits

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I did a One-Hour Freezer Cooking session today while Jesse was making dinner. It was so fun for the two of us to be working in the kitchen together!

I ground some whole-wheat flour first since I was running low on flour.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

And had a little spill with the flour mill… whoops!

 

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After grinding up some flour, I made a batch of Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough.

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I used half of the Freezer-Friendly Pizza Dough to make Pizza Pockets.

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I basically just put a little pizza sauce (leftover from something I made last week) and some pepperoni and shredded cheese (also leftover from another recipe — I’d stuck the extras in the freezer last week) and then folded them up and baked them.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I used the rest of the dough, pepperoni, pizza sauce, and shredded cheese to make a pepperoni pizza.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

Finally, I made a batch of Flaky Biscuits. I had found this recipe earlier and wanted to try it since it seemed so simple.

It was SO easy — and I was really happy with the end results. For all whole-wheat biscuits made with coconut oil, these were delicious. {I used regular milk instead of Silk since that’s what I had on hand.}

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

While I was cooking on one side of the kitchen, Jesse was working on the other side making a new recipe he found for Bell Pepper Nachos.

One-Hour Freezer Cooking

I was very impressed with how this recipe turned out. They were flavorful, easy to put together, and very nutritious.

Most of all, it was just fun to hang out in the kitchen with my husband — and to also have his help with clean-up (my least favorite part of cooking!) I feel so blessed that our new lifestyle here in TN is giving us opportunities to slow down and just live everyday life together like this!

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Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Cinnamon Swirl Bread, Twisted Pizza Breadsticks, and Brown Sugar Meatloaf

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Before I started my Freezer Cooking in an Hour session last week, I spent some time working on the stubborn grease stains in my dress (read about the crazy escalator incident here, if you missed it!)

By the way, after Shout, Dawn, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, more Shout, more Dawn, and Norwex detergent, the dress is saved, the stain is almost invisible, and I wore it to the Florida Homeschool Convention this weekend. Thanks for ALL your help with grease-removal ideas!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

And then I had to have a little sustenance for the freezer cooking… of course! ;) So I ate one of these ultra delicious cookies from my neighbor and fast-becoming-my-dear-friend, Tammy. I’m going to have to bribe her for this amazing recipe!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I threw all the ingredients in the bread machine for some Cinnamon Swirl Bread.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

And I ended up getting a little messy and spilling all this yeast! :(

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Next, I mixed up some Homemade Pizza Dough for the Twisted Pizza Breadsticks.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I don’t know about you, but a lump of kneaded dough just makes me happy. There’s something so cathartic about kneading dough and turning it into something yummy to bake in the oven.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

After making the Twisted Pizza Breadsticks, I decided it would have been a lot more efficient to just make Pepperoni Pizza.

However, if you’re going to try making these, I’d recommend using mini pepperoni like the recipe calls for. I only had regular pepperoni on hand and it had trouble staying in the twists when I went to twist them.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Once the twists were finished, I put together the ingredients for the Brown Sugar Meatloaf.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

And then the bread dough was finished, so I rolled it out, put the honey and cinnamon on it, rolled it up, and baked it.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

This Cinnamon Swirl Bread is just SO good. My favorite part about it is that it’s incredibly easy to make and yet it turns out tasting and looking like you slaved in the kitchen over it!

I sliced it up, froze it, and then we just pull out as many slices as we need at a time!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

The verdict on the Brown Sugar Meatloaf is that it is really delicious and easy to make. I used half ground turkey and half ground beef to save money and my family still raved about it.

Links to Recipes I Made:

Brown Sugar Meatloaf
Twisted Pizza Breadsticks
Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Freezer Cooking in an Hour: Cornmeal Pancakes, Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake, and Homemade Pizza Dough

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I just realized I forgot to post about my recent Freezer Cooking in an Hour session! As happens often, I had a very willing and eager helper! :)

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

We mixed up the Cornmeal Pancakes together. I was surprised that the recipe didn’t call for any sweetener! Despite that, I thought these turned out really well. They were beautiful pancakes with a great texture.

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Then, I supervised while Silas helped make some of his own pancake creations. He had so much fun — and he kept excitedly telling me what shape each one was. It cracked me up what he came up with — from a rocket to an elephant and more!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

Oh, how I love this boy! He is not only so precious, but he guarantees that there’s never a dull moment at our house. :)

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

I also mixed up a batch of our favorite Homemade Pizza Dough. This is SUCH a great recipe. If you’ve not tried it before, you must. The best part about it is that it freezes so well!

Freezer Cooking in an Hour

The Cinnamon Sugar Oven Pancake was sadly disappointing. It just didn’t taste all that delicious. I guess that’s maybe because I much prefer traditional pancakes?

Recipes Made:

Have you done any freezer cooking or baking ahead recently? Have you discovered any fantastic new recipes recently? Tell us in the comments!

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