The Best No Flour Monster Cookie Bars + A Cookie Bar Mix Gift Idea

We’ve whipped up these deliciously satisfying No-Flour Monster Cookie Bars and are sharing how you can create your own Monster Cookie Bar Mix to gift to friends this holiday season. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC. All opinions are mine alone. #SimplySweetness #CollectiveBias

Holiday baking season has arrived! And you know what that means? Lots and lots and LOTS of dishes in our home. Because when we bake, we bake. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but the kids LOVE to help out in the kitchen. And when Christmas rolls around, we stock up on all of our baking necessities (like the big Red & Green Holiday 52 oz. Bag of M&M’S® from Sam’s Club). We wouldn’t want to run out mid-holiday baking. 

One thing I love about baking during the holidays is that it’s an inexpensive way to share our love with others. We don’t necessarily have the budget to purchase a gift for everyone we know so we can make fun little platters filled with goodies for others to enjoy. And one of my new favorite gifts to make are these fun cookie bar mixes so others can make our favorite recipes at home. That way we can whip up a batch to share with them now and provide them with a mix to make them later. Hey, who knows? Maybe they’ll even use the kit to make some holiday goodies for their loved ones! 

Red & Green Holiday 52oz. Bag of M&M’S® are a festive and colorful treat to bring into your baking, decorating and every aspect of your holiday celebrations. The Stand-Up Pack will keep your M&M’S® fresh and ready-to-go in an easy resealable package. Heck, if I wasn’t baking with them, I’d probably give these bags as gifts! What says, “I love you,” better than a big bag of M&M’S®, right? 

But for now we’ll stick with gifting some delicious cookie bars and mixes.

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No Flour Monster Cookie Bars

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 cup M&M'S®
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9-inch metal baking pan with foil.

  2. Add all of the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment,

  3. Cover bowl with dish towel and mix on lowest setting. Once mixed up a bit, increase speed and mix until all of the ingredients are combined. 

  4. Spread mixture onto prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 

  5. Take out of the oven and let cool for 5 minutes then transfer foil and bars to a cooling rack. Cut into squares and enjoy! 

Remember how I said you could GIFT these bad boys to your friends and family in a fun mix? Well here’s how! 

Monster Cookie Bars Mix

What you’ll need: 

  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup M&M’S®
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 32 oz jar with lid
  • ribbon
  • hole punch

What you do: 

Layer each ingredient in the order it’s shown above into a 32oz plastic or glass jar with lid

Place lid on jar and close tight. 

Print out Monster Cookie Bar Mix printable and cut out and attach to jar with ribbon.

Gift to the ones you love! 

Click on image to download printable

You can find the big Red & Green Holiday 52 oz. Bag of M&M’S® in the candy aisle of your local Sam’s Club. And while you’re there, stock up on the rest of your holiday baking items! That’ll save you a few trips in the long run. 

And right now you can sign up for a free Ibotta account and earn $2 off with the purchase of a 52 oz bag of Red and Green M&M’S®. Offer valid from 11/1/17 until 12/25/17. 

Don’t forget to check out more awesome ideas you can make with M&M’S® by checking them out on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter

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Diaper Changing Station On The Go For Busy Moms

Today we’re sharing how to create a simple and easy diaper changing station on the go for busy moms! This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club®, however, the text and opinions are all my own.

Diaper Changing Station On The Go For Busy Moms

I love being busy. I love having places to go, people to see, and things to do. But traveling with a baby means traveling with a lot of stuff. Or does it?

By making my trunk into a diaper changing station (and gear storage for the stroller) I’m able to take less with me when we leave the car. Talk about a mommy survival kit! And stocking my diaper changing station is made easier with the awesome deals Sam’s Club® has on baby essentials. Diapers, wipes, diaper cream, baby wash, and more!

Savings on diapers is huge right now and they not only have Huggies snug & dry but they have their new little movers as well! And since my little mover just started moving, this is a great diaper to have on hand.

Sam's Club Essentials for Mom

And yes, I totally wrote Makers Mark first when I was writing my list. It’s been that kind of a week. But thanks to Sam’s Club, I won’t have to worry about going on a diaper or wipes run for a while. Yay! Not only am I saving money but I’m saving time too. I can  easily stock up on exactly what I need for the kids and my baby every time I go there.

In addition to saving time and money by shopping at Sam’s Club, I also save room in my diaper bag by keeping the kids essentials in the trunk. We have a change of clothes for each child in a wet bag just in case, we have a light jacket for each kid as well, and we have various hats. And when Norah came along I also made a diaper changing station in the back too. Here’s what we have back there: 

Diaper Changing Station On The Go EssentialsDiaper Changing Station On The Go For Busy Moms - what's needed

Diaper Changing Station

What You Need: 

  • Huggies Diapers
  • Member’s Mark Wipes
  • Homemade Diaper Rash Cream (you can also find Desitin at Sam’s Club)
  • Old Changing Pad found in any diaper bag (or a reusable shopping bag)
  • Small trash can/bin

What You Do:

To keep everything together I stack everything in the small compartment to the side of my trunk. If I didn’t have this compartment I’d use a wet bag to hold everything in when I needed it.

By keeping extra diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream in the back alongside a small trash pail from Thirty One, we have a one stop shop any time we need it. That means when we can’t find a diaper changing station in the restroom at a restaurant or we’re at the local park or museum hanging out, I can just step over to the car to change the baby.

My shoulder thanks me. When I don’t have to lug all of this stuff around. In my diaper bag currently are 2 Huggies diapers, 1 small pack of wipes, a onesie, my wallet, and some snacks. That’s a LOT less than what I carried when I had my first child. Oy. I would have brought the kitchen sink if I could have when I had him! And I started making some diaper rash cream to have on hand for the little rashes that come about. It’s super easy to make too!

Diaper Changing Station On The Go with homemade diaper rash cream

Diaper Rash Cream

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops lavender oil

Mix together coconut oil and essential oils well. Place in a container and seal well.

Use a small amount and rub over the affected areas to soothe your child’s skin.

Please note that coconut oil turns from a liquid to a solid state and it’s completely normal! Do not use essential oils directly on the skin.

Diaper Changing Station On The Go For Busy Moms - cushion and pad

Sam’s Club is the perfect place for moms! They carry our favorite brands AND high quality private brands at an equal quality for a lower price. We purchase Huggies diapers and Member’s Mark wipes. They also have baby wash, diaper cream, and more. When you join through this link you start saving –  you get $80 in Instant Savings on baby items like diapers, wipes, formula, etc.* – on top of the every day savings. And for only $45, I feel like I’m already saving money as soon as I sign up. 

Plus with the convenience of SamsClub.com we can spend more time with our family at home and we get free standard shipping on most diapers and wipes! The subscription service lets us set shipping intervals on most baby items we use most when we need them so we don’t have to worry about running out. Talk about a life saver.  And with Club Pickup we can shorten our shopping trips by saving shopping lists online for easy repeat purchases. We complete our order online for pickup and receive a text when the order is ready. You can get details at samsclub.com/pickup

Diaper Changing Station On The Go in the car

Are you a Sam’s Club member? What’s your must-have item every time you go?

*New members must join through this link in order to receive the $80 special savings. This is a special offer that is only available for moms who join through the link.

Sam’s Club provides big savings for growing families, join and get $80 in special savings on baby basics.

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club, however, the text and opinions are all my own.



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