Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: March 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars

Wow.  Just wow.  Talk about sinful.
 These 5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars come together in a way I never
 imagined they would.

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It's been over a week since I checked in with all my readers, how are you doing?  It's been a whirlwind for all of us.  I hope today finds you healthy and safe and for most obvious reasons, hunkered down in your home.

We are into week 2 of the kids being home {i.e. me homeschooling them} and I'll be honest we've had our good days and our bad days.  In the mornings I write out our list of to-do's while drinking coffee and after we've all layed around a bit and gotten the sleep out of our eye, we try and get to work.

It's a combo of reading, math, fun games, geography, spelling, sight words and whatever else silly stuff I can come up with - I'm sure I'm forgetting things.  We also intermingle chores, breaking up fights, showering, getting outside and such.  

It's basically a three ring circus.

5 ingredient million dollar bars #dessert #sweetsavoryeats

Some days go well {like yesterday being our daughter's birthday, that was a good day}, but some days go south quickly with everyone in tears.  I didn't go to school to be a teacher, so I'm learning just as fast as they are to this new schedule.  Technically our district is only off until April 13th.  I'm crossing my fingers and praying that happens.

So what's been happening in the blog world?

A lot actually.  In these past two weeks I have fielded more messages for easy recipes than I can count.  My post 30 'Grab From Your Pantry' Meals During COVID-19 has gotten major pageviews.  I'm so happy you all have loved it.

Besides pantry meals, the next best item people are asking for are....desserts!

5 ingredient million dollar bars #dessert #sweetsavoryeats

We all have extra time on our hands and with the kids around we are baking!  Some are getting all fancy and making it a math lesson, others {like us} are just baking.  Over on Instagram I shared my famous banana bread recipe a few times and it's going bananas.

Kids love to bake!  And if you have the patience {it can be soooooooo trying}, let them get in the kitchen with you.  We seem to have the time!

5 ingredient million dollar bars #dessert #sweetsavoryeats

This week we made these 5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars.  I'm not quite sure how to describe these bars.  They are just too easy and too good.

Does any good bar contain just five ingredients?  Not too many.

For these all you need are animal crackers {or any sweet snack type cookie}, pecans, a can of sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.  No flour, no eggs, no baking powder.....NOTHING.

They are incredibly easy to bring together, take only 25 minutes to bake and taste heavenly.

5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars #dessert #sweetsavoryeats

These rich, fudgy, decadent bars need to find their way into your kitchen.  I will continue to make these for years to come.  I'm just starting to imagine all the functions I will bring these to - all day long baseball tourneys, church potlucks, holiday gatherings, bridal showers and so much more.

I cannot wait to hear what you think about these!

Make sure and share your baking stories with me - if you take a photo, sent it to me and I'll share it!

5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars

5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars
Yield: 16 bars
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 25 MTotal time: 30 M
It's amazing that these five ingredients can come together for such a fantastic treat. Rich, fudgy and pretty much sinful...these are always a hit with crowds!


  • 2 cups animal crackers, finely pulsed (or any sweet cracker)
  • 1 cup pecans, finely pulsed
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


How to cook 5 Ingredient Million Dollar Bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a food processor pour in enough animal crackers, when after pulsed on low it makes 2 cups.  Add these to a large bowl.
  3. Then add in the whole pecans to the food processor and again pulse on low to fine crumbs and add them to the bowl.
  4. Pour in the sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch and chocolate chips.
  5. Stir all to combine, pour into the baking pan and press down evenly in the pan.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool for a bit before cutting into 16 bars.
  8. Keep covered.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

30 'Grab From Your Pantry' Meals During COVID-19

This certainly is a post I never imagined writing.  Like everyone, our lives have been turned a bit upside down with the developments of the COVID-19 virus.  With most of us now practicing social distancing and staying home, I've had many requests for easy pantry meals.  I hope this post brings you comfort and ease when taking care of your family.

30 Grab From Your Pantry Meals During COVID-19...easy dinners & breakfasts that allow you to cook from your pantry!

I am not going to lie.  I could not sleep much at all two nights ago when we got the notice that school was canceled for the next 4 weeks.  After tossing and turning much of the night I got up at 4 a.m. and worked on this blog post.

So many of you started requested simple, easy, pantry meals....items we can dig out of the black hole of our cupboards and freezers and magically turn into a meal.  Here's to hoping I can help you.  I browsed ALL of my recipes and grabbed 30 that use simple ingredients, ones we have on hand and that are most importantly....tasty.

Please share this with your friends and family.  My blog has been affected {pageviews are tankingjust like everyone else} and I could use all the love you can muster.  Thank you!

1 month refrigerator muffins #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I know this one isn't a "meal" but everyone has been asking for my 1 Month Refrigerator MuffinsThe reason why?  It makes a HUGE batch - allowing you to keep the batter in the fridge for up to 30 days.  This lets you bake off a few at a time, whenever you need them.  Need a quick breakfast for the kids?  Bake off just six.  Simple as that!

10 minute tomato and garlic whole wheat spaghetti #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I always and forever have canned tomatoes in my cupboard and garlic in my fridge.  This 10 Minute Tomato and Garlic Whole Wheat Spaghetti comes together super quick!  Serve with a side salad and a big chunk of French bread and dinner is solved.  Kids love this one!

beef and potato burritos #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

To date, the best homemade burritos I've ever made.  I copied a fast food restaurant's version and added fried potatoes to the filling and it was a genius move.  If you make a big batch of these Beef and Potato Burritos we often eat half for dinner that night, then wrap them up and freeze the remaining for quick lunches later.

30 minute marinara #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Run out of spaghetti or pizza sauce?  No problem!  Whipping up my 30 Minute Marinara is incredibly easy.  I could drink this stuff....but in all seriousness I save it for homemade pizzas, calzones or as a quick topper on pasta.

corn bacon and potato chowder #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

We always have corn in the cupboard {or freezer} and potatoes in the pantry.  And since we are still in Winter technically, I'm still making soups!  This Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder is creamy and comforting and with the addition of bacon, if you have it on hand, well it's pretty much the best soup ever.

baked florentine spaghetti #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

All the things in the pot on this one!  Kids love spaghetti and my Baked Florentine Spaghetti jazzes it up and they won't even notice the extra pantry additions.  It feeds a crowd and is also awesome as leftovers.

famous banana bread #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I don't know about you but I always have frozen bananas in my freezer.  I throw those bad boys in there whole and then use them in my famous banana bread!  Earlier this year I even sold a fun heirloom kitchen towel with this recipe on it {check that out here].  Once you make this recipe it will become the only banana bread recipe you'll ever use.  No joke.

cheesy chicken alfredo rice casserole #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Rice is a pantry staple and my family gobbles it up - however I make it.  This Cheesy Alfredo Chicken Casserole is loaded with all the favorites...seasoned chicken, alfredo sauce, cheeses, fluffy rice, a vegetable {for good measure} and let's not forget the crunchy topping!

baked pizza pasta #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Sometimes you want pizza but are too lazy to make your own.  Am I right?  Well this Baked Pizza Pasta comes in at a close second.  It has all your favorite pizza toppings and sauce combined into one dish.  Always rave reviews with this one.

cheese tortellini minestorne soup #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

This Cheese Tortellini Minestrone Soup has to win the award for the MOST pantry ingredients used.  In fact you might clear off a whole shelf!  Plus it's healthy and tasty so you kill two birds with one stone on this one.

crunchy peanut butter granola #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Never underestimate a big old batch of homemade granola.  My Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola is great topped on yogurt or eaten plain as cereal.  It makes a big batch!  Feel free to leave a bag on your neighbor's doorstep.

one dish baked chicken parmesan #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I like this One Dish Baked Chicken Parmesan because of how EASY it is to put together.  You literally lay the ingredients on one by one and throw it in the oven.  Serve with fresh fruit or salad and your family will be happy.

chicken and rice burritos #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Here's another burrito recipe {because I know you love them}.  These Chicken and Rice Burritos are filling and full of mexi-flavor.  They freeze well too!  If you have enough ingredients on hand double the batch, you won't be disappointed.

healthy hidden veggie meatloaf #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Meatloaf never photographs well, but this one isn't too shabby, right?  My Healthy Hidden Veggie Meatloaf is loaded with the goods and tastes even better!  I used ground turkey in this recipe, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand - ground beef or pork.  It all works!

dorito burrito bake #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

If you're like me and buy oodles of Pillsbury crescent rolls at a time, then this recipe is for you!  This Dorito Burrito Bake is kinda like a Mexican pizza, but better.  Top with whatever your family loves and you have on hand.

healthy greek yogurt oatmeal pancakes #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I'm a firm believer in double or even triple batching pancakes.  They freeze beautifully and kids always want them for breakfast or a snack.  This Healthy Greek Yogurt Oatmeal Pancake version {you can never tell they are healthy} is fluffy and tasty.

how to make homemade frozen pizzas #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Back when I had three babies in five years {yes, you read that right} I would often make these Homemade Frozen Pizzas right before the baby came.  That way my freezer was STOCKED for when we needed a quick meal that required no work.

lasagna soup #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

One of my highest traffic recipes in the past few years, this Lasagna Soup.  It's everything you love about lasagna but in a bowl without all the work.  We often double batch it {because everyone has seconds} and we want a little leftover for lunch the next day.

mini tuna melt sliders #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I'm fairly certain we all have a can of tuna in our pantry!  These Mini Tuna Melt Sliders are perfect for quick lunches.  They are great hot fresh out of the oven, warm or even chilled and eaten later.  Also great for those still working out of the home to take with them!

healthy peanut butter banana bars #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I just had to share these Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Bars with you - they are a recipe that can easily be put together by your kids!  They pretty much rocked the internet back in January and so many of you continue to make a batch each week for healthy snacks.

instant pot chicken enchilada soup #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Break out your Instant Pot!  This pantry filled Chicken Enchilada Soup is like your favorite batch of the originals but in soup form.  Load each bowl up with green onions, chips, cheese and sour cream.  Dinner is served!

instant pot hawaiian fried rice #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Let us continue on the Instant Pot bandwagon with this Hawaiian Fried Rice.  Officially I now only make rice in the's so easy!  Throw in all the veggies on the verge of death in your fridge in this one and they'll come back to life.

mexican taco egg bake #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

If you love a savory breakfast this Mexican Taco Egg Bake is for you.  Filled with roasted potatoes, chorizo sausage, seasonings, fresh eggs, chives and mexican crumbled cheese, it's filling and oh so tasty.

one pot skillet lasagna #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Remember that Lasagna Soup?  Well I also make my One Pot Skillet Lasagna!  Again, it's a lazy lasagna, but oh so delicious.  This one uses pantry and fridge ingredients and cooks right on the stove.  An easy one pot meal that the family will love.

oven baked hawaiian chicken #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Have canned pineapple in your pantry?  If so, you'll need to put my Oven Baked Hawaiian Chicken on your meal plan.  It's like the famous pizza topping but in casserole form.  Great flavor and easy on the hips too.

pulled buffalo chicken sliders #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

These Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sliders come together in the crock pot and are perfect for quick dinners.  If you have a bottle of buffalo wing sauce in your cupboard and chicken in the freezer you are pretty much set!

pumpkin and black bean chili #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I love how this chili has pumpkin in it and you'd never even know.  Another great way to get in some fiber and use up those cans of pumpkin leftover from the Fall.  This Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili is filling and delicious!

slow cooker steel cut oatmeal #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

With kids at home and extra time in the mornings I love to let this Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal cook overnight.  Your house will smell amazing {go ahead and add some extra cinnamon and nutmeg you won't be disappointed}.  Keep it in the fridge for up to a week and just heat up as needed.

instant pot triple cheddar mac and cheese #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

Making homemade mac-n-cheese is very easy in the Instant Pot and this Triple Cheddar Mac has become our favorite.  Grab all the cheese!  It's super creamy and filling and will make your kids beg for another batch.

classic skillet carbonara #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

This great one pot cast iron meal is tasty!  My Classic Skillet Carbonara uses items from the freezer, fridge and pantry and takes less than 30 minutes to come together.  Serve with salad and crusty bread and you'll be satisfied.

30 grab from your pantry meals #sweetsavoryeats #covid19

I sincerely hope this post has helped you, or in the very least brought you some comfort.  I'm the first to say this is uncharted territory for me {homeschooling 3 kids while trying to work?}.  Just know you aren't alone.

Please share and pass along to your friends - we are all stuck in the same situation!  Let's hope this passes quickly and we can all get back to regularly scheduled programming.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

I've been making these bars for years and I've been promising them here 
on the blog for what seems like much longer.

Today. Finally! My Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting.

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #sweetsavoryeats #bananabars

I had to make these famous banana bars for our church's lenten supper this week and it dawned on me. I've been promising to share these for years and yet I've never gotten around to it.

No more!

I made them extra pretty today and staged them for photos and FINALLY GOT THIS DONE.  Oh, and I doubled the batch.

My family gets REALLY irritated when I have to make a dessert for a function and they reap no rewards.  I've learned all those lessons.  Hence, double batch.

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #sweetsavoryeats #bananabars

I've made these bars in the past and delivered them to friends.  I have a few in particular that worship these darn things and would probably pay me to make them, but instead I bake them up for free and surprise them on their doorstep.

The smiles I get!

The other reason I make these often is because I nearly 100% of the time have all of the ingredients on hand {nothing fancy here}.

That my friends is a dessert that will be on repeat.

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #sweetsavoryeats #bananabars

This recipe make a big batch - 24 bars if cutting generously - or if being stingy - you could probably stretch to 32.  Great for serving a crowd.

Also, I almost always make these bars in my jelly roll pan.  Do yourself a favor and get one of those with a lid if you don't already have one.  Right here is the one I own.  This cake fits perfectly in this size of pan, but if you don't have one simply split the batter in half into two 9x13 pans {which we all have, right?}.

Basically one for you, one for a friend!

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #sweetsavoryeats #bananabars

When you make this recipe and love it {like we all do}, do me a favor and let me know!  Or pin it to Pinterest.  Share the love!  Word of mouth is the best marketing for me and I appreciate it so much when you tell me you love something.

Now, go - let's get bananas - and make these bars!

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 24 bars
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 40 M
A widely popular dessert that everyone loves! Sweet bananas baked into a cake then topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar


How to cook The BEST Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two 9x13 baking pans or one 15x10x1-in. jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs, vanilla, Greek yogurt and mashed bananas until combined.
  4. Gently sift in the baking soda, salt and flour to the creamed mixture.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan(s) and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Do not overbake.  Allow to cool.
  6. For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in both extracts.
  7. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until your desired consistency.  Frost bars, cut and serve.  
  8. Keep remaining bars covered and refrigerated.
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