Category Archives: Granola

Mini Chewy Granola Bites

I set off to make homemade granola bars following no recipe in particular.  And this is what happened…

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As I was rummaging through the cabinets to find a square baking pan, the mini muffin tin turned on a light bulb in my head.  Why not make bite size granola bars to use for a quick pre/post workout snack?

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These guys are chock full with lots of healthy ingredients.  They are naturally sweetened with Medjool dates and organic honey and have no regular added sugar.  They contain healthy fats and Omega-3s, thanks to the chia seeds and all 3 forms of coconut hidden in here, and there is also plenty of fiber from the oats.

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mini chewy granola bites

Mini Chewy Granola Bites

Yields 24 bites

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats (not instant)

1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup wheat germ

10 dried, pitted Medjool dates, chopped

6 tbls honey

1/4 cup coconut cashew butter (or other nut butter)

2 tbls coconut butter

Directions:

1.  Mix first 4 ingredients through dates in a large bowl.

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2.  Combine the last 3 ingredients and heat until warm through on the stovetop or in the microwave.  Pour into bowl and mix thoroughly.  (A fork works pretty well or you can use your clean hands like I did.)

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3.  Line the mini muffin tin with plastic wrap and press oat mixture firmly into each cup.

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*I sampled way too much so there were a few missing, but you should be able to make 24 cups.  Also, I found it helpful lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the filled cups and pack down even more.

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4.  Place in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes to allow the granola bites to firm up.  Then pop ’em out and enjoy!

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Strawberry Sushi

Happy Friday!

I don’t know about you, but this work week just crawled by.

E Card - I haven't been this excited about a Friday, since last Friday

Not only is it Friday but I have a 3-day weekend on the books and boy, do I ever need it!

I was absolutely exhausted last night after a long day: waking up at 5 am, working out, working a full day, attending 3 hours of class and not arriving home until 10 pm.

But I guess I can’t complain too much.  When I walked in the door, I was pleasantly surprised with an hour-long massage!

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Dave’s cousin, Ryan, scheduled a masseuse to give us each an in-home massage as a house-warming gift.  She works for their dealership and gives their customers free neck and shoulder massages while they shop for cars.  Very thoughtful and could NOT have come at a better time. 🙂

Strawberry Sushi

This afternoon I had fun creating myself a little snack.

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I originally was in the mood for a wrap with peanut butter and banana.  However, I forgot about the “buy one, get one free” huge containers of strawberries I bought and needed to use up, so my snack took a slightly different turn.  And my experiment turned out quite tasty!

Strawberry Sushi

Strawberry Sushi

Ingredients:

1 tbls nut butter (any kind or flavor)

2 tbls plain greek yogurt (optional)

1 small whole wheat tortilla or wrap

3 large strawberries, sliced

Small handful of granola

Directions:

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Mix together nut butter and yogurt.  Spread mixture over tortilla.  Sprinkle granola and lay sliced strawberries down the middle.

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Roll up and cut into slices, if desired.  Enjoy!

Note:  I used Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, but any nut butter will do.  It’s not necessary to mix with yogurt, but I find you don’t have to use as much butter and it turns out much creamier this way!

Check back in later this weekend – I’ve got some yummy food in the works and a few recipes coming your way soon!

-Lauren