Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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Vanilla, Honey, and Almond Granola with Dates

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I am a huuuuggge granola/granola bar junkie! I try to opt for the healthier granola bars so that’s exactly why I decided to whip up my own batch myself. Granola and granola bars (especially all of the good tasting ones) that you buy from the store tend to be extremely high in fat and sugar..it’s almost as bad as eating a candy bar in some instances.  Granola is extremely easy to make and you can add all of your favorite flavors and fruits. I love granola as a quick snack..I love putting it in my yogurt or even on peanut butter and apples. There will definitely be more granola recipes to come so stay tuned! 🙂

Ingredients:
4 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
6 dates; chopped
1/4 cup almonds; chopped
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and honey and microwave for about 30-45 seconds until the peanut butter and honey have melted together. Stir together and then add in the cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add in the almonds and oats and stir until everything is coated evenly.

3. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes…every oven varies so you will know when granola is ready when it’s golden brown. *I would recommend flipping granola every 5 minutes with a spatula for an extra crunch Enjoy!
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Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I started baking as soon I was able to reach my kitchen counter and the very first cookies I started to bake were Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from the Mrs.Field’s Cookie Recipe Book. Since my Dad is an almond grower I started to switch out the walnuts that the recipe called for and used roasted almonds. I also decreased the amount of sugar and incorporated honey as well. This is the recipe I used below and I think they are just perfect…they also brings back so many memories every time I take a bite into one!

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds (optional)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, and honey.
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2. Beat in eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla extract until combined. image

3. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, oatmeal, raisins, and almonds (optional) until dough is formed.
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4. With a mini ice cream scooper, scoop cookies and place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Pop in oven…bake for 15 minutes. The cookies might look a little under cooked but they will cook a little more when they are cooling.
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Place on cooling racks……….almost done!
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Finally!! Enjoy!
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Healthy Carrot Cake Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast so I try my best to make time for it. Carrot cake is one of those foods where you either love it or hate it for most people, and I loooove it…but my waist doesn’t. This hearty breakfast definitely cures my sweet tooth without feeling guilty. I love recreating the original oatmeal recipe because the new flavor creations are endless and this recipe is completely good for you. This is so good and full of flavor you will easily forget that it’s healthy!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk; unsweetened
1 shredded carrot
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Sprinkle of almonds or pecans (optional, I prefer almonds!)

Steps:
1. In a small or medium saucepan, heat almond milk and add carrots and raisins. Stir consistently for 5 minutes..this will soften the carrots and plump up the raisins.

2. Once milk is warm, add honey, oatmeal and steel cut oats. Stir with a spoon and add in cinnamon, vanilla extract, and nutmeg. Stir until oatmeal thickens (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, spoon into bowl, sprinkle with almonds and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy while its hot!

Check out my other Healthy Oatmeal Recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Peanut Butter & Jelly Oatmeal
Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal
Overnight Peanut butter & Nutella Oats

Cinnamon Streusel Almond Banana Muffins

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I love buying too many bananas sometimes because I know I will have a good excuse to make treats like these muffins. These little muffins will melt in your mouth..the cinnamon streusel topping really puts these little guys into a different category. The cream cheese adds an extra rich and creamy texture that makes them extra moist. You will have to try one to know what I’m talking about!

Yield: 2 dozen (24 muffins)

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; softened
8 oz. cream cheese; softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
2 large eggs; at room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 medium mashed bananas (make sure they are ripe)
1/2 cup chopped roasted almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the streusel topping:
1/4 cup butter; softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup oatmeal

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add in sugars and honey beating until light and fluffy.

2. Add in eggs (1 at a time) and blend until combined. Add in flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until blended. Stir in mashed bananas, almonds, and vanilla.
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3. For the crumble streusel topping..in a medium bowl, add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Mix with a fork until its crumbly.
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4. Heavily grease muffin pans and scoop muffin mix into pans about 3/4 of the way full. Top muffins with streusel crumble and bake for 25-30 minutes or insert tooth pick until center comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes and enjoy! These also make a great morning snack or breakfast.
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