Skinny Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea

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I love pumpkin in anything. This warm and spiced up drink is just what I need for this fall. Plain pumpkin is so great for us and this is a great way to get your daily dose. Forget all of those calories you get in your pumpkin spice latte in your coffee shop and try this! It is a real treat for only a few healthy calories. This cozy tea drink is filled with spices and will get you feeling like it’s really Fall season!

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Ingredients:
1 packet of Twinings Chai Tea
1 cup water
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp plain pumpkin puree
Fat-free/low-fat whipped cream

Steps:
1. Bring water and almond milk to a boil. Brew tea for 2-4 minutes and with a spoon stir in pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, honey, and pumpkin puree. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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KIND BAR Giveaway!

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I’m excited to announce that I have another giveaway for you all! All thanks to KIND, two lucky winners will be receiving a full box (12 bars) of one of their newest KIND Nuts & Spices snack bars {dark chocolate cinnamon pecan}. For those of you who aren’t too familiar with KIND bars..they are a healthy and delicious snack/energy bar that only contains a handful of natural ingredients. It’s one of the cleanest nutrition bars out there and you actually know every single ingredient in them so you can feel good about what you eat.  Almost too good to be true but the good news is that it’s true! Sometimes we just need a burst of energy to get us through our day and these bars have always been my go-to! I have tried almost all of their flavors and all of them are outstanding whether I’m craving something sweet or savory. This is what I like to call my version of a healthy candy bar 🙂

So this is what you need to do to enter the GIVEAWAY:
1. Let us know what your favorite flavor is/ or what flavor you would like to try
2. Follow both Kathryn’s Kitchen and Kind Snacks on Instagram
3. Like us both on Facebook! Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog & KIND Snacks
4. Follow Kathryn’s Kitchen on Pinterest (optional)

You can enter through the widget on the right side of my blog———>

Two winners will be randomly selected next Monday. I will notify the winners via email and I will also list the winners on this post. Good luck!!! xoxo

Congratulations to the winners: Mia from California and Emma from Washington D.C!

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.

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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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