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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Cranberry Almond Granola Bars

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I am a huge fan of granola bars, and I am not picky when it comes to all the different flavors and brands. When I was in college they were my grab-n-go breakfast or snack that I would take when I had class all day. Now that I am working full time and my schedule seems to be busier and granola bars are just so conveniently perfect for a healthy snack! This is my first time making them from scratch..because as much as I don’t want to admit it, there are all kinds of granola bars that are loaded with sugar therefore they aren’t as nutritious as you would think. I am proud to say I came up with a recipe that doesn’t have any added sugar in it–thats right, it’s all honey and it is delicious! I am definitely going to be making more granola bars with different flavors, fruits, and nuts so stay tuned!

Yield: 8

Ingredients:
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup krispy rice cereal
2/3 cup roasted dried almonds; coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine peanut butter and honey and stir until melted.
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2.Add in oats, rice cereal, and almonds. Stir in with a spatula until evenly coated.
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3. Then, (almost done!) add in dried cranberries and cinnamon. Mix until everything is combined.
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4.Lighly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish and evenly smooth granola mixture with a spatula until even. Let cool and set for one hour and then cut into 8 even bars. Enjoy for breakfast or for a perfect healthy snack!
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Homemade Chai Tea Latte

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One of my favorite drinks from Starbucks is the Chai Tea Latte..Soooooo, with only 15 calories I came up with my favorite “healthy” drink! Who needs Starbucks when you can made your own?

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
1/2 cup water
1 Twinings Chai Tea bag
2 dashes of cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp honey

Steps:
1. In a cup, put tea bag in water and milk. Add cinnamon and honey, microwave for 2 minutes and let steep for 5 minutes. Stir with a teaspoon and enjoy your homemade Starbucks!

Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Bites

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If you like oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough, you will love these! Plus, they are healthy for you and packed with protein. My go-to snack during the mid-day if I need some energy before I workout or if I have a sweet tooth is usually granola bars but I think I found my new snack. These no-bake bites only take minutes to make!

Yield: 4 (my recipe only makes 10 bite size balls so you might want to double the recipe)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup roasted cinnamon almonds; crushed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup ground flax seeds

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. With a mini ice-cream scooper,scoop dough and roll into golf ball shapes. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes until they are firm. They are great for a grab and go snack if your on the run at work!

Banana Nut Bread Oatmeal

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Love banana nut bread? Try this healthy spin on an oatmeal!

Yield: 1-2 (depends on how hungry you are!)

Ingredients:
1 cup milk or almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp roasted walnuts
1 banana

Steps:
1. In a medium saucepan, add milk, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and honey. Let simmer and stir constantly on medium heat for about 7 minutes. Then add in 1 tsp of walnuts and half of banana (you can slice or chop it). Continue stiring for another minute or 2 until oatmeal thickens. Top with rest of walnuts, sliced banana, drizzle of honey, and a dash of cinnamon. Done! Healthy and tastes just like banana nut bread!