pumpkin cinnamon and pecan granola

If there is one thing I love almost as much as peanut butter it is granola. I could eat granola all day every day. With milk or without milk. With a spoon or by the handful. It is ridiculous how much I love granola.

Here is a delicious recipe I came up with and it is SO good I want to shout it from the rooftops!

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Ingredients:

3 c. old fashioned oats

1 1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. roasted pepitas

1/3 c. roasted sunflower seeds

2/3 c. chopped almonds

1 tbsp. stevia

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/3 c. pure maple syrup

1/2 c. pure pumpkin

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Mix together oats, nuts, seeds, stevia, salt and spices together. Then set aside.

Heat coconut oil, maple syrup and pure pumpkin in a pan over medium heat until warm.

Pour the liquid over dry ingredients and mix well (do it quickly before the liquid cools).

Spread granola over a non stick pan or lay pan with parchment paper and layer it with delicious granola.

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Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes then stir granola gently to keep clusters together.

Place back into oven for 10 more minutes or until lightly browned and your kitchen smells like heaven.

Eat with milk, on top of ice cream (my favorite is arctic zero) or by the handful :)

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chocolate chip cookie dough dip

Thanks to the wonderful Chocolate Covered Katie, I am officially obsessed with healthier versions of naughty treats

For example… I tried her Healthy Cookie Dough Dip and holllyyyyyy moly it was so good!

Here is her recipe below:

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip
– 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
– 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt

– just over 1/8 tsp baking soda

– 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight “pb cookie dough” taste, so if you don’t want this,try the Deep Dish Cookie Pie, unbaked. instead)

– up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed

– Sweetener of choice (see note below, for amount)

– 1/3 cup chocolate chips, or these: Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips

– 2 to 3 tbsp oats (Ground flax will also work)

“Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!”

I made these for a girls night as my “cheat meal” and it was delicious!!

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homemade almond butter

I love love love (did I mention love) nut butters. So much so that I just HAD to make some myself.  

I love this recipe because it is ONE INGREDIENT ONLY! Just almonds. Thats it!!!

Recipe Below:
* 3 cups of almonds*

Directions:
Soak almonds in water for 2 hours to soften the almonds (this is how I got the skin to come off easily… next time I want to keep the skin on as I think it adds flavor)

BLEND BLEND BLEND in a food processor for a LONG time (like 20 minutes)

Eat with a spoon. 

DELISH!

oh and p.s. I decided to add cinnamon for extra flavortitle

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simply sweet… yet so delicious

Do you ever get a craving for something sweet but want to keep your meals healthy and clean? Happens to me ALL THE TIME!

Here are some of my favorite sweets that are simple and easy to make!

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mug cake

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 chocolate covered strawberries

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two ingredient cookie

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yogurt covered blueberries

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apple crisp

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orange vanilla almonds

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happy national pancake day!

I just found out that today is National Pancake Day! Even though I missed making them for breakfast, you better believe I will consume pancakes at some point today. Here is some pancake eye candy for you… drooling yet?

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