Vanilla Almond Granola

I really enjoy making my own granola since its soooo easy and you can control all the ingredients! This is one of my favorite recipes for a sweet, sticky and crunchy granola exploding with vanilla and almond flavours! Healthy, homemade granola is so fast and easy to make.

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Vanilla Almond Granola

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Ingredients:

  • IMG_40062 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup (100g) slivered almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 Raw Honey
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Toss the oats, almonds, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the maple syrup and coconut oil together until combined. Whisk in the almond and vanilla extracts. Pour over the oats and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.

Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture. Granola remains fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.

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Protein Waffles – The Low Carb High Protein Breakfast that Will Rock Your World

Has anyone tried protein pancakes before? I have talked about these before and have made them a few times although I always had some trouble flipping them and making them look pretty.IMG_3639

Well….the other day I was at Target and stumbled upon this baby cakes mini waffle maker and a light went off in my head! Amazing!! All you need to do is plug it in and when the red light goes off you put the batter in and then take the finished waffle out once the light goes off! That’s really it!

So, I took my protein pancake recipe and used it for the waffle maker:IMG_3647

Protein Pancakes Waffles:

1 Tablespoon Chocolate protein powder
1/2 Frozen banana (mashed)
1/4 Cup of egg whites
1/2 Tablespoon of coconut almond milk (you can use regular if you like)
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions: Mash the banana and almond milk together before adding the other ingredients. Then mix it all together and pour in waffle maker. Then serve with your favorite toppings! Sometimes I add fruit or just pure maple syrup – or both. Yum yum! OR, if you look below I added a picture of one I added bananas, peanut butter and some greek yogurt!

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Jillian Michaels is no joke!

Hey hey….so this morning was a busy one starting with dropping my car at the GM dealership for the recall. Was anyone else driving around with major anxiety thinking that their ignition could fail at the same time as their brakes and airbags! Hello deathtrap!! But, no more worrying for me…phew!

I came home and did the Jillian Michaels: Banish Fat Boost Metabolism Workout….and it is a doozy! Seriously hard. You can find it here. Challenge yourself through this workout and you will not regret it! You may want to lay down and die half way through, but don’t quit and I promise you will feel amazing after!

After that workout I was starving so I decided to make some protein pancakes. Have you ever tried these? They are seriously delish! I made chocolate pancakes and put some pure maple syrup on top. I initially got this recipe from the girls at Toneitup.com – they have great lean, clean, and green recipes.

Protein Pancakes:

1 Tablespoon Chocolate protein powder
1/2 Frozen banana (mashed)1/4 Cup of egg whites
1/2 Tablespoon of coconut almond milk (you can use regular if you like)
1 Teaspoon of cinnamon

Directions: Mash the banana and almond milk together before adding the other ingredients. Then mix it all together and cook on the stovetop on med-low heat. Flip once you see the bubbles forming. These are a little hard to flip and a little runny so they may end up a little ugly. Then serve with your favorite toppings! Sometimes I add fruit or just pure maple syrup – or both. Yum yum!

Anywho….gotta run and get to work! Happy Thursday 🙂