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Maple Granola Clusters; For Red, White, & Blue Parfaits

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As a former New Englander, I’m very picky when it comes to maple syrup! Only the good stuff please! Catskill Provision makes THE tastiest syrup that is all natural & perfect for baking.

If you prefer making your own granola like me, maple syrup is a perfect binding ingredient to get those great clusters we all love. This granola base is perfect for adding in any of your favorite accompaniments like dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or chocolate!

It tastes amazing plain as an on-the-go snack, tossed into oatmeal or snack bars, or in these Red, White, & Blue Parfaits! Happy 4th of July everyone!

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Ingredients:

½ cup pure maple syrup

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

¼ cup light brown sugar

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

a sprinkle of sea salt

1 egg white (optional if you’re not vegan) – It helps bind extra large clusters!

Add-ins of your choice – I went with chopped sliced apricots & cinnamon-roasted pumpkin seeds – You could also used almonds, peanuts, raisins, dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried apples, or walnuts!

 

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.

Stir the oats, add-ins, salt, brown sugar, syrup, & olive oil together.

If using the egg white for extra clusters beat 1 egg white in a separate small bowl until frothy, then gently stir into granola mixture until evenly coated.

Spread the mix onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. (The paper makes it much easier to break the clusters apart after cooling.)

Bake for about 1 hour, or until golden brown & no longer wet.

After letting it cool completely, use your hands to break apart the sheet into clusters as small or large as you like!

For Red, White, & Blue Parfaits take a small glass and alternate handfuls of granola, greek yogurt (I use plain since the granola & berries are sweet, but use any variety you like!), & blueberries/strawberries/raspberries/blackberries. (I love the strawberry/blueberry combo.)

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Apple Butter Crumb Bars

If any of you have visited Riley’s Apple Farm, you’ll know how outstanding their apple butter is.  I left with a couple of jars in hand after my last visit, and wanting to put it to good use, I whipped up these crumb bars!

They are very adaptable, you only need 6 ingredients, and they can easily be made vegan if you swap out the butter for shortening!

Ingredients:

2 & 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup white sugar

a sprinkle of sea salt

2 sticks melted butter (or equal quantity shortening for vegan recipe)

1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 oz apple butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper

Stir flour, sugar, & sea salt together in a large bowl, then stir in melted butter and vanilla.  Dough will be moist but slightly crumbly

Set aside some of the dough for the crumble topping (about 2/3 cup)

Press the rest of the dough onto the bottom of the pan for the crust layer

Bake for around 25 minutes

Remove from the oven, & spread the apple butter evenly across.  Then crumble the dough you set aside onto the top

Return to the oven for another 15 minutes

Enjoy!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Cinnamon Blueberry Oats

People who know me know that I have a severe obsession with cinnamon, especially the sweet saigon cinnamon.  I add it to absolutely everything.  Partially because I find it adds so much sweetness to an otherwise sugar-free meal, and partially because it has so many amazing health benefits.  It’s anti-inflammatory, helps to balance blood sugar, and contains a surprising amount of calcium just to name a few.

This is one of my quick go-to breakfasts when I’m in the mood for something sweet.  I love using the frozen blueberries and watching the purple color melt all through the oats!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup water

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons saigon cinnamon

handful of frozen blueberries

Directions:

Cook the oats (for speed I just use the microwave)

Stir in the chia seeds while still piping hot

Stir in the cinnamon

Mix in the blueberries & enjoy

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Dinner · Lunch · Snacks

Sweet Potato Carrot Soup

I seriously could eat fall flavors year round!

You only need 7 ingredients for this simple soup, but the flavors really pack a big punch.  It’s chock full of vitamin a, fiber, potassium, and healthy fat.  It’s also incredibly filling, and very low calorie.  Added bonuses: It’s vegan, & dairy/gluten-free!

The sweet potato taste combined with both the cinnamon and the pepper, cumin, and olive oil result in a nice “sweet + savory” combination.  It’s a thicker consistency, which makes it feel quite hearty.

This recipe makes 1 very large bowl, or two side bowls.

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato

3 cups baby carrots

3 cups vegetable broth

2 heaping teaspoons olive oil

1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon (sweet saigon cinnamon preferably)

a sprinkle of cumin

a sprinkle of black pepper

(optional: larger quantities of the above spices, added to taste at the end)

Directions:

Thoroughly cook both the sweet potato and carrots until very soft.  (When I’m in a hurry I cook them all in the microwave, though roasting them in the oven or steaming them on the stovetop would be equally effective!)

In a large bowl, use a potato-masher to mash the cooked carrots and sweet potato together until they are as pureed as possible.

After it has cooled, transfer the puree into a blender (or your preferred blending appliance) and puree until totally smooth.

Add the vegetable broth into the blender and blend again until it’s evenly mixed.

Transfer the mix into a pot and heat back up on a low setting.

Stir in the olive oil, cinnamon, pepper, and cumin.

Taste test, add in your preferred extra spices if desired, and voila!

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Breakfast · Snacks

Blueberry Peanut butter Smoothie

I sneak peanut butter into everything!

This smoothie is such a creamy sweet treat as breakfast, a snack, or dessert, & packed with tons of calcium, probiotics, vitamin c, and protein.

This recipe makes a small glass since it’s pretty filling, but if you’re starving go ahead and double everything!

Ingredients:

1 5oz container of plain greek yogurt

about 1/4 cup water

3/4 cup frozen blueberries

3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter

optional: a dash of your favorite sweetener

Directions:

Layer all the ingredients in the order listed above and blend!  Start it on a lower setting and then slowly increase to higher and higher settings until thoroughly blended.  You may need to give it a quick stir with a spoon halfway through.  Pour into a glass, top with a few frozen blueberries (optional) and enjoy!

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Snacks

Peanutbutter Yogurt Dip

Hello everyone!  I’m so excited to be here!

I’m thrilled to have joined the blogging world as a platform to share my inspiration for healthy meals and recipes.

I am a firm believer in the holistic approach of healing our bodies by way of giving them whole foods and nourishing them to the best of our abilities.  As someone who has struggled with several health issues over the years, I’ve found that a proper diet has made a world of difference in keeping my body running in the best shape it can.  My mission is to provide inspiration for others to achieve the same state of optimal health, and to prove how simple, easy, and delicious eating healthfully can be!

My first post is a recipe for one of my go to favorite snacks.  It’s simple, satisfying, and totally feeds my sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

1 5 ounce container of plain greek yogurt

3 heaping tablespoons of powdered peanut butter stirred in

1 crunchy apple of your choice (I recommend fuji or honeycrisp) either on the side or sliced for dipping

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