Coconut Almond Granola

Wake up. Hungry. Work out. Hungry. Work. Hungry. Go to bed. Hungry.  This is what I have come to realize marathon training is…I am always hungry.  I literally eat something and am thinking about the next thing I want to eat.  I heard from multiple friends that have completed marathons that I should prepare for the hunger.  I had no idea what I was in for.  I have emergency snacks in my purse, at work, and I don’t leave the car without snacks.

Coconut Almond Granola

We went out to a brewery tour yesterday and Andy laughed at me as I packed snacks for the 30-minute car trip.  Oh yes, the fear is real.  Stopping at a gas station, grocery store, or you know getting food to eat while we were out did not cross my mind.  I needed to make sure that I had snacks just in case.

Coconut Almond Granola

One of my go-to snacks is granola.  Have you ever stopped to read the ingredients on a bag of granola.  I don’t know about you, but I do NOT want my granola to contain ingredients that I do not understand or cannot find readily available at a grocery store.  I want whole grains, real proteins, and natural sugar.  So this was my first experiment to create a simple granola recipe with ingredients I had in my kitchen.

Coconut Almond Granola

The aroma of toasted almonds, cinnamon, and vanilla throughout the house is an added perk of this recipe.  Andrew walked through the door after work and immediately asked what I was baking because it smelled amazing.  Talk about delicious?!?!  The first batch of granola lasted about 3 days.  Oops.  Honestly this is the perfect breakfast paired with fresh fruit and milk, an added treat to top your smoothie or yogurt, or the ideal snack for a girl (umm or man) on the go.  Not too sweet with just the right amount of crunch ;)  I can’t wait to explore with more flavors and fruit/nut combos.

Coconut Almond Granola

What’s your favorite snack?

As always,

Bon Appeteek

 Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Prepares ~4 cups of granola

The Players: 

2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 C raw almonds
1 C unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 C coconut oil
1/4 C honey*
1/4 C agave*
1 T ground cinnamon
1 T pure vanilla bourbon extract

*Note: I used a mix of honey and agave syrup; however, you can use any mix of maple syrup, honey, or agave*

The Rules: 

  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line baking sheet with silicone mat or wax paper.
  2. Place oatmeal and coconut in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Roughly chop almonds and add to oatmeal-coconut mixture.
  4. In a microwave-safe dish combine coconut oil, honey, and agave (or sweetener of your choice.  Microwave for 30-45 seconds. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract to the honey mixture and whisk to combine ingredients.
  5. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and toss with spatula to coat.
  6. Transfer the granola to your baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  Remove granola from the oven and allow to fully cool.  Store in an air-tight container.

3 Easy Smoothie Bowl Recipes

Smoothie bowls are one of those “must try” recipes.  It’s a food trend, kind of like juicing, overnight oats, kale chips, spaghetti squash subbed for pasta, and cauliflower errrything.  Don’t get me wrong, I have dabbled in pretty much all of the aforementioned food trends (minus juicing…I cannot survive a day without chewing something).

Chocolate Raspberry Acai Smoothie Bowl

I make smoothies as a protein boost after a workout, breakfast on-the-go during the week, or as a meal replacement when I’m feeling lazy.  Pretty much any hour or meal of the day can be substituted with a smoothie hehe.  I noticed that although I am always drinking or eating this sweet little treat, I am never blogging about smoothies.  I send texts to girlfriends all the time with smoothie recipe ideas, so why not start sharing the love with all of you too :)  I will add more smoothie recipes to the blog soon, since I am always mixing them up.  I even have a yummy chocolate, peanut butter, banana protein smoothie that will have you reaching for a smoothie instead of a cookie (errr maybe both…I really love cookies).

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl

These are 3 different smoothie bowl recipe ideas.  Seriously take a risk and mix them up, you really can’t go wrong.  You can even add oats, granola, chia seeds, or coconut flakes into the blender to add to the thickness and consistency of your smoothie.  If you have bananas that are going bad, peel, slice, and freeze them for your smoothies too.  Other fun boosts are ginger, cinnamon, orange juice, maca powder, and spirulina.  You can load up on nutrients, fruits, veggies, and fiber without using any silverware or making extra dishes.

Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

As always,

Bon Appeteek

Chocolate Raspberry Acai Smoothie Bowl

The Players:
1 sambazon acai smoothie pack, thawed
1/2 C frozen raspberries
1/2 small banana, sliced
1/2 C fresh spinach (optional)
2 t dark cocoa powder
1/2 C to 3/4 C liquid (coconut water or unsweetened soy or almond milk)

Toppings: 
1 t chia seeds
1 T coconut flakes
1 t cacao nibs
1/4 C fresh blueberries (alternatively raspberries or strawberries)

Blueberry Acai Smoothie Bowl 

The Players:
1 sambazon acai smoothie pack, thawed
1/2 C frozen blueberries
1/2 small banana, sliced
1/2 C fresh baby kale
1/2 C to 3/4 C liquid (coconut water or unsweetened soy or almond milk)

Toppings: 
1/2 kiwi, peeled and quartered
1 T coconut flakes
1/4 C fresh blueberries
1/4 C granola
1 t chia seeds
1 t cacao nibs

Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl

The Players:
1 kiwi, peeled and halved
1 C spinach (alternatively baby kale)
1/2 C frozen mango (alternatively frozen pineapple)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 to 3/4 C liquid (coconut water or unsweetened soy or almond milk)

Toppings: 
1/2 small banana, sliced
1 t chia seeds
1 t cacao nibs
1 T coconut flakes

**optional protein boost: 1/2 to 1 scoop vanilla protein powder added to the smoothie bowl ingredients**

The Rules:

  1. Place ingredients for the smoothie in a blender or food processor and pulse to desired consistency.  (Note: I use a Magic Bullet and it takes < 60 seconds)
  2. Pour into bowl and garnish with desired toppings.  Enjoy!