Category Archives: Snack

Maple Cinnamon Granola

maplecinnamongranolaI haven’t purchased granola in over a year now.

Once I realized how easy it is to make granola, I started making my own and never looked back.

It’s essentially like making Chex Mix – mix up your liquids, pour it over the munchies in your mix (in this case, oats & chopped nuts), then bake it. It really is that easy!

My first version of granola is still one of my favorites and I make it all the time. I was itching for a new combo though and decided on maple and cinnamon. You can never go wrong with maple and cinnamon.

maple cinnamon granolaThis granola is sweetened with maple syrup (apparently I’m on a maple syrup spree) and flavored with ground cinnamon and maple extract for an extra maple boost.

Maple Cinnamon Granola

  • Servings: about 4 cups
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  • 4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional
  • 1/2 c. real maple syrup (I used Grade B.)
  • 1/4 c. refined* coconut oil in a liquid state
  • 1/2 t. maple extract
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 300º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the oats and chopped nuts in a large bowl. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, maple extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the liquid mixture over the oats and nuts and stir thoroughly until everything has been covered with the liquid. Pour the oats onto the paper lined baking sheet and spread the oats out evenly. Bake for 40 minutes. Let the granola cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

*Please note if you use unrefined coconut oil, it will add a slight coconut flavor to the granola. Refined coconut oil has no taste which is what I used for this recipe so the maple & cinnamon flavors would stand out.

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GIVEAWAY! + a Healthy Snack Roundup

Staying on the theme of resolutions, setting goals, and healthy eating… I’m so excited to bring you the chance to win the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook + 2 Tupperware bowls PLUS a roundup of healthy snacks to help keep you on track with your goals.

My blogging friend, Cassie Celestain, graciously invited me to partner in this giveaway with her. I met Cassie through the Oklahoma Women Bloggers network. She is a wife, mother of a 6 month old and runner. She blogs about marriage, family and healthy lifestyles over at True Agape. (Get a handy dandy bonus when you sign up for her monthly newsletter! Get it here.)

Cookbook and Tupperware containers up for grabs!

*Picture shows four containers. Winner will be receiving two. The giveaway will close Monday, Jan. 19th at midnight. The winner will be contacted via email. You have two days to respond to the message before we choose another winner. US residents only.

***Check out Cassie’s review of the cookbook Click here.

***Giveaway is now closed.***

And now for the snacks…

Need a healthy alternative to buttery popcorn? Try this BBQ air-popped popcorn!

BBQ Air-Popped Popcorn

This all natural granola is great for breakfast or a quick snack. No guilt in this sweet pleasure.

Homemade Healthy Granola

This chia seed pudding is a great treat, but will leave you with energy rather than a sugar crash.

Lemon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Greek yogurt with mixed berries to make a healthy alternative to ice cream.

Mixed Berry Frozen Yogurt

Grab these peanut butter oat chocolate balls for a blast of energy to keep you going.

Peanut Butter Oat Balls

A simple variation to this avocado toast makes for a different flavor. Easy healthy snack.

Avocado Toast

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

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Heyoooo. So 2015. Feeling good so far? Are you all rested up and ready with your list of things to conquer this year?

If you’re anything like me, you lose sight of many of your year-long goals by February. Knowing I do this, I scrapped resolutions this year. Threw ’em out the window. Buh-bye. Instead, I’m focusing on quarterly goals. Three months at a time seems more manageable and still enough time to create a new habit or complete a project.

Since one of the most common New Year’s resolutions/goals people make is about eating better, I thought I’d share a healthy smoothie. When I need a chocolate fix but want to stay in the healthy eating groove, this is what I make. It’s naturally sweetened with honey and it has protein powder in it so it would also be a great treat after a workout. The texture is similar to that of a frappuccino.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
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  • 3 T. good quality vanilla protein powder
  • 2 1/2 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. honey
  • 3/4 c. almond milk (use any milk you like)
  • handful of ice
  • pinch of instant coffee, optional

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until there are no longer large ice pieces and the consistency is what you want.

 

 

Savory Pumpkin Soup

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I know pumpkin is already here and in everything we could possibly pumpkin-spice-ify. (<– Can that be a new word?)

But still — PUMPKIN!!! Yay! First pumpkin recipe of the season!

I took the savory route though and it is deeeelish. It’s like fall in a bowl.

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I think soup is best made by taste, especially when it comes to seasonings. In order to share the recipe with you, I did measure and record how much I put in it but I want to encourage you to taste the soup along the cooking process. Salt, specifically, will need to be done by taste. Put those tastebuds to good use!

Savory Pumpkin Soup; Recipe or Not

serves 2-4

  • 1 can pumpkin puree (make sure it’s pure pumpkin with no spices added)
  • 1 1/2 c. low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/2 small onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 – 1 t. ground sage
  • 1/4 t. garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • small pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 c. cream or milk
  • pepita seeds & crumbled bacon for topping
  • 1-2 T. olive oil

In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once heated, sauté the onions for a few minutes with a pinch of salt. Add in the sage, garlic powder, and black pepper, cook for a minute. Then add the pumpkin puree and vegetable stock, stir or whisk until combined and the consistency is smooth. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. OPTIONAL: for a totally smooth soup, puree the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender (I did not do this step). After the soup has simmered, stir in the cream or milk. Top with pepita seeds and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!

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Spicy Garlic Parmesan Wings

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Sports! Game day! Stats! Tailgating! Playoffs!

I think this is what comes to mind for most people when wings are mentioned.

I grew up watching sports because both of my brothers played multiple sports. If I don’t personally know someone playing, I don’t really keep up with a team (local, college, or professional). Shocking for an Oklahoma girl, I know.

I have absolutely nothing against sports. They just aren’t on my weekly radar minus one exception. My hubby loooves the St. Louis Cardinals. He keeps up with them and I keep up with them through him.

Thankfully, you don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy some wings.

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I’m not going to claim these are healthy but I will claim they are probably healthier than restaurant wings. They are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and covered in garlicky-Parmesan.

These are baked and we’re actually using baking powder to get them crispy. What the what?! Fo realz… the baking powder helps dry out the skin which makes them crisp up and get golden brown. #chemistry I promise you won’t even know there was baking powder on them by the time they’re done baking.

Spicy Garlic Parmesan Wings; Recipe or Not

makes roughly 20-24 wings

For the wings:

  • 2 lbs. chicken wings (the small hot wing size)
  • 1 T. baking powder (trust me, you will NOT taste this)
  • a good pinch of salt & pepper

For the sauce:

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan
  • big pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (use more or less depending on how spicy you like wings)

Preheat oven to 400°. Rinse the wings and dry them really well. Toss them with the baking powder, salt, and pepper then spread them out on a foil-lined baking sheet, skin side up. Bake them for 50 minutes or until they are golden brown and the tops are crispy. In the last few minutes of baking, prepare the sauce – stir together the butter, olive oil, garlic powder, and parsley. In a large bowl, toss the wings in the sauce, grated parmesan, and crushed red pepper flakes. Serve immediately.

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Snack Series: Garlic Edamame + a Snack Roundup

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I’ll never forget the first time I tried edamame. I didn’t know what it was and started chewing the whole thing (shell & all) at lunch one day with my co-worker. We were at an Asian restaurant and they served edamame as an appetizer.

“Don’t eat the shell!” she cried as I was chomping away. Let’s just say it’s difficult to gracefully discard edamame shells from your mouth.

Despite this experience, I got hooked on edamame as a snack. It’s great with just salt sprinkled on but I like adding garlic powder to give it a little extra flavor.

Garlic Edamame; Recipe or Not

  • 1 cup or so of shelled edamame (find it in the freezer section, thaw according to directions)
  • sprinkle of kosher or sea salt
  • sprinkle of garlic powder, optional

SNACK ROUNDUP!

We had three great reader contributions to this snack series.

Nuts with or without raisins in the mix (Love this suggestion! I keep nuts at my desk as a quick snack or they are great for on-the-go! Healthy fats & protein. *Thumbs up*)

– Dark chocolate covered almonds (I mean… dark chocolate. Enough said. *Makes mental note to get some for desk snack stash*)

– Smoothie: frozen blueberries and strawberries, half a banana, almond milk, a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, a handful of oats, some chia seeds and a scoop of coconut oil. (Now that’s a power smoothie! Could even be breakfast or a post workout treat. I will be giving this a try!)

Thank you so much to Veronica & Amy for contributing these snacks!

More snacks from Recipe or Not:

BBQ Popcorn

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Lemon Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

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 Healthy Homemade Granola

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Previously from this snack series: Avocado Toast

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Previously from this snack series: Cinnamon Apples

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Snack Series: Cinnamon Apples

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I have lots to share with you today! But first — Cinnamon + Apples.

As a self-proclaimed apple pie enthusiast, this snack is my JAM.

There’s a window of time right after I’ve eaten dinner and before the time I know I shouldn’t eat anymore because it’s so close to bed time (but still sometimes eat then anyways, shhhh. ;)).

During this time, I just need a leeettle bit of something sweet. Apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon is the perfect thing. But really, it’s good ANY time.

Second — I wrote my very first guest blog post! 4 Things I Love About Cooking: Click here to read.

And third — An idea popped in my mind. I want to ask YOU (yes, you right there in front of the screen!) to share YOUR favorite snack(s) in the comments. Then, I will compile the list and share it on Friday. I think it would make this snack series even better (plus who doesn’t love more snacks?). If you’ve got a simple, (mostly) healthy, and delicious snack to share, leave a comment and your snack will be featured Friday. :) (***Please be clear on ingredients or any specific instructions.)

Cinnamon Apples; from a personal trainer at my gym

  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Start off light on the cinnamon. Taste it and add more until you’re satisfied with the apple to cinnamon ratio.