Granola Bites

These granola bites may be one of my best homemade snacks!  My husband loved them and since we are getting ready to travel these homemade granola bites are perfect for our upcoming trip.IMG_9137  I love to find ways to make bars like this at home so I can control the ingredients.  Most of what you find in the store has artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners.  So rather that spend hours analyzing nutrition labels, I’ve come to find that making snacks like this at home is really fairly simple.  While I will not claim these are “light”, they are a pretty wholesome snack with naturally occurring sugars rather than added sugar.

 

To start, preheat oven to 350 F and have a 9×9 baking dish handy – any size will do really but this allows you to cut them into nice squares when you’re done.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I prefer Shakeology because it is all natural)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pecans, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Transfer ingredients to your baking dish.
  3. Press into pan so that the top is flat and ingredients are spread evenly.
  4. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.
  6. Cut into 16 squares and ENJOY!

Cinnamon Apple Protein Pancakes

Last weekend I make these awesome cinnamon apple protein pancakes! don’t know what it is about this fall and winter season but I’ve been all about pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple flavors recently!  It’s probably not that atypical I guess since that’s all we see around us but this year it seems to be popping into more of my favorite recipes.

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Here’s what you’ll need to serve two people (just double or triple the recipe if serving a family):

  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 medium apple, diced
  • cinnamon
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (my preference is Shakeology because it’s all natural)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp caramel extract (optional, but tasty)
  • coconut oil to coat your pan

Basically you’re just swapping protein powder for your standard pancake mix.  This gives your a little better balance of your macronutrients instead of loading up on white floury carbs.

While I’m sure you’ve made pancakes before, here’s how I made these ones:

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  1. While prepping your ingredients, heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt a tbsp of coconut oil until pan is coated.
  2. Sauté apples and pecans until apples are soft, sprinkle with cinnamon while sautéing.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl.
  4. Add cinnamon coated apples and pecans to wet ingredients and mix completely.
  5. From here proceed as you would with regular pancakes…I think you’ve got this! 😉

Hope you enjoy!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This is a delicious, and [almost] carb free pizza crust! Hubs and I have spent months perfecting this recipe and after several trials, and more errors, LOL, here are a few tips to making your best crust:

  1. IMG_7488You MUST squeeze ALL of the water from the cauliflower once steamed. If you don’t you’ll have mushy crust.
  2. Use a solid metal pizza pan (no holes) rather than a pizza stone. This one took us FOREVER to realize but made the biggest difference. It allows your crust to become more bread-like; the stone keeps it too soft.
  3. TIME SAVER ALERT! Whole Foods has a risotto cauliflower in their produce section, you can also find a Green Giant version of it at Target – I recommend you go pick up 2 of those versus taking the time to run the cauliflower through the food processor. But, you can absolutely do this with fresh or frozen cauliflower.

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads of cauliflower OR two bags of frozen cauliflower (OR this is where you would sub the 2 tubs of risotto cauliflower from Whole Foods or Target)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • *1 cup gluten free or almond flour (use when forming the dough)

Seasonings:

  • Italian seasoning blend (salt free)
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F
  2. Heat cauliflower in microwave or steam (about 8 minutes)
  3. Place cauliflower in the food processer and pulse until they form rice-like pieces (you can skip this step if you picked up the risotto cauliflower)
  4. Place cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel and ring out ALL water
  5. Mix remaining ingredients, except for the flour, and stir until blended
  6. Add seasonings to taste (about 1 tsp. each)
  7. Roll into a ball using flour as needed to create a dough-like consistency
  8. Press the dough into your pizza pan (typically a 9in circumference)
  9. Bake at 475 about 15 min until lightly golden brown
  10. Remove from oven and add desired toppings
  11. Return to oven for another 8 minutes or until toppings are melted

Enjoy!