Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond

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Here’s a new Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond (Oil-Free and Only 6 Ingredients). Since I started making granola without oil, I haven’t felt strongly compelled to start adding the oil back in. Why bother when it’s not needed, right? This recipe gives you the flavor and crunch of a great granola using fruit instead. This recipe makes for a wonderful breakfast or snack you can keep in your pantry or office desk.

I made a batch of this healthy granola recipe on a Sunday thinking I may have it for a day or two of the coming week. But, this stuff was so good, I found myself craving it. I had it for both breakfasts and snacks. It was good straight up, but I especially liked it over yogurt. It didn’t take long at all before I made my way through the whole batch. I’m not even sure it lasted a whole week.

Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond (Oil-Free and Only 6 Ingredients) #recipe #granola #healthy

This healthy granola recipe is made with maple syrup, cinnamon, dates, and almonds. Did I mention it’s not only oil-free but uses just 6 ingredients? It’s tasty, easy, and won’t be a pain to shop for at the grocery store.

Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond (Oil-Free and Only 6 Ingredients)

Though it’s not the fastest in bake time, spending some time upfront will save you lots of time later in the week when you can enjoy this no-cook breakfast. The portability was a big saver for me, too. I took about half of it with me to the office and kept in my desk drawer. On the days I didn’t eat before work, I knew I could easily bring a yogurt with me and crack open that jar of yummy granola waiting for me.

Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond (Oil-Free and Only 6 Ingredients)

Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond (Oil-Free and Only 6 Ingredients)
 
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Sometimes you just want a simple granola recipe that doesn’t use a ton of ingredients. Here’s an easy recipe that tastes delicious and has less sugar than most granolas and no oil!
*Vegetarian, Vegan*
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled old fashioned oats (quick cooking oats can be used, too)
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (or nut of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup (or one individual) applesauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, plus additional sweetener (honey or maple syrup), if needed
  • 1 cup dried dates, chopped
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or use aluminum foil and brushed lightly with oil).
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients oats, almonds, and salt and stir to mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients apple sauce, maple syrup, and additional sweetener (if using), and stir with a whisk to mix well.
  4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until wet mixture is evenly distributed.
  5. Pour granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread to an even layer.
  6. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes for 45-60 minutes, or until granola is browned to preference. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit.
  7. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Serve with yogurt or milk.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
Multiply the recipe to serve more. This made enough granola for me to eat for most breakfasts and some snacks for a work week.

This is a great one to keep at work!

 

I really enjoyed this Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond over Greek yogurt and this So Delicious vanilla coconut milk yogurt.

Here are some more healthy granola recipes to try:

Hope you enjoy this Healthy Granola Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Date Almond. Happy baking! Thanks for stopping by!

Reynold’s Mansion – Asheville, NC

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Tucked away just north of Asheville, NC, sitting on a large green hill, is the Reynold’s Mansion, and there’s a reason it’s currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.com. The mansion is more than a bed and breakfast. This B&B has a warm & welcoming feel, serves up a delicious breakfast, and has a rich history that even includes a tie with one of the most famous jewels of all time. Billy, the innkeeper, runs a tight ship, and his dedication to excellence shines through in Reynold’s Mansion.

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There are eight rooms in the main house, plus pet-friendly rooms behind in the Carriage House and Cottage.

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The large, wrap-around porch was one of my favorite features. I enjoyed many quiet moments here over coffee or wine.

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

The grounds were beautiful and well-manicured, begging you to wander around and enjoy the many views around the house.

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

And the courtyard linked the many rooms of the B&B with a brick walkway, gurgling fountain, and flowers galore.

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

This is one of my favorite photos (above). I took this from the garden that sits behind the house.

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

There are also peacocks…

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…and chickens behind the B&B. Billy said they try to use eggs from their own chickens in the breakfasts. How about that for local eggs?

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

Reynold's Mansion - Asheville, NC

And as for that breakfast, here’s one from the weekend. We started with a large bowl of fresh fruit and hot coffee. The coffee was delicious and spiced with a little something. I think it was cinnamon. I meant to ask but forgot.

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And for the main course, at this breakfast we enjoyed scrambled eggs, sausage, grits, more fresh fruit, and fluffy blueberry pancakes. The pancakes were light and lofty like clouds, and the whole meal was so enjoyable. I did my best to finish my plate, but there was just too much food. I had a good time trying, though. Billy entertained us with stories about the inn, including some ghost stories. He also showed us some photos of the house from when he purchased it since it had fallen into disrepair prior to him purchasing it. The photos showed a house covered in ivy, and Billy pointed out where there was potentially a ghost captured in the photo!

Don’t worry, I didn’t see any ghosts on my stay. But, hey, there’s always next time!

Oh, and as for that tie in to the famous jewel, you’ll just have to stop by the B&B to hear about its tie with the Hope Diamond. Or, you can read more about it here.

Thank you, Billy, for the wonderful weekend! I hope we can stay longer on our next visit!

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For more info on the Reynold’s Mansion – Asheville, NC, check out their web site or call. Tell them Diana the food blogger sent you!

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

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Quiche. It’s what for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving for busy people like us. Make it once and enjoy the leftovers for whichever type of meal you prefer later. Not to mention the combinations are endless. I recently whipped up a delicious quiche that I’m sharing here for a Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche recipe. The brussels sprouts added a nice, sweet taste to the overall flavor. Yum!

Though it’s one of few things I think re-heats okay in the microwave, I think the best way to re-heat quiche is in the oven. I like to cut a slice up and bake it until it’s heated through for that fresh-baked taste.

The next step is to figure out what you want to serve the quiche with. I like my quiche with toast and coffee for breakfast and with a salad for dinner. All the sides are simple, making this overall meal experience tasty and easy.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

 

Brussels sprouts are easy to shred (check out my recipe for easy sautéed brussels sprouts), but if you’re extra short on time, try the pre-saved ones available at Trader Joe’s. You’ll get enough to eat as a side vegetable for a different meal and the leftovers will already be cool to save you even more time.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

I recently found these frozen pie crusts at my local health food store. They come in a variety of flavors, including spelt and gluten-free. My favorite is the Organic Whole Wheat 9″ Pie Shell by Wholly Wholesome.

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Hello, delicious Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe!

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe

Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe
 
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Easy Brussels Sprouts and Cheddar Cheese Quiche Recipe is super simple to make. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This is a great use for eggs that are about to expire or if you need to do meal prep for the week and need easy eats. Serve with toast, a salad, and/or fresh fruit to complete the meal.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 frozen pie crust (see photos for the clean eats version I found at my local health food store)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat. When it’s ready, add the butter, oil, and brussels sprouts and cook, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes, until the brussels sprouts have softened nicely. Set aside to cool. Wait until the brussels sprouts have cooled before proceeding so they don’t cook the eggs when you add them in the next steps.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs and milk and whisk till evenly combined.
  4. Stir in brussels sprouts, cheddar cheese, garlic salt, and black pepper.
  5. Pour egg mixture into frozen pie crust and bake for 45-55 minutes, until the center is set.
Notes
NOTE: This recipe would be a great use for leftover cooked brussels sprouts (click here for a recipe for sautéed brussels sprouts). Simply skip the brussels sprouts cooking step and if yours aren’t already shaved, chop them pretty small.



NOTE: Keep a frozen crust in the freezer for convenience.



Cooking tip: If when you check the quiche to see if it’s done the center is sunken, then you need to cook longer. The center should be puffed up a bit.

What’s your favorite quiche ingredient combo?

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

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You’ve already seen my recipe for a simple, 3-ingredient almond butter smoothie. This time, I’m bringing you an Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe! I just made a couple simple additions to my basic recipe to make the smoothie extra healthy.

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

My simple almond butter smoothie has three ingredients:

  1. banana
  2. milk
  3. almond butter

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

I added a couple health-boosting ingredients to the basic recipe to turn it into an Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie.

Dates

Dates add a little extra sweetness to the flavor of this smoothie, but they’re good for you, too! According to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, a “single date has calcium and magnesium in an almost perfect 1:1 ratio (15 mg to 14 mg), 1 1/2 g of fiber, and more than 160 mg of heart-healthy potassium. There’s even a smidgen of vitamin A, plus trace amounts of a half dozen of other vitamins and minerals.”

Ground Flaxseed

An article about flaxseeds on whfoods.com says, “The seeds of most plants are rich in nutrients and can provide us with health benefits. Yet flaxseeds are also nutritionally unique and offer us health benefits not found across the board within the seeds food group. The nutritional uniqueness of flaxseeds features three nutrient aspects.” You can read about those three aspects (omega 3 fatty acid content, lignans, and mucilage (gum) content by clicking here.

Cinnamon

According to Dr. Oz, “As we age, many of us may experience muscle and joint pain due to arthritis. Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory compounds that can help relieve that pain. Furthermore, cinnamon’s antibiotic properties help prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease, and have been shown to kill the harmful bacteria, E.coli.”

Healthy and delicious!

Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie

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This Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie takes a classic recipe up a notch with a couple simple, healthful additions. Read more about why these ingredients are healthy above in the blog post.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened rice milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 date, pitted
  • dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place milk, banana, almond butter, flaxseed, and date in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste test and if desired, blend in sweetener of choice to taste.
  3. Pour into a glass and add a dash of cinnamon on top. Enjoy!
Notes
This single serving recipe multiplies easily to server more

 

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What are your favorite ingredients to amp up smoothies?

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

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I think some of my friends think that I always maintain healthy eating habits. But, sometimes I have a tendency to get caught up with things and start skipping out on some of those habits. Work gets crazy, and my schedule becomes overwhelming. Once in awhile, I find myself missing out on sleep and making poor food choices. And sometimes those choices are less about picking unhealthy things than remembering to incorporate good, nutritious ones into my daily eats/drinks.

I was in one of those slumps recently. One thing that helped me out was buying some locally made vegetable juices (from Viva Raw) and having a smoothie every day or so. I really think the vegetable and fruit nutrition helped me get back in gear. It also gave me an excuse to play around with smoothie recipes. I decided to try a simple Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie first. Next, I tried an extra-healthified Almond Butter Smoothie. The recipe for the simple version is at the end of this post. I’ll be sharing the other one soon.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

I love creative ingredients and all, but sometimes it’s nice to make something with just a handful of staples. This healthy Almond Butter Smoothie is made with only three ingredients. And, none of those ingredients is a sweetener! Yup, this smoothie uses the natural sweetness of a banana.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

The key ingredient is a good almond butter. You’ll get almost all of your flavor from this ingredient, so pick one you enjoy eating. This Once Again Raw Creamy Almond Butter was on sale recently, so I decided to check it out. I’m not gonna lie, I prefer an almond butter made with roasted almonds and salt for a deeper flavor. This one is quite light.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

However, for a non-homemade almond butter, the ingredient list is impressive.

Ingredients: raw pasteurized almonds

Yup, just one ingredient. No chemicals or additives. Just straight up almonds.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie is a great everyday smoothie, but there are also a ton of ways to jazz it up. More on that on my next post for the Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe.

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe

Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe
 
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This Healthy Almond Butter Smoothie recipe is a cinch to whip up. It only uses three staple ingredients, too, and you can easily add in others to your liking. Remember to choose an almond butter you really love since it will be the main flavor of this smoothie. Did I mention there are no added sugars in this smoothie? Woohoo!
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened rice milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
Instructions
  1. Place milk, banana, and almond butter in the blender.
  2. Cover and blend until ingredients are processed and smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Taste test and if desired, blend in sweetener of choice to taste.
  3. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe uses the sweetness of bananas for natural sugar. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can blend in some more sweetener of choice.

A frozen banana is recommended for a nice, frosty texture. But, you can sub a non-frozen banana. I’d just recommend adding a couple cubes of ice to the mix.

 

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Ready to take your smoothie to the next level? Try this Amped-Up Almond Butter Smoothie:
Amped Up Almond Butter Smoothie
(Click image or link above to check out this recipe)

Go Green with this healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe:
Healthy Piña Colada Green Monster Smoothie Recipe #healthy #smoothie #breakfast #greenmonster
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Have a great week! And, remember to eat your fruits and veggies!

Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

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A few years ago, I started making oatmeal on the stove instead of in the microwave, and I haven’t looked back since. If you’ve never tried stovetop oatmeal before, this recipe is for you - Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

I’ve always enjoyed oatmeal, ever since I was a kiddo. It was even one of my favorite pre-skating-practice breakfasts. It was filling without being heavy or unsettling and contained healthful ingredients that gave me great energy for my practice sessions and lessons. Over the years, I’ve continued enjoying oatmeal as a staple breakfast option. It’s jus so easy and affordable. I also love how you can whip up a bowl of oats even when you haven’t really been to the grocery store in awhile. Over the years, I usually made oatmeal in the microwave out of convenience, but when I started making oats on the stove, it was a big upgrade for me in terms of flavor and texture.

It takes a little more effort, but I find that every minute is worth it. And if you cook it on a low enough temperature, you can multi-task while it’s cooking away. I’ll often put the oatmeal on the stove and check some emails in between stirring.

And stove top oats also make a great base for some healthful toppings like those pictured below: ground flaxseed, sliced almonds, and hemp hearts. I’ll usually add whatever I have on hand, including stirring chia seeds into the oats while they cook. My favorite fruit to add is a sliced banana. There’s just something about the banana that seems to go so perfectly with oatmeal. Stir in some honey or even better – whipped cinnamon honey by Cloister Honey, and you have a simple but wonderful breakfast.

Now that it’s the new year, and people are looking to eat healthy, I thought I’d share my favorite way to make oatmeal with this Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal recipe. If you haven’t tried stovetop oats yet, what are you waiting for? Make this soon. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

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If you’ve never tried making oatmeal on the stovetop, this recipe is for you. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal – with simple ingredients: oats, bananas, and honey. The toppings may be a little intimidating if you’re new to them, but they’re totally optional. The oats are the key, and I think slow cooking them on the stove yields the best texture. Hope you like it, too!
*Vegetarian, Vegan options*
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup rice milk (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds, optional
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon honey (or whipped cinnamon honey or sub maple syrup for vegan)
  • optional toppings: sliced almonds, ground flaxseed, and hemp hearts
Instructions
  1. In a small non-stick pot, combine oats, rice milk, water, and chia seeds and stir together. Turn heat to medium low and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired texture, approximately 8-12 minutes (depending on your preference).
  2. Stir in honey. Stir in banana. Cook until the bananas are warmed through. Serve and top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Notes
¼ cup of oats yields a small oatmeal serving. You may prefer more like ⅓ to ½ cup of oats. Just adjust the recipe as needed if you increase the oats amount.

I don’t like my banana getting too cooked with the oats, so I like to stir mine in near the end and just cook them long enough to warm through.

The chia seeds and optional toppings are health-boosting add-ins that are easy to eat with oatmeal. Use your favorites!

 

Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe

Hope you enjoy this Classic Banana Stovetop Oatmeal Recipe. Thanks for stopping by!

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