Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
I apologize for being MIA for a day or two. This week left me completely whipped. My Facebook status on Thursday read, “Thursday just feels like a bad joke this week…” and that was no lie. Just one of those weeks, I guess! What I’m trying to say is leftovers and sleep were a priority and blogging took a back seat…for just a bit 😉 Eight hours of restful sleep, 2 beers, and 9 miles later, I am feeling fully refreshed!
So, I’m back in action! When I saw this recipe posted this week on Savvy Eats, I knew it was moving to the top of the “Make NOW!” pile of recipes I have continuously growing. It was EXCELLENT! This granola was much crunchier than the Power Granola I made last weekend, and that’s a good thing. Plus, it made a ton — it’ll last at least a week…maybe 2… 😉
Coconut Cherry Granola from Julie of Savvy Eats
5 c. rolled or old-fashioned oats
1 c. almonds, sliced
4 T. whole flax seeds
1/2 c. agave nectar
1/4 c. maple syrup
3/4 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 c. dried cherries, unsweetened
Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the oats, almonds, and flax seeds in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
Combine the maple syrup, agave nectar, and peanut butter in a small pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until ingredients are well-blended and bubbly. Remove from heat and pour over the oats mixture. Stir well until all the dry ingredients are coated.
Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Add the cherries and coconut.
Stir well, then bake for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Super easy!
Yield: 20 1/2-cup servings
Nutrition Information (per 1/2 cup): 248 calories; 11.2 g. fat; 48 mg. sodium; 32.4 g. carbohydrate; 7 g. fiber; 4.9 g. protein
I’ve also tried a few other things this week…
The lovely people at 18 Rabbits sent some samples. I am a huge fan of these bars! I’ve seen them in my local Akins and will definitely be purchasing more. The Banana Fosters was delicious, and I’m anxious to try the Cheeky Cherry Chocolate! Yum! Added bonus: nutrition! These bars contain omega-3’s (410 mg) and 6’s (1200 mg), 4 grams of fiber and protein, and loads of vitamins and minerals. They’re also larger than a lot of other bars (Larabars, PureBars, Luna Bars, Cliff Bars), and contain a respectable 210-220 calories a piece. Thumbs up, 18 Rabbits!
I’ve tried a lot of Kombucha flavors, but Mystic Mango is BY FAR my favorite! It’s much less bitter than the others and it’s pulpy — mmm mmm!
Cinnamon is a lot of things…1) delicious and 2) great for blood sugars. Bonus: it tastes great and made my house smell GLORIOUS this morning. Give it a shot!
Coming up this week:
Chili Con Carne
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies
Carrot Cake Pancakes
Mini Weekend Giveaway…
Since these 18 Rabbit bars really are super, I want to share with TWO lucky readers! Leave a separate comment for multiple chances to win!
1. Which flavor do you want to try…Haute Diggity Date or Nibble A Sultana?
2. Follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know!
3. Tweet about this giveaway! Tweet this: “Prevention RD wants you to win an 18 Rabbit Bar! Go here: http://tinyurl.com/yaw98zw!”
Open to US residents only — sorry to all the lovelies in Canada and on the other side of the ponds. Winners will be drawn at random Sunday, January 17th at 9pm Central Time and announced Monday morning!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
P.S. Don’t forget to submit any nutrition-related questions for this week’s Q&A! I’ve already got some great ones! 🙂 Email any Q’s to [email protected]!