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Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola

Sad story.


I’m all out of peanut butter.

BUT it’s totally for a fantastic reason! So I guess it’s really not that sad of a story. Anyways, you guys know I love my classic breakfast combo- greek yog, bluebs, and that Fiber One cereal. However, I am about out of Fiber One and sometimes that cereal is as much as $6 (?!?!) a box! So, as much as I love it, I decided it might be time to search for a cheaper member of my breakfast bowl.


Enter: Peanut Butter Granola. This stuff is highly addictive and pretty darn nutritious- yay for oats! And it’s pretty much as wallet-friendly as something can be. I made a small batch this morning because I was 1.) Hungry, and smaller batches take less time, and 2) I only had 2 TBSP of peanut butter left in my sad little jar.


This recipe is simple and takes a total of less than 20 minutes! I would make a bigger batch if you can, though. Pretty sure this is all going to be gone before lunch.


Have a wonderful Thursday, I’m off to a date with my mother in law!



Crunchy Peanut Butter Granola

makes four 1/4 cup servings


2 TBSP creamy peanut butter

2 TBSP honey

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup old fashioned oats


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.
  • Stir cinnamon, salt & vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture.
  • Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture.
  • Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 12 – 15 minutes until granola is slightly browned.
  • Let cool until granola is crunchy.




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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free Option}

Between figuring out how to thread a sewing machine and watching the latest Top Chef last night, it’s amazing I have any hair left. I know, you can’t believe how stressful my life is. Me neither!

It's all fun and games, until THE WRONG CHEF GETS ELIMINATED!!

It’s all fun and games, until THE WRONG CHEF GETS ELIMINATED!!

In all seriousness though, I did figure out how to thread the machine and am SO excited to show you what I’ve been working on lately! It involves 1.) a sewing machine. Obvi. and 2.) these cute fabrics!



I will report back when my project is complete for all the details. Until then, back to my ‘stressful’ life! I am definitely exaggerating, but wowee… I have not been so proud of accomplishing something so menial in a very long time. The moment I finally figured out how to insert the bobbin into the sewing machine and get the thread to come up through the base? I may have been dancing around the kitchen whooping and hollering. I kept thinking- everyone always digs on our generation for not having common sense and being steady-minded enough to figure simple things out, so it was a matter of principle that I figure this out. So, I watched about 7 YouTube videos until it made sense. *Cue older generation rolling their eyes.*

After hours of intense concentration, I made myself take a break and the first thing my eyes set on in the kitchen was some cookies I had made a few days ago. And man, did they hit the spot.



This is my first attempt at using coconut oil in a recipe and it will not be my last! Technically, these could be gluten-free cookies if you used a special kind of oats, but I love gluten so I used the real stuff. So either way- if you’re one of those unlucky people that needs to avoid gluten- this is your cookie! If being gluten-free is not an issue, you can still enjoy these slightly ‘better for you than the typical cookie’ cookies with regular oats.

You can see how chewy and moist the center still is - and this is 5 days later!

You can see how chewy and moist the center still is – and this is 5 days later!

Somehow, these cookies remain incredibly chewy and delicious for DAYS! There is no flour, butter, or eggs in this recipe- normally things that make a cookie so scrumptious, yes I know. For missing those normally essential cookie ingredients, this cookie is incredibly light AND indulgent all at the same time.



I almost considered saving half the dough balls just to leave raw and deem them “Energy Balls”- since they held together really well and had no raw eggs in them. No raw eggs= guilt-free snooping for this preggo lady! Plus, these babies have flax, oatmeal, and a little protein powder in them.



Do you guys remember when I said I typically add double the amount of chocolate chips that the recipe calls for? I was going along my merry way adding double the amount of chocolate chips to THIS recipe, and the dough rejected the extra chocolate. How dare it?! I know, I was mad too.




I tried to use 3/4 a bag of mini-chocolate chips- and the top picture shows you all the little chocolate pieces that I couldn’t knead into the cookie dough. If I tried to force them in, the dough had too many chips and it wouldn’t hold together- believe me, I tried! I was flabbergasted at the amount left over, so I measured it and it was a WHOLE CUP of precious little chocolate chips that didn’t make the cut.

This cookie is so healthy it won’t let you even think about making it unhealthy. Rude.



End result? Still chock full of chocolate, and still good. Even the guys liked these!


Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free option}

makes about 2 dozen cookies

adapted from Eat, Live, Run


1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

3 cups old-fashioned oats (or gluten-free oats)

1/2 bag mini dark chocolate chips

1 cup almond butter

2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp warm water (called a flax egg)

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp soy protein powder (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the coconut oil, almond butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well blended. Add vanilla extract and ground flax + water water mixture. Keep beating until everything is combined.

In another bowl, mix together the oats, baking soda, protein, salt and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips. Mix until just combined—be careful not to overmix!

Roll small balls of dough and place three inches apart on a silpat or parchment paper-lined sheet tray. Do not flatten dough balls. Bake for 10-12 minutes until puffy. Let cool for 5 minutes on sheet tray before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.


30 minutes

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