buckwheat granola

While it's cold & snowy outside today, I'm feeling like making some warm goodies inside. This kind of weather always makes me want to try new recipes & bake. I think because that's always what we used to do as I was growing up. My mom is an amazing baker, so cold days were almost always baking days. 

I've been wanting to try to make my own granola for a while, so today I decided to give this one a try. I based it off a recipe from the back of the bag of Bob's Red Mill organic Buckwheat. It's super easy & to be honest...I want to eat it all! Oh so good...give it a try! All whole foods & plant based. This will be so great on top of my protein smoothie bowls!




buckwheat granola

1c Bob's Red Mill Buckwheat Groats

2c rolled oats

1c sliced almonds

1/2c coconut flakes

1/4c sunflower seeds

1/4c pumpkin seeds

1/2c agave or honey 

1/2c maple syrup

1/4c coconut oil

1/8c almond butter

1/2tsp cinnamon

1/2tsp salt

1tsp caramel extract {vanilla or maple would be great too}

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl, combine buckwheat, oats, nuts & seeds. In a small saucepan combine honey, syrup, coconut oil, almond butter, cinnamon & salt. Bring to a boil & keep boiling steadily for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat & add extract. Pour the syrup mixture over the dry ingredients & mix well to coat everything. Spread on a baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for a total of 30 minutes, stirring well about every 10 minutes. Cool & break into pieces. Add dried fruit if you'd like. Enjoy! {& try not to eat it all right away!}



Pumpkin pie proyo

Most mornings my breakfasts consist of Greek yogurt, protein powder, fruit & muesli. Oh & coffee...can't forget about that ;) It's filling & a great way to start my day. Yesterday I was looking to mix things up a little & tried this interesting concoction.
Pumpkin Pie Proyo
1/8-1/4c Lowfat cottage cheese
3/4c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 scoop vanilla whey
2T pumpkin
1/2-1tsp pumpkin pie spice
Mix this all together, then add whatever you'd like. I added a tsp chia & about a 1/4c Bob's Red Mill Muesli. Yum!


lemon blueberry baked oatmeal

So, I've recently found some freaking awesome feeds to follow on Instagram that give all kinds of fitness, clean eating & inspirational information. One of my favorite food Instagram pages to grab ideas from is @missk_j6. I've tried 2 of her baked oatmeal recipes & they're both soooo good! Truthfully, I'd eat them for breakfast or dessert... maybe another meal in between. I bake them in a big mug & I haven't been able to finish one yet. I think next time, I'll split it into 2 & share. This one's my favorite right now.

lemon blueberry baked oatmeal

lemon blueberry baked oatmeal

Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

based on a recipe by @missk_j6 {IG} slightly modified

1/2 c rolled oats

1 egg white

1/8 c unsweetened apple sauce

1/8 c cottage cheese

2 tsp raw honey

2 T sugar free maple syrup

1 T lemon juice

1/4 tsp bkg powder

1/4 c blueberries

1 tsp coconut flour

1 T almond butter

Mix all ingredients except the almond butter & coconut flour together. Grease mug or small oven dish with coconut oil. Add oat mixture & sprinkle top with coconut flour. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy warm with almond butter.  


the awesomeness that is OO

So, I've been hearing about OO {aka Overnight Oats | Oats in a Jar} for a long time. When I'm pinning away on Pinterest for recipe ideas, I'd see them a lot, but never tried making them. Then, when I started following some new healthy accounts on Instagram, I saw them everywhere. So, I tried them for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I started with something I knew I loved... oatmeal {of course} & peanut butter. I was probably a little to excited to wake up & eat breakfast that morning. I couldn't wait to try.
Let me tell you... the 'word' mmmmmm was used more than once.

Peanut Butter OO

Peanut Butter OO

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

1/2c old fashioned oats

2T natural peanut butter

1/2c FF plain greek yogurt

1 scoop chocolate whey pwdr

1//4c unsw. almond milk

2tsp chia seeds

1tsp raw honey

Combine everything together in a leftover peanut butter jar & mix. Cover & put in the refrigerate overnight.  

vanilla berry OO

vanilla berry OO

Next I tried some with berries in it. I keep a stash of frozen berries around for smoothies so I had these on hand. This was definitely a great summer breakfast. Filling & fresh tasting.

Vanilla Berry OO

1/3c old fashioned oats

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/4c plain greek yogurt

3T cottage cheese

2T chia seeds

1/2-3/4c unsw. vanilla almond milk

blueberries, blackberries, raspberries  

Mix all together in a jar & refrigerate overnight. 

PB Banana Chai OO

PB Banana Chai OO

Now this... was a sorta weird idea I had. Sticking a chai tea bag in the center of the mixed up oats. It lended a sort of subtle spice to the oats.  

PB Banana Chai OO

1/2c old fashioned oats

1/4c plain greek yogurt

1/4c cottage cheese

1/2-3/4c unsw. vanilla almond milk

1T cinnamon raisin swirl PB {pb&co} 

1T PB2 {powdered pb} 

1/2 banana cut into small pieces

Spiced Chai tea bag

Mix everything in the jar except the tea bag. Push tea bag into the center of the oat mixture. Refrigerate overnight & take out tea bag. Stir well. 


I hope you try these or your own version of OO. They're so awesome/yummy/filling. They're also great to take on the go. Make them ahead & take them with you on the way out the door in the morning to work or school. 

i love you greek yogurt

I love love love my plain Greek yogurt. It fills me up & I can mix in just about anything I want. It's creamy & versatile. Plus yogurt has tons of great benefits that you can read about here.

Some of my favorite things: protein powder | muesli | oatmeal | chia seeds | frozen berries | bananas | peanut butter

greek yogurt | vanilla protein pwdr | raspberries | blueberries | gluten free muesli | chia seeds

greek yogurt | vanilla protein pwdr | raspberries | blueberries | gluten free muesli | chia seeds

greek yogurt | natural peanut butter | raw honey | gluten free muesli

greek yogurt | natural peanut butter | raw honey | gluten free muesli

greek yogurt | vanilla protein powder | sliced strawberries | gluten free muesli | chia seeds

greek yogurt | vanilla protein powder | sliced strawberries | gluten free muesli | chia seeds

what do you put in your yogurt?