Gluten Free Chocolate Granola

Stephen and I are HUGE fans of Jessica’s Gluten Free Granola. We specifically love the Chocolate Chip one. Each bag costs $7.00. Although it is delicious, it is expensive and does not last long in our house (Stephen might love it too much). I had an urge to make granola the other night so I pulled together a variety of ingredients and came up with this delicious mix. What’s even better is it satisfies your sweet tooth just like Jessica’s! The recipe made two jars and does not even come close to $7.

Gluten Free Chocolate Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 1 c chocolate coco crispies
  • 1/2 c gluten free oats
  • 1.5 c puffed rice
  • 1/4 c sugar free syrup
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips
  • 5 walnuts
  • 1/4 c pumpkin seds (optional)
  • 1/4 c coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
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You could also add raisins or dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375

2. Mix oats, cereal, and pumpkin seeds together, place in baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

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3. While the oats are baking, mix the honey and syrup together. Whisk until honey dissolves.

Image-74. Stir in cinnamon, vanilla and cocoa powder.

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5. Remove oat mixture from oven and place back into mixing bowl. Evenly mix liquid with oats.

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6.  Mix  in remainder ingredients. Spread evenly into a baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes.

7. Remove the granola from the oven and use a spatula to spread the melted chocolate chips evenly. You can opt to put the chocolate chips in after so that they don’t loose their shape however spreading them allows the mixture to clump up and makes it even chocolatier!

8. Allow the granola to cool and then place in an air tight container.

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THE BAR IS OVER!!

After two and a half LONG months Stephen has taken the bar! I am so incredibly proud of his relentlessness work ethic. It is admirable and inspirational. On his most typical day he woke up, walked the pup, ate breakfast and then proceeded to study for 12 hours. He did this every single day and all the while maintained a positive attitude. He has shown me what dedication and perseverance looks like, I am grateful for this reminder.

I wanted to help maintain a calm space for Stephen this week so I bought him some items to help him move through the test with ease. I present to you the Bar Survival Package!

Bar Survival Package:

Papaya Tablets- stomach digestion
Aspirin- I dont care that its chemicals… we can’t risk headaches!
Walnuts
Almonds
Super food bars

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Bar Celebration Foods

Chocolate Treats for Day 1: Vosgues Peppermint & Truffles

Chocolate Treats for Day 1: Vosgues Peppermint & Truffles

Secret package in the fridge (he opened it Wednesday night)...Chocolate cake to be joined by wine :)

Secret package in the fridge (he opened it Wednesday night)…Chocolate cake to be joined by wine 🙂

So happy to be able to spend time with him again!!

So happy to be able to spend time with him again!!

The perfect green smoothie

I have quite a few cook books sitting on my shelf that I rarely touch. One of the cook books I own I purchased years ago when I began to shift how I consume food. Hungry Girl takes ordinary brands and manipulates their purpose to create a “healthy” alternative. I admire their effort and creativity, however its not really my thing. Most of the recipes require too much fake sugar or processed items. With that being said, I was looking through the pages and noticed how they utilized diet hot cocoa mix in multiple recipes. This idea got me thinking and the result of those thoughts is what I would like to think of as perfection.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c cold water
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop of 365 vanilla whey
  • 2 tbsp pb2
  • 1 diet hot cocoa mix (25 calorie mix)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 c of spinach
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heaven.

Directions:

Place liquids, banana, and powders in blender. Top off mixture with spinach and place in liquefy setting. Blend until completely smooth and mixture becomes frothy. Serve and enjoy!

great treat on the way to work

great treat on the way to work

Nutrition facts (calculated on MyFitnessPal)

Calories: 277
Carbs: 38
Fats: 5
Proteins: 27

Easy as Pie… Chocolate Pie

Every year Stephen’s mom makes him Chocolate Pie for… well… any occasion he requests it. Since we don’t live near his parents anymore, chocolate pie has become a prized commodity. When his folks visited for Thanksgiving his mom brought her worn recipe card with her. She fulfilled Stephen’s request and made him a pie for Thanksgiving. By accident she left the recipe card which has resulted in Stephen getting Chocolate Pie for Christmas despite his mom’s absence.

simple genius

simple genius

This pie is SUPER easy to make. It requires no baking and can be adjusted to have fewer calories. I did not try to make this recipe low calories because at the end of the day, its for Stephen, not I. I feel like I am about to give away a family secret recipe… feel honored 😉

Mary’s Famous Chocolate Pie

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Time:
  • 10 minutes prep
  • Can make 2 days ahead or let sit in freezer for at least an hour.
Ingredients:
  • 1 block of cream cheese (you can use low fat kind)- softened
  • 1 tub of cool whip (I used lite)
  • German baker chocolate  (the whole box)
  • graham cracker crust (buy the kind with a lid, you will need it for freezing)
  • 1/3 c of unsweetened almond milk (the original recipe calls for regular milk however the almond milk works just as well)

*Optional: crumbled oreos (I had leftovers in the cabinet… why not use them!)

Directions:
  1. Melt chocolate over stove or in microwaves (small intervals). Once chocolate is melted whisk in almond milk.
  2. In a electric mixer whisk cream cheese (fluff it up). Add sugar if you would like ( I used two packs of stevia)
  3. Continue mixing with electric whisk and slowly pour in chocolate.
  4. Increase speed, mix in cool whip. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
  5. Spoon mixture into crust. Dust pie with oreo.
  6.  Place lid on pie and place in freezer or fridge. You can make this days ahead and place in freezer and serve within the hour.
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Serve chilled