Strawberry Coconut Granola – easy homemade granola recipe! Oats, coconut, sliced almonds, and strawberries!

Strawberry Coconut Granola - easy homemade granola recipe! Oats, coconut, sliced almonds, and strawberries!

Heeeey guys!

Are you watching Big Brother?

I am buuuuut I’m just not into it like I normally am.

I mean, does the boyfriend come home after work and find me watching the live feeds at 1 am?

Of course he does.

But I’m just not invested in anyone yet. And it’s so disappointing because I look forward to it all year. Ugh, hopefully it will get better.

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S'mores Granola - eat your s'mores with a spoon! Crunchy granola with chocolate chunks, mini marshmallows, and Golden Grahams cereal!

Last day of S’mores Week!

I’m sad. Are you sad?

Don’t worry, Nicole and I have something very exciting coming up soon! Really soon.

Like, this weekend if we get our you-know-what together in time.

Spoiler: it involves me having an awkward conversation with a Target cashier at 9 pm last night about why I needed so many marshmallows and a jar of caramel sauce.

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No Bake Granola Bars - perfect for kids or adults!

The end of school is probably not the best time to be sharing a No Bake Granola Bars recipe, huh?

My kids have been loving these in their lunch boxes but they’ll be perfect for throwing in my pool bag or whatever, too. 

Anyway, my kid totally pulled one over on me yesterday. He’d been sick over the weekend. Like, not super sick but he had a cough and he basically slept from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. So yesterday morning when he woke up and said he didn’t feel better, I let him stay home.

An hour later: “Mom! I feel so much better! Can I play Playstation?!” 

Uh huh. 

And lucky for him I was waiting for the guy to come fix our fence and didn’t want to risk leaving and and missing the appointment so he got to stay home. 

I feel like a sucker. 

If your kids aren’t jerks like mine, you should definitely make these for them. Y’all know I can’t control myself around granola bars and these were no exception. 

No Bake Granola Bars - perfect for kids or adults!

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I had leftover Chinese for breakfast this morning.

That’s important why?

I have no idea. I just feel like I needed to cleanse my soul of that information.

I have become the actual worst at breakfast lately. Three times last week I had Lean Cuisines. Like it’s completely normal to have salisbury steak at 8 in the morning.

It’s not.

So I’ve been actively trying to get back into my good breakfast habits. You know, eggs, cottage cheese, lots and lots of bacon. But it’s so hard when I’m clearly addicted to mac & cheese and cashew chicken first thing in the morning.

I made this Coconut Pecan Granola to tempt myself into having cottage cheese this week so we’ll see how it goes. I had some yesterday for a snack and it’s delicious! I used coconut oil and the big, fat coconut flakes so it’s extra coconut-y!

Homemade granola is as easy as mixing up the ingredients and baking it for an hour so if you’ve never given it a try, you really should. One of my pet peeves is grocery store granola being soggy and weird but with the homemade stuff, you can get it as crunchy as you want!

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My kids are obsessed with granola bars. It’s bad. Like, so bad that I have to hide them or they will all be eaten before I know it.

And I don’t blame them. I’m sure I’ve told you guys before that I have granola bar problems. I cannot just have one granola bar. If I have one, I’m eating the whole box. Right then.

I’ve tried to make my own granola bars in the past and had okay results. I just want something simple that doesn’t require a special trip to the grocery store.

This one is perfect! It’s no-bake so I threw them together in less than 10 minutes. I have all the ingredients on hand at all times.

My kids love them and I don’t have to worry about hiding them since I can just make another batch if we run out!

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No-Bake Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Ingredients

2 cups quick cooking oats (or pulse whole oats in a food processor a bit)
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x13-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, crisp rice cereal, and coconut.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt together coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey. Add salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, allow to boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour the coconut oil mixture over the oats mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir everything together - make sure everything is coated. Let cool for a few minutes and then stir in chocolate chips (if you don't allow to cool, all your chocolate chips will melt).
  5. Press mixture into the prepared pan and press additional mini chocolate chips on top. Let set in fridge for about 20 minutes before slicing into bars. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil for storage.
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