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!

Two years ago: Easter Ideas
Four years ago: Pasca (Romanian Easter Cake)

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.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/04/02/bake-chewy-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-granola-bars/

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Did you know that September is Better Breakfast Month? Well it is and I’ve teamed up with California Almonds to make sure your breakfast is better than ever.

It turns out that 50% of women skip breakfast when they are crunched for time. Studies show that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight, will maintain better cholesterol levels, and live an overall healthier life. So if you are one of those 50% that skip breakfast, almonds are a quick way to get a boost of fiber, protein, and healthy fat.

I have a great almond gift pack to give away to one of y’all but before we get to that, I have the most delicious granola recipe to share. It calls for all my favorites: almonds, dried blueberries, coconut, coconut oil! You could make this over the weekend and have a fantastic breakfast all week long.

The gift pack comes with:

  • One $20 Visa gift card to buy anything else that makes your breakfast better – fresh fruit, oatmeal, almond milk, etc.
  • One pound of whole natural almonds
  • One jar of almond butter
  • One pound of sliced almonds
  • One reusable, insulated travel pouch for breakfasts on-the-go
  • One double-sided recipe card for better breakfast inspiration

And by the way, that almond butter is the best almond butter I’ve ever had.

Enter below!

(Giveaway will run from 09/17/13 to 09/23/12. US only, please.)

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California Almonds wants to see how you’re making your breakfast better. Head over to almondboard.com/BetterBreakfast and submit a photo of your breakfast made with almonds and you will be entered to win a year’s supply of almonds.

One year ago: Cinnamon Rolls
Two years ago: Blueberry Crumb Muffins
Three years ago: Roasted Spaghetti Squash

Blueberries & Cream Granola

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups sliced almonds
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons brown sugar
⅓ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup dried blueberries
3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with oil.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, coconut flakes, almonds, salt, and brown sugar.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the mixture over the oats. Fold the wet mixture into the oat mixture until the oats are evenly coated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the granola is golden brown in color. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  6. When the granola is cool, stir in blueberries and white chocolate chips.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/09/17/blueberries-cream-granola-a-giveaway/

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Back in my high school days, parties were a big thing. I’m not talking about “Parents are out of town, let’s party!” parties. I’m talking parties in Spanish class where everyone brings a snack they bought at Winn Dixie 15 minutes before school started. Which was basically just an excuse to not learn Spanish.

I dreaded these parties. Dreaded them with every ounce of my being. I almost always tried to fake sick or come up with some excuse to not show up that day. Because I was that obnoxious girl (and still am occasionally) who didn’t eat in public. So these parties meant I was in for 2 hours of being surrounded by something that made me incredibly uncomfortable.

But anyway, every time there was a class party at least 5 people would show up with those iced oatmeal cookies. They were the it food of my high school years. And not just any iced oatmeal cookies, they had to be the Walmart brand.

And these cookies? Are exactly like those. But obviously better since you don’t have to leave your house.

(For the record, I maintained a 106 through Spanish 1 and 2 which I credit to hiding in the corner and reading my book over and over again during these parties.)

One year ago: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients

For the cookies:
2 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
For the icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the melted butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until combined. Mix in the dry oat mixture. mixing until just combined.
  4. Drop dough by (heaping) rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass or something similar. Bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating halfway through, until browned. Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until no lumps remain. Glaze each cookie and allow to harden before serving.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/02/06/iced-oatmeal-cookies/

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I can’t believe Christmas is a week away! The holidays definitely snuck up on me. I had my tree up a month ago but I’ve managed to accomplish nothing else that I had planned. I’m so unprepared that I had to run to Walmart last night for tape. And in case you weren’t aware, Walmart is not a place you want to be this close to Christmas.

Anyway, way back in the summer I made a list of 15 cookies and candies I wanted to make this month but this is the first one I’ve actually had time for! I’m such a sucker for those little toffee bits so I’m happy I was able to get this one made and posted before Christmas. The boys in my house love oatmeal cookies so of course they were a hit with all of them! If you’re looking for a no-fuss cookie to add to your holiday baking list, this is a great one!

One year ago: Beer Bread
Two years ago: Cookies & Cream Fudge
Three years ago: Crockpot Candy

Oatmeal Toffee Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1/3 cup toffee bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, and salt to remove any clumps. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg. Add in the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the toffee bits.
  4. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 11 minutes. Let cool on sheet for a minute or 2 before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
http://fakeginger.com/2012/12/18/oatmeal-toffee-cookies/

 

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