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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Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad – a lightened up version of the classic! Broccoli, crumbled bacon, almonds, red onion, and dried cranberries in a creamy, tangy dressing. Perfect side dish for a summer party or a holiday dinner!

Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad - a lightened up version of the classic! Broccoli, crumbled bacon, almonds, red onion, and dried cranberries in a creamy, tangy dressing. Perfect side dish for a summer party or a holiday dinner!

Heeeey guys, happy Monday! Fresh week! I feel like we all need a fresh start, huh?

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! I cannot. How did this happen?

I haven’t planned a thing! I have a turkey in my freezer though so I know that’s happening, at least. And I’ll make the dressing that my family always makes because that’s my favorite.

And I’m sure there will be pie. There’s always pie.

Another thing I also always make is broccoli salad. But first, that bowl!

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Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bites

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re having a great weekend! Now, let’s all hold hands and think good thoughts for the Broncos today. 

I will cry if they lose. 

I will.

I promised to tell you what happened between the modem and Penelope (#idiothusky) but then I told my husband that I was going to tell you and he was all, “No! Don’t talk about that on your food blog!”

But I’m gonna tell you anyway.

So huskies have super sensitive stomachs. Which I didn’t know until I took her sick self to the doctor about a year ago and the doc told me all about it and then suggested I buy their dog food for $50 a can. But apparently, they all have sensitive stomachs. And they also like to eat things they aren’t supposed to. 

And then they get sick in the middle of the night.

On modems.

It was bad. The worst possible way to wake up in the morning is to husky mess everywhere and no internet. 

How is this my life?

But anyway, the internet is working again and the internet man didn’t even ask me what happened to it. Thankfully. 

And about these Almond Butter and Jelly Bites…

I’m trying really hard to snack on nuts and fruit instead of macarons and candy but let’s be real, a handful of raw almonds is just not very appealing. So I made these which takes those raw almonds and mixes them with dates and dried apricots and a little almond butter.

(As a side note, can we talk about how good dates and almond butter are together? Especially if you get the good Justin’s Maple Almond Butter? I put a tablespoon on top of a pitted date and omg, best healthy snack ever.)

They taste like a PB&J! And I know that sounds stupid since they’re made with almond butter but seriously, like a PB&J!

So good. Even my husband liked them and he is not into this kind of thing typically. I’ll definitely be keeping these on hand – they’re the perfect size for a pre-workout snack! And yes, they are Paleo! 

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Is anyone else finding it increasingly harder to get out of bed as they get older?

I’ve spent most of my life assuming that waking up early would eventually just come naturally to me. I remember waking up for high school and my dad would’ve already put gas in both mine and my mom’s cars, gotten the dishes done, and would be outside throwing the ball for the dogs. All this before 7 am.

One day – I knew it – I would be awesome at mornings.

And it’s just not happening for me. I am like a child counting down the days until school is over so I no longer have to get up before the sun. It’s bad.

But if you’ve gotta get up early, you might as well make a yummy breakfast, right? I’m still obsessed with almond meal so the idea of a waffle made with the stuff was really appealing. And it was everything I’d hoped for and more.

Topped with some sliced banana and maple syrup, these were the perfect breakfast. And  a good reason to get out of bed really stinkin’ early.

One year ago: Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes
Two years ago: Thai Turkey Burgers with Peanut Butter Sauce
Three years ago: Sticky Fingers Bars
Four years ago: Pecan Brownies
Six years ago: Fig Bars

Almond Buttermilk Waffles
  • 1/2 cup sliced raw almonds
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup almond meal/flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Spread the sliced almonds on a cookie sheet, and toast 325 degrees for about 5 minutes, stirring once, until they begin to get golden. Remove and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, melted butter and almond extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until incorporated.
  5. Heat your waffle iron and brush with a little vegetable oil. Pour about 1/3 - 1/2 cup batter onto the hot waffle iron.
  6. Cook until the iron stops steaming or longer if you like yours a little crispy.
  7. Sprinkle the toasted almonds on top before serving.


Happy almost Friday!

First up, I have to apologize for my blog being down most of yesterday and the day before. I have to tell you, a blog going down is one of the most annoying things that can happen to a blogger. You are completely at the mercy of your host. So if you went searching for a dinner recipe and couldn’t load the blog, I’m sorry.

Secondly, this smoothie!

My kids have been sick for the last week and a half or so. None of them have been eating much since their throats are bothering them so I started making smoothies for them. This Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies and I know it sounds very strange but it is absolutely delicious. You can’t even taste the avocado! And instead of a nut butter, you add almond meal so you still get the good fats and protein but without added sugar that peanut butter or almond butter typically has.

My 4 year old is currently obsessed with the smoothie and asks for it at least once a day.

One year ago: Caramel Crown Coffeecake
Two years ago: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Four years ago: Mango Avocado Salsa

Almond Avo-Nana Smoothie
from The 21 Day Sugar Detox
Servings: 1 - 2 servings
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 medium-sized banana
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • handful of ice
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.