Vanilla Almond Granola

One of the best things about making your own food is the way it makes your kitchen smell. I guess there could be an argument the other way around but for this one, you’ll be glad its baking in your oven. Granola is a great snack no matter how you eat it but my favorite way to eat it is on yogurt. I justify it by the fact that I’m only eating tablespoons at a time rather than fist-fulls. This recipe for Vanilla Almond Granola is based on a recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com. The combination of sugar free pancake syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon give it the right amount of sweet spiciness and the coconut oil helps bring together the rest of the ingredients for the right amount of crunchiness that you look for in granola.
 

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Now before you sniff at me for my choice of sweetener, let me tell you – not all no- or low-calorie sweeteners are made the same. Some are great for cooking or baking such as sucralose or Splenda, as it’s commonly known. Its a stable sweetener. Other sweeteners are fabulous for their taste, if you don’t prefer the taste of sucralose.  Some people like how they’re obtained from natural sources, as in the case of stevia or agave nectar. I actually did try agave nectar with this one. The dark version has a taste surprisingly like pancake syrup by itself. So I thought it would be the perfect choice for this recipe. What I didn’t realize is that it DOES NOT like heat. It was crispy before the first 15 minutes were up. I was really quite surprised. It turned out a lot better when switched up to the sucralose in the mix.whole grain sugar free granolaI can also happily report that this is kid approved.  As soon as I had them try it, they all wanted some yogurt to put it on.  I call that a serious win.
 
You know what else is really, really good and kid approved?  Quick Mini Quiches can be made a million ways and are a cheesy, easy way to send your kids to school with breakfast in their stomachs.  Try it and tell me what you think!

 

Vanilla Almond Granola
Serves 16
Crunchy, sugar free and healthy snack!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  3. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  4. 1/2 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes
  5. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup
  7. 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and then mix until evenly coated.
  3. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and then spread granola mix over the sheet evenly. You can also line with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  4. Place sheet in oven and allow to bake 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then store in an airtight container or plastic bag.
Notes
  1. Serving size is roughly 3 tbsp. of finished granola. The recipe yields about 3 cups.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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8 Ways to Make Healthy Oatmeal

I love oatmeal.

It’s high in fiber and it’s quick when you use the microwave. Yes, even with steel-cut oats! Nuke it and in less than two minutes you have a warm, delicious breakfast. So you ask yourself — does oatmeal qualify as low-carb?  If you’re on a strict Keto diet, then no.  But you need some carbs, not just for the fiber but also the nutrition. So I came up with some delicious and easy recipes to brighten up you and your family’s mornings that are both gluten free and healthy!

 

Peach Cobbler Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c diced peaches (canned or fresh)
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Cinnamon Raspberry Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c raspberries, fresh or frozen
  4. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Avoid adding the raspberries during the cooking phase. In fact, if you are using frozen raspberries adding them afterwards helps cool the oatmeal down a bit for faster eating!
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Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp sugar free pancake syrup
  4. 1 tbsp brown sugar blend (this will not be sugar free)
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 1 1/2 min until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Bananas and Cream Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  4. 1/2 bannana, sliced
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Yes, the taste of the protein powder affects the taste of this breakfast a lot. Make sure to taste test a few before ruining a whole bowl of cereal!
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Pina Colada Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1/4 c canned crushed pineapple
  4. 1 tbsp shaved coconut, unsweetened
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 c old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 2/3 c water or milk
  3. 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  4. 1 tbsp sugar free chocolate chips
  5. 1 - 2 packets or sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oatmeal and water or milk in a microwavable safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes until oatmeal is softened, or you achieve the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingrediants and stir until combined well.
Notes
  1. Peanut butter is a great thickener, unless you don't like thick oatmeal! If it gets too thick for your tastes, add a little more water or milk to the oatmeal before you add the chocolate chips.
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Chocolate Oatmeal
Serves 1
Who doesn't love chocolate for breakfast?
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oats
  2. 1/3 cup milk
  3. 1 tsp baking cocoa powder
  4. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, milk and cocoa powder in microwaveable safe bowl. Microwave for 1 - 2 minutes until you achieve the oat consistency you want. Stir in the sweetener and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Milk loves to bubble up in the microwave. Make sure that the bowl you microwave your breakfast in is nice and deep so that it doesn't bubble over. Either that or you can microwave for one minute, stir it and let it rest for a few moments, then continue to cook it until its the consistency you want.
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Serves 1
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal
  2. 2/3 cup water or milk of choice
  3. 1/4 cup diced apples
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 2 - 3 packets of no-calorie sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, liquid and apples in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 - 2 minutes, or until you achieve the consistency you want. Apples should be softened but not mushy.
  2. Add cinnamon and sweetener to the apple oatmeal and stir until well combined. Enjoy!
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