• Maple Nut Granola

    Weekly Recipe: 

    4 cups rolled oats

    2 cups crispy brown rice cereal

    1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

    1 cup sliced almonds

    1 cup chopped walnuts

    2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    1/2 cup virgin coconut oil, melted

    1/2 cup maple syrup

    1 teaspoon almond extract

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. In separate bowl, whisk together oil, syrup, and al­mond extract. Pour wet mixture over dry and stir to coat. Trans­fer mixture to two 9x12-inch glass casserole pans and spread out evenly. Bake 60 minutes or until golden. Turn off oven, but do not remove granola until completely cooled and set. Remove from oven and use spatula to release granola and break into chunks. Store in airtight container. Source: Clean Food by Terry Walters, image by Gentl and Hyers, courtesy of Sterling Epicure

  • Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter

    Weekly Recipe: 

    2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into ½-inch thick rounds

    1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)

    3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter

    2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips

    3 tablespoons granola

    If you won’t be eating these right away, start by brushing the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning. Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates to serve. Source:; image: Jenn Benson

  • Heart-Shaped Granola Bars

    Weekly Recipe: 

    Servings: 12

    Baking Time: 30 minutes


    2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, not instant

    ¼ cup almond butter

    ½ cup unsweetened applesauce

    1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

    ¼ teaspoon almond extract

    1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

    ½ cup mixed raisins and cranberries

    ¼ cup almonds, chopped

    1-2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 tablespoons date paste**

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper. In small saucepan, combine almond butter, applesauce, almond milk, date paste, cinnamon, cocoa powder, almond and vanilla extract. Heat on low and gently stir until well combined. Remove from heat and set aside. In medium mixing bowl, add almonds, oats, coconut, chopped almonds, raisins and cranberries. Fold in almond butter mixture and stir.  Place cookie cutter on parchment paper and spoon batter into cutter, filling halfway. Press down firmly. Gently lift cookie cutter away from granola and press down around inside edges. Reform granola hearts if necessary. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

    **Date Paste : Cover 2 cups of dates with cold water and soak for one hour. Remove dates and reserve water. Place dates in blender and process until smooth. Adjust consistency with reserved water if needed. Store date paste in airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.  

    By Jennifer Strohmeyer 




  • Yogurt Parfait With Grapefruit, Berries, and Granola

    2 cups plain Greek-style or regular yogurt with the whey drained
    3 tablespoons honey
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, preferably Tahitian vanilla
    2 grapefruits, peeled and segmented with the pith removed
    2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
    1/4 cup of organic raspberries
    1/4 cup of organic blackberries
    1/4 cup of organic strawberries
    1/4 cup of organic blueberries
    2 tablespoons granola or crushed nuts
    1 tablespoon cinnamon

    1. In a large bowl, mix yogurt, 2 table- spoons honey, and vanilla.

    2. In a separate bowl, mix together fruit.

    3. In four separate parfait glasses, add the fruit and yogurt in alternating layers. Top with granola, and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 215 calories; 2 g fat; 0.3 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 10.4 g protein; 40.2 g carbohydrates; 5.3 g fiber; 40.3 mg sodium