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Salted Caramel Mocha Granola

 Salted Caramel Mocha Granola has all of the flavor of a Starbucks favorite! Just a few simple ingredients for this delicious sweet and salty snack!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

I am kind of the queen of granola in case you haven’t noticed. It is quickly becoming my favorite thing to play around with in the kitchen. I love how quickly it comes together and the endless variations of add ins and flavor combinations, but most of all I like having easy, delicious snacks around the house.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

My Mocha Granola recipe is our go to, but I decided to try putting a new spin on it. Last year around the Holidays I tried a Salted Caramel Mocha from Starbucks and was totally hooked. I rarely go for a super rich, chocolatey coffee drink, but this was basically heaven in a cup. All of my Starbucks gift cards from Christmas were gone in like a week, and my skinny jeans were feeling a little too tight. Luckily, it is not offered year round!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Once the idea for Salted Caramel Mocha Granola got in my head it was pretty much all I could think about. I thought of a couple different ways to approach it like adding a caramel sauce or making granola clusters with caramel in the center, but eventually simplicity won out and I settled on adding chunks of caramel in the granola and topping it with course sea salt.

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola. All the flavor of your Starbucks favorite in an easy granola! #glutenfree www.maebells.com

Yum. Just yum.

This is the perfect afternoon pick me up or great over ice cream and yogurt! Give this a try, you won’t be sorry!

Salted Caramel Mocha Granola
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2½ cups old fashioned oats (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup caramel squares, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine coconut oil and honey in a medium size mixing bowl. Microwave 45 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder, stir mixture until well dissolved.
  3. Add oats and stir mixture until all oats are completely covered in the chocolate coffee mixture.
  4. Grab a large baking sheet and spray with cooking spray.
  5. Spread oats mixture thinly and evenly across the baking sheet.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, stir mixture, and add half of the chopped caramel squares, bake 10 more minutes.
  7. Remove oats from oven, let them cool about 10 minutes, and while still warm sprinkle the rest of the caramel over the granola mixture.
  8. When the granola is completely cool add the sea salt over the top
  9. Store in an air tight container

 

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans

These no bake Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans are packed with oats, puffed rice, fruit, nuts, protein powder and chocolate! They are a cinch to make and give you a boost to get through the day!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

I go through fazes.

I can go from ninety to nothing in a day. I can be so totally all into one thing, then totally uninterested the next day. Urgh. I really hate that about myself. I am trying very hard to change. To be a finish what you start-always do what you say you will do-make it happen kind of person. I feel like I am about 75% of the way there, but not quite where I want to be.

Two years ago we started revamping our house. Yes, two years. We tackled the floors, tiling, painting the walls and cabinets, new furniture, and new lighting, and then I hit a wall. I didn’t want to look at paint colors, carpets, cabinets, tile, light fixtures…no, just no. I was over it.

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So our little remodel never made it past the front rooms of our house. Leaving the bedrooms and bathrooms untouched. You know what? I didn’t care. Not one bit. I just kind of thought..okay if we have house guest I will just close the doors or something. For two years my I don’t care attitude stayed. We had bedrooms with bare white walls and all was right with the world.

Until last week.

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I woke up and on my way to the kitchen glanced into one of the guest rooms. Urgh…I hate you, I thought. White walls, plain carpet, cheap blinds. I walked to the front of the house, made a cup of coffee and looked at my pretty kitchen. Everything was in its place. Everything was exactly how I wanted because I had done it. Then I remembered I had once hated this kitchen. The cheap, stained laminate flooring, the ugly cabinets, the plain light fixtures. I peeked around the corner into the living room. My nice living room with pretty barnwood floors and lovely drapes. The living room that once had dingy carpets and an Ikea coffee table. It was a nice living room because I had made it nice.

A seed had been planted.

I stood in the door way of the plain, untouched guest room, coffee in hand and the wheels started turning. Suddenly, paint colors and light fixtures seemed interesting again! The humble little room in front of me had so much more potential than I had ever thought!

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So, as I mentioned on Monday, I spent an entire weekend covered in paint. The room is far from finished. There is still a lot I want to do, but this morning I woke up, walked to the front of the house and glanced into the guest room. The pretty, freshly painted room with new furniture, new curtains, and new picture frames and I smiled.

It is pretty because I made it pretty. It is just how I want it, because I did it.

Sometimes we need to be reminded the only thing standing in our way is ourselves. Sometimes you just need to make it happen.

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Of course a little help is never a bad thing! I made these Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans to give me something to snack on during the weekend. They take all of five minutes to make and require no baking. They are the perfect little pick me up that is totally guilt free!

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans. Gluten free, no bake, and delicious! www.maebells.com

Double Chocolate Protein Bars with Coconut and Pecans
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil, measured solid
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 cup oats (I used gluten free)
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies (I used gluten free)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a medium size mixing bowl combine the honey and coconut oil. Microwave for 45 seconds until the oil has melted.
  2. Add the protein powder and cocoa, stir well.
  3. Add the oats, rice, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips until well combined.
  4. Line an 8x8 pan with foil, spray with cooking oil.
  5. Add the granola mixture to the pan and spread it evenly. Using your spatula press the mixture down into the pan. (the tighter the mixture is the less likely your bars are to fall apart)
  6. Place bars in the freezer to set, 15-20 minutes.
  7. Turn bars out onto cutting board, carefully removing foil, and slice into bars.
  8. Keep cold.

 

 

 

Homemade Hash Browns

Hash Browns…love them or hate them?

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!
Personally, I am totally in love with them. A real breakfast just isn’t complete without crispy, salty, piping hot fried potatoes!

It is so simple to make your own fresh from scratch hashbrowns, it only requires a couple things, potatoes, oil, salt and pepper. But they taste a million times better than the frozen hashbrowns at the store.

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!

You simply shred your potatoes, and squeeze out as much water as you can. This is really important, if the potatoes are full of moisture they will never get nice and crispy. In my opinion red potatoes work best, but any kind will do.

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!

Heat your skillet to medium heat, pour in a little oil and then place your shredded potatoes evenly in the skillet. Here is the super important part. Don’t touch them! I am so impatient I just have to walk away. If you stir them around the potatoes will just absorb the oil without getting golden and crisp.

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!

Now after 5-7 minutes take a peak. See how they are nice and brown? Time to flip! If you have a big spatula and can flip it go for it! But I normally grab a plate and place it on top of the skillet and VERY CAREFULLY using potholders I flip the hasbrowns onto the plate. Then I add a little more oil to the skillet and scoot the uncooked side off onto the skillet. Sprinkle the hasbrowns with salt and pepper. When both sides are crisp slide it onto a plate.

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!

Look at that! Beautiful! This particular morning I topped them with scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon. They are also great topped with a sunny side up egg, but you can eat them plain if you wish.

Homemade Hash Browns, perfectly crispy hash browns from scratch!

There you have it! A big beautiful plate of breakfast food!

Homemade Hash Browns
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 red potatoes, shredded (about one cup)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Shred the potatoes and squeeze out as much moisture as possible. I normally squeeze the water out and then lay them in a dish towel to be sure they are totally dry.
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium heat add one tablespoon of oil . Add the potatoes to the skillet evenly. Let them cook for 5-7 minutes or until they are golden and crisp.
  3. Carefully flip the hash browns. Add the additional one tablespoon of oil if you think you need it.
  4. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.
  5. Let cook approximately 5 more minutes until each side is golden.

 

 

Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes..healthy pancakes full of fruit and protein!!

Today we are talking pancakes. Not just any pancakes. Big, beautiful Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes! That’s right. This glorious stack of pancakes you see isn’t full of sugar and fried up in loads of butter. These pancakes are full of bananas, protein powder, and dark chocolate cocoa powder, and cooked in coconut oil.

This has everything indulgent you would ever want from a big stack of pancakes but instead starting your day on a load of empty calories this gives you real sustenance to get through your day!

Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes, healthy pancakes full of fruit, protein, and cocoa powder!

Look at these beauties! They kind of look like brownies in pancake form because of the light fluffy texture, but the crisp edges. This is where the coconut oil comes into play. If you cook these in regular oil or butter you won’t get quite the same effect.

Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes, healthy pancakes full of fruit, protein, and cocoa powder!One of the best things about these pancakes is that they store really well. I made a batch on a Sunday and stored them in the fridge for a quick, healthy breakfast! Doesn’t get much easier than that!

Happy Saturday, friends! I am headed to the Farmer’s Market!

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Double Chocolate Protein Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour (I used GF Bisquick)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup protein powder*
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • coconut oil for cooking
  • *I used Vitasport Prozein Synthesis protein powder in chocolate. However, any kind will do.
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a blender and blend for 20 seconds or until smooth. Make sure you scrape down the edges of the blender to be sure everything is blended.
  2. Lightly stir the chocolate chips into the batter.
  3. Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat, add about a teaspoon of coconut oil to the skillet use a ¼ cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop to the batter into your skillet.
  4. Wait 2-3 minutes or until you see little bubbles forming on your batter, flip pancake until other side is golden brown.
  5. Before you add a new batch to the skillet add oil again.
  6. Enjoy with warm peanut butter drizzled over the top, or syrup.
  7. This made 12 large pancakes for me.

 

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola

One of my favorite breakfast or snack options is a fruit and yogurt parfait. I love them, they absolutely never get old. Cold, creamy yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and crunchy granola. Yum! What’s not to love?!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!!

But until now I didn’t have the perfect parfait granola. Something sweet, crunchy, but not overpowering. I love my Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola and I am obsessed with this Mocha Granola, but neither one are quite what I am looking for with fruit and yogurt. So, I did some experimenting. I made several batches and played around with flavors like cinnamon raisin and maple walnut, just to name a few. None of them hit the spot.

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Eventually I decided on Honey Vanilla Almond Granola. This smelled amazing when it was cooking, but as soon as I tasted it I knew we had a winner. This totally knocked my socks off! The honey and vanilla really shine through and compliment the almonds perfectly! I enjoyed this with a couple different flavors and fruits, but my favorite was vanilla yogurt and freshly chopped peaches piled high with granola loaded on top. Perfection!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola, healthy and delicious!

Honey Vanilla Almond Granola
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 6+
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups Old Fashioned Oats (I used Bobs Red Mill GF oats)
  • 1¼ cups almonds*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a microwave proof bowl combine the oil and honey. Heat for 45 seconds at a time until the oil is melted.
  3. Add vanilla, stir well to be sure it is combined.
  4. Pour in oats and almonds stir until everything looks moist and covered in the honey mixture.
  5. Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray, dump the oat mixture on the pan and make sure it is spread evenly.
  6. Bake 10 minutes, remove from oven and stir everything well. Bake 10 more minutes. Remove and let cool completely before storing.
  7. *Regular almonds work great, but Blue Diamond Honey Vanilla Almonds are fantastic in this.