Chilled Oatmeal with Vanilla Yogurt

J had a business trip in Atlanta a couple weeks ago. Every morning he’d call to express that he was in love with his breakfast. A coffee shop near his hotel served up this chilled oatmeal that has become a “J and I favorite” in our household.

Chilled Oatmeal with Vanilla Yogurt
a PERFECT way to eat oatmeal during those hot summer days


1/2 cup quick or old fashioned oats (because you don’t cook them we find quick to work well)
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (I use homemade yogurt flavored with Watkins vanilla and honey, you can use plain or Greek yogurt with vanilla flavoring and honey)
1/2 green apple, diced
1/4 c dried cranberries
splash of skim milk
and any berries you have (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries)
1 T of ground flaxseed (optional)

Mix oatmeal, yogurt, diced apple, cranberries ,and a splash of milk together. When thoroughly combined, top with almonds and berries.

a balanced breakfast: whole grain carbs from the oats, protein from the yogurt and milk, and heart healthy fats from the almonds and flaxseed.

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Almond Butter Bars

Almond Butter Bars
Recipe is from my Almond Mania blog post
I made some small changes to this round….I used Land o Lakes all natural whipped butter (fewer ingredients than most tub butters)
and if you do not have Almond Butter try Peanut Butter!

Nutrition for 1 bar: 419 calories, prot 8g, carbs 29g, fat 33g, sat fat 2g, trans fat 0g
Slice into individual serving sizes, wrap servings in plastic wrap and freeze till you are ready for a nutty, awakening treat.

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Almond Pancakes

J made a request for pancakes the other day (weird) so I thought to myself…how can I jazz this up a bit. I took a look in my fridge and found the PERFECT secret ingredients:

these cakes were the cat’s meow….I’m not kidding you…they tasted like almond cookies!
Almond Pancakes
1 C almond milk
1 egg

1 T canola oil
1/2t Watkins vanilla
BEAT together
Stir in:
1/2 C almond meal
1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 t Stevia or sugar
1/2 t sea salt
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
bake away on your pancake griddle!


I always make a fruit sauce for pancakes so we can use less actual syrup. Boil down some frozen fruit (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) and add a couple tablespoons of pure maple syrup. Now you have a flavorful fruit syrup with more health benefits!

mmmmm…almond cookies, I mean pancakes! J’s huge masterpiece of a breakfast….remember, he is training for an Ironman 🙂
Good luck to my Solon track girls at Districts this Friday!
(pic taken at Drake after the 4×100 took 5th)
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Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two of my favorite things…almonds and cookies so needless to say these cookie really hit the spot!

After seeing this delicious looking picture in my latest Clean Eating Magazine I knew I had to make them.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C unsalted almond butter (I grind my own at New Pioneer Coop)
3/4 C sugar source (stevia, honey, agave nectar, brown sugar) I used honey and they turned out a little flat
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 oz dark chocolate chips (or break apart a dark chocolate bar…70% or greater)
I found dark chips at the Coop bulk bins
Preheat oven to 350F. In medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets. Remove to wire rack and cool. Enjoy!
Nutrients: 110 cals, fat 8g, carb 10g, suagrs 3g, protien 2g
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Almond Mania: Almond Milk and Almond Butter Bars

Yesterday was a great day! I managed to get all 3 of my resolutions in! I read from my Women on the Bible book, I attended hot house yoga, AND I made a clean recipe!
Remember how I said I was going to attempt to make almond milk….well I DID IT!
Almond milk
is a good alternative to those that can’t tolerate the lactose in regular diary milk.

Almond Breeze is a brand you can purchase….but seriously this was a breeze to make and tastes just as good.
Here’s the very breezy process:
first you need one of these….

nut milk sack….I purchased mine online after googling them
soak 1 cup almonds over night (8-12hours) in about 2 cups water

rinse almonds and place in blender with 4 cups fresh water, blend away!
my almonds were almonds pieces so they blended easily.

when almonds are well blended and you have a nice white liquid, place milk sack in a glass jar and pour liquid through (may take an extra set of hand…J helped).
gently pull the sack out of the milk and squeeze out any excess milk.
(don’t throw out the ground up almonds leftover in the sack…see use for it below!)

flavor you milk with a little Stevia, Agave Nectar, honey, and/or vanilla
YUM YUM! Santa’s in for a treat next year with his cookies!

Almond Meal…that leftover stuff in the sack.
there are lots of things you can bake/cook with it, but the easiest is spreading it on a baking sheet, sprinkling it with cinnamon and brown sugar and baking at 350F for about 10-15 minutes.

J and I like is a top our steal cut oats in the morning
Almond Butter Bars
these are soooo incredibly good….it’s almost ridiculous
my friend Abby came over to help me whip these up. With both of us being active we thought these would be a tasty treat to keep us fueled throughout the day.
1/2 C raw, unsalted almonds
1/2 C walnuts or pecans
1T butter mixed with 1 T olive oil (I used Smart Balance tub butter)
1/2 C natural almond butter (you could use peanut butter as well…I suggest natural still)
2 T maple syrup
1 tsp honey
pinch sea salt
1 tsp Watkins vanilla
1 T instant coffee granules (now we’re talking)
1-2 T sesame seeds
1/2 C craisins
1/2 C dried apple slices or other dried fruit
preheat oven to 400F, line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray with Pam. arrange nuts on baking sheet and roast for 8 minutes.

transfer nuts to food processor and process until coarsely chopped. set aside.
in large mixing bowl combine butter and oil, almond butter, syrup, honey, and sea salt. Mix well. add vanilla, coffee, nuts, and sesame seeds. Combine well.
add berries and fruit. press into 8×4 in. pan. let set in fridge or freezer for 1 hour. cut into bars once hardened. For an easy take with you snack…wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in freezer.
Nutrition for 1 bar: 419 calories, prot 8g, carbs 29g, fat 33g, sat fat 2g, trans fat 0g
Until next time…
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