Maple Pecan Almond Granola


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Happy Friday lovelies!

My goodness it feels like it’s been a while since I sat down here and shared something new with you guys, so I am so happy to finally be doing this! We’re in for a bit of a rainy weekend here in Vancouver so I have some pretty big plans to finally share ta new recipe with your guys. After I’m through here, my kitchen will probably turn into something of a baking factory – as it often does on weekends when I have a bit of free time.

Fall is in full swing over here in Vancouver, so it’s safe to say I’m officially craving warm, comforting flavors & hearty snacks to get me through the chilly days. I always keep this Maple Pecan Granola stocked in our pantry at this time of year because one of Cole and I’s favourite things to snack on throughout the day is granola – and this granola is chock full of pecans, almonds, oats and maple goodness. So basically it’s downright irresistible to us.

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Blueberry Crumble Bars

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Hi friends!!!

First things first – I’m not sure if you guys already know this, but just in case you didn’t, I thought I would tell you something pretty awesome; It’s officially Friday! YAY!!!

So in honour of this glorious day, what say you and I celebrate by baking up some deliciousness, in the form of these Blueberry Crumble Bars, which we can then spend our weekends devouring that is if it lasts you the whole weekend, (psst… they won’t in my house,) Sound good? Alright then, let’s do this!

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Blueberry Cheesecake & Granola Ice Cream Pops

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Happy Friday peeps!!

Who else is saying a big “Heck Yes!” to this weekend? I am so ready for it! Mostly because I’m just super over-excited for the activity I have planned for my Saturday – aka my very first Wedding Dress appointment!!! Eeeepss! I’m so excited you guys!

Also it’s officially the first week of Summer, so you know I couldn’t just leave you guys hanging without hookin’ you up with a killer Ice Cream recipe to celebrate, right!?

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Banoffee Pie Granola Bars

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Happy Tuesday lovelies! I am so excited to be partnering up with Best Friends for Frosting to share this super simple recipe for my Banoffee Pie Granola Bars with you today!

Not only do these granola bars make for an amazingly delicious breakfast or snack, but they also double as a super yummy dessert. Basically it’s like getting three meal options for the price of one – and what could be better than that ?!

This is a nice big recipe so you can easily serve up a couple slices for breakfast, pack a few leftovers along with you for an afternoon snack, and still have some leftover to reheat and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Mhmmmmm

But how do they taste you ask? Well to put it simply, they taste just how they sound… like a banoffee pie; Honestly, need I say more? The flavor of the caramelized banana combined with the toasty oats and the nutty pecans… It’s simply irresistible. If you are a banoffee pie fan, you are going to absolutely love these granola bars. So head on over to Best Friends for Frosting to get the recipe for these via this link here !

Happy Baking lovelies <3 <3

KP xoxo

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Dressin’ Up Oats – Episode 1: Maple Blueberry & Banana Deliciousness

IMG_2664Happy Saturday peeps!

I’m so stoked your stopping by for the very first post in the new blog post series that I’m calling “Dressin’ up Oatmeal!”  So this is Episode 1 in what I think will be a 6 part series … or possibly more… {really this is largely dependent on if anyone really cares about dressin’ up oatmeal…}. 

So why am I calling these blog posts “episodes”? Well because Star Wars has episodes, and Star Wars is pretty epic to most people. {Confession: I have never actually seen any of the Star Wars episodes…. so I say “most people” because I really wouldn’t know… please don’t judge me to harshly… } 

Anyways, I think oatmeal is pretty much the most epic breakfast ever; Therefore, in an effort to make this the most epic breakfast blog post series ever, {clearly I’m shooting for the stars here}, I will be calling each post an “episode”. Strange…. or genius…? {okay, let’s face it it’s just strange}

Alright, moving on…

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Whole Wheat Apricot Jam Granola Bars

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Confession … I am a fool for everything and anything that contains oats. Whether it be a breakfast, lunch or dinner dish, I could literally eat oat themed meals all day, everyday, and have zero problems with it. Long story short, I am an oatmeal addict. There I said it…

We have had this conversation to some extent before, but I feel like I have never really confessed just how deeply my love for all things oat related in quite so much detail. So hey – I mean as long as we’re being really honest here – I guess I should tell you that I actually have no problem eating raw oats on their own. Yup, that’s right – believe it or not, I actually find raw oats to be incredibly delicious and sometimes I eat them with a spoon straight from my oatmeal jar . Ahh… that felt so good to get that off my chest 😀

Are you thinking to yourself … “this girl has gone bananas” yet? Well, then I guess this will make you think that I am double crazy time, but I gladly sit down to an extra large bowl of warm oatmeal Every. Single. Morning. Mhmmm , I never miss an oat-meal…. {bad pun definitely intended} 😀

Cole on the other hand is a little less than enthused to sit down to a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. In fact that is probably the last thing that he wants to see on the breakfast table when he is in a hungry-bear man mood in the morning. It’s not that he wouldn’t eat the whole bowl if it was his only option for food… but, let’s just say it takes a little more pizzazz when it comes to getting him excited about consuming his required daily amounts of whole grain, oaty goodness. But it’s okay because I’m always up for the challenge…

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Extra Chunky Autumn Spice Granola

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So in my last post I confessed my addiction for everything and anything pumpkin spiced…. case in point; I am doing my second Pumpkin Spice post of the week. Ha! I told you I’m obsessed. Are you in fall pumpkin spice overload yet? I’m so sorry if Pumpkin Spice isn’t your thing, but I just couldn’t help myself. I have been testing out homemade granola recipes with a good fall theme for our upcoming markets, and this one was such a success I just had to share it with you.

I’ll keep this one short today, because I rambled on and on last time. So here is the gist peeps – this granola… it’s da’ bomb. Uhmm yeah –  like seriously DA’ BOMB! I mean honestly, when you combine brown butter, maple syrup and warm spices with pecans and chunky oat clusters of deliciousness……… how can you possibly go wrong?? You just can’t.

So yeah… I fell like this granola requires no further explanation – here is the recipe, but please use it wisely because if you make too much you may find yourself in a similar situation as I, where I consumed a little to much of it for my own good….. and when I say “a little too much” I mean like the whole bowl…. Truth.

Don’t judge – this stuff is dangerous or as my friend Kelly would say “it’s the tits.” Haha – love that girl. Give this one a try and let me know what you think!

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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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Hi everybody!

Alright, so Cole and I just got back from a week long vacation up in Kelowna, and although it was a much needed little getaway, ever since we got back I have been so busy between running around at work like a crazy woman, (trying to catch up on the hundreds of emails in my inbox… seriously???) and just plain trying to get back into the swing of things at home that I have been completely neglecting my posts – Ahh!

It has been driving me crazy because I haven’t had nearly enough time as I would like to be baking up delicious treats for us to feast on. Baking is seriously my stress reliever, and when I can’t even make the time to do that for myself… Let’s just say I go a little batty and perhaps get a little cranky due to the extreme symptoms of what I have not-so-cleverly named “baking withdrawal.” Now before you get too worried about my (completely made up) condition, I think I have finally gotten myself settled back into the rhythm of regular life (vs vacation life) again. So, the bright side to this story is that in the coming weeks I should be able to start pumping out recipe posts again like nobodies business! Yipee!!

Now because I have been running around like a mad woman for the past two weeks and dramatically claiming that my schedule is just “too busy,” I thought for my first post in a while it would be a good idea to share a super simple recipe that not only tastes amazing, but can also be easily thrown together, even when you are on a tight schedule which let’s be real – who isn’t these days?Read More

Maple Pecan & Blueberry Almond Granola

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It’s official – it’s summer babes!  Boo ya!

Okay, so I know the weather in Vancouver has been so gorgeously amazing basically since May – but technically that was still Spring.  So now that we have officially passed the June 21st mark, making the arrival of summer 100% official – I am just the happiest girl on earth 😀

This weekend in particular we are heading into our first official “heat wave” of the summer and they are predicting the temperatures to get up to 35 degrees in some areas of the lower mainland – woot woot! I think I have mentioned many times before that I am a girl who loves her sunshine, so I have absolutely no bones about this gorgeous sunshine and all the heat – I say break out the sunscreen, your new bikini, your water bottle, some stylish shades and bring on the beach trips baby! 😀Read More

Healthier Peanut Butter Granola

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Hi everybody!

So it was recently brought to my attention that we are now in the month of May, and as such it is time for us to start focusing on a little thing that we women dread hearing about – that’s right, I am talking about beach body season (insert eye roll and exasperated sigh here.) Mhmmm, beach body season… aka the bane of my existence.

This is the time of year where my serious neglect of ab work during my winter work out routine comes back to bite me in the ass! Not to mention I took full advantage of the fact that thick oversized sweaters were totally in this year to hide my mid section all winter long, and subsequently I may have been a little (a lot) extra lenient when it came to my abdominal situation this year… can anybody else relate to this oversized sweater fashion induced extra tummy weight??? If you answered yes to this question, first I give you a virtual high five – high ya! – we are in this together! And second, below is a recipe for the perfect healthy, yet totally delicious snack, to help you kick start your 2015 beach body diet! We got this!

So because I am a self aware, peanut butter addict and I can’t get through a day without a peanut butter fix in some shape or form, I decided that the best thing for me to do to get my but in gear for bikini season would be to create a healthier way to enjoy peanut butter- that is, as opposed to just spooning it straight from the jar 😀 Thus, the recipe for this peanut butter granola was born! Read More