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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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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Dark Chocolate Mocha Granola

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Stop what you are doing right now, and prepare to be floored by the most amazing granola ever! Okay that may be a slight exaggeration and I don’t want to be making claims that I can’t back up seeing as how I really haven’t tried all of the granola’s of the world- but this granola is pretty damn delicious if I do say so myself!

Not only is this granola damn delicious, but it is also made with healthy, all-natural ingredients! That’s right I said healthy, all-natural and delicious… has your mind been officially blown? Probably not, because if you are reading this post I am sure you are already well aware that healthy can be ultra delicious, but for the few of you out there who are skeptical, let this be your first lesson in the deliciousness that is healthy eating!

So one morning I was thinking to myself… I could really use a mocha right about now… but the reasonable part of my brain was telling me that I should really curb my need to caffeine and eat a good healthy breakfast instead, and then the genius in me was like… put your hands together my friend... and thus the idea for this granola was born. So instead of filling myself up with a 400 calorie mocha from Starbucks (which is literally a meal in itself, so I could forget about having some actual food on top of that) I decided that chocolate and espresso infused granola was the perfect answer to my dilemma. Now ordinarily I would not refer to myself as a genius… but I really do think that in this instance the title is justified.

But I didn’t just want to make any old granola – I wanted to make a granola that at its core is super healthy, and made extra delicious with just the small additions of chocolate and espresso. I mean really… how can you really go wrong with dark chocolate and espresso?

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Dark Chocolate Mocha Granola

Things you need… 
2 oz dates
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 tbsp all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp molasses
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp freshly ground espresso
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
2 tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
1/4 cup coconut
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds

How to make… 
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

Set dates into a bath of warm water and allow so stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine maple syrup, peanut butter, molasses and vanilla, stirring to combine. Add espresso powder and cocoa powder and mix until cocoa powder is completely combined.

Once dates are finished hydrating, put them in a food processor or blender and puree until pasty. Stir into wed ingredients until moistened. Add the rolled oats, coconut, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Stir until oats are fully coated. Stir in almonds until evenly distributed.

Spread mixture onto prepared baking pan to make an even layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes being sure to stir the granola 2-3 times every 7 minutes or so to encourage even baking/crisping.

The granola will still be a bit soft when you remove it from the oven, but it will get crunchy as it cools. Lift the parchment paper from the pan and set it on a large cooling rack and allow the granola to cool completely.

Once the granola is cooled, break it into smaller bite sized chunks and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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So there is the recipe for this incredibly delicious, healthy and just downright addicting granola! Seriously, please exercise caution when making this recipe, because once you try it… it’s almost impossible to stop eating those espresso and chocolate infused chunks of deliciousness. I am one of those people who just keeps eating “one more little chunk,” until I look down at the tray and oh look at that, I’ve gone and eaten the whole tray to myself -oops… I mean, this doesn’t happen to me :S

Before I sign off for today I want to leave you with just a few of my favourite ways to enjoy this tasty granola! There are so many ways to pair it with other delicious foods that make it even better (if that’s even possible.) Here are a couple of my favourite ways to it…

1. All by its gorgeous self!
(This granola really is a slam dunk all on its own)

2. Mix it up with some dried banana chips, a few pretzels (and possibly a few yogurt chips)
(This makes for an amazing homemade trail mix!)

3. Warmed up with some skim,  almond or coconut milk
(Nommmmm…. that’s why – oh and calcium muaha !!!)

4. Half a cup served over a helping of 2 % plain greek yogurt!
 (Feel free to check off your fibre, protein and caffein intake for the day in a single bowl with this one!)

5. I love to eat it with a little helping of peanut butter
(because… Well I really don’t think this needs explanation :p)

6.  Last but not least… lets get desserty!!
One of my favourite ways to eat this granola is atop of a little (large) dollop of freshly whipped cream
with a freshly sliced banana… seriously this is the ultimate in somewhat healthy desserts.

I’m sure there are about a million more ways to eat this amazing granola, that I haven’t tried, so please whip up a batch and share your ideas with me! I would love to hear them… and obviously try them!

Happy Baking!

KP xoxo