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Banana Bread Granola.

It’s no surprise it’s tough eating healthy over the holidays, and that’s totally fine. Splurge! I enjoy the wine and cookies just as much as the next person, but one thing I do always try to do is start with a healthy breakfast. It’s the best way to not only jump-start your day, but help you make healthier decisions all day long. This Banana Bread Granola is a perfect, easy recipe to start your morning off right. Not only does it smell ah-mazing, but it’s delicious! Top your yogurt off with some of this stuff or use it as cereal and add some blueberries on top!

It’s super simple and easy to switch out ingredients as well. Use any nuts you’ve got lying around, or feel free to add chia seeds, flax seeds, dried cranberries or even dark chocolate (yum!). This is a great easy base granola recipe and you can tailor it to whatever you’d like. Find the printable recipe card below!

 

Recipe Granola

 

Good luck, and if you try out the recipe let me know how it goes below!

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My modern day chocolate chip cookie

There’s really nothing better than a good chocolate chip cookie. My dad loves to bake and I can guarantee that there is at least one type of homemade cookie dough in the fridge at home right now. I grew up believing cookies were a snack, everyone’s favorite dessert, and when paired with coffee…even a breakfast food. Cookies are a staple at my house.

And then I started to become healthier; let’s not pretend like I didn’t eat an entire chocolate souffle at dinner the other night, but on a normal day I can’t indulge as often as I’d wish. I’ve begun to find and create healthier options to the foods I love, mostly desserts. Today I’m sharing my spin on the chocolate chip cookie…in protein bar form!

Cookie 1

The great thing about this recipe is that you just throw everything in your food processor (or Ninja, thanks Mom and Dad!) and it’s an easily adaptable recipe.

Cookie 2

Maybe chocolate chip cookies aren’t your favorite, throw in some macadamia nuts and white chocolate instead or maybe try a little extra peanut butter!

Cookie 3

It’s what I call a “dump” recipe, this time I added a little extra flax-seed I had as well as some chia seeds and they still taste delicious.

Cookie 4

Let me know how you decide to make them!

Cookie 5

Cookie 6

“This is my advice to people: Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”                                                                              – Julia Child.