Chocolate Nutella Granola

Is granola still healthy if you add Nutella and chocolate chips? All the healthy elements are still there so let’s say yes! We love to eat it by the handful, yesterday we had it with vanilla yogurt and berries, and today I added banana and vanilla almond milk and had the most delicious lunch.

Chocolate Nutella Granola

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5 cups crispy rice cereal
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup rough chopped pecans
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups raisins
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbl cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°. In large bowl, mix together crispy rice cereal, oats, wheat germ, almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, raisins, coconut, dates, dried cranberries, and cinnamon. In saucepan, melt butter, Nutella, and brown sugar together. Add maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir gently until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread out evenly on two cookie sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 8 minutes, remove and gently stir and spread out again. Bake another 8 minutes, remove, gently stir and spread out again. Bake 8 minutes more. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container. Eat as a snack, in a bowl with milk or on top of ice cream, yogurt, you decide.

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Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

These yummy little babies can be found in our refrigerator to grab anytime you need a little pick me up. Quite often, a couple of these energy bites are my breakfast. Thanks to our daughter for getting us hooked on this healthy snack.

Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

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2 cups old fashioned oats
2/3 cup chopped almonds
2/3 cup shredded coconut
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1 Tbl chia seeds
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, hand mixer works well. Form into balls (I make mine small, using my 1½” cookie scoop). Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This recipe makes approx 48 – 1½” diameter energy bites, approx 86 calories per bite. Original recipe found at thecreativebite.com.

Chocolate Covered Everything!

Sometimes I just feel like dipping! My husband and I have a favorite grab-and-go snack, peanut butter crackers. We have done a taste test of all the different brands and have our favorites. My husband prefers Keebler and I prefer Munchies by Frito-Lay. I believe it’s safe to say that we would eat any brand when it’s chocolate covered. After covering quite a few peanut butter crackers in chocolate, I start thinking what else needs a coat of chocolate? Tortilla chips. Oh my goodness, yummy! Please try it sometime. Then, when you have some melted chocolate left, throw in some nuts and raisins to coat and make clusters. This time I threw in almonds and dries cranberries. Happy snacking!

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers

Chocolate Covered Tortilla Chips

Almond & Cranberry Chocolate Clusters

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tsp shortening

In a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate and shortening, stirring until smooth. Turn heat down to low or turn off (can turn back on if chocolate starts to set up). When I dip, I use two forks to pick the item up and let excess chocolate drip off. For clusters, use a spoon. Set on sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet to set up. To set up quickly, put in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

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Glazed Cranberry Pecan Tea Cake

We always have some variation of cranberry juice at our house because we love to mix it with Diet Mt. Dew. Well, we have noticed that everything mixed with Diet Mt. Dew is great. There you have it, you pretty much know my whole diet now, cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, bread, muffins, and Diet Dew. Oh, I almost forgot, frozen yogurt from Yogurtland.

Glazed Cranberry Pecan Tea Cake

Cranberry Pecan Tea Cake:
1/2 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans

In small saucepan, bring cranberry juice and dried cranberries to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes, take off heat and cool. Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix until just combined. Add cranberries in juice, vanilla, and chopped pecans, mix just until combined. Spread batter in sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan. Bake 17-20 minutes or until golden and pick in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes, then spread glaze.

Cranberry Glaze:
1 Tbl butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1½ Tbl cranberry juice
1/4 tsp vanilla

Mix butter, powdered sugar, cranberry juice, and vanilla until smooth. Spread over cake. Let stand until glaze is set, help it along by putting it in the refrigerator if you just can’t wait! Cut into squares.

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