Homemade Granola Bars with Almonds, Dried Fruit and Dark Chocolate Chips

Homemade Granola Bars

You’ll laugh when I tell you the inspiration for these chewy, chocolaty granola bars.

On a recent shopping trip I discovered chopped dried plums on sale for half price in the baking section.

Half price! How could I pass that up!

It didn’t matter whether I needed them for a recipe I had in the works, they were half price with a shelf date far in the future.

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Recipe: Oatmeal Pancakes with Apples and Cinnamon

Oatmeal, Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

If you’re looking for a light and fluffy pancake, then you’re looking in the wrong place.

While these pancakes won’t rival your local pancake house version or my classic pancake recipe, they are guaranteed tender and flavorful, and packed with good-for-you oats.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Granola


Chocolate granola for breakfast? Who eats chocolate for breakfast?

Somewhere in Saturday’s post for a spicy Asian soup, as I was lamenting having to change my camera settings for daylight savings time and how it messes up my food photos, I also promised you a sweet dark chocolate granola recipe.

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Recipe: Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies with Raisins and Pepitas

 Are you tired of cookie recipes yet? 

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

I know you’ve been inundated with Christmas cookie recipes, but I promise these easy breakfast cookies are different. You’ll feel energized and ready to go, not headed for a sugar crash.

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Sweet Banana Crepes with Blueberries and Greek Yogurt

Every so often I’m in the mood for a fancy breakfast, so I break out my crepe pan and serve my family a breakfast worth remembering.

Banana Crepes

I’m sorry, but if you’re looking for an expert crepe maker, you won’t find her here. But you will find someone who has fun making odd shaped, sweet banana pancakes in the guise of “crepes.”

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Homemade Energy Bars with Oats, Apple, and Chia Seeds

I’m a snacker from way back, and the habit can sometimes be the downfall of my diet.

Since I’m not a fan of fruit, and get tired of veggies and hummus, I often opt for an energy bar. I read labels and choose the healthiest bar I can buy for the calories, but at $1.50 plus a piece, they make a pricey snack.

Apple, Lemon and Chia Seed Evergy Bars

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Honey Peach Quick Bread with Chia Seeds

There’s a reason why you won’t find me in the kitchen baking cookies, cakes and breads.

Honey Peach Quick Bread

Honey Peach Quick Bread

For the most part, I’m not good at it. Baking requires precision. I prefer to chop, drop and plop – not measure tiny spoonfuls of this and that to ensure my creations turn out light and fluffy.

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Energy Bars with Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter

I’m a calorie watcher. Keeping track of what I eat has been a part of my life since I lost a few pounds several years ago.

I’ve been calculating calories in my head for so many years now, it’s not often that I put those numbers down on paper.

Quinoa, Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

However, there are times that I’m completely surprised when I calculate calories for you, and what I thought would be a skinny recipe, turns out to be a treat.

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