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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Haaappy Thursday friends. How has your week been? I’ve been super productive this week. I’ve already re-written 3 old blog posts and they’re ready to be shared with you! When we first started this blog three years ago, we truthfully only thought our parents and a few friends would be the only ones reading. We put out a lot of content that was less than stellar. Our recipes have always been great, but the writing, pictures, and technical stuff (behind the blog) totally didn’t reflect their awesome-ness. Like this granola recipe.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

A few months back I was able to participate in the Food Entrepreneur Summit. One of the things that Katy Widrick from Make Media Over talked about was the importance of re-purposing your old content. It really clicked with me.. I had published over 200 blog posts that had great recipes, and stories behind them… Except no one was reading them, and I was embarrassed to share them because the formatting and pictures were horrific!

It’s a super daunting task to go back and fix all of those posts, but it’s totally worth it! I updated our Healthy Turkey Meatball Recipe on Tuesday.. if you haven’t tried it – go do it… NOW! They’re so good and so easy to make.

Noooow.. what ya came here for. The recipe. I’m sure you were lured in by the title alone.. Peanut Butter + Chocolate = one of the most epic combos in foodie history.. am I right?! Granola is one of those things that I just can’t get enough of. I loved it as a kid, and I still love it as an adult. It’s perfect for putting in yogurt.. or adding to toast..  or as an oatmeal topping or just eatin’ it straight out of the bag by the handful.

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

I’ve found that a lot of granola brands have a TON of sugar. Which stinks. Granola can be such a wholesome, delicious snack when made the right way. Two brands that I love are the No-Nutty Chocolate Chip Granola from Blissful Eats (I made these Nut-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Cups with it) and the Paleo Granola from Real Food Kitchen. Both flavors are fantastic, are made with real ingredients, and taste delicious!

When I’m not snacking on those brands – I enjoy making and eating my own granola! I’ve made my own granola for years, and this peanut butter chocolate chip combo is by far one of the easiest (and tastiest) recipes you’ll ever try!

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola
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Serves: 2.5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ c salted peanut butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2.5 c oats
  • ½ c chocolate chips (divided)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a large sauce pan combine melted coconut oil, honey, peanut butter and cinnamon. (You'll want a big pan because you will be adding in the oats)
  3. Whisk on low heat until smooth.
  4. Add in oats by the ½ cup, stirring each time to make sure all the ingredients are evenly distributed
  5. Transfer oat mixture to a lined cookie sheet
  6. Sprinkle ¼ c of the chocolate chips in to the mixture
  7. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, tossing every 3-4 minutes
  8. Allow granola to cool, and stir in remaining ¼ c chocolate chips

Things we used for this recipe: coconut oil, coconut oil, Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chips

Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Have you ever made your own granola? I love putting this on top of toast with almond butter and strawberries. You could also use it for a delicious crumble on top of your favorite muffins or donuts. The options are endless!

 

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Healthy Turkey Meatballs

Whether you’re Italian or not – there’s no denying that there are few better things in life than a big bowl of pasta + meatballs. They’re the ultimate comfort food! Growing up in traditional Italian families who love to eat, there was (and still is) never a shortage of food. Especially meatballs! I have so many fun memories as a child going to visit my grandparents and enjoy Sunday dinner. It usually consisted of big bowls of pasta piled high with fresh sauce and Gram’s famous meatballs.

These Healthy Turkey Meatballs taste just like grandma used to make 'em. Made with turkey, Parmesan cheese & fresh herbs they're the perfect dinner or snack.

When I tell you that my Gram could easily win awards for her cooking – I’m not joking. There is always something going on in her kitchen – whether it be a Banana Cake (another one of her famous recipes), chicken cutlets, or dessert of some sort. And it always smells delicious!! I’m so thankful to be able to have those memories, and to continue to make memories with my family. Even though all of my family members are involved with work, school or other activities – on Sunday nights you can typically find most of us around the same table, laughing + enjoying a meal together.

If you’re not Italian… I feel sorry for you. Kidding… but not really 🙂  Nothing can compare to my grandma’s recipe – but these Healthy Turkey Meatballs are a close second.

These Healthy Turkey Meatballs taste just like grandma used to make 'em. Made with turkey, Parmesan cheese & fresh herbs they're the perfect dinner or snack.

They’re bursting with flavor from the fresh herbs that we use, lower in fat with the swap from beef to turkey, and are so easy to make! We love to make a big batch of these and freeze half of it. That way you can have dinner for another night all ready go, or a simple snack waiting for you in the freezer. These meatballs are perfect with just a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top, or they are great when cooked in sauce. The longer you cook them for, the better they taste and the more tender they are!

 

Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs
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Serves: 36
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ c of finely chopped onion ( I puree in a food processor)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 c bread crumbs
  • ⅓ c grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ c chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ c chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a few shakes of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Spray a lined cookie sheet with olive oil. (Or use nonstick foil).
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Roll into approx 1.5 inch balls. and place on cookie sheet.
  4. Bake the meatballs for 7-10 minutes, then flip and bake for another 7-10 minutes on the other side.
  5. Allow to cool + enjoy

Things we used for this recipe: Sartori SarVecchio Parmesan Cheese (its the best!), food processor

 

These Healthy Turkey Meatballs taste just like grandma used to make 'em. Made with turkey, Parmesan cheese & fresh herbs they're the perfect dinner or snack.

These meatballs also go great over zoodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer you have to get one! As much as I love eating a bowl of pasta – it’s nice to have a lighter alternative. The zucchini noodles are a great swap when you’re craving pasta. They are also great if you are gluten free or paleo. (Which BTW – you can sub out the bread crumbs for almond meal in this recipe if you’re paleo or gluten free)

Do you have a favorite family recipe? Meatballs are definitely one of my favorites, and I was so excited to lighten them up in this recipe.

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These Healthy Turkey Meatballs taste just like grandma used to make 'em. Made with turkey, Parmesan cheese & fresh herbs they're the perfect dinner or snack.

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Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m back with another chocolate + coffee recipe… are you surprised? It’s only one of the BEST combos ever to exist. Chocolate + peanut butter comes in at a close second. There’s something about the sweet chocolate combined with the smooth coffee that is just OUT of this world. So I put it together in cookies.

Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fun fact: I was a barista all through college at a local coffee shop. Before working there – I thought that drinking a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee ‘light and sweet’ was the definition of coffee… now I cringe at the thought of drinking that. Coffee has so much flavor on it’s own – it doesn’t need loads of sugar or milk to make it taste good! Now I drink my coffee black, or with a tiny bit of almond milk or soy creamer.

I actually loved working as a barista. It was fun to meet + talk with people every day.. And the all you could drink coffee was an added perk. (Get it.. Perk? Coffee? See what I did there 😉 ) Additionally, they had the most AMAZING Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans. They would roast the beans fresh and ship them to a special factory where they would get dipped in dark Chocolate. I honestly could eat them by the pound.

I still visit the coffee shop pretty often for coffee in the mornings – and I can’t resist picking up the chocolate covered coffee beans for an afternoon pick me up. I love eating them as is, but after making Healthy Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal last week- I was inspired to bake with them!

Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me just tell you.. These results were pretty freakin’ amazing. These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies are seriously delicious.

I baked these cookies using oat flour, coconut oil, and Silk Dairy-Free Creamer for the base of the batter.. And obviously the chocolate covered espresso beans, and ground coffee, and more chocolate… because the more chocolate + coffee the better… right?

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Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 2 dozen cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp Silk Coffee Creamer
  • 1 and ½ cups oat flour (regular oats blended)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground espresso
  • ½ c mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ c chopped Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil.
  2. Add in vanilla, egg, Silk Coffee Creamer and sugar. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Add in oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, espresso and chocolate chips
  4. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour. (Necessary!)
  5. Roll the cookies in 1 inch balls and flatten.
  6. Bake at 350 for 7-10 minutes

Things we used for this recipe: coconut oil, Enjoy Life Mini Chips, Silk Coffee Creamer

Healthy Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
I couldn’t help but sit back and indulge in these while sipping on iced coffee all weekend long. They were the perfect treat, and helped keep me motivated to actually get my work done. If you’re a chocolate + coffee lover – you have to try them!

 

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Nectarine Salad with Avocado Dressing

I don’t know what it is lately, but I have been craving alll the fruits and veggies. Like.. all of them. I’ve eaten zucchini noodles almost every day (no joke – I made our Caprese Chicken Zoodle Bowls and I’m going on day 3 of eating them for lunch), I’m having veggies + guac for snacks, and I’ve been having or adding a salad to my dinner almost every night.

I made it my New Year’s resolution to eat more veggies, and I’m pretty proud of how I’ve done. I normally eat a moderate amount of vegetables. I grew up having cucumbers + carrots for my snack every single day (Thanks, Mom!) and never really stopped eating them.. But sometimes veggies get boring and it’s easier to reach for other snacks.

So in January I promised myself I would get back to the veggies and make an effort to eat at least 5 servings per day. I’ve done a pretty good job of it. I’ve been blending spinach into my protein shakes in the morning, having veggies for a snack 2x a day, and having them with lunch + dinner.

This Nectarine Salad with Avocado dressing has been a total game changer. I could honestly eat spinach allll day long if it’s topped with this Creamy Lemon Basil Avocado Dressing.

Nectarine Salad with Avocado Dressing

Now before you get all worried – I know you’re probably thinking creamy dressings aren’t exactly healthy. But what if I told you this dressing actually WAS healthy??!

Chosen Foods reached out to me and asked if I wanted to make a recipe with their Avocado Oil Mayo. I was a little skeptical because.. Well…. Mayo isn’t exactly a pillar of health in the food industry. Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo is completely different than what you would typically find in the store. It’s paleo friendly, non-GMO, and made with cage-free eggs. Most mayo has genetically modified, industrial seed oils like soy, corn & canola. This mayo is made with pure avocado oil. So I figured I would try it.

Nectarine Salad with Avocado Dressing

The Mayo was delicious on grilled chicken sandwiches, so I decided it would probably be great in a ‘creamy’ dressing. Add it with some lemon juice, basil, and avocado… and bam. You’ve got a seriously flavorful dressing or marinade.

The base of this salad has nectarines, pumpkin seeds and shaved Rosemary Asiago Sartori Cheese. It’s seriously the perfect combo with the dressing. If you weren’t craving veggies when you started to read this…are ya now?

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Nectarine Salad with Avocado Dressing
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Serves: 1 salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c spinach
  • ¼ c sliced nectarines
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon shaved parmesan cheese
  • ½ a ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ c basil, chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Assemble the salad (2 c spinach, ¼ c sliced nectarines, 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, 1 tablespoon shaved parmesan cheese)
  2. Add avocado, Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo, Avocado Oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, salt + pepper in to a blender or food processor.
  3. Puree dressing until all ingredients are smooth
  4. Drizzle dressing on top of salad & enjoy!

Things we used for this recipe: Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo, Chosen Foods Avocado Oil, NutriBullet, Food Processor

 

Nectarine Salad with Avocado Dressing

How do you like to get in your veggies? I could probably eat this salad every day, but I’m always looking for new ways to get my veggies in!

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