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Coffee is not just your usual morning routine. There are many incredible health benefits of coffee beyond the morning caffeine pick me up! 

Coffee has been criticized as an unhealthy habit for a long time, but research shows this is not true. As a personal trainer, mom to 3, and a military wife, it would be impossible for me to get through my days without it (especially while my husband is deployed). In fact, a couple cups of coffee per day provides a variety of powerful health benefits. 

I recently came across Community® Coffee 2X Caffeine Single-Serve Cups at my local Kroger. Long story short….they are now my best friends.

These single serve cups help me get up in the morning with more of a boost to tackle my workout and other demands of the day. With double the caffeine, the dark roast combines rich, smooth flavor with an extra boost of coffee extract. I can’t live without it! (I prefer the Dark Roast, but make sure to check out the medium roast, as well!)

Coffee is enjoyed by millions of people every day, yet few completely understand the positive effects it can provide. Take a look at these Top Health Benefits of Coffee! 

Increase Energy: One of the obvious health benefits of coffee is that it can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. That’s because it contains a stimulant called caffeine – the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world. 

Helps Burn Fat: Caffeine itself is a stimulant and it is thought to help boost the metabolism in some ways. It isn’t clear how strong this effect is but there is evidence that caffeine itself can help people to lose weight. Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement.

Improve Physical Performance: Because caffeine performs like fuel, it is an easy way to improve your fitness levels. Consume it roughly an hour before exercise for optimum results.

Contains Nutrients/ Antioxidants: Such as niacin (vitamin b3), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pantothenic acid (vitamin B1), potassium and manganese. 

Makes You Smarter: Caffeine is also a central nervous system stimulant. When you drink coffee, the caffeine travels to the brain where it is responsible for enhancing the firing of the neurons and increasing energy metabolism throughout your brain. Coffee has also been shown to improve various brain functions including mood, reaction time, memory, and general cognitive function. 

Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Numerous studies have shown that coffee consumption lowers the risk of early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and it can inhibit brain inflammation.

Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes: Type II diabetes now affects over 300 million people worldwide and is becoming a global problem. Drinking coffee has been linked to lower risk of developing type II diabetes. Heavy coffee drinkers have a 23 – 67% reduction in risk of developing the disease.

As if you needed more reason to love coffee, these Top Health Benefits of Coffee will help seal the deal!

Time to be bold and start making Community® Coffee your new morning routine. It has the perfect boost to start and finish your day strong! Click here to learn more and find Community® Coffee in stores near you.

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A creamy, dreamy French-style lemon tart made gluten, sugar and dairy free!

As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I’m immediately in the mood for all lemon desserts. There’s just something about the light, refreshing flavor that pulls me in every time.

And now that it’s super hot and humid here in Texas, you better believe I’m making this delicious Light Lemon Tart. It’s one of my new favorites because of how easy and beautiful it is. Naturally sweetened with honey & maple syrup, it’s the perfect dessert!

If you’re in the market for a light, sweet, DELICIOUS dessert recipe, this is it.

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a tart pan or pie dish with parchment paper. (I simply used a pie dish).

Combine 1 cup almond flour and 1 cup gluten free flour together, then stir in 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted) and 3 tbsp maple syrup until well blended.

Transfer the dough to your pan. Press firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides, as evenly as you can. Prick all over with a fork. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent the crust from puffing up while it bakes.  

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden. Edges will begin to brown slightly. Remove and let cool completely before adding filling.

To create the lemon filling, get 1 Tbsp of lemon zest and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Set aside for now.

Whisk 3 eggs in a medium saucepan. Then whisk in 1/3 cup of honey and lemon zest. Set over low – medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture is pale yellow and slightly thickened. Be patient. This takes a while.

Stir in the lemon juice and 6 Tbsp of coconut oil, a little bit at a time. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture has thickened and is just beginning to bubble (do not let it boil).

Remove from heat and strain through a sieve. Don’t skip this step. You’ll be surprised at the solids that remain in the sieve. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools.

Pour slightly cooled lemon curd into the prepared crust, smoothing to the edges. Garnish with fresh berries and/or dairy free whipped cream. Chill until serving time.

Go ahead and lose yourself in this zingy, zesty LEMON dessert heaven!

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Light Lemon Tart
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted- for crust
  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil melted- for lemon filling
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Fresh berries & dairy free whipped cream
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom tart pan or pie dish with parchment paper.
  • Combine almond flour and oat flour and stir in melted coconut oil and maple syrup until well blended.
  • Transfer to pan. Press firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides, as evenly as you can. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden. Edges will begin to brown slightly. Remove and let cool completely before adding filling.
  • Zest the lemons. Squeeze the juice, measure 1/2 cup and set aside.
  • Whisk the eggs in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the honey and lemon zest. Set over low – medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture is pale yellow and slightly thickened. Be patient. This takes a while.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and the coconut oil, a little bit at a time. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture has thickened and is just beginning to bubble (do not let it boil).
  • Remove from heat and strain through a sieve. Don't skip this step. You'll be surprised at the solids that remain in the sieve. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools.
  • Pour slightly cooled lemon curd into the prepared crust, smoothing to the edges. Garnish with fresh berries and/or dairy free whipped cream. Chill until serving time.

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Got a major craving for french fries? Whip up a batch of these Oven-Baked Buffalo Fries. I promise you won’t be sorry!

It may be presumptuous to say this, but I’m pretty sure everyone loves french fries. Whether it’s along side a mouth-watering meal or as a snack, there is always room for fries. Am I right?

But if you really want to make you french fry dreams come true, you HAVE to try this recipe for Oven-Baked Buffalo Fries. Once you try them you will never, not once, want to go to a different fry. These are so dang good, and so dang easy. Make it whenever the french fry craving strikes.

These baked fries get an extra boost of flavor from tangy buffalo sauce, fresh herbs and blue cheese crumbles. Just make sure you get the right fries. I like to stick with Grown In Idaho® Hand-Cut Style Fries. They are the gold standard in potatoes and make daily mealtimes easier! Super crispy outside, with a tender, fluffy inside.

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To begin, toss your Grown In Idaho® Hand-Cut Style Fries with one teaspoon of chili powder and garlic salt. Bake according to package instructions. (You can also use Grown In Idaho® Crispy Potato Puffs, if you prefer).

While the fries are baking, stir together 1/4 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce with 1/8 cup of bbq sauce. Then, chop 2 green onions and 2 Tbsp of fresh parsley to add as a garnish later.

Once your fries are finished baking, drizzle them with a desired amount of the buffalo sauce mixture. (You can set the rest on the side for people to dip.) Top with chopped green onions, parsley and desired amount of blue cheese crumbles.

This recipe for Oven-Baked French Fries is easy and ready in about 30 minutes. It’s the perfect side dish to all your burgers, hot dogs & backyard BBQ fun. Delicious!

Be sure to follow Grown In Idaho® on Facebook and Instagram for more delicious ideas!

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Ingredients
  • 1 bag Grown In Idaho® Hand-Cut Style Fries
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/8 cup bbq sauce
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • crumbled blue cheese desired amount
Instructions
  • To begin, toss your Grown In Idaho® Hand-Cut Style Fries with one teaspoon of chili powder and garlic salt. Bake according to package instructions.
  • While the fries are baking, stir together 1/4 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce with 1/8 cup of bbq sauce. Then, chop 2 green onions and 2 Tbsp of fresh parsley to add as a garnish later.
  • Once your fries are finished baking, drizzle them with a desired amount of the buffalo sauce mixture. (You can set the rest on the side for people to dip.) Top with chopped green onions, parsley and desired amount of blue cheese crumbles.

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A barbecue with burgers is good.  A barbecue with burgers on an impressive tablescape, with all the toppings and sauces you can think of, is better.  But a barbecue with only plant based burgers? Now you have The Perfect {Plant Based} Burger Bar!

Make your first party of the summer a burger bar!  It’s a fun, creative way to serve up a summer favorite. Set up toppings and let your guests mix and match. It will take your cookout game to the next level!

Variety is the spice of life, and an array of toppings will make a simple burger top notch! For this Perfect {Plant Based} Burger Bar, I like to set out pre-grilled MorningStar Farms® Falafel Burgers and buffet of toppings so guests can build their own amazing burgers as they see fit. Toppings such as lettuce, tomato, pickles, jalapenos, an assortment of cheese, and additional sauces (ketchup, mustard, etc).  

But, if you want to up the ante of a basic veggie burger, you have to try this recipe for a Mediterranean Veggie Burger. It comes straight from the MorningStar Farms® Burger Bar Truck.

**The Burger Bar Truck will be visiting Walmart stores around the country! Head over to the BurgerBarTruck.com to find a truck near you and find even more delicious recipe inspiration!**

Trust me, MorningStar Farms® products are not only for vegetarians – they are for everyone! Packed with protein and SUPER flavorful. It’s hard to find a product of theirs I don’t love. This Falafel Burger has 9 grams of protein and gets its unbeatable flavor from garbanzo beans, rice, cilantro, parsley, and onions.

All the ingredients needed for this delicious Mediterranean Veggie Burger can be found at your local Walmart!

You can purchase by hovering over the image below.

To re-create this MorningStar Farms® Burger Bar Truck recipe at home, you will start by making a Greek yogurt relish.

In a small bowl stir together the following ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour before using.

  • 1/3 cup of Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup seeded and finely chopped cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Chobani® Non-Fat Greek Yogurt is rich and creamy with the perfect texture for a variety of recipe uses. It’s ideal for cooking, baking, and mixing in smoothies and parfaits. A smart and delicious substitute for sour cream, mayo, and much more.

Next, prepare the burger according to package directions. (I prefer to grill mine, but you can also cook these in either a skillet, microwave or oven.)

When you are ready to build the burger, place fresh arugula on bun bottom. Top with burger and 2 tablespoons of the Chobani® yogurt relish. Add bun top. (You can serve remaining relish with fresh vegetables or on crackers.)

Last but not least, you can’t forget the perfect side items and drinks for your barbecue.  Cheez‑It® Snap’d Double Cheese and Cheez‑It® Snap’d Jalapeno Jack are my new favorite additions to the burger bar.  They are perfectly “Cheesy, Thin, Crispy.”

And what would a summer barbecue be without the refreshing and easy-to-drink beer, Cerveza Tecate Mexican Lager Beer? It’s a well balanced bright golden lager beer, with a grainy malt crispy flavor, low to medium bitterness and a pleasant aftertaste perception.  It’s the icing on the cake for this Perfect Burger Bar.  

I hope this gets those creative burger juices flowing. Happy {Plant Based} Grilling Season!

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Mediterranean Veggie Burger
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup seeded and finely chopped cucumber
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill weed
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 MorningStar Farms® Falafel Burger
  • 1/4 cup baby arugula
  • 1 hamburger bun, split
Instructions
  • In a small bowl stir together the following ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour before usin: 1/3 cup of Chobani® Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt, 1/4 cup seeded and finely chopped cucumber, 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion, 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  • Next, prepare the burger according to package directions. (I prefer to grill mine, but you can also cook these in either a skillet, microwave or oven.)
  • When you are ready to build the burger, place fresh arugula on bun bottom. Top with burger and 2 tablespoons of the Chobani® yogurt relish. Add bun top. (You can serve remaining relish with fresh vegetables or on crackers.)

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This flavorful Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Platter with Roasted Hatch Bean Dip is the perfect centerpiece for your next summer party!

Putting together a healthy antipasto platter is an easy and impressive way to create a special weekend meal or appetizer for any holiday party. With Memorial Day quickly approaching, I figured this Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Platter with Roasted Hatch Bean Dip would be the perfect addition. Is there truly a better time to enjoy grilled, fresh ingredients than summer?

There are no set rules to build the your antipasto spread, however it’s always nice to offer something for everyone to graze on – from vegetarians to carnivores, guests with special dietary considerations and everyone in between.

This specific platter features grilled marinated vegetables, a spicy bean dip made with RO*TEL Roasted Green Hatch Thick Hot Sauce and many other goodies.

If you haven’t heard, RO*TEL has some amazing new hot sauces available. Red Jalapeno Hot Sauce, Red Cayenne Hot Sauce and my personal favorite the Roasted Green Hatch Thick Hot Sauce.

You can use it as a dipping sauce or as an ingredient in your favorite recipes. They come in convenient, squeezable bottles that give you control over your pour so you get just the right amount of bold flavor. This means nothing but balanced heat in every squeeze!

Stock up on all these ingredients and more summer must haves at your local Walmart. Shop in store, or have your groceries brought to your car via their Online Grocery Service. It’s super convenient!

Ready to shop for these delicious products now? Hover over the photo below to click through to Walmart.com and purchase them!

To begin, I prepare the vegetables I want marinated. (I prefer not to marinate the asparagus or mini bell peppers. But feel free to do so, if you want).

In a large plastic bag (or container) combine the following vegetables with Wishbone Italian Dressing and place in refrigerator until you are ready to grill:

  • Zucchini- sliced
  • Yellow Squash- sliced
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms- (I prefer to slice these after they have been grilled)

I do this in the morning and let the veggies marinate all day. But if you only have a couple hours, that is fine.

To create the hatch bean dip, blend together two 15 oz cans of cannelloni beans with 6 Tablespoons of RO*TEL Roasted Green Hatch Thick Hot Sauce and a dash of salt. When you have a smooth consistency, spoon the dip into a small serving dish and store in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

When you are ready to grill, simply cook the vegetables over medium heat until slightly tender, or you have desired grill marks.

In addition to my grilled vegetables and bean dip, you should include two or three different kinds of crackers, salty nuts, sugared nuts, as well as a few sweet berries, dried fruit, and tart pickles/olives. If you are expecting some meat eaters you can always add a few options of prepared meats and/or cheeses.

Give your next summer party a kick of RO*TEL flavor with my Grilled Vegetable Antipasto Platter with Roasted Hatch Bean Dip.

**Looking for more grilling inspiration? Be sure to check out more amazing recipes on FoodYouLove.com!**

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Ingredients
  • 6 Tbsp RO*TEL Roasted Green Hatch Thick Hot Sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans cannellini beans
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • mini bell peppers desired amount
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • dash of salt
**In addition to grilled vegetables and bean dip, include two or three different kinds of crackers, salty nuts, sugared nuts, as well as a few sweet berries, dried fruit, and tart pickles/olives. If you are expecting some meat eaters you can always add a few options of prepared meats.

    Instructions
    • In a large plastic bag (or container) combine the following vegetables with Wishbone Italian Dressing and place in refrigerator until you are ready to grill: Zucchini- sliced, Yellow Squash- sliced, 2 Portobello mushrooms- (I prefer to slice these after they have been grilled)
    • To create the hatch bean dip, blend together two 15 oz cans of cannelloni beans with 6 Tablespoons of RO*TEL Roasted Green Hatch Thick Hot Sauce and a dash of salt. When you have a smooth consistency, spoon the dip into a small serving dish and store in refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
    • When you are ready to grill, simple cook the vegetables over medium heat until slightly tender, or you have desired grill marks.
    • Placed grilled veggies and bean dip on large platter, along with additional desired snacks.

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    I’ll make this short and sweet. Your kids are going to love these Spinach Banana Waffles and will have no idea how healthy they are. Perfect for picky eaters!


    Despite what we all thought, waffles CAN be nutritious. This recipe proves it! Made with clean, simple ingredients, hidden fruit & veggies, and NO sugar or flour. It is a win, every time!

    If you are struggling to get your kids to eat their veggies, this recipe for Spinach Banana Waffles is just for you. All your kids need to know, is that they are having waffles to eat. No need to share why they are green. Just say they are “The Grinch” or “The Hulk” waffles. Make it fun for them!

    I introduced this recipe to my super picky (almost) 2 year old, and he ate it up. He likes it for breakfast, lunch or dinner…and I’m totally okay with that. The less arguing about food, the better!

    This recipe can’t get much easier. Start by blending the following ingredients:

    • 3 eggs
    • 2 bananas
    • 3 cups spinach
    • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup almond milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla

    Then, carefully pour mixture into a hot waffle maker. (I had mine on medium-high heat). Top your waffles with fresh fruit, natural maple syrup or honey.

    This easy homemade Spinach Banana Waffle recipe is light and crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside – they’re deceptively delicious!

    Looking for more recipes with “hidden” veggies! Check them out below!

    Veggie Crescents

    Butternut Squash “Mac N Cheese”

    Cheesy Vegetable Rice Cakes

    Zucchini Carrot Cornbread Muffins

    Pea & Parmesan Fritters

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    Spinach Banana Waffles
    Ingredients
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 bananas
    • 3 cups spinach
    • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
    • 3/4 cup almond milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    Instructions
    • Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
    • Pour batter into hot waffle maker.
    • Top with fresh fruit, natural maple syrup or honey.

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    {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Your newest obsession!

    Soft and chewy, loaded with oats and raisins ~ these {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the stuff childhood cookie memories are made of.

    If you love cookies the way my family does, then you’ll want to have this easy recipe in your collection. Trust me!

    My gluten free cookie recipes have always been popular on the blog – and for good reason.  So you can trust me when I say these oatmeal raisin cookies are certainly just as delish!

    Simply combine the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl:

    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil-melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup-natural
    • 1/4 cup raisins

    Spoon small mounds of the batter onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 12 min. Remove and let cool.

    It doesn’t get any easier than that!

    These {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are easy to make and will satisfy all of your cookie cravings!

    Check out more of my Gluten Free Cookie recipes below:

    Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Chai Cookies

    Flourless Breakfast Cookies

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    {Gluten Free} Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
    Ingredients
    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup natural
    • 1/4 cup raisins
    Instructions
    • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
    • Spoon small mounds of batter onto prepared baking sheet.
    • Bake at 325 degrees F for approximately 12 min. Remove and let cool.

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    Quick and easy {Gluten Free} Summer Corn Cakes: Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, you won’t be able to get enough!

    This is such an easy vegetable side dish. I like to make a big batch at the beginning of the week and store them in the fridge or freezer for the future.

    Serve them with any Mexican inspired meal, along side a fresh salad, or as an appetizer. Either way, it will be love at first bite! They are like a flavor explosion in your mouth!

    (They are especially perfect for filling little bellies. My kids love them!)


    In a food processor, pulse together 1 cup of corn kernels, 1/3 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup gluten free flour and a dash of salt & pepper. Add 1 egg, continue to pulse until you have a smooth consistency.

    In a large bowl, stir together corn mixture, with 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup white onion and an additional cup of corn kernels.


    To cook the cakes, heat up a skillet with 2 Tbsp of preferred oil (olive, vegetable, avocado). Form small cakes with the batter. Carefully place the cakes into the hot skillet.

    Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, until brown, then flip. Serve with additional fresh cilantro and salsa.


    Don’t leave these {Gluten Free} Summer Corn Cakes out of your line-up!

    Be sure to check out more of my popular recipes using corn below:

    Grilled Corn 3 Ways

    Southwest Loaded Cornbread

    Sweet Corn Rosemary Soup

    Fresh Corn Salsa

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    {Gluten Free} Summer Corn Cakes
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups corn kernels canned or frozen
    • 1/3 cup cornmeal
    • 1/4 cup gluten free flour
    • 1 egg
    • dash of salt/pepper
    • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
    • 1/4 cup white onion
    • 2 Tbsp oil olive, vegetable, avocado
    • Optional Toppings: Fresh cilantro and salsa
    Instructions
    • In a food processor, pulse together 1 cup of corn kernels, 1/3 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup gluten free flour and a dash of salt & pepper. Add 1 egg, continue to pulse until you have a smooth consistency. 
    • In a large bowl, stir together corn mixture, with 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup white onion and an additional cup of corn kernels.
    • To cook the cakes, heat up a skillet with 2 Tbsp of preferred oil (olive, vegetable, avocado). Form small cakes with the batter. Carefully place the cakes into the hot skillet. Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes, until brown, then flip. Serve with additional fresh cilantro and salsa. 

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    A delicious and healthy coconut granola with a touch of maple.

    Granola is a tried and true family favorite in our house. It seems like every time I turn around there is a hand reaching into the granola jar. We love enjoying it for breakfast, as a snack, over yogurt, with fruit, or with a splash of almond milk. There is truly no “wrong” way to eat granola.

    It also stores beautifully, so it makes a great homemade gift.

    Trust me, once you try homemade granola, you won’t go back to store-bought granola. It’s so much better!

    Our family infatuation with granola is why I love coming up with new variations! At the end of this post you will find many of my popular granola recipes, but this recent creation is my new obsession.

    It is delicious, naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and perfectly toasted with nuts & coconut flakes. 

    To create it, simply combine the following dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl:

    • 2 cups oats
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/2 cup whole pecans
    • 1/2 cup whole almonds
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • dash salt

    Next, melt approximately 1/4 cup of coconut oil.

    Stir in coconut oil and 1/2 cup of maple syrup to the dry ingredients. Make sure to mix well, so everything gets coated.

    Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. The granola will become more crunchy as it cools.

    This Maple Coconut Granola is a super easy recipe. It isn’t overly sweet, but is always a real crowd-pleaser.

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    Maple Coconut Granola
    Ingredients
    • 2 cups oats
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/2 cup whole pecans
    • 1/2 cup whole almonds
    • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
    • 1/2 cup maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • dash salt
    Instructions
    • Simply combine all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    • Melt approximately 1/4 cup of coconut oil.
    • Stir in coconut oil and maple syrup to dry ingredients. Mix well to coat everything.
    • Bake at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes. Stirring every 10 minutes.

    Be sure to check out more of my popular granola recipes below:

    Lemon Zest Granola

    Carrot Cake Granola

    Homemade Banana Nut Granola

    Jalapeno Granola

    Almond Coconut Granola

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    Protein bars are an essential part of my diet. Between working out, running errands and simply not having the time to cook a meal, I find myself hoarding stashes of bars in my car, diaper bag and refrigerator. If you are looking for a new protein bar to add to your diet, check out my review of Perfect Bar!

    My how times have changed. You honestly can’t walk through a grocery store, gas station or mall without seeing some type of protein bar on the shelves. It can be overwhelming if you are not sure what type of bar you are in the mood for.

    Over the past year or so, I have seen Perfect Bar pop up everywhere! But, until recently I hadn’t tried them. Don’t ask me why…I just always opted for something else. I will never make that mistake again. These bars are delicious!

    They are perfectly chewy, gluten free, certified non-gmo and organic, and simply taste amazing. There are a ton of flavors to choose from. Currently, I am obsessed with the Coconut Peanut Butter and the Fruit & Nut varieties. But, trust me…I haven’t found one that I don’t like yet.

    *Make note that you won’t be able to find them in the usual protein bar section. They will be in the refrigerated section of your store!*

    You may ask yourself, why do these bars need to be refrigerated. Well, that’s because they are made with real, clean ingredients. No artificial preservatives here! Each bar uses honey and refrigeration as natural preservation, and is stuffed with vitamins and mineral-dense nutrition thanks to 20+ organic superfoods.

    Unlike many other “protein bars”, they do not rely on whey or soy to bump up the protein factor. Each bar uses whole food protein.

    We all know that protein is essential for full and vibrant living. Don’t just choose any bar on the shelf. Make sure it’s a flavorful one that you will keep going back to. Try out Perfect Bar and let me know what you think!

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