Gingerbread Granola

Gingerbread Granola [my original recipe]

  • 2 C mixed grain hot cereal (or rolled oats)
  • 1/4 C ground flax
  • 1/4 C hemp hearts
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 C sugar-free cinnamon maple syrup (or whatever maple syrup you prefer)
  • squirt honey
  • 2 heaping T Greek vanilla yogurt

Do this: preheat oven to 375. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (oats-cloves) and stir well. In a microwavable bowl, combine syrup, honey and yogurt. Microwave for ~20 seconds and stir well. Pour liquid over dry ingredients, stirring well. Spread over cookies sheet and bake for ~15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Every 5 or so minutes take out of oven and stir.



pumpkin spice granola

This recipe will knock your socks off.

It probably is a bad idea to eat too much of it before going to boot camp at the gym…

…I’ll let you know in an hour…

You know when it is a good idea to eat a lot of it?

Any chance you get (besides before boot camp).


Pumpkin Spice Granola [My recipe]

  • 1 1/2 C oats
  • 1 1/2 C puffed rice (or wheat)
  • 1/4 C chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 C chopped pecans
  • 1/4 C raisins
  • 1/4 C dried cranberries
  • 1/2 C pumpkin
  • 3 T sugar free maple syrup
  • 3 T applesauce
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips
Do this: Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper; you can also just give it a good spray of non-stick spray, if you prefer.
Combine oats, puffed rice, nuts, raisins, and berries. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, applesauce, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.
Pour wet mixture over dry and combine until evenly coated. Spread mixture evenly on baking sheet.
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring regularly.
Remove from oven and let cool. Mix in chocolate chips.

Happy Oatmeal Cookies

I call these happy instead of healthy because let’s just make those words synonymous from here on out, okay?

Once again, I tried to make Katie’s Fudge Babies and failed. Instead, I made these

They’re a mix of a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie and Katie’s Fudge Babies. I think they are healthy and delicious, and therefore, happy! They have dates instead of chocolate chips. Dates are an extreme source of antioxidants, so you should probably learn to love them! 🙂

These are my new favorite cookies. No joke. Better than a regular chocolate chip cookie because I know these have a lot of goodness in them so I can many (many, many) and not feel bad! Love that!

Happy (healthy) Oatmeal Cookies [My Recipe]

  • 3 T melted butter
  • 3 T applesauce
  • 1/4 + 2 T Splenda brown sugar (or 3/4 C regular brown sugar)
  • 2/3 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 C ground flax
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • dash salt
  • 1 1/2 C oats
  • 3 T liquid egg whites (or 1 large egg)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 C of failed Fudge Babies (mine are a crumbly mess and work PERFECT for this recipe!) OR 1 C chopped chocolate/chocolate chips
Do this: preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine melted butter, applesauce and sugar. In separate bowl whisk together flour, flax, baking soda, salt and oats. Combine dry and wet ingredients, add egg whites and vanilla. Stir well and then stir in chocolate (whatever kind you decide; I of course think you should choose the Fudge Baby pieces because there are nuts and dates as well as cocoa = perfect and healthy!). Bake for 10-12 minutes.

my most perfect pancakes.

pumpkin power pancakes

First get yourself some Grainberry Pancake and Waffle Mix. It’s fantastic.

Take about a cup of that, 1/2 c oats and 1/4 cup flaxmeal with half a scoop of protein powder.

Add one egg and 1/2 c pumpkin. Throw about 1 – 1.5 c almond milk in the mix. Stir really well.

Add some cinnamon and mini chocolate chips and then slap onto a low-heat skillet and take your time cooking.

Really, take your time – I was folding clothes, writing this post, eating pancakes and washing dishes all while making these.

Slow and steady (on low heat) really does win the race.

mmm, yum.

Another tip for perfect pancakes: wipe off skillet between pancakes with a wet dish towel. Trust me.



Chai tea and pumpkin syrup.

Chai has been a favorite drink of mine for awhile. I’ve looked for a homemade recipe, but up until now everyone calls for cardamom and I just can’t seem to find it at the local Kroger.

Here’s one that does not!

Chai Blend [adapted from (Never Home) Maker]

  • 3/4 C black tea (I used TJ’s Cinnamon Vanilla Black Tea and English Breakfast)
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t black pepper
Do this: Mix all ingredients and combine with water. I use about 2 teaspoons for cup of water – you can add to your own taste!
Pumpkin Spice Syrup [from Sugarcrafter]
  • 1 & 1/4 C Water
  • 1 & 1/4 C sugar (or Splenda)
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground cloves
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 2 T pumpkin puree
Do this: Simmer water and sugar, until sugar is dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour into jar or bottle.

15 minute power workout

Today definitely feels like fall! I am wearing jeans and a sweatshirt with my flip flops. Those will be out as long as possible. While it’s perfect running weather, with the cool air I think I caught some illness. My chest is quite congested and my whole body just achey. Maybe the ache is from the workout I did yesterday. I did a fantastic 15 minute workout plus 2.5 mile run. Yep, 15 minutes. And it got me sweaty and tired. In 15 minutes.

Here’s my challenge for you: do this on your “days off.” It is extremely short and you need no equipment (except a clock of some sort) so you can do it at home. There’s no excuse.

Hop to it!

15 Minute Power Workout [From Women’s Health Magazine – I can’t find this online but it’s in their September 2011 issue!]

Do each of the following exercises for 60 seconds, performing the move as many times as you can. Do not stop between each exercise. Following all four, rest for 60 seconds; this completes one set. Do 3 sets (for a total of 15 minutes!).

  1. Cross-Crawl Squat Jumps: With your arms in front of your chest, elbows bent, raise your right nee toward our left elbow. Lower, then repeat with your left knee and right elbow. Place your left foot two feet from your right and lower into a squat, hold for three seconds, then jump as high as you can, extending both arms overhead. That’s one rep.
  2. Lateral Shuffle and Reach: Stand with your feet two-three feet apart, then bend your knees, rotate your torso and right leg to the left, and reach your right arm to toward your left foot. From this position, quickly jump a few feet to the left, switching the position of your arms and legs. That’s one rep. Jump back to start and continue alternating. [These seem to me like skaters]
  3. Giant Jump (or do basic jumping jacks): Stand with your feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, and fists at your chest. Jump up, reach your arms overhead and spread your legs apart. Land softly and lower into a squat, reaching both hands toward the floor. Return to start. That’s one rep. [I did star jumps, which to me seemed close enough…]
  4. Knee Clap: Raise your arms out at shoulder height, elbows bent and fingers pointing toward the ceiling. Keeping your core tight and chest as upright as possible, raise your left knee toward your chest (As if you were skipping) and clap your hands under your thigh. Quickly return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat with the other leg, then continue alternating. [these fellas do an interesting job demonstrating the move; you will be doing a standing knee clap, they do it while moving… and making faces…]


  • Do each for 90 rather than 60 seconds.
  • Use hand weights (the kind you strap on are your safest bet!)
  • Do more than 3 sets!

*A note of caution: if you’ve recently fractured your fibula, it may hate all the jumping you do in this exercise and ask you to soak it in some epsom salts…. But in all seriousness, this workout involves a lot of jumping, so if you have bad knees, ankles, etc. then be careful! Try it out and see how you feel!

What’s your favorite part about fall?! Go on, comment!


It’s true. I’m getting excited for fall!

I went on a long trail run yesterday, so today I’m taking the day off!

“Taking the day off” is always a hard concept for me… I know it’s good for my body, but I feel lazy. Plus, that’s 2 hours where I am more apt to eat. Lame.

I did just have some pudding with chocolate chips and animal crackers. Indulge, I did. Yum.

Chocolate pudding does not equal fall.

Pumpkins and cinnamon = fall.

Here are some yummy recipes I may or may not try over the next few months:

Boo Turtle’s Candy Cane Bark

Pumpkin Scones with Cinnamon Frosting from Love & Olive Oil

Pumpkin Pancakes from Raspberri Cupcakes

MADE’s Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting by Let’s Dish

Munchkin Munchies’ Halloween Mix

Pumpkin Granola by Two Peas & Their Pod

Pumpkin Carrot Bars by FitSugar

Carrots ‘n’ Cake’s Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins