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Chocolate Cinnamon Protein Granola

When it comes to sweet foods, I usually say that if it doesn’t have chocolate, what’s the point! However, I make an exception to this when it comes to cinnamon. Cinnamon rolls.. Will have to work on a recipe for those. In the meantime, I wanted to try COMBINING chocolate and cinnamon in this granola recipe. The combo of having both cinnamon AND chocolate is so good!  As you have probably noticed with many of my sweet recipes, I like using ripe bananas for a natural sweetener and oil substitute in one! If you don’t like bananas or have an allergy, you could subs applesauce, but it won’t be as sweet naturally as the bananas and you might need to add another sweetener.  
You need:

-about 3 cup mix of gf oats/seeds/flaxmeal/puffed cereal of choice

-2 bananas, ripe

-1 tsp vanilla

-chocolate protein powder, 1/2 scoop

-2tbs cinnamon

-1/3 cup cocoa powder 

-1 Tbs each melted coconut oil and sunflower butter

Put all liquid ingredients in a blender. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then pour liquid ingredients into dry and mix well.

Spread onto cookie sheets lined with parchement paper. If you want crumbly granola, spread this mixture very thin, but I make mine fairly thick and then get bigger granola pieces that I can pick up and munch!

Bake at 325 F for 45min, sprinkling more cinnamon on once removed from oven. Let cool and break into pieces. Super crunchy, tasty, nutritious. Enjoy!

Store in air tight container or ziplock.

Apple Cinnamon Black Rice Breakfast Bowl

Think your hot breakfast cereals need be limited to oatmeal or cream of wheat? Think again! I love this simple sweet breakfast, made with leftover black rice. Say you cooked it for dinner to go with a stir fry. Take the leftovers and make yourself a nutritious stick-with-you breakfast! Full of complex carbs and protein, this will power you through your morning. Quick and easy to get you out the door, too.

Takes:
1cup cooked black rice
1tsp peanut butter of choice
1.5 cup almond milk, unsweetened
1tbs cinnamon
1/2 apple, chopped

Mix all ingredients together and microwave for 1-1.5min

Top with sliced bananas or the rest of your raw apple, some additional cinnamon, or other fruits of choice!

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Fall Apple Crisp!

(This would also make a fabulous pear/peach/plum crisp, in place of apples)

Fall is here, and time to bust out the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice! I love this dessert because it requires exactly zero added sugar of any kind, zero gluten, and zero guilt. Full of wholesome ingredients and some superfoods, feel free to eat half the pan!

You will need:
4-5 apples, your choice (I used Granny Smith)
2 overripe bananas
1Tbs vanilla (i used bourbon vanilla extract)
1tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
2Tbs or so of cinnamon, to taste (I like lots)

for the crisp:
2Tbs almond butter, melted (or sunbutter for nut-free)
1Tbs grass fed butter, melted (optional, subs coconut oil for vegan)
2 Tbs chia seeds
2Tbs flax seeds
2Tbs slivered almonds (optional)
1/2 cup gluten free oats
dash of salt (optional, i omit if just cooking for us)

Preheat to 350, chop apples into small chunks, 1/2 in max
mash both bananas, then mix in apples, vanilla and spices.
Spray pan with non-stick spray of choice.
Fold apple mix into pan.
Then melt your butters, combine remaining ingredients and knead together to make a crumble. Sprinkle over top of apples, and bake uncovered for approx 30minutes, till topping begins to crisp and apples are soft.

Enjoy ala mode, or with cottage cheese as I did, because we didn’t have ice cream, and I’m trying to increase my protein intake, haha!

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