{Gluten-Free} Coffee Granola Clusters

Happy Friday, friends!

Yesterday, I was in the kitchen hoping to make a cookie recipe I was brainstorming, but that’s going to have to wait. I ended up wanting to make granola clusters! But not just plain ole granola clusters. COFFEE granola clusters!

Yep, that’s right. Coffee flavored! I had some freshly ground up coffee and I thought to myself, “This would be perfect!”

So, with a little this and a little that, I had a recipe and I just needed it to bake!

I introduce, Coffee Granola Clusters

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Combine all dry ingredients together
  • Then add all the wet ingredients to the dry
  • Mix well
  • I did about 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats but you could do less or more
  • You may have to add more honey or more oats, just play around with it. It should fall apart but still have a rather sticky texture to it and clumps should form
  • Spread on a greased baking sheet
  • Place in oven for 15 minutes
  • Turn the granola clusters over to keep from burning
  • Place in oven again for 10-15 more minutes (keep an eye on it)
  • When finished baking, let it cool for 10-20 minutes before eating
  • For keeping, place it in an air tight container

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The chia seeds make an excellent addition to this recipe!

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The combination of coffee and cinnamon is divine!

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The sweetness of the honey and maple syrup add to the coffee flavor which makes each bite taste like Heaven!

This is a recipe for those who love fresh granola instead of packaged! I promise, this will taste so good!

I actually had to force myself to stop eating it. It’s kinda amazing, if I do say so myself.

Let me know…what’s your favorite: GRANOLA or GRANOLA CLUSTERS

You can check out my other granola recipes here:

I’m linking up with Kierston for Recipe Friday!!! And I’m linking up with Sprint 2 the Table WHOOP WHOOP Smile

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Questions:

  • What do you have planned for this weekend?
  • Who’s training for a race right now? —-Thinking of doing a linkup once a week for running bloggers who have training blog posts (good idea? yay or nay?)
  • RANDOM QUESTION: Organic or conventional—your thoughts? (Been learning a lot on this in nutrition school)

P.S. I e-mailed the winners of the QUEST BAR GIVEAWAY. Thank you to everyone who participated and I wish I had 100 boxes of quest bars to give to all of you! Look out for more giveaways in the future!

Protein Eggy Oats

Once upon a time, there was a girl who tried to write her blog post. She was about 2 minutes away from publishing it on her blog…AND THEN (dun dun dun) her laptop CRASHED!

Can you guess what happened?

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She slammed her laptop lid and didn’t touch it for a whole day.

The end.

So that is why I have not blogged this week. My patience with technology can only last so long.

Anyone else have problems like this?

And my laptop is running out of storage space…and I really don’t want to delete anything. So…I need a new laptop, something awful.

Suggestions? (Anything but Apple, I’m a Windows girl for life)

I’m just going to start over today, fresh and new. Shall we?

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This morning I wanted to eat egg whites and oats but I didn’t want to eat them separate. So I combined them! A lot of people do this, so I thought, “Why not?”

Protein Eggy Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup liquid egg whites or 4 egg whites
  • A few shakes of cinnamon
  • A dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 or more tsp of Stevia/Truvia/Sweetener of choice

 

Directions:

  • Put the water in a sauce pan and turn it on high heat. When it starts to boil, turn it to medium heat. Then add the 1/2 cup oats. Stir for about 2 minutes. Oats will fluff up a little bit.
  • Add the egg whites
  • For 3-4 minutes, stir the oats and egg whites in a figure 8 motion because you don’t want the egg whites clumping together.
  • Finally, add the cinnamon, vanilla, and sweetener of choice.
  • Top with nutbutters, fruit, nuts, granola, or whatever you’d like!
  • This breakfast is filled with protein! Enjoy!

 

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I hope you like this recipe and I hope to be back to blogging everyday! Crossing my fingers Fingers crossed

XOXO Audrey


Questions:

  • Fellow bloggers, how do blog everyday? Are you on a schedule? How do you keep it together? What happens if your blog post is erased due to a computer malfunction?
  • Should I pick a certain time everyday to post?
  • HAVE YOU tried eggy oats before? –They are soooooooo good Smile

 

Let Us Eat Granola

After church, I stopped by Publix to grab a few things I needed for the dish I was making.

And I made sure to grab a couple of things for homemade granola too!

Now…can I just move on to the recipes? I really want to share ASAP because these two things are A HIT to my taste buds! Boy, oh, boy!

Let’s start with the granola first, I’ll put up the other recipe tomorrow morning!! I tried to follow Elise’s recipe on her blog and thanks to the 365 Fit Club for sending it to me last night!

Quinoa Granola

  • 1 cup thick rolled oats
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. cup organic butter, melted (I used Whole Foods’ brand)
  • 1/4 cup organic honey (or could use maple syrup)

 

Directions:

  • Combine oats, uncooked quinoa, raisins, almonds, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Separately, combine the egg white, melted butter, and honey in a bowl. After mixing both separately, then mix together until everything is coated with the wet ingredients.

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  • Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.
  • Put the granola onto a sprayed baking sheet, like so…

  • Cook on 225 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes*
  • TADA!

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“This entire batch of granola has 54.6 grams of protein”

Now, I ate mine with plain-nonfat Greek Yogurt and Stevia…but you see, I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t feel like waiting.

“*high protein *gluten free *vegan (if eggs omitted)”

But the combo was good. It would also be good with your cereal, or AS YOUR cereal with almond milk. OOH yummay!

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Or, you could make this a topping for some muffins or a bread loaf.

Or you could just eat it with your hands because that’s cool too.

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So, tomorrow I’ll have my other recipe up!

Hope you try and like the granola! It’s so granola-ie Rolling on the floor laughing

XOXO Audrey