I’m a schwag whore.
Race expo bags, conference loot, free t-shirts, retreat goodies… you name it, I get excited. You can imagine my eyes popped out of my head when I saw the gigantic bag ‘o schwag we were gifted at the Blend Retreat. Lots of bars, cereal, Fitmixer Aminos, protein drinks, and even granola.
One of my favorite items was a lemon-blueberry granola by Nature’s Indulgence. It’s loooong gone, but I still think about it.
When I saw this guest post on Lauren’s blog, I was excited to be able to combine those flavors once again.
I had to take liberties with the recipe, as my training diet doesn’t allow for the sugar. You know what? I don’t even miss it in this recipe! A mashed banana helped to sweeten and bind the granola, and it lended a subtle fruit flavor since dried fruits are a no-no (pure sugar, people!).
Another twist I put on the original was to add a bit of cardamom. You have to be careful with it – a little goes a long way – but a small amount added to sweet-ish recipes can elevate it to something uniquely delicious.
One of the things I liked the most about the Nature’s Indulgence version was the inclusion of millet. It added a cool crunch to the texture. I didn’t have any millet, but the chia seeds in my version to achieve a similar effect.
It is really fantastic sprinkled over a bowl of Greek yogurt with fresh plum and cinnamon.
Recipe at bottom.
First a little round up from the blog world! I sometimes worry that much of the stuff I make is too weird for anyone to actually try. More often that not I end a description with “Its really is good, I swear!”
Because of this, I get unnaturally excited when you guys share your own iterations of recipes I’ve posted. Here are a few recent shares from around the blog/Instagram world… they’re good, I swear!!!
Allie ordered her very own peanut flour and tried my favorite sauce combo: peanut four, almond milk, and sriracha:
***Since the original post, I’ve remade and improved upon the crust. Based on feedback from others I realized the measurements needed to be more precise and detailed instructions. Look for that update on Monday!***
Thank you to everyone who has tried a recipe and/or given feedback! I love learning from you all. 🙂
Lemon Cardamom Granola
- 1 C rolled oats
- 1/2 large banana, mashed
- Zest & juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1T coconut oil
- 1 T chia seeds
- 10 drops NuNaturals Lemon Liquid Stevia
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.
Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl until well-combined.
Spread the mixture evenly onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 mins. Stir the granola and bake another 10 mins, until golden brown.
Allow the granola to cool completely before transferring it to an air-tight container.
Note: If you don’t have Stevia, you can sub in 1-2T of your favorite liquid sweet treat (maple syrup, agave, etc.).
Makes 4 servings (1/4 C each).
Approximate nutritionals: 117 calories, 6g fat, 16.4g carbs, 2.3g fiber, 2g sugar, 3g protein
I’m attending y first show this weekend! I can’t wait to see the figure competitors… it’s hard to believe that’s going to be me in a few months! 🙂
What is your favorite granola combo or recent blogger recipe?
What are you looking forward to this weekend?