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Protein Granola Bites

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As an alternative to buying and eating packaged protein bars like Cliff and Luna Bars, we started making these protein granola bites to refuel after outdoor activities. Depending on how much peanut butter and honey you use, you can adjust the consistency and either create a looser granola or a more dense texture that keeps its shape in bars or balls. These snacks taste really, really good and use natural ingredients – nothing mysterious or unnecessary! I can find most of the ingredients in the bulk food section of our local grocery store. 

Ingredients like peanut butter and chia seeds already contain protein, but to add extra protein to this recovery snack, I’ve used a natural whey protein powder. These are so easy to make – no baking required. Just stir it all together! Plus, it’s really easy to pack on hiking, camping, or climbing trips.

Recipe adapted from Easy No Bake Protein Energy Bites.

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Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • I cup oats
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter (no salt or sugar added)
  • ½ cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1/8 cup chia seeds
  • 1/8 cup flax seeds
  • 2 tblsp vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

And here’s the method of preparation:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir.
  • Shape into balls and store in the refrigerator in air-tight container. 

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If you leave the mix as a loose granola, it tastes great eaten in a bowl with a little milk. 

Hope you enjoy making and eating this healthy and less expensive protein bar. Happy adventuring!

Breakfast Bread Pudding

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Bread pudding for breakfast? Sure. This version of bread pudding is a mix between cinnamon rolls and a French toast casserole. Josh bought an amazing loaf of cinnamon-swirl bread from Montana Gold Bread Company, and I knew I wanted to make something fun with it. I couldn’t decide between making classic French toast or a French toast casserole, and then I thought about cinnamon rolls… when you combine all three, you get breakfast bread pudding!

Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • 2 tblsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • cinnamon bread, cubed (about 1/3 of a loaf)
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 3.5 oz brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • dash or two cinnamon
  • powdered sugar glaze (milk or water, powdered sugar, vanilla extract)

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And here’s the method of preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and butter a rectangular baking dish (I happened to have two 8″ square baking dishes so used those instead of one large dish).

2. Slice the bread into cubes and place in a large bowl. Pour the cream over the bread and set aside until soft.

3. Beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and thick. Add the vanilla, the melted butter.

4. Toss the egg mixture with the bread gently to blend. Pour into the pan and bake until browned and almost set, approximately 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, make glaze: combine milk or water with powdered sugar in a small bowl until desired consistency is achieved. Add a drop of vanilla extract. Stir to blend thoroughly.

6. When dish is done baking, let cool slightly, then top with glaze.

This is one of those dishes that makes your entire house smell great. It’s best served immediately but is also delicious reheated later. Enjoy!

IMG_2634Note: I forgot to take a picture of the breakfast bread pudding after drizzling the glaze on top, so this image will have to do! It was yummy and was eaten before I remembered to document the finished dish.