Anytime I can incorporate my favorite dessert flavors into something for breakfast, I feel like I’ve won.  I eat yogurt for breakfast every single weekday and topping my yogurt with different items such as fruit and/or granola helps me never get sick of it.  One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate with coconut and when you add the almond that you get in an Almond Joy candy bar, I’m in heaven.  I bought a large container of rolled oats last week with this Almond Joy Granola in mind.

Almond Joy Granola {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Almond Joy Granola begins as any classic granola does with wholesome rolled oats.  Then I added sliced almonds, coconut flakes (you could use shredded coconut if you cannot find the flakes) and a combination of coconut oil and chocolate.  I tried to keep the added sugar to a minimum with just a bit of brown sugar and honey so you will not be overwhelmed with sweetness when you eat this granola.

Almond Joy Granola {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Almond Joy Granola {satisfymysweettooth.com}

I also love customizable recipes, which desctibes this Almond Joy Granola exactly.  Don’t care for almonds?  Swap for peanuts, pecans or skip the nuts all together.  Not a fan of coconut?  Leave it out or substiture rice krispies or corn flakes.

Almond Joy Granola {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Another reason I love this Almond Joy Granola on my breakfast yogurt is that I am crazy for crunch.  Whether it is yogurt or ice cream, I always enjoy it more if there is something crunchy mixed in.

Almond Joy Granola {satisfymysweettooth.com}

Perhaps the most unique addition to my Almond Joy Granola is chia seeds.  Bob’s Red Mill was kind enough to send me some chia seeds because I have been intriqued by the new super seed that is all the rage these days.  While they do not alter or enhance the flavor of this granola at all, in the research I have done, I am excited about the idea that chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for heart health and are also a good source of fiber, protein and calcium.  No you will not start sprouting green “fur” like the beloved chia pets, you may just feel more full and enjoy a pleasant extra crunch the this Almond Joy Granola!

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Almond Joy Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 3.5 cups

1/4 cup

Almond Joy Granola will bring all of the flavors of the popular candy bar to your breakfast bowl!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp, plus 1 tsp coconut oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt 1 Tbsp coconut oil in microwave until liquified.
  3. Spread rolled oats onto a rimmed baking sheet. Pour melted coconut oil over oats and toss to coat.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, tossing after 10 minutes.
  5. Add almonds and coconut and cook 10 minutes more.
  6. Add brown sugar and honey, toss to coat and cook 5 more minutes.
  7. In a small bowl, melt together chocolate chips and remaining tsp coconut oil in microwave in 30 second increments until smooth.
  8. Toss melted chocolate mixture with oat mixture and bake 5 minutes more.
  9. Cool completely. Store covered for up to 1 week.

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It is almost that time of year when every meal should include fresh corn on the cob as a side dish.  My family generally just unwraps a stick of butter, puts in on a plate and passes it around the table for everyone to roll their ear of hot corn in.  I love to sprinkle a bit of dill over my melty buttered corn.

Another one of the best ways I have found to eat corn is to cut it off the cobs, put it onto a cookie sheet, toss it with a drizzle of olive oil, a little butter, salt and pepper and roast it in the oven.  The corn gets almost caramelized and could be served as dessert it is so sweet.  If you think that corn is a pain to shuck, clean and cook, I encourage you to watch this video.  This is how I cook my corn every single time and it is quick, clean and comes out perfectly without fail.

Here are some other ways that I would love to enjoy corn this summer:

White Chicken Chili from Cooking Classy:  I like to enjoy soups and chilis year round and this one looks so flavorful.

Jalapeño Creamed Corn from Spicy Southern Kitchen:  Simple, yet I’m sure so rich and delicious.

Esquites-Mexican Street Corn Salad from See Brooke Cook:  Every time I see a recipe for Mexican street food corn dusted with spices and sprinkled with cotija cheese, it makes me drool and this salad looks like all of the best ingredients from that popular street food.

Pasta with Cilantro Jalapeño Pesto, Fresh Corn and Tomatoes from Oh My Veggies:  I die for anything with cilantro pesto and this pasta looks so fresh and drool-worthy.

Corn Fritters with Coconut Whipped Cream and Sweet Honey Bourbon Syrup from Half Baked Harvest:  I don’t feel that any explanation is necessary for this one making it on my list.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh summer corn?  Please share recipes in the comments if you’d like!

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It never fails that around 1-2 pm, I hit a wall and fall into an afternoon slump.  I blame feeling full from lunch and especially if I am in a warm room, my eyes just get heavy and I become more lethargic.  I often use an afternoon snack or beverage as a pick-me-up to combat the feeling of wanting to do nothing but nap.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

These Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars have many good-for-you ingredients and will give you an energy boost if you feel the grogginess that I described in the early afternoon.  Peanuts and peanut butter provide protein to keep you feeling full and satiated for hours.  A good dose of whole grains like whole wheat flour, rolled oats and wheat germ help to get in your servings of healthy carbs for the day.  And to give you something to look forward to, these bars are packed with chocolate chips and even drizzled with some melty chocolate for a little antioxidant boost.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

So give yourself an afternoon snack to look forward to that will help to keep you focused throughout the day and make a batch of these Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars.

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Whole grain bars packed with energy rich ingredients like peanuts and chocolate chips to keep you going all day long

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix peanut butter and brown sugar together to combine.
  4. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.
  6. Add rolled oats and wheat germ and mix.
  7. Add peanuts, 3/4 cup chocolate chips and mix well.
  8. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
  9. Bake 20 minutes and cool in pan on a wire rack.
  10. Melt remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and drizzle over bars.
  11. Remove from pan, cut and serve.
  12. Recipe adapted from Health Magazine

mix together peanut butter and brown sugar

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in flour, baking soda and cinnamon

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in oats and wheat germ

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

mix in peanuts and chocolate chips

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

spread into pan and bake

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

cool, drizzle with chocolate, cut and serve

Whole-Grain Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Power Bars {Satisfy My Sweet Tooth}

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