Healthy Holiday Recipes

Snack Attack - Energize-me Granola


This is a great recipe to make for yourself or as a gift! You can store the granola in mini mason jars and wrap them with a bow as a thoughtful present made with lots of love. Or if you are making this for yourself (no shame in that), you now have a new breakfast option or a healthier snack that you can grab on-the-go.


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (can use gluten-free oats as well)
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (ie, from Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seed (same from TJ)
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • 4 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • While cooling add:
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried cranberries
  • 2 tbs raw honey (helps make clusters of goodness)
  • 4 tbs hemp seeds


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (I didn't, but this trick makes cleanup easier!).

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, sliced almonds, coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil in the microwave. Add maple syrup and vanilla. Then whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.

3. Pour the granola mixture onto the baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.

4. While granola cools add the hemp seeds, cranberries, currents and honey.

*Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.


The best part of this recipe is that the dough is so delicious and pliable that you can make them into mini muffins or cookies if blondies aren't your thang.  You can also tap into your creativity and add any type of toppings you want (dried cranberries, coconut flakes, raises, nuts, white chocolate... etc). This is a great recipe to make if you are heading to a potluck, hosting or just want to send someone a gift. They are my fav!


  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten (make it vegan by adding a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or chia seeds)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Add any other toppings that you love: coconut, walnuts, white chocolate chips etc...


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8X8 pan with oil of choice.

2. In a bowl add: almond flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

3. Melt coconut oil in microwave-safe container and add oil to the bowl. Afterwards, use the same microwave container to measure 1/4 cup honey and then add to the big bowl (placing the honey in the same container as coconut oil helps prevent the honey from sticking). Add egg and stir until the batter is completely mixed.

4. Combine chocolate chips to the bowl (and any other toppings) before placing the batter in a greased pan. Note, when you spread the batter, try to evenly coat the pan with a thin layer. It may look like there isn't enough to cover the whole pan, but I promise there is. The batter will rise a decent amount.

5. Cook for 15-20 min, until browned and no batter sticks to a fork when you check.

Let cool and then slice and serve or slice and freeze. These blondies taste great frozen :).

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Banana Bread

The most moist (sorry for the choice of word), satisfying, flavorful and delicious banana bread I have ever tasted! I love how there is no added sugar besides what's in the chocolate and the naturally-sweet bananas. This usually lasts a week (or less) after enjoying for breakfast or afternoon snack. Sometimes I omit the nut butter when I don't want something with extra protein. Loafs make great gifts so don't hesitate to bake this for someone special (again that can be your self).

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