Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Clusters

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If you love the taste of chocolate chip banana bread, and the crunch of granola then these clusters are for you! Although Goddess Granola, will be my one true granola love, these crunchy clusters come in at a close second. Perfect on top of coconut yogurt, chia pudding- or straight from the jar… these babies are the perfect pick me up when fuel is running low. These have the perfect amount of natural sweetness from overripe bananas and lots of fiber from buckwheat and oats! As always these are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. They are also vegan! Mornings just got a little easier…

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Ingredients:

• 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
• 1 cup buckwheat (I used sprouted, or you can use more oats!)
• 1 cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
• 1/4 cup coconut sugar
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
• 1/3 cup maple syup
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1 ripe banana mashed
• 1/4 cup 70% chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mash banana with a fork in a small bowl.

2. In a large bowl combine oats, buckwheat, walnuts, coconut sugar, sea salt and cinnamon.

3. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt coconut oil and whisk in maple syrup, mashed banana and vanilla. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and mix until combined and well coated.

4. Spread the mixture evenly onto your baking sheet and bake for 25-35 minutes or until golden. Do not mixture during baking to keep clustered! Allow to cool and then break granola up into palm sized clusters. Add chocolate chips and stir. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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PB + J Granola Bars

Photo 2014-08-15, 2 37 32 AMI can’t believe its already back to school time next week!Summer is over and both teachers and kids alike need a little boost to get through that first week. What better way to start the week then with a classic kid approved combination of peanut butter and jam. I don’t know about you, but I had so much chia jam leftover from last week that just needed to be used. In fact, that’s actually how a lot of my recipes come to be. I hate throwing out perfectly good ingredients, so sometimes you have to throw a few things together and cross your fingers.I bet you thats actually how jam became…jam!

Peanut butter and jelly is one of the best food matches of all time. It brings most people back to the good ol’ days when peanut butter was still allowed in schools and at camps. Although most kids can’t have this delicious combination during the day, it can still be enjoyed as an after school snack.  Not only will your child be able to enjoy these after school, adults will also love these as an energizing breakfast/snack/dessert. They are packed with fiber rich oats, protein packed peanut butter, and loads of omega 3s and vitamins from the chia jam! I really have been enjoying them before a work out to give me a boost of energy and a good balance of carbs, fat, and protein.

If you aren’t a big fan of peanut butter, feel free to swap out the peanut butter for any other nut butter. I am sure my Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter would taste ammmmazzzing! As always, these granola bars are gluten free (so long as you use certified gluten free oats), dairy free and refined sugar free! For you vegans, feel free to use only maple syrup instead of honey! These take only about 5 minutes to prepare and use ingredients most of us have lying around. If you haven’t made my chia jam, store bought jam will be fine. Keep an eye out for sugar content and absolutely do NOT buy sugar free jam. I like to buy jams that are sweetened with natural fruit juice. These can be found at most health food stores. Bon appetit!
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Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup honey (I use raw organic)
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 cup coconut oil
• 2 1/2 cups certified gluten free rolled oats
• 1/2 tsp sea or pink himalayan salt
• 1/3 cup ground flaxseeds (optional)
• 3/4 cup strawberry vanilla chia jam

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 inch baking dish with parchment. In a medium sized bowl, combine oats, salt and flaxseed.
2. In a small saucepan on medium heat whisk coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla honey and maple syrup until combined. Pour over oats and stir until evenly distributed.
3. Press half of the batter into the prepared baking dish.
4. Spread the chia jam evenly across the pressed batter.
5. Press the remaining batter over the jam. (some may squeeze out, it’s fine!)
6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the surface is golden. Allow to cool for several minutes. Once cool, slice into bars. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks! (If they even last that long…)
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Acai Ice Cream

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Ice cream for breakfast… yes please! This is perfect for the summer days that are soon approaching (please god). When it is sunny and warm outside, I no longer crave those bowls of comforting oatmeal or granola. I prefer something refreshing and cold, and this acai (pronounced ah-sa-ee… I think) ‘ice cream’ is the perfect nourishing breakfast, snack or dessert all summer long. Packed with good for you ingredients such as kale, cinnamon and chia make this the ultimate sweet treat. I topped mine with manuka honey, my Goddess Granola, sprouted buckwheat, almonds, banana and strawberry. MMM unreal!

I have to say that in recreating the perfect acai bowl, there really is no equivalent replacement for the Sambazon smoothie packs. I have bought the powders, but I really love the taste and consistency of the Sambazon ones. I buy the unsweetened version and add my own honey or stevia. The classic version has added cane sugar and guarana extract. These are great simply poured on oatmeal, granola, fruit etc…

Acai comes from the acai palm tree that you can find only in Central and South America. I want to debunk some rumours that say that ‘acai is the weight loss secret you have been missing.’ Dont you hate those annoying ads? In fact, there have been no studies proving that acai helps you lose weight. Like other berries however, acai is a great addition to a diet, as it provides loads of antioxidants and healthy omegas. If you replace your nightly ritual of pies and cakes with acai, Im sure you will see some weight loss results ;).

Lots of instagram requests for this recipe! If you don’t follow me on instagram already you can check out my page @cleaneatinggoddess. I post more pictures there of my daily creations, some make it to the blog some dont, so its worth a follow! As always this recipe is free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

xx
Jen
The Clean Eating Goddess

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Serves 1

Ice Cream Ingredients:

• 1-2 frozen bananas
• 1 tsp cinnamon (can omit)
• 1 sambazon acai frozen smoothie pack
• 1 bunch kale or spinach
• 2-3 drops stevia or 2 pitted dates
• 1 tbsp chia seed
• 2 tbsp almond or coconut milk (or enough to achieve desired consistency)

Toppings:

• 2 strawberries (chopped)
• 1/2 banana (sliced)
• almonds
Goddess Granola
• drizzle of raw or manuka honey
• sprouted buckwheat

Directions:

1. Add all ice cream ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more water or almond milk to reach desired consistency.If you find that it is not thick enough, add more frozen banana.

2. Place ice cream in a bowl and top with strawberries, banana, granola, almonds and honey.