Thanks for your supportive words on my race. I felt recovered much more quickly from this 20 miler than the last 20, so I’m encouraged that my body is moving in the right direction for this marathon!
It’s Wednesday- time to talk food. I’ll start with the usual collage for What I ate Wednesday:
[Breakfast: Salad with eggs, avocado, pomegranate and peppers; Snack: Chai Masala tea and Oatmeal cookie; Lunch: Split Pea soup and brown rice; Carrots and hummus; Snack: Almonds, cranberries and dark chocolate chips; Sharing L's pb and banana pre-spin; Dinner: Veggie Chili post-spin + apple]
I have a yummy holiday granola recipe to share as well as some other great posts I’ve come across lately with homemade food gift ideas. It also fits in nicely with Jenn’s recipe theme for the month. I love making and receiving homemade gifts, especially edible ones.
Here’s one of my favorite basic granola recipes, which you can tailor to suit your nut/fruit/add-in preferences.
Cranberry Dark Chocolate Granola Recipe (print recipe)
- 6 c. rolled oats
- 1 c. cashews, or nuts of choice, chopped
- 1/3 c. sunflower seeds or pepitas
- 1/3 c. ground flaxseed
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c. maple syrup or honey
- 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 c. dried cranberries (or raisins, chopped apricots, etc)
- 1/2 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips, optional
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (oats through cinnamon). In a smaller bowl, whisk egg whites and salt together until frothy. Add in sweetener and oil, then add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until combined well.
Spread on two baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes at 350, then flip granola and bake for another 10-12 minutes until lightly browned. (You may add the coconut for the remaining 10 minutes to toast it). When cool, stir in dried fruit and chocolate chips.
The last few days, I came across more delicious granola recipes and rounded up a few other fun ideas for homemade goodies.
Sweet Ideas (Note: I’m not promising the following are “healthy”- but delicious in moderation!)
Candy Stuffed PB Cookie Bars from The Lean Green Bean
Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies from Peas and Thank You
Healthier Chocolate Chunk Molasses Gingerbread Cookies from Running to the Kitchen
Nutmeg Cream-filled Cupcakes from Better with Veggies
Peppermint Bark from The Splattered Apron
Other Fun Edible Gift Ideas
Homemade Soup Mix in a Jar (3 Options)
Homemade Taco Seasoning from Fit Mom in Training
Runner’s World also had a fun article on do-it-yourself edible gift ideas, including homemade Cinnamon Cocoa (I love that this one had no powdered half and half, as so many cocoa recipes call for), an Easy Herb Rub, Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, Creamy Almond Butter, and Pumpkin-Cherry Trail mix.
Are you planning to make any homemade gifts, edible or otherwise?
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