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10 of the Best Granola Recipes Known to Mankind

10 of the Best Granola Recipes Known to Mankind

They say that cereal is something you can eat by the handful and in a matter of minutes the box is empty. While I can’t say I’m personally much of a boxed cereal monster, I am certainly a granola monster. Oh, granola! My kryptonite. It goes a bit like this …

The mid-morning munchies hit: Eat granola.

The post-lunch dissatisfaction: Eat granola.

The afternoon munchies hit: Eat granola.

Pre-bed snacking: Eat granola.

Bored? Eat granola.

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You get the message. The beauty of granola is how adaptable and versatile it is. With a myriad of flavor combinations, the possibilities are endless. If you’re like me and can probably face plant an entire batch over a mere two days, a good homemade granola makes the perfect gift for your friends, colleagues, or yourself.

Check out these 10 amazing recipes that will keep your taste buds pimpin’ in cereal.

1. Coconut Chia Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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    When two trending superfoods combine they present to you … granola! Top this with some Greek yogurt or cottage cheese and get your morning off to a roaring start.

    2. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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      A granola recipe that’s like an oatmeal cookie but healthier? I can get on top of that. The fact that it’s clusters too? You’ve got me sold on this one!

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      3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola with Bananas via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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        Can you hear that sound? It’s Elvis crying in his grave. Why wasn’t this granola around during his time when he had to suffer peanut butter and banana sandwiches?

        4. Chocolate Cherry Granola via The Healthy Maven

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          Fact: Chocolate and cherries are one of the best pairings known to humankind. That you can already get a serving in the morning just makes it that much better. Eat this on a Monday and your week will be off to an awesome start!

          5. Apple Pistachio Granola via Fit Foodie Finds

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            A texture party for you and me! Tart, chewy apples paired with crispy, savory pistachios, this granola is a flavor explosion that can be eaten by the handful!

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            6. Lavender Mango Granola via Healthy Nibbles and Bits

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              No, you’re eyes aren’t deceiving you. That isn’t a flower growing out of the granola. Imagine the best smelling flower in your garden now being a part of your breakfast. Let’s not forget the delectable purple punch of color!

              7. Coconut Lime Pineapple Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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                Just pass me my hula skirt and coconut bra!

                Okay, maybe not. Instead, just pass me this granola and I’ll pretend I’m in the tropics.

                8. Fried Granola via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

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                  You have no excuses now! For those too lazy to turn on the oven when the granola craving strikes, just heat a pan and add your favorites to it and – BOOM – instant granola!

                  9. Lemon Blueberry Granola via Clean Eats, Fast Feets

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                    I once bought a perfume that was lemon/blueberry scented for a girl I had a crush on. It smelt terrible, and the girl turned out to not be worth it either! This granola, however, would be the opposite of that entire experience.

                    10. Cherry Almond Granola via The Pretty Bee

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                      If cherry and chocolate is a banging combination, cherry and almond comes a close second. A touch of healthy fats contrasted with the tart cherries – you’ll be grateful for this bowl of fuel that will have you ready for anything.

                      So start getting fancy with your granola and whip up a batch or ten of these delicious and nutritious recipes. No longer should granola be considered a breakfast food: it’s also the perfect snack to pack away for a day on the go.

                      Now please excuse me as I rev my oven and make an executive decision about which granola to whip up first.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew at thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                      How to Overcome Boredom

                      How to Overcome Boredom

                      Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

                      I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

                      If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

                      What is Boredom?

                      We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

                      You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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                      It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

                      If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

                      When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

                      Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

                      If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

                      Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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                      Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

                      In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

                      It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

                      Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

                      Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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                      In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

                      3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

                      1. Get Focused

                      Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

                      You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

                      Here are a few ideas:

                      • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
                      • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
                      • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

                      2. Kill Procrastination

                      Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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                      So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

                      Here are some ideas:

                      • Do some exercise.
                      • Read a book.
                      • Learn something new.
                      • Call a friend.
                      • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
                      • Do a spring cleaning.
                      • Wash the car.
                      • Renovate the house.
                      • Re-arrange the furniture.
                      • Write your shopping list.
                      • Water the plants.
                      • Walk the dog.
                      • Sort out your mail & email.
                      • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

                      3. Enjoy Boredom

                      If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

                      Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

                      So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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                      Featured photo credit: Johnny Cohen via unsplash.com

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