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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 December 2, 2018

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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