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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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