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Homemade Granola Bars

I am completely obsessed with making my own granola bars and am so excited to share this post with y’all! You guys…these are SO good. I’m all about easy grab and go snacks, but I struggle with granola/snack bars. I love the convenience of them, but even with the volume of options available it’s still hard for me to stick with a brand. Either the taste or the nutrition is always just a little off.  So, why not make your own?

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All of the freshly toasted oats kitchen smells.

Making these was surprisingly easy. It’s a great Sunday afternoon activity (especially if you’re already meal prepping)! I found this recipe on What’s Gaby Cooking, and customized it to fit the supplies I had on hand. I’ve gotta say…it feels good knowing exactly what I’m consuming at snack time! These are perfect to pack for work or school. Read on for the recipe, and I definitely encourage experimenting with the ingredients to find what you like!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos with Avocado Crema

The Big Game is right around the corner, and all I can think about is spicy buffalo cauliflower tacos! I love ordering buffalo cauli at restaurants, so I thought it might be time to attempt it at home. This recipe is baked, not fried, and includes the BEST avocado crema. Dallas peeps: It tastes just like Urban Taco’s avocado lime crema. It was all I could do not to eat it all with tortilla chips before the cauliflower was ready.

Buffalo Cauliflower taco with Avocado Lime Crema

When in doubt, make it a taco.

If you’re cautious about battered, baked cauliflower, I feel you. But you will not be sorry you tried this recipe (view the original over at Pinch of Yum!). Ease into this cauliflower-centric dish by making it into a comforting and delicious taco.

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Sweet Potato Nachos

It rained a few times, the temperature dropped for a while, and it’s September 1st, so it’s basically fall. And with fall comes football season and all of the snacks that come along with it…like nachos.

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Crispy goodness!

So, in honor of fall and the new snacks it brings (not posting a pumpkin spice recipe yet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it), I’m sharing a healthier version of nachos today inspired by a recipe in the Love & Lemons cookbook – sweet potato nachos!

I love all things sweet potato (including sweet potato noodle bowls and sweet potato and black bean enchiladas), so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that after making this recipe I now prefer sweet potato nachos over regular nachos. Plus, they’re healthy and fun to make! The BYON (build your own nachos) bar may be making frequent appearances this football season. Just saying.

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A Toast to Toast: Lemon Edamame Avocado + Apricot Gorgonzola

Soooo July has been a crazy month and we’re only about halfway through! I’m in the final stretch of wedding planning (T-minus 70 days) and between work and the big day details, life has been busy (fun-busy, but still busy). So in honor of this crazy month, I’m giving a shoutout to one of my favorite go-to meals for even the busiest of weekdays…TOAST!

Breakfast, lunch, dinner…all perfect occasions for toast. It’s filling, requires no silverware, and can be made in 15 minutes or less. You can prep savory toast for lunch, sweet toast for breakfast, or a combination of both for whatever time of day the mood strikes. In all honesty, when I did this post I ate these toasts for dinner. And they were delicious.

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So much love for toast.

It just wouldn’t be right to do a “toast to toast” without sharing both a sweet and savory variety to do the dish justice. So today’s toast toppings include:

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Super Bowl of Chips and Dip + Baked Jalapeño Poppers

The Super Bowl, AKA day of super snacking. The Carolina Panthers face the Denver Broncos in what is sure to be a delicious day of chilling in jerseys and chowing down on sweet and savory game day treats.

The savory game day snack is my jam, so I have two easy, crowd-pleasing recipes for you:

  1. Tomatillo Avocado Dip from What’s Gaby Cooking
  2. Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers from Skinnytaste 
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Take it from an expert: this dip is the bomb.

There are few things I love more in life than a heaping bowl of chips paired with a bangin’ dip. It’s like diet Kryptonite! There is no limit to the amount of chips and dip I can consume. If you’re like me, just make sure there are a few other people around to help you out. Especially with this dip. It’s addicting AF.

As for the jalapeño poppers – enough said. Everyone loves these things. Crunchy, spicy, creamy, cheesy…you just can’t go wrong. And TBH, love football, but the Super Bowl just wouldn’t be as fun without great food. So let’s get started.

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