Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chocolate-Granola Dipped Almond + Date Truffles

Be still my chocolate loving heart. These are too good to be true. But they're not. Because they're real. I made them. And they're delicious. Your taste buds are going to dance like they never have before. It's a chocolate-loving healthy and oh so good-for-you dance party in your mouth!! If that doesn't sound exciting, then you should probably eat more chocolate!

I love chocolate.

I love granola.

Chocolate + granola.

Did you just say heaven?

I think so.

Plus these are packed with body-loving, nutrient dense goodness.

Almonds, dates, and peanut butter.

Naturally sweetened with honey.

They're great even without the chocolate.

So, you could forgo the chocolate if you wanted.

But why would you?

Chocolate.

Enough said.

Let's not waste anymore time!


Chocolate-Granola Dipped Almond + Date Truffles
(makes approx 20 1-inch truffles)

3/4 cup almonds
12-16 medjool dates, pitted
1 T cocoa powder
2-3 T peanut butter
1-2 T honey
1 cup milk or dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup Goin' Nuts granola

1. Add almonds to a food processor and process until crushed into an almond-flour like consistency. Remove and set aside.
2. Add the medjool dates (pitted) to the food processor, and process until crushed and sticky. The dates will form together in a big ball. 
3. Add almonds, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and honey to the dates and process for 1-2 minutes or until mixed completely. This mixture will be very thick, so you may need to use a spoon to help the food processor! Go ahead and sneak a bite. No one is watching!
4. Form into 1" balls and place on a tray covered with waxed paper. You can add additional honey if the mixture isn't sticky enough.
5. Freeze for 20-30 minutes or until "hard".
6. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or microwave) along with the coconut oil.
7. Dip the truffles into the chocolate to coat half of the truffle. Sprinkle granola over the warm chocolate or dip the chocolate-covered truffle in granola to coat. I'll let you decide!
8. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until hardened.
9. Bon appetit! 

You can store these in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Farmers Market Brought to You ... Wherever You Are!!


We love a good farmers market!! It's the perfect opportunity to find new favorite eats and handmade goods and to get to know the people who make them. We love farmers markets so much that we wanted to create the farmers market experience so that you can enjoy all of the goodness of a real, in-person market, right from your phone, wherever you may be!

So tomorrow, Friday, May 15, we are launching our very first #virtualfarmersmarket at 10am EST, hosted on Instagram! We're partnering with nearly a dozen other stores to bring you the best of online shopping every Friday! There will be the most delicious eats from granola (of course!) to chocolate to cookies and spectacular handmade, handcrafted goods from clutches and totes (that fight human trafficking! yeah!) to watercolor illustrations and cards and luxurious body care products!

So how exactly does a virtual farmers market work?

Each shop will be featuring a unique, one-of-a-kind item for sale every week! You'll be able to check out without even leaving Instagram by commenting on the shop's photo with your email address! The shop will then send a payment link to your email address. Once you've paid your invoice, your order will be complete! Easy as pie! :)

One of the best parts of a farmers market is being able to "walk the loop" and visit all of the different shops to see what's for sale! So, we're recreating that right in Instagram. Each shop will be tagging another shop in their photo. All you have to do is click on the photo and click the tagged shop to head to the next shop. You'll be able to do this for every single shop. Eventually you'll make it back to the shop you started with! Voila! You've walked the loop!! If you've ever participated in a loop giveaway, this will work in the same manner.

This is going to be a fantastic opportunity for you to "meet" new shops and small businesses, learn about new, amazing products and eats, and hopefully find some great, exciting goods and deals to grab every week!

Have a shop in mind that you'd like to see at the market? Let me know in the comments!!


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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Granola Crusted Salmon


Everything is better with a sweet granola crust.

Pie.

Chicken

Salmon.

Pizza. (caution ... we haven't tried this one yet!)

This dish may look difficult, but it's as easy as pie (yum!). It's perfect for spring and summer and is a great dish when having friends over for dinner - simple and easy yet delicious and full of flavor.

We used the granola crust with salmon, but it would be great with a wide variety of fish.

Some great side dishes to serve along with your salmon:

spinach salad and lemon vinaigrette
roasted brussel sprouts
roasted asparagus
roasted potatoes and fresh green beans
quinoa
 

Granola Crusted Salmon
(serves 2)

2- 6oz salmon fillets 
1 egg
1/2 cup Goin' Nuts granola

1. Preheat oven to 350 degress.
2. Using a food processor, crush the granola. Set aside.
3. Whisk egg in a small bowl.
4. Brush salmon (skin-side down) generously with egg.
5. Sprinkle granola atop salmon and using the back of a spoon, press into the egg coating to stick.
6. Bake for 20-25min or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
7. Serve and enjoy. 

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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Homemade Yogurt Recipe for Granola Lovers!

 
Yogurt and granola are the perfect pair. The sweetest, crunchy goodness atop a bowl of creamy, delicious yogurt. Oh, my land of taste bud happiness!! We know that for so many of you granola lovers, your favorite granola combo is granola + yogurt. After all, it is the perfect way to start your day ... and the perfect afternoon snack to curb your sweet tooth cravings ... and the perfect late night treat (well, for some of us)!!

Yogurt + granola?

Enough said.

Homemade yogurt + granola?

You didn't know that it could get even better, did you?

Creating made-from-scratch (and with lots of love) food to nourish you and your family is one of the sweetest ways to spend these long summer (almost!) days. And what better to make than some homemade yogurt to go with your morning bowl of granola?

Our sweetest friend, Rachel Cox of Oh Simple Thoughts, has created the most delicious homemade vanilla bean yogurt recipe to share with you all. This recipe is full of so much love and so much deliciousness. You may want to clear your schedule tonight, pull out the apron, grab a glass of wine, and enjoy yourself! Seriously. Did we mention how delicious homemade yogurt is?


This would make the perfect weekend girl's day. Invite over your ladies, grab some tea or wine, and whip up some homemade yogurt. Choose a variety of toppings and create your own topping bar. Don't forget the granola!

Or call your kiddos into the kitchen and show them how yogurt is made. Kids love mixing and stirring and helping create food that they can later proudly proclaim look what I made!! It's the best.

Or grab your apron, turn up the music, and get lost in the recipe. Cooking by yourself (with a little Frank on the stereo. Frank Sinatra, of course!) can be so relaxing!!

Be sure to check out Rachel's delicious homemade yogurt recipe and while you're there, take a peek around her blog - it's full of so much love, and wisdom, and truth. It's one of our favorite places!!


If you make your own yogurt, be sure to tag us @nothinbutnola and Rachel @mrsrachelcox on Instagram!!


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Friday, May 8, 2015

The Story Behind Nothin' but Nola

It all started with a big dream and a delicious granola recipe. I am so excited to share with you the story behind Nothin' but Nola and how we came to be.





Thank you for following along, for sharing our story, and for supporting our #fighthunger movement. Your support means the whole wide world to us!! And if we could, we would give you a GIANT hug to prove it! Because we're "huggers"!


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with Granola Topping (Vegan + Gluten Free + Dairy Free)



Planning a springtime brunch with the ladies anytime soon? You're in the right place!!

Searching for the perfect weekend recipe for your Saturday morning? Perfect!

Looking very an easy make-ahead breakfast that you can take on-the-go in the mornings? Yay! You're in the right place, too! :)

If you love blueberries, breakfast, and brunch (cheers for alliteration), then we have a treat for you today! This Baked Blueberry Oatmeal is everything delicious and cheery and full of springtime sass with a side of oh-summer-you're-almost-here longing!! It's perfect for any breakfast or brunch gathering, small or large. Casual or oh so fancy! 'Round your dining room table with the kiddos still in their jammies (you too, of course! It's Saturday!). Or outside surrounded by blooms and sunshine, sharing brunch (and mimosas!) with your sweetest ladies. It's also perfect for those hurried weekday mornings when breakfast seems to take a back-burner to oh-this-hair-is-not-ok-AND-these-heels-don't-match or how-did-we-make-it-to-school-and-forget-your-shoes!!! It's OK. You're not the only one. But for those days, this fits nicely in tupperware, eaten cold or warmed!!

It may be the most perfect breakfast/brunch dish ever.

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with Granola Topping (Vegan + Gluten Free + Dairy Free)
(makes one 8x8 dish, serves 5-6)*
*can be easily doubled for a 9x13

2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)  
1 ripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled completely
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup NBN granola 


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8x8 baking dish. 
2. In a bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flax seed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, banana, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. 
4. Pour the oat mixture into your baking dish and top with the blueberries.
5. Pour the almond milk mixture over the oats and berries, making sure to coat the oats and berries evenly. 
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with granola. Bake for an additional 10-15minutes until cooked and slightly golden. 
7. Serve warm with fresh fruit and mimosas!! Or OJ for the kiddos! 


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The 7 Ingredients Found in All Nothin' but Nola Granolas


Our granola is made using the freshest, highest quality ingredients that nourish your body and promote a healthy life ... because we only use ingredients to create a product that we're proud to eat ourselves and feed to our family. Good, healthy, nutritious food is at the core of living a full and healthy life. It is so very important to us. For us. For you. For the world. We want to share the taste-bud-dancing-deliciousness that healthy snacking can be!

We also want you to know exactly what you're eating when you're eating our granola by the handful (or the bagful!). :) It's OK. We know you do it! We do, too! (It's just that good!) So, you can flip over your bag of granola and read the list of ingredients at any time. You'll be able to pronounce every ingredient, and chances are they're ingredients that you have in your very own kitchen. No unnatural flavorings or additives or crazy chemicals that you're unsure of. Just basic, delicious, nutritious ingredients that are combined to make a granola that will make your taste buds dance.

Cupid Shuffle, anyone?

So, we're sharing with you the 7 ingredients that are found in all of our granola flavors and a little fun fact about why they make our granola so great! 

Organic Rolled Oats
It's granola. Duh. Plus these bad boys are packed with immune-boosting, cholesterol-reducing, cancer-fighting, body-loving soluble fiber. Enough said! Go stuff your face.

Organic Ground Flax
At the beginning of 2015, we removed wheat germ from our granola to provide a wheat-free granola. We replaced it with organic ground flax, and we couldn't be more proud of this tiny, nutritious seed! Flax may be one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet and is one heck of a body-loving, nutrition-promoting seed.

Honey
Honey is the bees knees. It's amazing - nature's best natural sweetener. Straight from the hives of local Colorado bees. Oh, thank you bees!

Pure Organic Maple Syrup
Nature doesn't let us down - another one of the best natural sweeteners. Straight from a maple tree. Pure. No additives. We like to keep it simple and delicious!

Organic Brown Sugar
For the slightest extra sweetness. Organic. And delicious. Because all of our granola is slightly sweet and totally delicious.

Organic Vanilla Extract
The slightest hint of vanilla straight from the vanilla bean. It's the Nothin' but Nola signature touch!

Salt
Another of nature's wonders. Where do we get our salt? Straight from the earth! The tiniest bit is used in every batch. 


If you ever have any questions about the ingredients in our granola, don't hesitate to give us a shout! We are always available at info@nothinbutnola.com and would be tickled pink to hear from you and answer your questions!!


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Friday, May 1, 2015

8 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Breakfast


I know that mornings are THE busiest time of the day. So, finding time to eat breakfast, let alone a healthy, nutritious, superfood-packed breakfast, is next to impossible. Today, I'm sharing with you 8 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Breakfast!

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why you may ask? Oh, I'm so happy you did! Your body has been in a state of rest for 7+ hours. But while you've been resting your eyes, your body has been busy working away, healing and rejuvenating - taking care of all of the physical stresses from yesterday and preparing for a brand new day (which is why sleep is so important, too). Replenishing your body with a nutritious breakfast after a night of hard work is vital. Treat your body like the amazing machine that it is. Kick start every day with an awesome, power-packed breakfast. Here are 8 easy ways to help start your day with an upgraded ("better than before"/"better than the original") breakfast.


ONE | Add some color with fresh fruit and berries

Fresh fruit and berries not only create a beautiful bowl or plate, but they're also packed with so much nutrient-goodness. So, whatever you're choosing for breakfast - cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothie, pancakes, toast, etc. - add some fresh fruit to the side or on top!

TWO | Amp up your protein with nuts and nut butters

Nuts are a great way to add an extra dose of protein to your breakfast, which will help keep you fuller longer. Add a spoonful of your favorite nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew...) to your oatmeal, smoothie, or yogurt. Spread nut butter on top of your toast, pancakes, or waffles. Add some nuts to your oatmeal, cereal and on top of your yogurt. Go nuts!!

THREE | Sprinkle in a tablespoon of flaxseed

Flaxseed has been around for centuries and is considered a "superfood". It's high in omega 3s and fiber and all around body-loving goodness. You can find flaxseed in whole seed form or ground into a pounder/flour-like substance (this is my fave). You can mix it in with your oatmeal or pancake mix. Add it to smoothies. Sprinkle it in with dry cereal - then add milk. You can also use it in baked goods. So, if you're making muffins for breakfast, toss in a tablespoon or two.

FOUR | Grab a side of fresh juice or a smoothie

Regardless of what you're choosing to eat, adding a fresh juice (think freshly-juiced fruits and veggies) or a smoothie can truly start your day off with a power-packed list of fruits and veggies. We love this one, which you can easily find at Target and many grocers.

FIVE | Add a teaspoon of chia seeds

Chia! I'm sure by now you've heard of these tiny omega 3 powerhouses. They're amazing! You can add them to your smoothie (my fave), use them in baked goods, add to oatmeal (another fave), sprinkle into your yogurt, and so much more!

SIX | Drink a large glass of water

Water. Water. Water. I know that for some of you, you just don't. like. water. Others just don't understand that need to drink SO MUCH. Well, my friends, you are made up of more than 60% water. That's right. Over 60% of your body is water. So, consuming enough water every day is vital in order for your body to run correctly. Start your day with a large glass of water. Drink it before breakfast! It's one of the best ways to kick-start your day.

SEVEN | Swap processed sugars for natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup

Need a little sweetness in your life? Skip the highly processed sugars and use honey or 100% pure maple syrup. You can add one or the other to any of the following to sweeten things up - pancake batter, smoothie, yogurt (especially plain yogurt),  oatmeal, on top of toast.

EIGHT | Add some greens

Until the recent smoothie craze, adding greens to your breakfast hasn't been of the norm. Breakfasts typically consist of sweet, flour-based products. So, try working some greens into your breakfast. Add them to your smoothie. Saute a side for your eggs or mix them right into the eggs and scramble. Drink a green juice that includes greens. Spinach and kale are two of the most popular, but there are plenty to choose from.


How do you upgrade your breakfast? Tell us in the comments below!


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