Hi guys! I know there’s been a lack in food posts lately but I AM working on it! The last two months I’ve been re-working a lot of items in my diet and I am feeling SO much better! I’m hoping to have an update on my current food intake/what I eat daily for you next week! With that I am sharing something I am LOVING right now… in fact I’ve even turned JB and my dad into addicts 😉
When we went up to Petoskey in July, we were looking for a place to grab some breakfast on our way home. We decided on the American Spoon. First and foremost, if your Up North (they have a few locations) you NEED to get their gelato! It’s one of my absolute favorites! And yes after consuming what I am about to tell you about we did have gelato for a “second breakfast” 😉
I chose to order a granola bowl for my first breakfast 🙂 and was in heaven. I don’t typically go for yogurt or parfaits but this time something told me to try it and I am so happy I did! Their version had greek yogurt, homemade strawberry compote, granola and raisins. I added a little touch of JB’s cashew butter to the mix and knew I had to recreate this at home. Here’s my version!
I always try to use mostly organic, non-gmo, gluten & dairy free items so this is my spin on this bowl. Most of these items are at my local Meijer and Kroger but the granola is from a local health food shop.
SO Cultured Coconut Milk in Unsweetened Vanilla | Strawberry Preserves | Cashew Butter | Mama Chia Vanilla Almond Clusters | Any toppings you want!
Honestly I am not a huge yogurt fan so I switched that out for cultured coconut milk – its ahmazzzzing! Since getting JB to like this we have switched to the unsweetened version to cut out any extra sugar. The coconut milk is super light and has a little sweetness and tang to it. It has the same consistency as yogurt but a different taste – and no it doesn’t taste like a pina colada 😉 but its delicious none the less.
Since I am tracking my calorie intake, I do measure my portion out to 4oz. This gives me nice base but not too much coconut milk to granola ratio.
Then you add in your strawberry preserves. Before I was using a tablespoon but have since switched to 1/2 of a tablespoon to cut out some sugar while also letting the coconut milk hold it’s flavor a bit better. You can choose any flavor to add in as well!
Next is my favorite part! The cashew butter!!! If you know me I LOVE cashew and almond butter and could literally sit and eat an entire jar in one sitting… but I won’t – maybe one day ;p I also add in 1/2 a tablespoon of this. You can use almond butter, sunflower butter, peanut butter, or anything else instead – this is just my favorite pairing.
Mix these three items all together and you are left with an almost liquid pb&j. I could eat it just like this! I don’t like to mix it too much so I have some bigger spoonfuls of that cashew butter goodness 🙂
Now on to one of the main stars! These Mama Chia granola clusters are the bomb! Now I love granola but am super picky about the types I will eat because of the sugar content – some are ridiculous, this only has 5 grams compared to some at 10g and above! I had narrowed it down to a few options and then found this which has changed the game. My favorite aspect is that it packs a plant based 10g protein punch. I love to sneak in a little protein whenever I can get it in my meals. It also has chia seeds mixed in with it. Chia seeds have an incredible amount of benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants, a great source of fiber & omega 3 fatty acids, and can improve exercise performance. And the most important factor to most – it tastes good!
I add about 1/3-1/2 of a cup over top my coconut milk.
Lastly I toped off this deliciousness with coined bananas, walnuts, flaxseed, and dried cherries. You can add just about anything! I am trying out new combos with it and will keep you in the loop on other concoctions! But until then.. try this because I’m telling you I could eat it everyday! 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!