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Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfait with Blood Oranges

Kristy from Keepin’ it Kind is an amazing blogger with heartfelt writings to pair with her delicious dishes and her husband’s gorgeous photography. So, of course I had to have her be a part of my healthy guest-blogging series! Don’t these parfaits look incredible?! (Yes, is the obvious answer) Without further ado, one of my favorite vegan power-couples!

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

Happy Monday Vegan Yack Attackers! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I am pretty thrilled to be here today because Jackie is just one of my absolute most favorite bloggers. Period. Jackie was kind enough to participate in my Vegan Cookie Swap Party last year and she brought the most beautiful cookies! I had to repay the favor with something almost as pretty.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

I used to make granola all the time. Like, every week. A big bowl of granola and almond milk is one of my husband’s favorite breakfasts and since granola is so expensive, I would make our own. Plus, it’s a super easy and somewhat relaxing task that makes your house smell like heaven.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

Why did I stop, you ask? Well, life. You know. It just happens and the little things you enjoy doing kind of get pushed to the wayside. You stop doing things like folding laundry, looking at cute animal videos on YouTube, and making your house smell lovely with homemade granola in order to make time for things like recipe testing, writing grocery lists, and a little more exercise (to balance out all of the recipe-testing).

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

When my husband recently asked if I could pick up some granola at the store (rather than the shredded wheat he’s been so keen on lately), I realized I needed to get some priorities in place. Rather than buying him a bag of granola, I got working and came up with this very vanilla-y granola studded with sliced almonds and chunks of dried figs. I did not mess around in the vanilla department, either. One whole tablespoon of vanilla extract and the seeds from 2 vanilla beans give this a powerful vanilla flavor while the tiny bit of almond butter with the agave syrup help create those lovely little clusters we all love. And then there’s the figs…

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

While it was in the oven, making my house smell like a vanilla-scented wonderland, I treated myself to some cute animal video time. I suggest you do the same. Once the granola was out of the oven and cooling on the counter, I had the impulse to treat myself to something else I hadn’t had in ages: Granola Parfaits. Some plain coconut milk yogurt and some blood oranges I had on the counter did the trick.

Vanilla Almond Fig Granola Parfaits with  Blood Oranges

I know you’re all expecting me to tell you how delicious this parfait was and I wish I could do something different to surprise you but I can’t. This parfait was one of the best little afternoon snacks I’ve had in a long time. It was so light and refreshing, yet bursting with flavor. Figs and blood oranges were born to be eaten together. In order to keep these parfaits in my life, I have a new motivation to bring back the weekly granola-making.

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Banana Cacao Recovery Smoothie

Originally, I thought that January would be a month of leveling out from the holidays, but for some reason I’ve found that this month has been filled with all kinds of events, birthdays, dinners and the like. Not to mention, I’m working on the photos for Lindsay’s (Happy Herbivore) next cookbook and have been very busy with that. I’m really excited for this one and think that it will be even better than the last!

Some other things that inevitably come with January are people trying to eat better and be more physically active. This means that you may find yourself needing to recuperate after an awesome workout sooner than later. I have just the smoothie for you! Naturally sweetened with dates, combined with bananas and rich cacao nibs, plus a little vanilla to perfect it. It’s creamy, but not too thick and has a rich flavor.

Loaded with potassium for hydration and carbohydrates for regeneration, it’ll help you out, big time. This is probably where I should mention that this smoothie is also great for hangovers ;). Plus, recovery drinks are important for drinking right after work outs because they reduce fatigue and prolonged muscle soreness. Just make sure to enjoy it right after your workout!

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Chunky Monkey Baked Oatmeal

One of the food-related things that I love about the holidays are the awesome breakfasts and brunches. There have been times where I’ve gone all out for the brunch and laid low for the dinner, but this year I think I’m going to do the opposite. Now, this doesn’t mean that you, or I for that matter, need to have a boring first meal of the day. That’s where this filling dish comes in!

Getting its name from a very popular ice cream flavor, this baked oatmeal boasts sweet bananas, chopped walnuts and sweet chocolate with a vanilla oatmeal base. As neat as it would be to eat ice cream for breakfast I feel that this version is going to get you a whole lot further and you won’t have a crazy comedown from your sugar high.

Besides that great flavors that this dish brings to the table, another good quality is that you prep it and leave it alone. No tending to it, making sure that nothing is burning or worrying about it thickening up enough. Just pulse most of the ingredients in a blender, pour it in and bake! Easy-peasy, right? Then you can get crazy with the toppings and serve it right up with a warm cup of coffee, or tea if that’s your thing.

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Cranberry Orange Pancakes

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I hope that everyone who celebrated it had a great time with people that they love, or at least really like. ;) I also hope that everyone’s food was awesome! Speaking of Thanksgiving food, I have quite a bit of leftovers. I guess that’s what happens when the dinner includes 4 people and there’s enough food for, I don’t know.. 8? Oy.

Maybe you have some leftovers, too? Maybe some cranberry relish or sauce? Or maybe you don’t have leftovers, but would like some extra cranberry in your life. Either way, I have you covered! I actually made these pancakes before Thanksgiving, and I’m glad that I did, because it inspired me to make homemade cranberry sauce for the actual dinner. Even if it was just myself and my sister’s boyfriend eating it.

I like my recipe because there is no corn syrup (high-fructose, or otherwise) and not as much sugar as many recipes call for. Plus, it’s poured over some delightfully fluffy, warm, orange pancakes. Mmm. It’s kind of funny, because like the One Ingredient Chef, I’ve always been slightly underwhelmed and terrified by my homemade pancakes. That’s not to say that they didn’t turn out good, before; they just weren’t how I wanted them to be and didn’t look the part of the perfect pancake.

This time, I’m happy to say that I nailed it! Sweet enough to go with the tart cranberry topping and subtle enough for just a touch more maple syrup. You should definitely be making these for a weekend brunch!

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