Nutrient Rich Granola

Homemade granola + good fats is an excellent transition from breakfast cereal. Enjoy with whole-milk Greek yogurt or kefir for sustained energy and to avoid blood sugar spikes.

  • Quick, easy and robust breakfast
  • Never boring because there are so many combinations
    • Spices
    • Nuts/seeds
    • Dried fruits (add AFTER baking)
    • Fresh fruits – bring seasons into my breakfast bowl – berries, peaches, and plums in the summer, sweet potato and pumpkin in the fall, cranberry, and gingerbread flavor in the winter.
  • Mix into fruit salad
  • Use for chia pudding toppings
  • Sprinkle on top of oatmeal or quinoa breakfast bowls for texture contrast


  • Almond joy: use almonds for the chopped nuts, add 2 cuts shredded, unsweetened coconut. Optional – add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract when mixing melted coconut oil and maple syrup
  • Orange Cranberry: zest 3 – 4 oranges (depending on the size and how distinct you want the orange flavor) and mix in to the oats. After baking the oatmeal, add 1 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Banana Bread: Add 2 pureed bananas to the melted coconut oil and maple syrup mix
  • Lemon Poppyseed: zest 3 lemons, add zest to oats. Add 1/4 cup poppyseed
  • Pumpkin pie: Add 1 tablespoon pumpkin spice mix to the oats. Mix 1 cup pumpkin puree with melted coconut oil and maple syrup
  • Moroccan Sweet Potato: Add 1/2 tablespoon Golden Milk spice blend to the oats. Add 1 cup sweet potato puree
  • Gingerbread Granola: Add 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon cloves, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Mango Lassi Overnight Oats

Lassi is a yogurt-based milkshake or smoothie Indian style. They come in all kinds of flavors, but I absolutely adore mango lassis. And I adore cardamom.

Sprinkle granola or chopped nuts on top for the contrast of the crunch.

This is an outrageously delicious way to start the day. It’s like dessert for breakfast!

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bites

It’s a great option for making ahead for busy mornings: a) on the weekend to enjoy a couple and freeze the rest b) make the night before.

It’s also a great example of creativity:

  1. Use 1 cup of whole-wheat flour and 1 cup oats instead of 2 cups oats
  2. Substitute another fruit for the strawberries. In the midst of making them one morning I realized someone had eaten all the strawberries, yikes! No worries, I chopped up sliced pineapple I had on hand.
  3. Use frozen strawberries (or other berries).
  4. With or without nuts of any kind. I discovered pistachio and strawberry is a delightful combination!