Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple Butter Granola

I have a confession. I slept in this morning--- on purpose. Last night I did an open water swim. I felt pretty great about it.. until I was informed it was only a little more then half the distance..Saturday will be interesting.. At least I didn't get gobbled up by one of these suckers.

Tiger Muskies attack!

I'm glad that I will have about 90 other people with me during the tri on Saturday!

Since the past two days have been a little crazy with tri training I took a break from it today. I actually slept until 8AM! The twinners didn't even stir until about 8:15 am! I can't even remember the last time I did that. I will admit it was nice to turn off that 4:30am alarm. Your body just needs a break sometimes! I woke up and whipped up a good breakfast.
OATS! Yes, I haven't had oats in F.O.R.E.V.E.R! I stirred up some steel cut oats with a half scoop of vanilla protein powder, spoonful of Almond Butter and a spoonful of APPLE BUTTER! I was out of agave and searched my fridge and discovered this little gem!

It made my cup of oatmeal SO tasty! I pretty much inhaled it! 

I did get a good workout in at GPP fitness. The workout consisted of 4 high knee sprints, 20 overhead press, 20 bicep curls and 20 tricep extesions. We were instructed to complete as many rounds as possible in 25 minutes! I was a sweaty mess after! I love workouts that are quick & yet, make you feel like your going to vomit by the end!

I came home still thinking about my oats, which sparked a new granola idea.

{Apple Butter Granola}

Yields: 4 1/2C servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Bake time: 10 minutes


  • 2 C. Rolled Oats

  • 1/2 C. PB

  • 3 Tbs Apple Butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbs cinnamon


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2.Melt Peanut Butter and Apple Butter together in microwave for about 30 seconds

3.Put Oats in a medium bowl and pour the PB/AB mixture in and stir
4.Add vanilla extract and cinnamon
5.Stir till well blended

6. Spread onto a non-stick cookie sheet

7. Bake 7-10 minutes
8. Let cool.

Warning: This granola is highly addictive. It disappears as fast as it takes to bake. It is not safe around husbands or friends alike. You may want to stash it somewhere safe. Like your belly ;)

I rounded out the meal with a lettuceless salad..

In this Hugh Jass-->(a little mamapea humor) saladless mix I had green beans, brussel sprouts, 4 oz chicken, avocado and some peach-mango salsa! (which I could eat with a spoon), and fresh from my sisters garden cucumber! MMMMM.. I love them and may or may not of finished it off later by dipping it in the salsa like chips. :)

We spent the rest of the night at the pool with the family! And the twinners actually got in!! No tears were shed during this pool time. This is a big deal y'all. They have been petrified of pools in the past and today they even got in a floatie! I also still have all my hair and no red claw marks on my shoulders. Progress people, lets have a party. 

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Have a good night! 

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Q. What is your favorite oatmeal mix in?


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  2. I had a neighbor that caught a tiger muskie 2 inches off the state record. needless to say i dont swim there anymore.

  3. Whoop to you and the twins sleeping in!!! Mnn the granola sounds good! Did it get nice and crunchy?

  4. Cinnamon raisin anything is my favorite :)

  5. I must make me some of that granola today, it looks too good. Go Utes!! :)

  6. I'm going to try this today! I think I still have some pumpkin maybe I'll make a batch with that in for Apple Butter. Yum. I'm dying.

  7. @erica, Yes it does get crunchy! You can keep it in a little longer for extra crunch!
    @tia, I like your style;)

  8. Whoa. That is one seriously large fish. I want to take up swimming again this fall. I haven't swum seriously since I was 13 years old.