coconut granola bark

coconut granola barkWhat?? Another granola recipe Marin mama? Yep, I’m posting another granola recipe peeps, because I’m an oat crazed gal who loves something sweet and crunchy to nosh on in the afternoon, and this granola bark fits the bill! It’s crunchy, sweet, (but not too sweet) full of goodness and very addicting! I made this bark up the other day and it went very fast, so fast that I had to make another batch the next day so that I would have something to photograph. The kids and I couldn’t stop ourselves, we kept going back for seconds, thirds and so on…

Put this bark in a jar and just watch how quickly it goes. Look, I even caught of picture of Eli sneaking a piece as I was photographing it for the blog. Eli’s got his hands in the cookie jar…

Eli grabbing some granola barkThis bark is totally fun to make as well! You’re basically making and baking one big granola bar that you get to break up into pieces after! How cool is that? It’s like a food art project!

This granola bark is pretty healthy for a granola bar. It has the goodness of oats, some flax-seed added in, (your kids won’t even notice it) almonds, coconut oil and unsweetened coconut.  It also of course has some sweeteners, like brown sugar and maple syrup. Come on, you gotta have the sweet in there!

I’ve been sending the kids off to school with this for snack, breaking it into smaller pieces and topping it on yogurt parfaits with fresh berries, and we’ve also been eating it for breakfast paired with some milk. It beats out the supermarket granola, cereals because it’s so fresh and super crunchy!

So make it, break it and pair it with whatever your cute little heart desires…
coconut granola bark… 

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oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…

So, I’m being a bit naughty and giving you all a sugary treat today! I’m posting a new cookie recipe that has been happily tested on at least 40 kids and adults, ranging in age from 6 to 44 (yes, you guessed it, I’m the 44-year-old)!  These cookies got the double thumbs up, and there were even… 

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sweet potato tacos with avocado crema . These are the perfect meatless taco!

sweet potato tacos with avocado…

If you’re looking for a new meatless taco recipe, then you’ve come to the right place! Sweet potatoes make the perfect hearty filling for a taco when you’re craving a meatless meal. Insert them in a corn tortilla with some black beans, cotija cheese and the avocado crema and you have yourself not only a… 

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avocado yogurt crema - Marin mama cooks

avocado yogurt crema…

Happy Monday peeps! You’re probably confused as you’re getting 2 posts 2 days in a row. You’re most likely saying to yourselves, “what’s up with Marin mama and all of her posting lately, she’s going crazy over there!” Well, I’m not going crazy, but I have been up since 5:00 this morning, and I’m baking… 

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Marin mama’s weekly…

Happy Sunday peeps! It’s 10:00 and I’m honestly sitting here struggling with what to say to introduce this weekly menu. I’ve been typing text.. then deleting it.. re-typing something else.. then deleting that. This is honestly how I’ve spent the last 2 hours, so I’m just going be honest and admit to you all that… 

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collard greens with spicy ginger dressing and seed brittle

collard greens with spicy…

Wait… don’t let the collard greens in the title of this post scare you away, especially you Amanda. You can also use KALE in this recipe, so read on if you’re a fan of either of these wonder greens. I originally wanted to call this salad kale and collard greens with spicy ginger dressing, as they are both… 

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marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 26th

Marin mama’s weekly…

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peanut butter chocolate chip granola

peanut butter chocolate chip…

This granola is not what I would classify as a healthy breakfast alternative. I would say that it falls into the sugar cereal family rather than the Ezekiel cereal family, but that’s ok. My philosophy when it comes to food is that it’s all about balance, and some days we want something healthy for breakfast,… 

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Marin mama's weekly dinner menu for April 19th

Marin mama’s weekly…

First off, I LOVE this picture of Zoe. I took it this past fall when we were in the city for one of Eli’s soccer games. We had some down time before the game, so we decided to do a photo shoot (which was SO much fun).  Zoe is a total natural in front of… 

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toasted overnight steel cut oats

toasted overnight steel cut…

Everyone has a favorite meal of the day and mine is breakfast! Breakfast just rocks! Give me some coffee and some carbs and I’m a happy camper! I’m a ravenous girl in the morning, and when I wake up I need a hot cup of coffee (pronto) and some carbs!  I’ve been a breakfast carb and cereal addict since… 

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