Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

Be the best you with these healthy cranberry almond granola bars. Packed with protein and vitamins, these energy-boosting snacks will keep you feeling satisfied and full of pep for yoga class, work or whatever comes your way!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 cups whole almonds, roasted or raw
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs. hemp seeds*
  • 1/3 cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

*Optional, may substitute chia or flax seeds

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Line an 8×8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine brown rice syrup, honey and vanilla over medium-high heat.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until temperature reaches 260°.
  5. Pour it over dry mixture, stirring quickly to coat all ingredients evenly.
  6. Quickly pour mixture into a lined baking sheet, pressing firmly into an even layer.
  7. Let bars cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes), then lift parchment paper from dish.
  8. On a cutting board, cut the form into bars.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
  10. ENJOY!

Healthy Cranberry Almond Granola Bar Recipe

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Power Up Smoothie Recipe

Power up your winter with a fruity smoothie! This bright drink is full of vitamin C and antioxidants, aka all the good stuff you need for a healthy start to your year.

Power Up Smoothie Recipe
 
WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup almond milk or juice of your choice

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Let frozen fruit thaw for about 10 minutes
  2. Place it into blender and add kiwi and almond milk or juice
  3. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency
  4. Garnish with more fruit
  5. ENJOY!

Power Up Smoothie Recipe

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How To: Cranberry Apple Cider

Forget the PSL, it’s all about the CAC! Cranberry Apple Cider is easy to make and always a crowd pleaser.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 qt. sparkling apple cider
  • 1 qt. unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Sparkling water to taste
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup diced red apple cubes
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher or carafe, combine equal parts sparkling apple cider and cranberry juice.
  2. Add in the honey and stir until completely mixed.
  3. Pour a small amount of sparkling water over the cider.
  4. Top with diced apple cubes and fresh cranberries.
  5. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.
  6. Serve over ice.
  7. ENJOY!

 

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How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s that time of year again! Time for everyone’s favorite seasonal coffee drink – the PSL! Our Pumpkin Spice Latte is not only easy to make, but tasty to drink. This recipe combines a pumpkin spice reduction that you can store and use in not only lattes, but iced coffees, shakes, and more.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

LATTE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 shot of hot coffee (strongly brewed)
  • 3/4 cup of  milk

PUMPKIN SPICE REDUCTION INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

TOPPINGS:

  • Whipped Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Ground Cinnamon

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIRECTIONS:

  1. To make pumpkin spice reduction, combine all ingredients, sans vanilla, in a small saucepan over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low. Let the reduction simmer for 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  3. While mixture is simmering, steam 3/4 cup of milk & combine with coffee.
  4. Remove pumpkin spice reduction from heat & add in vanilla extract.
  5. Combine pumpkin spice reduction with latte, stirring to mix all ingredients evenly.
  6. Top with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and ground cinnamon to taste.
  7. Store any leftover reduction in the refrigerator for up to a week, using in more lattes or as you see fit.
  8. ENJOY!

BONUS: Coat the rim of your glass with caramel sauce and dip into either pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, brown sugar (or a combination of the three!) to add a hint of sweetness, additional flavor, & a touch of style.

How To: Make A Pumpkin Spice Latte

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3 Ways to Make S’mores with a Twist

We’re celebrating National S’mores Day with some fun twists on the classic dessert! Check out our three favorite recipes below. 3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

Grilled Peach and Honey Nutella

  1. Slice a peach into halves or quarters
  2. Grill the peach slices and marshmallow on your stove top or outdoor fire until brown
  3. Mix a tablespoon of nutella with a teaspoon of honey
  4. Place grilled peach, marshmallow and honey nutella spread on a chocolate graham cracker. Enjoy!

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

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White Chocolate Bacon

  1. Sprinkle brown sugar on 2-3 slices of bacon and place in oven for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees.
  2. Place white chocolate chips in microwave until melted
  3. Drizzle white chocolate onto bacon (and graham cracker, too!)
  4. Sprinkle cayenne over chocolate covered bacon
  5. Add roasted marshmallow, graham cracker and enjoy!

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist

3 Ways to Make S'mores with a Twist Peanut Butter Banana

  1. Slice banana into chips or halves
  2. Roast marshmallow over stove top or outdoor fire until brown
  3. Place sliced banana and marshmallow on a graham cracker. Enjoy!

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Happy National S’mores Day, Aerie girls! xo

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How to Make a Vanilla Cinnamon Acai Bowl

Acai bowls not only look like ice cream, but they almost taste like it too! Even better, they make you feel good about your breakfast choice — sounds like a win win to us! If you have a sweet tooth, this smoothie bowl will satisfy your cravings and keep you full and happy, all morning long!

How to Make a Vanilla Cinnamon Acai Bowl

INGREDIENTS

Base:
1 3.5 oz frozen acai packet
1 banana
¼ cup vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp almond butter

Toppings (optional, but we highly recommend!):
2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
2 tbsp dried figs
¼ cup granola
1 tbsp hemp seeds
How to Make a Vanilla Cinnamon Acai Bowl

DIRECTIONS

1] Add all base ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. You’re looking for a thick texture, so adjust the milk and add less than you would for a smoothie!
2] Pour smoothie into a bowl, layer on the toppings and ENJOY!

How to Make a Vanilla Cinnamon Acai Bowl

ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.
You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.
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ABOUT TERESA

Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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