Mocha Almond Granola with Cinnamon

Mocha Almond Granola with Cinnamon

Anyone that knows me, knows that the way to my heart is through coffee. I love the smell, taste and overall experience of it. So when given an opportunity to cook with it? I said, GAME ON!

I am taking part of a recipe contest through @purity_coffee and created a simple granola using their sample. Purity Coffee is an organic coffee that is roasted where the antioxidants in the coffee are maximized and acrylamide (a compound that is produced through the roasting process), is minimized. The beans are also tested for pesticides and other contaminants and beans are selected when they do not contain these impurities.

Traditional granola can be fairly high in fat and sugar. Recipes often use coconut oil, brown or white sugar and/or honey. I opted for a few tablespoons of maple syrup and added mini chocolate chips at the end for sweetness. Below is my recipe.


1/4 cup whole bean Purity coffee, coursely ground

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup dry quinoa

3/4 cup almond slivers

2 tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the ground coffee, rolled oats, quinoa, almond slivers and cinnamon in a large bowl and combine together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and canola oil.A
  4. Add the maple syrup mixture to the rolled oat blend and toss to coat
  5. Spread a single layer of the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and bake an additional 15 minutes until oats and quinoa are toasted.
  7. Let cool for 2-30 minutes, then add the chocolate chips in.

Makes 6 servings.

@purity_coffee @livingplate #PurityCoffeeRD #samples #recipe #contest


Cacao tea review

Cacao tea review

Step aside hot chocolate. There’s a new brew!

Do you ever get that mid-afternoon craving for something sweet, but don’t want to eat junk food or grab more coffee? There’s a new brew in store for you! I recently partnered with Cacao tea to try this delicious, nutritious tea.

Cacao tea (also known as chocolate or cocoa tea) is a 100% natural tea which is brewed from cacao husks (known as cacao shells). It is a loose-leaf style tea which, when steeped in boiling water, results in a delicious tea that tastes like chocolate.

Cacao husks have been used to brew cacao tea for thousands of years, starting with the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations up until recent time. In fact, as discussed in their article regarding the history of cacao, tea made from cacao husks was a favorite of George Washington’s wife Martha Washington, the First Lady of the United States hundreds of years ago.

Health Benefits

Cacao tea  has a delicious chocolate flavor and natural sweetness without added sugar or calories. In addition, cacao tea is gluten and dairy free. As a result, cacao tea is an excellent replacement for caffeinated tea and coffee and a great way to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

As described in detail in their article about the health benefits of cacao, cacao husks are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which studies have shown have a number of health benefits. In addition, cacao husks are rich in the compound theobromine, which is a mild, naturally occurring stimulant similar to caffeine with a gentle, slow-release effect.
FAQs: https://www.cacaoteaco.com/pages/faq

Brewing Instructions

Cacao tea can be made in a variety of ways depending on your preference!

To ensure that the full flavor of the cacao husks is released into your tea, we recommend using boiling water and a longer steep time. We recommend using a French press to brew 2 teaspoons of cacao tea per 250ml of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 6 to 8 minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger brew.

If you don’t have a French press, it is recommended that you use a tea ball strainer or infuser. If you use this method, please ensure that the top of your cup is covered with a lid or other cover during the steeping process. For best results, the water needs to stay as hot as possible during the steeping in order to extract the best flavor from the cacao husks.

For those who enjoy very strong brews, boil 2 teaspoons of cacao tea per 250ml of boiling water on a stove for 7 to 10 minutes, or longer if you prefer an even stronger brew.

While Cacao tea has a natural delicate sweetness, you can increase the sweetness by adding your preferred sweetener to further enhance the chocolate flavors of the tea. Honey or cocoanut sugar provides an excellent complement to the flavors of cacao tea.

Cacao tea can be enjoyed either black or with any milk of your choice. Almond milk makes a delicious addition to cacao tea.

Finally, another reason I love this tea is that Cacao tea has a beautiful social mission. They donate 15% of profits to charities that supply healthy meals to families in developing countries. Support their charitable mission by mentioning them on social media! @cacaoteaco #cacaoteaco For more information, or to purchase cacao tea,check out: http://www.cacaotea.com

#sponsored #ad #cacaoteaco #samples #cacao #tea #chocolate #brew

Moscow Muled Copper Mugs review

Moscow Muled Copper Mugs review

In the cold, gray days of winter, I daydream of warm evenings on my back deck with a cool drink. I’m particularly fond of anything with notes of citrus and have developed a taste for Moscow mules because I also love the kick of ginger. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait til summer to use my new Moscow Muled mugs! I received these from the company in Canada and think they are perfect for all types of drinks.

These handcrafted mugs are great for hot AND cold beverages. The interior of the mugs is different than traditional copper mugs because they’re lined with nickel as copper reacts with acids. The handles are welded instead of riveted, making the mugs airtight and leak proof. The mugs can be used for beer, fancy cocktails, kombucha, iced tea or seltzer water. With a 16 oz. capacity, they’ll hold plenty of ice in addition to your favorite drink.

The insulated linked makes them also great for hot beverages like hot cocoa, mulled cider, herbal tea or your favorite coffee beverage. The Moscow Muled mugs are not only functional, but beautiful. They will develop a natural patina over time which can be easily cleaned with a little salt and lemon. Let the salt dissolve and lightly rub it on the mug’s surface. The patina will be naturally removed with the lemon and salt mixture. Rinse with water and dry well after cleaning.

Here is a traditional Moscow Mule Recipe:


1 ½ oz. premium vodka

½ oz. fresh lime juice

½ cup ginger beer

Ice cubes

Lime wedge for garnish


Pour vodka and lime juice into a Moscow Muled copper mug

Add ice and ginger beer and stir to combine.

Garnish and serve with lime wedges.

The copper mugs are not only functional, but beautiful. #free #samples #coppermugs #copper #mugs

Sound Bites swag sale now through 2-28!

Sound Bites swag sale now through 2-28!

Need a fun gift idea for a friend, co-worker or family member? Sound Bites food pun swag is for you! These tees, tanks, totes and mugs were designed to start a conversation around food. We all eat, so lettuce taco bout it! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop-2

Most items are print on demand, so you can choose the color, size, style and design that you like. With the help of many talented people, there are now 15 designs to choose from. Women’s tees may run a bit small, but unisex tees run true to size and are just as cute! If you need a great gift for a friend that’s expecting, check out my cute food onesies. Be kaleful, Pearfecto! and Olive you! are quite popular for babies. Use code Heart20 @ checkout for the discount

Finally, stay tuned for my re-brand and give-back program happening this spring with the help of Madly Creative. https://www.madlycreativegroup.com/ 

20% off all food pun swag!

20% off all food pun swag!

Does your tee shirt wardrobe need an upgrade? Do you want to start more conversations at the weekend markets with a hip tote? Look no further!

Now through Friday, Jan 11, take 20% off all tees, totes, tanks, mugs and more when you use code PUN20 at check out. I began making tee shirts to lighten up the mood around food. I wanted to make food fun again. My shirts range from cerebral (peas romaine seeded), to silly- (be kaleful). I have 15 designs including puns about dairy, meat, vegetables, fruit, shellfish and avocados.

As the online tees are print on demand, I can make items not listed such as kids’ tees or yoga mats if desired. Send me a note if you’re looking for a different color, style or size. I’m happy to create a tee that suits your needs.

Please read reviews on sizing as some brands run smaller or larger than others. As these are print on demand, they may take up to 2 weeks to ship after your order. If I have the item in inventory, it will ship 3-4 days after your order is placed.

Have fun looking and please share the link! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop-2

20% off sale through Jan 1!

20% off sale through Jan 1!

Need a new tote or tee for the New Year? Look no further! Sound Bites tees and other swag were designed to start a conversation around FOOD. A little humor never hurt anyone. Now through midnight Jan 1, use code NY20 at check out and take 20% off your order.

Since beginning this adventure in tee shirts, I’ve made over 12 designs with the help of my designer friends Chris Glass, Karen Pawlicki and husband, Ryan Andrews. If you see a design that you’d like on a kids’ tee shirt, send me a note. I am using a print on demand service and can add the designs to lots of different things.

I continue to have some of the tees in Kennedy Heights arts center gift shop and Jackson Whitaker in Milford on Main Street. I am seeking other venues to sell them, so if you’ve got a gift shop, restaurant, store or know of one that appreciates food humor, send me a note. Thank you Aaron Kent of DIY printing (in East Walnut Hills) for keeping my small inventory in check.

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