Recipes and requests: dessert hummus, healthy granola, monthly newsletter and a YouTube video

Whew! What a busy week!

There’s been lots going on in fitknitchick-land; cooking and baking and writing and videotaping and editing. Kids’ end of the year camps and ball hockey playoffs. Teaching, training and the odd workout πŸ˜‰ for myself!

Today’s post is a bit of a mish-mash; hardly like me, but that’s how the week has been.

I’ve got a couple of recipes that I’m dying to share with you. And I’m hoping that you’ll return the share by helping me get as many eyes as possible on a new workout video!

1) The first is the newest culinary creation of Lindsay’s (AKA The Lean Green Bean); dessert hummus. Yes, you read that correctly. DESSERT HUMMUS! You can find the original recipe here.

I made the ‘spread’ version last week and took it to a fitness-girls-party; nothing left to bring home (or photograph, sorry!). Nobody believed there were chickpeas involved. Tastes exactly like cookie dough!

I made the ‘oatmeal balls’ version yesterday and made 2 changes; I upped the oats to 3/4 cup and added in an extra special ingredient, Holy Crap Cereal (1/2 cup). Both fit with my ‘Metabolic Effect’ nutrition plan perfectly; 2 or 3 balls after my lunch of lean protein and veggies and I get both my 5-10 bites of starchy carbs and the feeling that I’ve had dessert! You’ve got to try this recipe!

Holy Crap Cereal recipes

2) Second up; a healthier granola. Since I’m using oats as a condiment these days (topping my berries with them rather than the reverse), I like to augment them with seeds and nuts and dried fruit. I’ve tried a lot of different granola recipes and ended up cobbling this one together by mixing and matching until I found something that I love (unfortunately, my hubby does too, so it never lasts very long…).

  • 2 and 1/2 cups oats (the less refined the better)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 – 1 full cup unsweetened applesauce (start with 1/2 cup then add more as needed to moisten)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional or substitute agave nectar if your prefer)
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries (cranberries are great too)
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir until combined and moistened. Add more applesauce if necessary.

Spread out on parchment-lined cookie sheet (I usually use 2 cookie sheets). Bake at 300 degrees F for 30-45 minutes, stirring often.

Let cool, then store in an airtight container. Voila! A healthier granola, with pronounceable ingredients! It’s as yummy as it looks!

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And now for my requests of you all!

3) This month, I’m participating in an online video workout contest; Designer Whey’s “America’s Top Trainer” contest. I’ve filmed, edited and uploaded my entry. The winner of the contest will be determined by the popularity of the video. That means I would love it if you’d watch, comment (directly below the video on YouTube), ‘Like’, ‘Share’ (on Facebook and Twitter if that’s your thing) and above all, ‘Subscribe’ to my YouTube channel. I need my readers to come out in droves!

And finally,

4) On June 1st, I send out my first free Fitness and Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter. If you subscribed (by entering your email in the box at the top left of this page), you will have already received it (I’d love to hear your feedback!).

If not, there’s still time! Enter your e-mailΒ hereΒ (it’s really that simple!) and not only will you receive July’s edition, I’ll also send you the one you missed! Please feel free to forward it to your friends and family and encourage them to subscribe as well!

I think that’s everything!

Hope you’ve had a great week!

Tell me something fun (and fitness-related) that you’re planning for the weekend!

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  1. Just stopping by to check out your push ups…..Looking good gurl πŸ™‚
    Your granola recipe is very similar to ours, except my hubby uses Canadian Maple syrup and um…it’s just too good to substitute for apple sauce.
    kirri White (@kirri_white) recently posted…Rockin’ Mamma interview with Naomi EllisMy Profile

    • I love Real Maple Syrup (none of that fake Aunt Jem…) stuff for me! I like using applesauce in my granola because it cuts the sweet taste. I don’t like my cereal to be overly sweat!

  2. yum! love your version!!

  3. I haven’t put applesauce into my granola, but I love making granola and love this.

    I’m totally obsessed with your video workout. Did it yesterday and plan to work it into my regular routine. Love it. recently posted…Health ScreeningMy Profile

    • So happy you’re enjoying the workout Carrie! If there are other types of workouts you’d like to see me do, I may just be up for another video shoot!
      Also, I’ll have an online training course up and running this fall, with links to short, demo videos for the exercises in the programs. Keep watching for details!

  4. The granola looks delicious!!! Love the workout, I have shared galore with my readers!!! I hope you win! I am running 7 miles with a blog friend tomorrow and will riding bikes with the hubby!!! Have a great weekend!
    Toni @runninglovingliving recently posted…Friday Favorites 6/15/12My Profile

    • Thanks so much for all your sharing Toni! Not sure when the videos will actually appear on Fit Studio’s website and how they’ll manage the voting, but I’ll certainly be back asking for help if I make it to that point!

  5. So much in one post!!!! All the recipes look GREAT but I can’t do the granola – if I keep stuff like that in the house – well, I can’t stop! I am great at portion control but I know the things I will go back & keep snacking on & that would be one of them! πŸ˜‰ Just too good!!!!

    You are one busy lady!!!!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 54 recently posted…Bacon Sundae, C.R.A.P. and More!My Profile

    • Toooooo busy! I need a day off to just knit and relax in my garden. Maybe once I get back from Denver (I wish you were going too!)

  6. Holy post! Lots and lots of info. I have never thought about applesauce in my granola. Sounds beyond delicious.
    Off to share your video now!
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  7. SO many good things here!

    I’m working backstage at a Fitness Competition this weekend!
    Kierston recently posted…FFA Competitor Spotlight: Anouk (Nooksy) Arbour!My Profile

    • That sounds like fun!
      A friend of my was into figure competitions for a few years. I loved going to her shows and cheering her on! Looking forward to reading your post about the competition!

  8. I love your video. It is so well done and you are so cute! I tried to sign up for your newsletter butgot a message that the server stopped responding. I will try again. Sharing this now.
    Debbie recently posted…Spinning Along (and Kittens!)My Profile

    • Thanks so much Debbie! Saw that your newsletter subscription went through. Thanks for the reminder; I need to go and send those off right now!

  9. At first I was skeptical, but what the heck, I tried it. My kids loved it and so does my husband too. I just would like to thank you for sharing this recipe. A healthier alternative to peanut butter and jams.

    • Hi Lisa,
      I had to laugh at your response. I too, was skeptical. In fact, I made the ‘cookie dough’ version and took it to a party without trying it myself. I used a friend as a guinea pig!
      Try making the freezer/cookie version. They’re great cold and make a fantastic late afternoon snack!