Aug 212014

Disclaimer: I received Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds for free as part of Blue Diamonds Tastemakers program. All content and opinions are my own.


On Twosday I mentioned the latest Blue Diamond Almond flavors I’ve been lucky to try.  I love the Honey Roasted Chipotle for savory, smoky, snacking.  I made a super quick snack mix with these bad boys by adding mini-pretzels and penguin-shaped cheese crackers.  Perfect for munching on while Netflixing.

pancake mix ins 

After tasting the Honey Roasted Vanilla almonds, I knew I wanted to use them in the kitchen and decided a revamp of my Trail Mix Pancakes was in order.  This recipe doesn’t call for sugar and these almonds add the perfect amount of sweetness to breakfast without going candy-coated-overboard.

I made a double batch of this recipe on Sunday so that we had enough for dinner and several days of leftovers. I brought an extra delicious breakfast to my desk all week long.  Reheating in the microwave doesn’t sound fancy, but it sure feels like a step into luxury compared to my normal oatmeal or yogurt with fruit.

Vanilla Coconut Trail Mix Pancakes with Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds
makes 8 medium pancakes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Vanilla Almonds, crushed
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • nonstick cooking spray


  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg, melted butter, and applesauce.
  • Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir slightly until mixed.
  • Bring griddle or fry pan to medium heat, after spraying it with cooking spray. 
  • Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop pancake batter onto the heated pan.  Allow to cook about 2 minutes, until the batter just starts to bubble, then flip to cook through completely.
  • Top with syrup, jam, nut butter, or your other favorite topping to serve.


 Posted by at 6:00 am  Twosday
Aug 192014

New Habits I’m Starting for My Own Good

  1. Tea with TED. I’m using my morning solo time to watch a TED talk [I recently downloaded dozens of them through the Podcasts app on my iPad from TED and TEDhealth.] and have a cup of tea before starting my day. 
  2. Journaling.  That’s the second part of my morning solo time; just a few minutes of journaling.  I haven’t been in a regular writing practice in a long time and setting aside just a couple of minutes a morning is helping to ignite something new in me. 

Kitchen Items I’ve Been Using Oh-So-Often

  1. Ninja Ultima Blender. I’ve been making smoothies for breakfast or post-run refuel and am so thankful that this tool is in our kitchen. [I received mine as a gift from Ninja at the 2013 HLS.]  I can’t get over how well it blends EVERYTHING I put into my smoothies – the power is really impressive.  I love the individual cup feature so much, too! Easy to make and take with me to the office for a breakfast on the go.
  2. Sesame Oil. It’s my favorite ingredient at the moment because just a tiny bit brings SO MUCH FLAVOR to whatever I’m making.  Whether adding a couple drops to a marinade or using a teaspoon for stir frying veggies and proteins, the little bottle of sesame oil in my fridge is such a powerhouse.  My favorite dish to use the oil is using up leftover rice and veggies from a week of dinners to make stove top fried rice on the weekend!


Recently Discovered Songza Playlists of Awesome

  1. Singing in the Rain: Upbeat showtunes from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s.
  2. C’mon, Get Happy! “Sometimes all you need is a rousing song to get yourself out of a rut.”

Summer Music Purchases I’m Still Majorly Enjoying

  1. Okay Go’s Upside Out EPThe Writings on the Wall is so good that I had to snag the EP.
  2. The Fault in Our Stars Soundtrack.  Even though I haven’t read the book or seen the movie. Yep.


Ways I’ve Been Taking Time for Self-Care on the Weekends

  1. Drawing, coloring, doodling, and letting my fingers do whatever the heck they want with my favorite art supplies. It feels good to just be free without a plan.
  2. Meal Planning. Taking the time to organize my meals for the week ahead really helps me to feel organized and prepared for the week ahead.  I allow for flexibility, but having a list and plan written out lets us avoid the “what do you want for dinner?” debate that often ends in neither one of us wanting to make a final decision.  I’ve been keeping one shelf of my pantry dedicated to ingredients I will need during the week, which I organize and fill as I writing out the meal plan on the calendar. This extra step is a great way to make sure I have everything I need or alert me if a stop to the store will be in order.

On the Meal Plan this Week

  1. Lots of Breakfast for Dinner.  Which is NEVER a bad thing in our home! Pancakes, sausage, scrambles, hash – so much goodness!
  2. BBQ Chicken Pasta. I’m making some substitutions to a recent Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese we tried and am sure our favorite BBQ sauce will work so well as a swap for the wing sauce!


New Blue Diamond Almond Honey Roasted Flavors I’ve Recently Been Sent to Review for the Blue Diamond Tastemakers Program

  1. Honey Roasted Vanilla
  2. Honey Roasted Chipotle

Impromptu Recipes I Created this Weekend Using the “BeeCause We Care” Almonds
check back Thursday for recipes!

  1. Chipotle Trail Mix
  2. Coconut Vanilla Pancakes