No I’m not lucky, I’m blessed, yes!

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you are all enjoying the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the best holiday in the world…at least in my book. I know some of you are crazy organizers, like myself, and have everything ready to go, from the turkey to the pumpkin pie. I also know that a lot of you are procrastinators and will wait to purchase the turkey on Thanksgiving morning, where you will fight to the death against the jolly-looking man making a bee-line for the last turkey in the case! Been there, done that…never again. Weather you are prepared or not, I just ask one thing of all of you, forget the food, forget the decorations, forget the holiday madness that is to come with Black Friday sales and people forgetting the reason for the season, but instead, simply give thanks.

Give thanks for God, your friends, your family, your job, your dog…or cat, or hey, you might even have a pet monkey. Whatever it is, just give thanks. This morning I was able to give thanks for the new friends that have entered my life, my lemons. We have a monthly store meeting where we discuss store things, etc. etc. Now, because we are such a fun group of people, we always get a little crazy at store meetings. Today was no exception. We played a game where we each had a sheet of paper taped to our back and we were expected to go around and write down the first word that came to mind for that person…o yea, in under a minute. It was definitely a challenge, but I gave a good word to everyone. When I took a look at my sheet of paper, I wasn’t surprised at the theme going on. Can you guess the theme?

It shouldn’t surprise you either…I got lots of chef, creative, delicious, amazing cook, yum, culinary, baker, foodie, gluten free sistah, g.f. baking queen, and quite fittingly, sweet. So, needless to say I guess you can say that I am known for my cooking skills, even though I work in retail. Haha! What can I say? My passion for food and for cooking and baking does not go unrecognized. Plus, I love to feed people, and my co-workers are no exception. I spoiled them this morning with these breakfast bars.

I just love the dough…looks festive, eh?

I am definitely a do-gooder, they forgot to add that one to my list!
I had to make two batches of these breakfast bars…they are gluten-free by the way

I knew Les and I would be playing hunger games on our road trip to H-town, and this was the perfect snacking food. These babies are melt in your mouth, super moist on the inside, and crisp on the outside. Let’s just say that Les and I managed to polish off half the batch on our way back home, while re-living our boy band obsession days with an N’sync sing-along. These were definitely “bye,bye,bye” if you know what I mean. Turkey Day is right around the corner and these are perfect for a quick breakfast while you are laboring away in the kitchen. Plus, they are super healthy and might I add, delicious! Just enough to hold you over until turkey time!

Cranberry Nut Breakfast Bars:

Ingredients:
2.5 c. almond flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. grapeseed oil
1/2 c. agave nectar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. roasted pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 c. dried cranberries

Instructions:
1. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda.
2. Using an electric mixer, combine the grapeseed oil, agave nectar, and vanilla extract.
3. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet using the electric mixer.
4. Mix in coconut, almonds, pecans, and cranberries.
5. Grease a 9×11 rectangular baking dish with grapeseed oil.
6. Press the dough into the baking dish.
7. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

Makes 16 bars.

MANGIA!!!

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