Multigrain Hot Cereal w/ Pomegranate & Crunch : BA Cleanse 2014

The POMEGRANATE holds a dear place in my heart.  In Judiasm, this seedy red fruit symbolizes fruitfulness and fertility.  It is a symbol and a fruit that was very prominent in our trip to Israel.  We came across many vendors selling cupfuls of fresh pom juice and enjoyed it throughout the trip.  I even purchased a small piece of art that’s shaped like a pomegranate!

The pom juice in Israel was amazing!  It was only like $3 too... could you imagine getting a 16oz of fresh pom juice here for $3?!

The pom juice in Israel was amazing! It was only like $3 too… could you imagine getting a 16oz of fresh pom juice here for $3?!

When we arrived home from Israel, I was determined to find one of these contraptions we saw in Israel that allowed the vendors to make the pom juice so quick.  I didn’t have such luck and could only find industrial juicers that were way too expensive.  About a year later, our friend Donny remembered my quest and bought us one as our housewarming gift.  It’s awesome!  We use it to juice both poms and oranges… very cool!

Regan and I enjoying fresh juice in Tel Aviv in Israel

Regan and I enjoying fresh juice in Tel Aviv in Israel

Anyway, the pomegranate shows up in a few recipes during the Bon Appetit Cleanse, which I just love.  This breakfast recipe is something I had never tried before and it was a huge success.  I’ve made the multigrain hot cereal before with bananas, but the pomegranates offer that crunch and a bit of sour flavor to make it interesting.

Multigrain Hot Cereal w/ Pomegranate & Crunch

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Multigrain Cereal (I use Trader Joe’s, it’s like $2 in the store)
2 Tablespoons Pomegranate Seeds
1 Tablespoon Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

Directions:

Prepare multigrain cereal according to package directions (boil in a pot with water, stirring occasionally). Top with pomegranate seeds and Spiced Pepita and Cashew Crunch; drizzle with nut or soy milk.

Recipe from:  Bon Appetit

I was super psyched to share a new brekfast recipe with you.  I normally have plain Kashi cereal, greek yogurt, or some egg whites for breakfast… not really anything to write home about!  That’s what is so great about the cleanse… it forced me to try new recipes for EVERY meal, not just dinner!

The Pepita Crunch in this recipe I absolutely love.  I have used it on so many recipes so far.  I even wrote about it on the blog already!  Make sure you have this made in advance so breakfast is easy in the morning.

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts.  This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD!  Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

I also used the crunch in so many breakfasts. This one I will share the recipe with you soon- SO GOOD! Hot Multigrain Cereal w/ Pom and Crunch!

What’s your favorite healthy breakfast?  Try these!

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ Egg & Fried Basil

Smoked Salmon Hash w/ Egg & Fried Basil

Biggest Loser Pancakes... amazing!

Biggest Loser Pancakes… amazing!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Hot Cereal

Peanut Butter & Jelly Hot Cereal

 

 

Coffee & Chocolate Marshmallow Krispies

Being the coffee addict that I am… when I came across this grown-up Rice Krispy Treat recipe on Shutterbean, I couldn’t turn away.  Rice Krispy treats with coffee AND chocolate?  Yes please!

I’m pretty sure it was the allure of this fab dessert recipe that was the final push to send me grocery shopping this weekend.  SO glad I did.  Except that it took, like… 2 hours.  Ugh!  Anyways… enjoy this awesome recipe!

Coffee & Chocolate Marshmallow Krispies

Recipe adapted from:  Shutterbean

Ingredients:

1 stick Salted Butter

2 bags Mini Marshmallows (10 oz)

5 cups Rice Krispies Cereal

1/2 cup Slivered Almonds

1/2 cup Dried Cranberries

2 teaspoons Ground Coffee (not instant)

1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1.  Line a square baking dish with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.  Melt the butter over med-low heat in a large pot or dutch oven.  Add 1 1/3 bags of marshmallows once the butter is melted and stir occasionally until the mallows are melted and smoothed out.

2.  Using a wet spatula, fold in the rice cereal.  Add almonds, cranberries, ground coffee, chocolate chips, and marshmallows and fold quickly to distribute. 

3.  Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish.  Wet your hands and press the treats into the pan into an even layer.  Now, let cool completely (be patient) and cut into squares.

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These were soooo tasty!  My first recommendation is to definitely let them cool all the way, as it will make it so much easier to cut.  NEXT, You should actually turn the heat OFF of the pot once you’re going to mix everything after the cereal in.  It will keep the chocolate chips and extra marshies together and melt less.  (I did not do this… still delish but not as pretty).

These Krispies were really fun and so easy to make.  It took less than 10 minutes for the entire thing to be made, cleaned up, and put into the refrigerator to cool.  The hardest part is the waiting!  I’m thinking Fruity Pebbles & White Choc chips next?!????

Check out these other yummmmyyyy desserts…

Apricot & White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Apricot & White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Salted Caramel Pecan Bars

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple-Toffee Blondies w/ Brown Sugar Frosting

 

Mint Chocolate Cake Batter Buddies

Green Hummus just wasn’t enough GREEN for this year’s St. Patty’s Day Celebration at Donny’s in Baltimore.  I had to make something sweet and have been dying to try out this Six Sisters’ Stuff recipe since I saw it in Pinterest!  My Mom and Melissa actually tried it out this weekend while I was away 😦

I wanted to do a Mint-Chocolate Chip version of the recipe.  It turned out awesome.  The mint-chocolate flavor is perfect and although I wish it were a little more green, it still looks pretty cool.

Mint Chocolate Cake Batter Buddies

Adapted from:  Six Sisters’ Stuff Funfetti Cake Batter Buddies

Ingredients:

6 cups Assorted Chex Cereal (Rice, Corn, and Wheat)

1 lb (or less) Mint flavored chocolate

Green Food Dye

3/4 cup Chocolate Cake Mix

1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar

 

Directions:

1.  Melt the chocolate using the microwave on MEDIUM/LOW, stopping after every minute to stir.  You don’t want to burn it!

2.  Once the chocolate is melted, stir in a few drops of color at a time until it reaches the desired green.

3.  Measure out the cake mix and sugar because you’ll want to do this fast as the chocolate will begin to harden.

4.  Pour the melted chocolate over the chex in a giant bowl.  Stir carefully to combine until it is well incorporated.

5.  Once the chocolate almost covers all of the chex, dump the sugar/cake mix and stir.

6.  Refrigerate for best results!

 

We tried to use mini chocolate chips but they didn’t stick well.  They tasted amazing without it though.  Yay!!

I liked using all 3 types, they all have different textures and flavors.

Just a few drops of green will do the trick.

Mix well so all of the chex are coated.

Mint Chocolate Muddy Buddies!  Voila!