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Valentine’s Day Granola

homemade granola for valentines day with chocolate and cranberries, healthy and vegan


Yes, Valentine’s Day is next week. And yes, my kids may revolt if I don’t have some sort of chocolate for them. Actually, they don’t expect or normally receive chocolate for Valentine’s Day, they prefer to get a new teddy bear or art supplies instead. But this year, I decided to go all out with a cute and healthy treat for them which included MY, I mean THEIR, beloved chocolate! Whole grain homemade granola with chocolate chips and dried berries more than satisfied their desire for Valentine’s Day treats.

Never underestimate the power of a cute package. A cute package filled with a yummy treat, even better! If you have ever made homemade granola before, the sweet scent that fills your home is amazing. My girls stood by the oven begging for granola and when I filled the boxes, they were thrilled. Actually, everyone was so thrilled with the granola that I didn’t get to take photos of  it and had to make another (DOUBLE) batch to keep everyone satisfied. If you need another healthy idea, check out my Valentines Day Smoothie too.



3 cups whole oats
3 tablespoons wheat germ
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup non-gmo vegetable or canola oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
dash salt
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries



preheat oven to 275 degrees.  combine oats, wheat germ and flaxseed in large bowl. in another bowl combine next 6 ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. gradually pour mixture over oat mixture while stirring to coat evenly. spread mixture evenly over lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. toss and bake another 30 minutes or until lightly browned and crunchy. once cooled, add chocolate chips and cranberries. store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Valentine’s Day Smoothie


healthy valentines day treat, smoothie photo and recipe on sunny vegan

What better way to celebrate the big Valentine’s Day than with chocolate and strawberries? But  you don’t have to clog the arteries of your loved ones to say I love you. Here is a sweet treat that says I Love You with great taste and nutrition.

This smoothie is so thick and rich, you will totally forget there are any health benefits. It just so happens to be packed with vitamins C, E, A, B6, K and folate (strawberries) fibre, iron and magnesium (cocoa powder) and omega-3 fatty acids and lignans (flaxseed oil). and for another healthy V-day idea, check out my Valentines Day Granola.
Cheers to your health and Happy Valentine’s Day!


Ingredients:  makes 2- 1 cup servings

2 tablespoons fair trade cocoa powder
1 cup vegan yogurt
1/2 cup vegan milk
1 tablespoon flaxseed oil
1 tablespoon agave * optional
1 1/2 cup strawberries, cleaned and hulled


combine first 5 ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. add strawberries and blend again, garnish and serve immediately.


shameless use of cute fingers, just cause I like them.


all you need is love, love is all you need



free valentines day printable from sunny vegan



All you need is love.
All you need is love.
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need.

All you need is love (all together, now!)
All you need is love. (everybody!)
All you need is love, love.
Love is all you need (love is all you need).


Are you singing with me yet? Ok, how about all you need is love and a free Valentines Day printable?
I have been SO into graphic word art lately, my husband is getting slightly annoyed with my sayings and fonts blown up all over the house ( more about that later) but I think he kinda liked this one. Honestly, I don’t care if he likes it or not, I like it and it’s staying  up for a few weeks =)

What kind of decorations do you like for Valentine’s Day?


and here’s the link to the 8×10 printable:

All you need is love   and Love is all you need


As for the vase, I have had it for years but the orange didn’t work with my decor anymore and it has been in a cabinet collecting dust. So, my trusty can of flat white spray paint was able to turn the vase into something I totally LOVE! Take a look around you place to see what things you could easily update with a coat of paint. The branches were also just lying around, 2 sheets of printed paper turned into the hearts and I just used a glue gun to attach a small piece of leftover ribbon to hang them with.


vase paint white black before and after with valentines day freebie

berry and oat smoothie ~ detox approved


detox plan with recipes, sunny vegan berry oat dairy free smoothie

Day 3 of my annual detox and we have been feeling great! I much prefer to eat my fruits and veggies to drinking them, but the girls think smoothies are such a fun treat and this one filled with oatmeal and mixed berries was perfect today. Soaking the oats makes them more easily digestible and the texture in the smoothie is actually smooth. Using frozen organic berries means that even though is’t winter, I can still get my berry fix in affordably and in great taste.

Including superfruits like blueberries, pomegranate, strawberries and blackberries gives you a punch of flavonoids, manganese, antioxidants and vitamin C in a package that tastes like desert. So drink to your health!


Ingredients: 2 servings

1 cup frozen organic mixed berries
1/2 cup soaked oatmeal
3/4 cup juice or coconut milk


place all ingredients into blender and mix until smooth. serve immediately.

January 12, 2013 - 9:42 am

robert - This looks great!

lentil and grape tomato salad ~ detox approved

easy healthy detox salad with grape tomato and lentils

I saw Al Roker on the Today show ( I love him) this morning talking about his success with a detox diet! I too have had such great success with detox that I am glad you have decided to join me on the Healthy New Year plan and this salad will keep you feeling satisfied and full of energy. The thing is, once you get the hang if it and start looking and feeling great it’s really easy to follow. Choose more whole, clean foods that nourish your body and you are on your way.

Don’t forget to read about the detox basics here, and check back daily for a new recipe through January 16th.

Not gonna lie, we love lentils around here. I can make a big batch and we will just use them on anything like pasta, salads, soups or just a bowl of them. The thing is, they are tasty and full of fiber and protein making them a great compliment to our veggie meals. Oh, it’s also quick and easy to it works well with our busy family life.


Ingredients: 2 servings

1 cup cooked lentils * we used brown
1/2 cup grape tomatoes- halved
1/4 cup fresh cilantro – chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley – chopped
1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons balsamic – optional
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove chopped garlic
2-4 cups greens- we used romaine lettuce



mix all ingredients except greens together in a large bowl, chill if desired. place 1-2 cups greens onto each serving plate and top with half of the lentil mixture. serve immediately.

January 3, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Theresa @rockonmommies - YUM! I’m making this for the hubby this weekend.

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