Gluten-free Tropical Granola with a Mango Smoothie!

Gluten-free Tropical Granola with a Mango Smoothie!

Oh my gosh I can’t believe it’s already Thursday!  It came so fast this week which is nice because I’m really looking forward to this event tonight!

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So fun!  But as usual it would be nice to have a little more time.  Monday afternoon, all day Tuesday and yesterday morning my stomach was really upset 🙁  So I didn’t get to spend as much time getting things ready for tonight and this weekend as I would have liked to.  Our moms and my SIL’s are coming to our house for Mother’s Day so I’ve got quite a bit of cleaning to do.

Anyway, after a good workout yesterday I was feeling much better and gained some of my appetite back.  Enough to have some energy to do a few things around the house before heading to a friends birthday party.

The Love Nugget’s little buddy is turning 2 so we went to celebrate with him at his train party!  Of course the Love Nugget was so excited when we walked in and saw all the train fun!

He decorated his own train,


ate cupcakes,


and hung out with his buddies 🙂


Check out the difference in these cuties from last year to this year,


The Love Nugget was such a grumpy butt last year!

He wasn’t too happy when it was time to go and was so exhausted from all the festivities.  Unfortunately exhausted led to fit throwing and not wanting to do his normal bedtime routine with Dad.  I think it’s just a sneak peek of the terrible two’s which are fast approaching!

Besides posting a few pictures from yesterday, I wanted to share a really tasty granola recipe I whipped up the other day.

Gluten-free Tropical Granola

Gluten-free Tropical Granola


  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried apricots, unsulfured and unsweetened
  • 4 dates
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup organic raw honey
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. coconut extract (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, pulse apricots and dates until finely chopped.
  3. Add in nuts and continue pulsing until chopped well.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and continue pulsing until mixed.
  5. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 - 30 minutes tossing a few times throughout cooking. Watch to make sure it doesn't burn!
  6. Allow to cool then store in an airtight container.

I’ve been enjoying this on top of my newest smoothie obsession or by the handful., so good!

Mango Protein Smoothie

Mango Protein Smoothie


  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup coconut water


  1. Blend and enjoy! Add a few ice cubes or more frozen fruit chunks to thicken if needed. Topped with Gluten-free tropical granola is my favorite way to enjoy it!

Okay, time to get moving!


    • Have you tried smoothies in a bowl? 
    • Has this week gone by quickly for you? 
    • Anything fun planned for Mother’s Day?


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  1. Oh that tropical granola looks wonderful and thank you so much for not including raisins! I hate those little boogers!

    All those boys are so super cute! My 2 1/2 year old stays with a group of 4 boys everyday and they are all between 2 and 3 years old and they are just so precious. I love those boys 🙂

  2. Wish I could join tonight!!! 🙂 so fun!

  3. I love mango . . . and TJ’s sells frozen chunks of mango for a good price. I’ll have to make this smoothie! 🙂

  4. Will for sure being trying both recipes this weekend! I’ve been addicted to mango lately and actually had mango overnight oats for breakfast this morning.

    Love the pictures of the boys on the couch…too cute! Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  5. OOooo..cupcakes in ice cream cones!! That totally takes me back to my childhood days!

  6. YUM! the granola and smoothie sound great!
    And your workout ladies night sounds like so much fun!

  7. The boys are so cute!
    Hope your stomach feels better today!
    And the mango protein smoothie looks amazing! I haven’t had mango yet this season. Need to change this!

  8. Aww, sorry to hear about the tummy trouble, but glad you started feeling better and got to enjoy the party! This granola looks amazing! Love all the big crunchy clusters…that’s what granola is all about in my book!

  9. What a difference between all the kiddo’s from last year until now. They have grown up so quick! Just seeing photos from when I first started following your blog until now I can see such a difference in your little cutie pie!

    Glad your tummy troubles have subsided. Have a lovely Mothers Day weekend <3