It’s that time of the month again!!!

GIVEAWAY #2 & $3 OFF!

I’ve partnered up with Raoul over at Mix My Granola to give one lucky person a $20 gift certificate to create their personalized granola mix!!!

Everyone else, you get a $3 OFF discount just by being a reader! Enter: “TASTEBUDS” at the checkout!

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SO excited for my “exotic” mix of: 100% Organic Muesli, Dried Bing Cherries, Goji Berries, Dried Blueberries, raspberries, Hemp Seeds, & Chia Seeds!!

All YOU have to do…

For 1 “Ballot” – Leave me a comment with what YOUR mix would be, and if you have a blog, add me to your blog roll!!

For 2 ballots – (Complete #1) and post about this giveaway on your next entry – link back to this post!

***BONUS (3 ballots!!)*** MUHAHAHA This is AUTOMATIC! If you have previously commented on luckytastebuds 3+ times, you get a bonus after you’ve finished #1 & #2!! (That’s right, I take care of my regular readers!)

**Deadline is next Monday 3/16 8am central time**

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ON WITH THE EATS!

(P.s. Spin was awesome last night! Thanks for your interest. :P)

Peanut Butta Banana Oats

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The awesome folks at PB2 sent me a sample of their powdered peanut butter and I just KNEW I had to do the PB2 & oatmeal combo in the footsteps of my beloved “college-mate” & awesome bloggie Jenn!

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All I did was mix 2 level tbs of PB2 powder into my microwaved oats, sliced a banana over the top, and dumped some boston cream pie yogurt in the center for this decadent meal.

For a full review of the product, click here. For now, just trust me. This bowl of oats was decadent, filling, not-overly sweet, and authentic peanut buttery!

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Southern Twists

Lunch was TONNES of homemade Cauliflower Chili with a Golden Corn VitaTop that I used to sop up the juices. Pretzel Goldfish and an apple were also called for to kill the munchies.

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For all interested parties, read the review for the muffin itself here. I toasted this fella in the toaster oven for 1 minute and it came out warm, moist, and not overly dry!!! (Unlike the failure of a velvet chocolate Vitatop I microwaved yesterday)

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Since I am once again, SUPER proud of my own one-pot concoctions, here’s a closeup of my cauliflower chili!!!

Ingredients were: 1 whole cauliflower, 1 pack of shirataki noodles, 1 can of spicy chili beans, 1 small can sliced mushrooms, a few handfuls of spinach, and a cup of sliced calamari/squid rings (which I would leave out if I made it again).

Method: Throw all in 1 big pot, mix together under medium heat for 20 minutes and season with salt, pepper, & red chili flakes. TADA!!!!

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The corn muffin was so moist and went SO well with my chili it was a match made in heaven!!! I was so full afterward I didn’t need a snack until 5 hours later, which I proceeded to eat an unpictured handful of salted cashews and…

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The famous Coconut Cream Pie Larabar

*Disclaimer* My biased judgement may come from the fact that I have always HATED dried, flaked coconut. *Cough* OVERHYPED. *cough* (I can do coconut juice and coconut milk for sure though. Yum!)

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Taste: I was SO glad this wasn‘t overly sweet, nor did I feel like I was eating sunblock. The coconut flavor was mild and came mainly from the infinite shreds of coconut bits weaved throughout the entire bar. The date-flavor was NOT as dominant as in other Larabars, (so this bar wasn’t too fruity), but overall even though I didn’t hate it, I won’t be reaching for it again anytime soon (though I can see coconut lovers going ga-ga over this).

Texture: It reminded me 120% of a Chinese bakery coconut bun filling – it’s called the cocktail bun. Everyone who loves soft sweet bread who also loves this flavor of Larabar will also ADORE this…

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Basically, the texture was dense, soft, moist, and a TINY bit nutty from the walnuts. The most the dominant texture came from the dried shredded coconut bits that were fresh & crisp, but had this might-get-stuck-in-your-teeth sort of gritty chewiness (that I am not a fan of).

Sorry coconut/Larabar fans, this isn’t personal!! I must say though, I do like coconut a TAD bit more now, thanks to Larabar! (For more Larabar reviews, click here.)

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Thank you guys for offering your condolensces about my “over-munchies” from the last post!I really appreciate it, and hopefully all my future giveaways will somehow be a little token of appreciation to you all!!

Knock yourself out with granola!!!

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