Infinitely Adaptable Granola

Good morning!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks so I haven’t had the chance to write. I wanted to share this great blog that I found that talks about parenting and raising girls to be confident and leaders. It’s by this woman named Laura Clydesdale and she has some great articles with references and links. Let me know what you think! As we enter into the tween years with my oldest, I can use any good advice I can get about raising strong girls in the face of all that is going on in the world. The best of times in some ways and the worst of times in some ways for being a young lady.

Here is one that I thought was important: http://www.lauraclydesdale.com/blog-native/how-to-easily-build-your-self-confidence-self-esteem-face-stressful-situations/

Today I want to share our favorite granola recipe. I found this recipe from Alton Brown about 5 years ago and we love it so much that we have some in our pantry almost all of the time. I usually make it on a weekend evening when we are hanging out at home, so I can go and stir it as often as needed.

I use this recipe so much, I wrote it in my recipe book and you can see the stains from the honey!

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So there you have it! Including the recipe below in print so it’s easier to read!

Ingredients: 

3 cups oats

2 cups of nuts (chopped) and/or seeds – you can use whatever combination you like

3/4 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened most of the time)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar (can easily omit the extra 2 tablespoons if you want a lower sugar recipe)

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey (maple syrup also works)

1/4 cup oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, apricots chopped, raisins, or a mix of any)

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients except the fruit in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the oil into the mixture and then use the same 1/4 cup to measure the honey. That way the honey will come out of the cup easily. The measurement for the honey is 1/4 cup plus another half of that (4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup).
  4. Mix well and spread on a baking sheet.
  5. Put in the middle rack in the oven. Stir every 15 minutes until it reaches the desired doneness. Mine usually takes 45 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! I eat mine with almond milk or yogurt. This version that I made has pumpkin seeds, pecan, hazelnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon and honey. I didn’t add in any fruit to this version.

Uncooked —> Toasty!

 

Love,

Pooja

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