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Granola Goodness

Are you a label reader? I am. I read every label before I put an item in my shopping cart. Years ago I spent 20 minutes in the cereal aisle, trying to find a “healthy” cereal to keep at the office for an emergency snack. EVERYTHING had SO MUCH SUGAR. And most of the them listed multiple types of sweeteners in one cereal… high fructose corn syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, pure evaporated cane juice. Do we really need more than one kind in a single box of cereal?

A N Y W A Y.

homemade granola with almond milk

Homemade granola with homemade almond milk.

It was at this point that I decided to make homemade granola, so I could control what goes into it and how it tastes. Granola is still something we try to eat in moderation, because nutritionally it is not really an “A student”… more like a B-/C+ 🙂 Sometimes I try to add things that will boost its grade, and the beauty of homemade granola is you can do the same! Use this recipe as a guide and get creative with your favorite flavors. (Please note, this is an updated version of an existing recipe I’ve had on the blog since 2013. I’m trying to update as many of my old recipes as I can, to reflect my new tastes, experience in the kitchen and ingredients.)

Granola Goodness
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 cups

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Granola Goodness

Ingredients

4 c. old fashioned oats (look for gluten-free oats if you are celiac)

3/4 c. almonds, chopped

1/2 c. raisins

1/2 c. dried cranberries

1/2 c. dried papaya or pineapple, unsulphured, unsweetened is best

1/2 c. coconut flakes, unsweetened

1/4 c. sunflower seeds, raw

1/2 c. maple syrup and or coconut nectar (I used half and half)

1/2 tsp. Real salt

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 325°F

    1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl in the order they are listed.

    2. Stir to combine and evenly distribute ingredients.

    3. Line 2-13"x18" baking sheets (or similar size) with parchment paper and divide the granola mixture among the two sheets, spread out into an even layer.

    4. Bake 1 sheet at a time for 10 minutes.

    5. Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to flip and rotate mixture to ensure even baking.

    6. Place back into oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. NOTE: Trust your nose, if the smell of the granola baking changes from delicious to something slightly different, it's ready to come out. You don't want to burn the almonds.

    7. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack.

    8. Repeat with second sheet.

    9. This made ~8 cups of granola. I filled up two, 4 cup mason jars and put one in the freezer and one in the fridge.

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Homemade Almond Milk

One of the first changes I made in my kitchen, was back in early 2013, when I started making my homemade almond milk. We enjoyed it so much, I raved about it all the time to anyone who would listen. The common complaint was that it would be quicker to run to the store and buy some off the shelf. I would always assure people it was NOT the same.

Then I took it a step further and made this video to show people you could do it from start to finish in 10 minutes. I even went so far as to get my blender out of the pantry during the video! Every step counts, right? If you haven’t tried making homemade almond milk, I highly recommend you give it a shot while the homemade granola is baking in the oven. The two pair together perfectly!

homemade granola

Delicious with homemade almond milk

Have you ever made homemade granola or homemade almond milk?

Runner’s Pancakes

Pancakes are a staple in our house, and this recipe comes to you just in time to prepare for National Pancake Day, March 7th! We experiment with different recipes and try different combos all the time. Maybe it dates back to my childhood when my Grandma would make all sorts of flavored pancakes for us — often times for dinner. So this recipe is a revised version of one that has been on the blog since 2012. We have changed our eating habits since then, so I thought it was a good time to update this to reflect our new tastes and nutrition. Enjoy!

Runner’s Pancakes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 - 1/4 c. pancakes

Runner’s Pancakes

Ingredients

Combine all these dry ingredients in a large bowl:

2 c. Einkorn flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Combine all these ingredients in your blender, in the order listed:

2 c. nut milk of choice

1 TBSP nut butter of choice

1 TBSP honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. almond extract

2 small bananas, peeled and broken in half

2 TBSP chia seeds (once you add these, immediately blend all ingredients on high, until no lumps remain)

Instructions

    1. Add liquid mixture, to the dry mixture and stir well to combine.

    2. Scoop batter onto greased griddle or pan using a 1/4 c. measuring cup

    3. After about 3-4 minutes, or until the edges start to turn brown, flip and cook on other side for about 2-3 minutes.

    4. Serve warm, topped with your favorite fresh fruit and/or maple syrup.

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Do you ever eat pancakes for dinner?