Lots of smiles around here today, mostly due to the fact that I got 6 hours of sleep last night. Although those hours were broken into two segments, the accumulated sleep is enough to make a new mum very, very happy. It’s funny the things that bring joy to a parent…my, how life has changed!
|Bubs isn’t laughing yet…hmm.|
While the little guy was still dozing, I quickly shovelled some breakfast down the hatch. Egg/Avocado/Cheddar on a whole grain english muffin and a pear. As anyone who has ever been around a baby knows, eating becomes somewhat of a timed Olympic event.
My local grocery store FINALLY brought back Chobani greek yogurt- yay! I obviously bought one in every flavour I’d never tried before. Today I went for the Black Cherry (delicious), with some granola and blueberries to round out the concoction.
Although tempting, I try not to eat granola like cereal. It’s better off as a topping, or mixed in with things, that is, if I ever want to fit into my jeans again. I always have it in the house, but have never taken the time to actually make it myself. I thought I would attempt my own version with an array of supplies that I already had stashed in my cupboard. It’s cheap, depending on the ingredients you want to add, and suuuper easy. I also like the fact that you know exactly what is going into your mix so to ensure it’s not too sugary/oily/random substance-y. Oh, and did I mention how easy it is? 😉
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats- 3 cups
- Unsalted Nuts/Seeds (chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, pine nuts, unshelled sunflower seeds)– 1 1/2 cups
- Raisins- 1 cup
- Shredded Coconut- 1/3 cup
- Cinnamon- 1/2 tbsp (if you prefer to tone down the cinnamon, use 1 tsp)
- Salt- 1 tsp
- Vanilla Extract- 2 tsp
- All Natural Honey- 3 tbsp
- Maple Syrup- 2 tbsp
- Water- 1/3 cup
- Vegetable Oil- 1/4 cup
*Note- My friend Jacquie informed me that she uses apple sauce instead of water/oil in her granola recipes. I was actually contemplating using it, as I had some in my fridge, but was nervous about the outcome. Apparently if you just bake it a little longer, it will turn out perfectly. I’ll be trying with apple sauce next time, as I love using it to replace not-so-healthy oils in my other baking endeavours (muffins, loafs, cookies, etc). So glad to know it works well with granola, too. Thanks, J!
1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
2. Combine all dry ingredients (6) into a large mixing bowl.
3. Add in all wet ingredients (5) and combine thoroughly with fork or hands.
4. Spread over a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 1 hour, removing every 15 minutes to flip/rotate mixture. This time frame depends largely on your oven and size of your cookie sheet, so judge accordingly.
5. Let cool and enjoy!
The great thing about making your own granola is that you can play around with the ingredients to suit your taste preferences and/or the items that you already have on hand. I think my favourite addition to this mix was the chopped walnuts! Yum!