Closeup of the açai smoothie bowl from yesterday: 2 bananas, 1 cup frozen berries, 1-2 tablespoons açai powder, 1 teaspoon @organicburst maca (gift) and a little almond milk to blend. I topped it with superfood granola, banana slices, berries, kiwi, @super_berry goji berries (gift) and passion fruit ❤️
So here’s the thing about granola: once you buy it, it’s gone. Inhaled. Consumed. You know what I mean. The serving suggestions on the box sadly lie to you. The bundles of oats and nuts and loveliness does not last 20+ bowls, but is instead emptied on a late-night back-to-back watch of every Harry Potter movie.
This recipe is essentially a variation on my gingerbread granola recipe, slightly different ingredients but the same procedure.
3 cups oats
1/2 - 3/4 cup honey, brown rice syrup or maple syrup, depending on preference, of a combination of all three.
1/4 - 1/2 cup nuts (I used almost slivers)
1/4 cup golden raisins, or any other dried fruit
1+ tbsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp maca powder
Preheat oven to 300F
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients except dried fruit until all the oats are well coated. There should be enough syrup to coat the oats lightly but completely. You don’t want any of the oats to not have any syrup on them. If you think there is too much syrup, just add another handful of oats. If it looks too dry or you see the white, in coated oats, just add more syrup.
Spread the oats out on a lined baking sheet.
Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Toss the granola around and bake for another 15, add the dried fruit and toss again.
Bake for another 5-10 minutes (or take out if it’s starting to burn after the first 30, every oven is different).
It’s hard to know exactly when the granola is done because it won’t be crunchy until it is cooled. If you’re unsure, just take it out, let it cool but leave the oven on. If it cools and it’s crunchy enough for you, you’re done. If not, put it back in the oven for a few more minutes.
If you want big clusters of granola, don’t stir it once you’ve taken it out of the oven to cool. Just let it sit. If you don’t like granola clusters like that, stir it a little as it cools.
Once your granola is cooled, break it up and store it in an airtight container.
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What’s the best way to celebrate this beautiful day? Something fall-inspired. Something easy as heck. Something sweet, because I don’t often make desserts and I want it to be special.
I ended up putting together this tasty, sweet, special, easy granola. The cookie butter made my kitchen smell like I was baking Christmas cookies, without all the work. The inclusion of all sorts of nuts and seeds made this feel healthier than it probably is ;) Adding in chocolate chunks & dried fruit at the end makes it a meal in itself. (Breakfast? Dessert? Snack? Up to you.) Try this out for a sweet quick fix!