It was bound to happen…granola time! (insert the “I knew she was crunchy!” comment)
Be careful how far you choose to read in this post. I guess you could just read the opening line and then decide to not ACTUALLY read the post and if that’s the case, then you are golden. But if you have been following me for a little while now, you might be getting dangerously close to becoming one of “those” people and having a Portlandia episode written solely for you. Really, we should all just “put a bird on it.”
So, let’s talk breakfast. You are revving the metabolism up right by eating breakfast in the morning! Eating breakfast will help your hunger stabilize throughout the day and will wake your metabolism up. You need to feed the machine you are about to use all day. So, why not make some granola! You can make HUGE batches at a time, save it in air tight containers (or even the freezer), and be set for nearly a month. If you have a family who craves your granola as much as you do, then you may not be so lucky. Now, there is some time invested in the process, but really its just the baking time that can be a bit time consuming. Its not too difficult to throw the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them up (I think hands are the best tools for mixing!). While the granola is baking you can tend to other matters, set a timer and just remember to stir.
COCONUT PUMPKIN GRANOLA
3 c. oats
3/4 c. sliced almonds, raw
2/3 c. pepitas, raw
1/3 c. sunflower seeds, raw
1/2 c. coconut flakes or chips
1 c. rice krispies (I use the brown rice version)
1/4 c. maple sirup (spelled the Funks Grove way! Don’t forget to drink some while you are at it:)
1/4 c. honey
2 TBS. pure bourbon vanilla extract
1/3 c. oil (I like either coconut oil or avocado oil)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
*Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and still until thoroughly mixed. Then add the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes. Stir the granola and cook for another 10 minutes. Repeat this process one more time cooking for a final 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit in the pan for 5 minutes to cool and crunch up. Enjoy!
Thanks for joining me on another Foodie Friday! Food is a constant journey that takes you to new places… & I love being part of your journey.