Let's yap about the ability to finally listen to my body.
Many moons ago - like circa 2006 - A LOT of moons - I helped with a cooking class, and this recipe was part of it. Until then, my experience with granola was of the pre-packaged, store-bought variety. And I thought that was pretty good. Well, from scratch granola is a whole new world.
Let's start with how heavenly the honey-maple-cinnamon baking nuttiness makes the house smell. Let's also mention how fresh and flavorful it is. It's delicious, energy-packed sustenance, and no one should live without it.
Now let's talk about breakfast on the run and how this granola can elevate that game. Raise your hand if you eat breakfast in your car. 🙋🏻♀️
I've never been much of a breakfast eater. A couple cups of steaming liquid caffeine have always been enough for me until about 10am. As I get older, though, my body has been telling my brain that a little something would be beneficial, particularly when the brain tells the body we have a long day ahead. Funny how age is making me more in tune to these silent internal communications.
This granola saves the day for me quite often. I never feel hungry before I leave the house in the morning. However, this granola with yogurt sustains me past that 10am mark.
It doesn't take much time to get a little morning nutrition, either. On my way out the door, I peel back the foil of my favorite vanilla yogurt, scoop 2 or 3 tablespoons onto it, pull the foil back over, grab a spoon, head down the road, and eat it at the red lights.
Or just eat it dry by the handful if you desire. No one could blame you. But be careful; it's addictive!
one more thing
Oh hey, don't forget... If you're more into hot breakfast foods, try these make-ahead freezer-friendly vegetarian breakfast burritos or our meaty, hearty breakfast burritos.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup sliced almonds
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ⅛ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup dried cherries (or dried fruit of your choice)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread dry ingredients on a sheet pan.
- Place wet ingredients in sauce pan and heat until butter is just melted, whisking to combine. Or place butter in large glass measuring cup and microwave until melted; whisk in other wet ingredients.
- Drizzle wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir or toss with hands to combine thoroughly. Spread evenly on sheet pan.
- Bake 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Stir in dried cherries. Let cool.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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