Sorry about that, I miss Tony the tiger. Is he still around? :)
I have to admit, there was a time when granola ruled my life. The amount I would consume on a daily basis was borderline embarrassing. One day, I took a step back and reevaluated my relationship with it, and since then have been working on eating normal amounts – like a normal person! It also helped that I tried everything in my power to not turn the oven on during the summer months (even with the air on, it gets too hot), and I had become so accustomed to my granola, that I didn’t really enjoy the premade stuff that we could get at the store. Therefore, this is my first batch of granola since May! So exciting! What is better than a food that you can make yourself, exactly to your liking? I don’t enjoy nuts in my granola (odd?), but I love shredded coconut in it. You put only the ingredients you enjoy in it, and can decide your own measurements based on your liking. Anyway, this is my go-to granola recipe which I kicked up a bit for fall. I believe I said I was going to cool it with the pumpkin recipes, right? Well, I lied! Next few posts will be pumpkin-free, I promise… Maybe
Yield: about 4 cups
3 cups rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill GF)
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
¼ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup chopped dark chocolate
½ cup craisins (or any dried-fruit)
* I also added 2 tbsp chia seeds and 1/4 cup of ground flax, but this is optional
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except for craisins. Once everything is fully incorporated, spread granola evenly on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Take out and flip the granola around a bit for even baking (this also will spread the melted chocolate around so you get those yummy clusters). Place back in oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes. While granola is cooling, sprinkle the craisins evenly over your batch.
*I should mention that I ran out of craisins, so these pictures reflect my naked, craisin-free granola
This is going to be a problem, I feel my old habits coming back already!
Do you have any foods that make you weak? What are they?