Fresh Start: Granola

So honored to be featured on my sister Anna's big time blog ;)

Here is the food post featured:

Anna, my childhood sister-soulmate, prodded me into sharing my passion for cooking and good recipes on her blog.  Well, it didn't take much before I was thoroughly on board!

Since I can remember, I've always had a  passion for cooking. Good food is important to me. A good meal can be a catalyst in bringing people together and creating happy memories. So much of life's greatest moments are centered around a good meal: birthdays, holidays, weddings, and family dinners!

So I share My Food Philosophy: Because the effort to make good food is a gift to those around me, it's happy memories, togetherness, the living part of life.

January always fills me with great anticipation because it's a fresh new start to a new year. So with all those resolutions to exercise more, comes my resolve to feel healthy and eat well.

It's a perfect month to share my favorite healthy breakfast recipe: Go-Go Gronola! Loaded with flaxseed and coconut oil and tweeked to be the BEST homemade batch of gronala you will ever make :)

Dry Ingredients:

9 C. of Old Fashioned Oats

1 1/2 C. Ground Flaxseed (Engery Booster!)

1 C. Sliced Almonds

1/2 C. Unsalted Sunflower Seeds

2 C. Sweetened Coconut (or unsweetened if you prefer)

2 pkgs of Dried Cranberries (you could also use raisins, but I'm not a big fan)

Wet Ingredients - Warm in a Pot

3/4 C. Honey

3/4 C. Canola Oil (I substitute with Coconut Oil if I have on hand)

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. Salt


Preheat Oven to 325 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients, EXCEPT cranberries, in large bowl. Pour warmed wet ingredients over granola. Stir until well combined. Divide granola onto two large baking  and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes.

Let cool, stir in dried cranberries.

Makes a good large batch that lasts for weeks. I love it in the morning with vanilla yogurt.

Store in large sealed container and enjoy!

Here's to your health and happiness in 2013!  


AZuniga said...

SO proud of you! :) Loved seeing another sister on her post today. Seriously cannot wait to try out this yummy delight. LOVE granola!

Jacque said...

Thanks Maria. I'm a sucker for the big bag of Costco granola--but this sounds so much better. I hope I have the will power to not dump it over icecream! :)

Klare Family said...

woot! go lady! your hair is phenomenal!!!!! and this sounds super yummy! I can't wait to try!

Cynthia said...

Hi Maria! I saw your recipe on your sister's blog (and have stopped by from time to time from Lindsay's) and just wanted to tell you that I made your granola yesterday...and seriously couldn't stop eating it today!

Perhaps it could be that I'm preggo?? Or just the fact that it's really good. My children agree too ;)

Just thought you should know! Blessings to you!