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Granola (Secret Family Recipe)

06 Mar

So sorry for the delay in posts…I’ve been having some health issues recently. Fibromyalgia + winter in Wisconsin = Pain, anger, and pining for California. Speaking of California, one of my favorite memories is the spring break I spent there in order to audition for a vocal performance scholarship at my dream college (which I got!). Every morning that week was spent on the front porch, smelling the orange blossoms, toasting in the sun, drinking coffee, and eating yogurt and granola before going for a run on the beach. There has been a granola recipe in my family for years, and we’ve all tweaked it to our personal tastes. Here’s my version! (It’s probably the healthiest of all of them…just sayin’.) Guess it’s not a secret anymore!

You can switch out the nuts to whatever you’d like, including seeds, if you’re tree nut allergic. Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and sunflower seeds would be delightful in here. Check out the chart in the bottom for seed benefits from The Body Unburdened‘s post. She’s got a lot of great info on a chart and the post elaborates even more. The yogurt I’m eating here is the Greek Style Raspberry So Delicious Coconut Milk yogurt. Very tasty!

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Granola

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

In a big bowl, mix:

4 c. old fashioned oats

1 c. unsweetened coconut

1 c. chopped pecans

1 c. slivered almonds

1/2 c. quinoa flakes

In a small bowl, melt

3/4 c. coconut oil, trans-fat free margarine (for a buttery taste), or butter, if you can eat it

Then add:

3/4 c. light brown sugar or 1/2 c. raw honey or agave nectar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. coconut extract (Unless you’re using unrefined [virgin or extra virgin] coconut oil, which lends a coconut flavor already. You can also switch it out for rum extract, almond extract…get creative!)

1/2 tsp salt (omit if preferred)

1/4 c. flax seeds

Mix it all together and then pour over oat mixture. Stir it all up and scoop onto jellyroll pans (cookie sheets with edges), as thinly as possible. You should be able to see the pan a little bit through it. Make sure it’s evenly distributed.

Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. I usually end up with 2-3 pans with one recipe. 

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7 responses to “Granola (Secret Family Recipe)

  1. Dimple@shivaaydelights

    March 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Lovely recipe and I hope you feel better!

     
    • potentialredcard21

      March 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m feeling a lot better already, but I can’t wait for spring! Hospitals are not my favorite place to be. Hope you enjoy the granola! I’m still sitting here munching on mine. 🙂

       
  2. missAmy

    March 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Sorry you have not been feeling well! Glad to have you back to posting!
    This recipe looks delicious!
    Hope warmer weather comes your way soon!
    http://www.lovelydoesit.com

     
    • potentialredcard21

      March 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks! It felt weird not posting every few days. Had an adventure with my sink breaking and my kitchen flooding the day before I ended up in the hospital, so it’s been an interesting week!

       
      • missAmy

        March 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm

        Oh no! Crazy week! Well you know though….that’s real life. As much as the blogging world seems perfect sometimes- like we are all living dream lives…yea no, that’s not really how it is.
        Praying it starts to get better and you guys have a great weekend!

         

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