Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Simple Homemade Granola Recipe



      I am 100% a morning person, always have been and always will be. Funny enough, even when I'm waking up three times in the night to feed my son, I still prefer to get up and get started with my day as early as possible. I could never understand or relate to people who claimed that they "functioned better" at night, even when I was in college! In fact, I think during the 4 years I attended college, I only pulled TWO all-nighters, and it was extremely difficult for me to to stay up late working on an assignment (or even doing anything...I know, I was really fun at parties). ALL of that to say, when I lay my head on the pillow at night (at 8pm...) I literally look forward to everything I get to do in the morning, including make a big, elaborate breakfast for myself. I went most of my high-school and college years skipping breakfast, or grabbing something quick and non-nutritional, and suffered with low energy and brain function for the rest of my morning and afternoon. If you've ever skipped breakfast before a 7:40am college biology class, you might understand what I'm talking about...




        Although I'm definitely a fan of savory breakfast options - think bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, etc. - occasionally I'll go for something sweet, as long as it's satisfying and at least a little bit healthy. I came up with this granola recipe after seeing this infographic on Pinterest (which, by the way is REALLY helpful in creating your own recipe!), and it's the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet breakfast craving. The dried cranberries and chocolate chips add a sweet, chewy element, while the sliced almonds and coconut chips add a delicious crunch! Try my recipe below!



What You Need
Large mixing bowl
Measuring cups/spoons
Silicone spatula or spoon
Parchment paper
Large Baking sheet
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1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup coconut chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp flax seed
splash of vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips (add in after baking)



What To Do
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (trust me - do not skip this step! The parchment keeps the granola from sticking to your pan!)

2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.

3. Once combined, spread onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Make sure your granola is spread evenly across the baking sheet, so that it browns evenly!

4. Bake for 10 minutes or until mixture is evenly browned, stirring once halfway through.

5. Once cool, add chocolate chips. Store in an air-tight container.

6. Eat and Enjoy!!


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Let me know if you try this, and how you like it!! If you have your own recipe for delicious, homemade granola, leave it below in the comments! What are your favorite add-ins? Are you more of a sweet or savory breakfast person?

Xoxo, Kate

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