Homemade Granola {and other food musings}

One of my favorite “meals” is a bowl full of berries, a big scoop of Greek yogurt {honey, please} and if I’m in luck, a healthy sprinkling of granola.

I say “in luck” because up until about 6 months ago, I used to buy granola … and because I’m picky and only liked “good granola” (you know, like Ina would approve of) I didn’t buy it that much because good = expensive.

Spurred on by the idea to gift granola for Christmas and I tried making my own.
Hello. Easy Peasy.
Why have I not done this before?!

Move over Bear Naked or KIND, there’s a new granola in town …

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My take on Two Peas & Their Pod‘s “Maple Almond Granola” recipe.
There are many great granola recipes on their site and a great place to start before you start experimenting with your own blend.

Maple Coconut Almond Granola

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup coconut flakes/chips
3/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 T dark brown sugar
3 T pure maple syrup
2 T canola coconut oil
2 T agave nectar honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup raisins

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl {sprayed lightly with cooking spray}, mix the oats, coconut, almonds, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar together.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, honey & vanilla. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Spread the mixture out onto a large baking sheet {sprayed lightly with cooking spray}. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring half way through and rotating the baking sheet. Take the granola out as soon as it starts to brown.
4. Allow to cool completely. Store in an air tight container.

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Seriously, so good!
Go make some, pat yourself on the back and thank me!

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Pucker Up!

I also can’t stop making this Zesty Lemon Loaf recipe.
My boys love the lemon loaf that Starbucks used to carry. I wasn’t the biggest fan. But because I am their biggest fan, I tried making it for them.

Guess who likes lemon loaf now?!

{My take:: I sub 1T fresh lemon juice for the Grand Marnier & I sub greek yogurt or sour cream for the buttermilk. I then use this frosting recipe.}

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Swamp Water.
Or that’s what my Little calls it.

I am addicted to green juice. Never did I think I would utter those words … but it’s true. I drink a “shot” of 6oz a day and I love it.

It all started with Starbucks sampling the Evolution juices. The Super Green Smoothie is my favorite {and qualifies with your ‘free drink’ rewards Gold card peeps … win!!}. Too bad I’m too cheap to drop $5 every.day.on.juice. So instead, I’ve tried both Odwalla & Naked versions of the “Super Green” smoothie.

Odwalla’s Superfood is my ‘cheaper’ favorite.
And they carry it at Costco … making it a little cheaper.

Are you a fan of swamp water?

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Whole30

I’m doing it, for the first time, this June.
I’ve recruited family & friends and we’ve started a support group on Facebook {and we haven’t even started}.

The irony is not lost on me that 2 of the 3 things {and the third is not highly recommended} that I am currently loving are #notwhole30.

I’ve been reading and researching as much as I can. I analyze everything I eat now as #whole30 or #notwhole30 … I’m scared … BUT, I also love a good personal challenge and that is first what this is about.

Can I do it?
Can I give up sugar, dairy, grains, etc. for 30 days and live to tell about it?
Will it help me not itch as much?
Will it help get rid of my bloated post-baby pouch?
Will I have less inflammation and joint pain post runs/workouts?
Will it help my mental clarity and mood?

We will see. Let me know if you’ve done it … or if you want to join in … I’ll be your cheerleader!

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Comments

  1. Julie T. says:

    Well, I will be the first to give a big endorsement to both the granola and the lemon cake! Delicious! I will be giving that granola a try this week. Thanks for sharing

  2. Melody says:

    Andrea, I want to do Whole 30 with you! I would love to join in this with some online people to help each other along the journey. Will you talk more about that?

    • I will be sharing my Whole 30 journey!! I plan to do a post about it next week and then will ‘document’ most of it on Instagram with some re-caps on the blog through the month of June. I’d love for you to join in so we can cheer each other on!!

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