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Crunchy Banana Chip Granola

This morning I took a bit of some Banana Granola that my sister and I made on Sunday night and threw it on some Vanilla yogurt and added a few chopped strawberries. I am LOVING this granola.

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I can’t take credit for the idea of this granola because it was maggie who came home with the banana chips and idea. I was the recipe behind the operation and really just snapped pics while I told her what to do next. We really just took the recipe for My Crunchy Granola, and put a banana twist on it…Every time I look at that post it makes me think about my near brush with T-swift…and by near I mean my sisters brush with T-swift.

Banana Chip Granola

Ingredients:

5 Cups Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/2 Cup Chopped Banana Chips
1/3 Cup Pepitas 1/3 Cup Flaxseed Meal
1 1/4 Teaspoons Cinnamon 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Agave Nectar 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.

2. In a small bowl, combine the Agave Nectar and the Olive Oil. Then, pour the wet mix into the dry mix and stir until everything is evenly coated.

3. Spread out the granola mix on 2 cookie sheets making a thin layer.

4. Bake for 15 minutes. Take the pan out and flip the granola on the inside to the outside of the pan and visa versa. The outside oats will cook faster than the inside and you do NOT want this to burn. Bake it for an additional 10 minutes while keeping an eye on it.

Once the granola is golden brown throughout, it is finished. Let the pan completely cool before packaging it into anything or else it won’t crisp up nicely. As soon as it is completely cool, you will notice the crunchy texture we all love ūüôā

YUMMY. This recipe makes a TON of granola, so you don’t have to worry about buying any for a while. I actually really prefer the home-made granola over store-bought because it has such a unique flavor. It really trumps anything you can find in the stores.

 

What is your favorite flavor of granola and how do you like eating it??

 

Crunchy Granola and Taylor Swift

Today I woke up and met Brent for a quick Starbucks run with the puppies before he had to run off to work. The day really started off absolutely amazing. It was so relaxing to just sit out and people watch for a while sipping on an Iced Americana. Brent went off to work and I headed home thinking I was going to grab a book and head out to the park in Winter Park and just read a book and get some puppy training in for Oreo. Well, just as I walked in the door my sister shot me this picture,

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YES!!!! Taylor Swift and my sisters! Standing in a picture….together! Not exactly what I was expecting when the morning started…My sisters had gone to church this morning and spotted her with her new beau, one of the Kennedy’s, and asked her for a picture. Absolutely jealous.

After I got over the excitement (I literally felt like I somehow was there and got all nervous and excited) I grabbed my book and headed out to the park to read for a while. I found a bench around the fountain and parked myself there thinking a few people might walk by that could help Oreo get over her fear of people.

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Oreo was doing fairly good. Children were running past and she’d bark every once in a while. Then, a little three year old boy came by with his father and grandfather and sat on a bench across the fountain from us. As soon as he noticed the Oreo he came running over just to be greeted by Oreo lunging from under the bench right at the boy barking like mad. The poor thing turned right around and ran right back to his father. Munched another french fry and decided to give it another try. This time he walked over tentatively and sat on the bench next to me. He would chat with me, finish his fry, and run back to get another one, then plop back onto the bench next to me.

Oreo got used to the little boy and ended up wanting to play with him. THEN, she noticed his french fry. He obviously didn’t want to give it up so Oreo decided to go on a barking rampage at the poor thing. Naughty. A florida afternoon storm rolled in and we went back to the house.

With the rain beaming down, I decided to make something! Obviously. I have been wanting to make my own granola for a while now and just hadn’t gotten around to doing it. I had been told by a man at the local farmer’s market that once you make your own granola, you will never go back to the store bought stuff. FACT. I will never buy store bought granola ever again. This was just so much better. So this is how I ended up making my granola:

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Ingredients:

5 Cups Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts 1/4 Cup Chopped Pecans

1/3 Cup Sunflower Seeds 1/3 Cup Flaxseed Meal

3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon 3/4 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Agave Nectar 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oats, all the nuts, flaxseed, seeds, salt and cinnamon.

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2. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and Agave Nectar until it is a thick consistency.

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3. Now pour the liquid mixture to the dry mix.

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4. Take 2 cookie sheets that have edges to them, and spread out the oat mix among the two. You want to have a thin layer coating the pan.

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5. Cook the granola in the oven for 20 minutes. Take the pan out and flip the granola. You want to move the oats that are on the outside of the pan to the inside and visa versa. Then put the pan back in the oven for another ten minutes.

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The granola should look a golden brown throughout. Once the granola cools you will get the crunchy texture that you would expect. The batch that I just made came out amazing! I don’t think I will ever buy granola again. It takes not time to make and you can play with the flavors as much as you want.

Add your dried fruit to it once it has completely cooled. Options:

Fruit: Raisins, cranberries, cherries, currants, figs, pineapple, figs, apricots…and the list goes on.

I know the list of ingredients looks a bit longer than normal, but if you don’t have something there is no need to go out an buy it. Substitute it for something else. I made a short little list of some substitutes for ingredients to play with:

Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios

Seeds: Sunflower Seeds, Pepitas

Flaxseed: Wheat Germ

Sweetener: Agave Nectar, Honey, Molasses

Mix the recipe up to be whatever you like. Granola is great for that. I am just bottling up the granola as is and not adding any fruits because I am planning on adding in the dried fruit when I prepare the actual meal. That way I can mix up the fruit as I go as well!

Give this one a try if you like granola. It makes enough that you won’t have to make it very often and it keeps really well. It will also end up costing you less that buying the store bought granola. I’m sold.

You want to store this in something air tight. I am using a glass jar because I store everything in glass jars. I find that they have a cleaner look and make the foods on the inside look more appetizing. They are also extremely air tight so foods stay fresher longer.

For a print friendly copy, click here…Printable Recipe

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Enjoy your granola! And let me know what combos you come up with!

Happy Eating!

Trail Mix, the options are endless!

I am in love with trail mix. This is really my go to snack right now and I feel like it just gets pushed the wayside a lot of times. I was turned onto it when we had hiked Mount Washington and I can’t seem to stop eating it. It’s so filling and satisfying that you really don’t tend to over eat it.

Trail mix is really whatever you want to make it into. You can throw in the bottom of your cereal box with the leftover candy from last nights movie and you can end up creating something that is truly delicious.

I’m not going to lie, my favorite right now is the expected peanuts, raisins, almonds and M&Ms. There’s really nothing better.

But, there are a TON of different things that you can toss in there to add to the flavor. So here’s just a few that I came up with:

Raisins                                Almonds                                Sunflower Seeds

Dried Pineapple                 Dried Berries                          Dried Cherries

Dried Peaches                   Dried Apricots                        Banana Chips

Pretzels                              Walnuts                                  Peacans

Granola                             Chocolate Chips                     M&Ms

Crasins                             Corn Puff Cereal                      Popcorn

Cheerios                           Crushed Nilla Wafers              Cheese Its

There are sooo many different things that you can throw in, that you should just walk around your kitchen and throw some leftovers into a bag and see what happens. Who knows, could be delicious!

Let me know if there is anything else that you would add to the list!

Happy Eating!