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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 🙂

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??

 

New Year’s 2013, Egg Nog Pancake Style

New Year’s came and went. I was still getting over my cold, or maybe it was still creeping up on me as we were heading out to Boston Emerald Lounge. I sucked down some dayquil and headed out to meet a whole bunch of my friends that I hadn’t seen in YEARS. Literally. So. Much. Fun.

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On New Year’s Day, I popped up and made some festive pancakes for the family. Egg Nog Pancakes. They were unbelievably light and fluffy.

Egg Nog Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 Egg 3/4 Cup Vanilla Yogurt
1/3 Cup Egg Nog 1 Cup Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Water

Directions:

1. Beat the egg. Then add in the Vanilla Yogurt, and Egg Nog.

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2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then add it into the wet mix. Add in the water as well.

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3. Preheat the skillet to a medium heat. Wait for the pancake to bubble slightly and flip it over. It should rise a bunch.

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For the topping, instead of the normal berry topping that I whip up, I took some chunky applesauce and heated it up a bit. That was the topping for this guy. It was good without the syrup, but also fantastic with it.

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The applesauce topping was fantastic. Bacon had his serious begging face on.

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Bacon apparently had a fun night of partying too, because the two of us crashed on the couch shortly after pancakes.

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I feel like that’s what just about everyone was doing. Just watching football and recovering.

Tomorrow, I’ve got a packed day of wedding venue appointments and some solid gym time to get to. Exciting!!