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Fruit and Nut Granola

This simple granola recipe is full of nuts and dried fruits!  This is the best granola recipe for energy in the morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!The power went out at my house this morning.  And I was reminded why being without power is one of the most annoying things to experience ever.

Holy moly, I am dependent on my electricity.  I could use my computer, but without a modem, not my internet, so what’s the point of that?  And then there’s no tv, the laptop doesn’t last long without being plugged in, and I even had to keep and eye on my cell phone battery.

I did listen to some podcasts (like this one for bloggers) but the whole time I was thinking about how I didn’t have wifi, so I was streaming and paying for all that data.

And, obviously, there’s no baking in my fancy-schmancy new electric oven, so I couldn’t even work on this cake recipe I have planned.

Talk about frustrating.

(See related post: Cinnamon Spice Granola)

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I ended up going to the dog park where Monster and I wandered around alone (no one goes to the dog park in the middle of the morning in January, apparently) and nearly froze to death.

Let me tell you, I was glad there was some granola in the pantry, so I could at least have something decent to eat for breakfast.  It was that or a bag of pretzels.

This simple granola recipe is one of my favorites.  It’s chock full of nuts and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness from honey.  It’s a great way to get a little energy for your morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!

If you’ve never made homemade granola, can I urge you to try it?  It’s SO crazy easy to make, easy to customize, has very few ingredients, and homemade granola tastes ah-maaaaaz-ing.

I customized this with some of my favorite nuts, namely almonds and pecans.  Though I may have used walnuts if I hadn’t been completely out of them.  And I used dates and craisins, but you could use raisins, or those gorgeous golden raisins, or dried apricots, or tart cherries, or whatever you like.  And, I obviously threw in some coconut, because… yummmmm… coconut!

I hope the next time your power goes out, there’s some granola in your pantry too.  It almost makes a morning without Netflix bearable!

 

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Fruit and Nut Granola
 
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A simple granola recipe with nuts and dried fruits.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup sunflowers seeds (kernels)
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • dried cranberries
  • dates
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, coconut, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds in a mixing bowl. Add oil and honey, and stir to coat.
  2. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes until browned, stirring halfway through.
  3. Let cool. Add dried cranberries and dates to taste. (about ⅓ - ½ cup each)

 

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.Robb and I have been having this disagreement lately.

It all started when I decided to make some healthier eating choices.  The truth is, I found the new rules to be kind of a drastic change from the old ones, and really difficult to stick to.  So, I came up with a brilliant plan…

Half-measures.

I figured I could have a weaning-off period, a period during which I don’t completely give myself to the new lifestyle with wreckless abandon, but I start moving in that direction by getting halfway there.  Robb has always been a black-and-white kind of guy, so the whole idea of half measures makes him nuts.

He says I should just do it, or not do it.  Half measure are for wimps.

To each his own, I guess, my half measures have been working out great for me.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.

One of my alternatives to junk-food snacking this season is these Granola Bites.  There is still enough sweetness in them to make them really fun and delicious, while packing a protein punch that keeps the cravings at bay. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Granola Bites” »

Cinnamon Spice Granola

Recipes for homemade granola; Honey, cinnamon, and other spices are in this recipes for homemade granola.  Your family will love it!

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite CookiesI’ve learned a lot of piano pieces in my day.  Some of my favorites are those that sound a lot harder than they are.  I love it when a gorgeous piano solo is easy to learn and play, but sounds like you spent months preparing it.

I also love when the piece looks harder than it is.  I remember once when a friend with a gorgeous voice but very little ability to read music asked me to accompany her while she sang.  She nervously handed me this piece of sheet music which she thought looked very complicated and difficult.  I felt super cool telling her, “This is nothing.  I can play this right now.”

Of course, it wasn’t nearly as cool the next time I played for her, when she handed me this bear of a piece that she thought nothing of.  I guess we can’t win them all.

To me, granola is like one of those awesome pieces.  It is super easy to make, you almost don’t even need a recipe, but it leaves a big impression.  It’s simple, yes, but tasty, versatile, and so much better than cold cereal out of a box.  Nothing against cold cereal, but your family will know they are getting something special when they eat homemade granola, especially when it’s still a little warm.

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite Cookies

You can easily customize granola by throwing in whatever ingredients you are in the mood for that day.  Today, I was in the mood for walnuts and cinnamon.   Continue reading “Cinnamon Spice Granola” »

Trail Mix Cookies

A healthy cookie recipe is hard to find these days.  The search is not for the faint of heart.  The real problem here is defining what a healthy cookie is.  Is it the presence of good stuff?  Or the absence of sugar?

healthy cookie recipeI’m of the opinion that it stops being a cookie the moment you remove the sugar.  Which is why sugar free cookies are not to be found on this site.

And thus, I decided to go with the presence of good stuff for my cookies.

Look for a good trail mix recipe and you will find a vast variety of combinations.  It really comes down to putting all your favorite things in a bag and shaking.

One of the first times Robb and I went on a road trip with little kids, I mixed up some of my favorite kid-friendly snacks in a big ziploc bag: goldfish crackers, pretzels, peanuts, raisins, licorice nibs, and m&m’s.  Robb thought it was a little weird, but I think that’s because he didn’t like cheese cracker crumbs on his licorice nibs.

It’s rough being picky.

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The rest of us liked it just fine, and I made this famous “trail mix” for road trips many times over the years.

I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t make a fantastic cookie.  And yes, it’s sweet, but it would still make a fabulous snack for a hike or a camping trip, or even a long day at the ball field.  It has some nuts and fruits to pack a little extra energy, and some pretzels and granola to pack a little extra crunch.trail mix recipe

This is the kind of healthy cookie recipe I like.  It’s still recognizable as a cookie, but each bite has a healthy little surprise in it.  And feel free to substitute any ingredients from your favorite trail mix recipe.  I think these would be great with coconut, peanuts, cashews, or chocolate chips!

On a separate note, I would like to mention that I am now contributing a cookie recipe each month to my good friends at Waldron Publishing.  I’d love it if you would drop by and check out what they have to offer in awesome e-books! Continue reading “Trail Mix Cookies” »

Chocolate Yogurt Granola Bars

Chocolate Frosted GranolaUnder normal circumstances, I try to limit the amount of baking chips I purchase.  But, let’s be honest, you can’t expect a girl to just never buy chocolate chips, can you?

I found a clearance basket at my local grocery store that was full of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips.  I’m not sure whether they were being discontinued or what, but they were going for $1 a bag.

I bought 5 bags.  And regretted not buying more.

Having this much self control is exhausting.  I’m pretty sure I deserve an award {or at least a reward} for all the money I didn’t spend last week.  Check me out:  I went to Hobby Lobby and spent less than $20.  I went to World Market and spent less than $25.  AND I went to IKEA and spent less than $30.

If you don’t include lunch.  Which I don’t.  Because that was a separate self-control win altogether. {Chocolate cake, anyone?!}

Yogurt granola bar

Continue reading “Chocolate Yogurt Granola Bars” »

Biscoff Granola Bars guest post

Biscoff barsIt’s the middle of the month, and I am already over budget on the groceries.  I can’t help myself.  Sometimes I see something fabulous like mini-bell peppers or blood orange Chobani greek yogurt, or heaven help me, Biscoff spread, and I just have to buy it.

Now school is starting, and I have to get to start packing sack lunches, and what is there to pack?  There’s no way the kids will be eating bell peppers, and Robb wants all the Chobani to himself, which means I now have to share my Biscoff spread.  I’m sort of jealous and selfish, and so this idea is not my favorite.

On the other hand, turning a fabulous ingredient like Biscoff spread into something new and delicious and homemade like Biscoff Granola Bars is kind of fun.  Plus, I’m sure the kids will love finding these cute bars in their lunches.

I’ll probably eat mine for breakfast.

Biscoff Granola

Have you met Connie yet?  She has this wonderful blog called Measured By The Heart, where she blogs about all kinds of things from home decor, to cute hair tips, to DIY projects, to recipes.  And, lucky me, I get to guest post on her blog this week!  Aaiiieee!!

Let me bribe you with a few more adjectives before I send you to the recipe.

No Bake.  Very quick.  Super easy.  Chocolate Chips. And, need I say this? BISCOFF. SPREAD.

Get the picture?  To make these fun and crazy simple granola bars for your self school kids, head over to Measured By The Heart today!  You won’t regret it.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Nutella Granola Bars from After Dinner Dance

Biscoff No Bake Cookies from Shugary Sweets

This post linked up at: Tidy Mom; Shabby Nest; Joy in my Kitchen; My Simple Home Life; While He Was Napping; Chic On a Shoestring; My Romantic Home; At the Picket Fence;

Vanilla Coconut Granola

granola recipeEvery year we take this ridiculous camping trip.

Well, it must not be that ridiculous, because we love it enough to do it every year.  It’s mostly ridiculous because it takes us more than 9 hours to drive there (one way!), a drive that normally involves car sickness, and once we get there, we tent camp, often in the cold and snow, in a campground that has the worst smelly no-flush outhouse toilets and no sinks or kitchen facilities.  AND we only stay two nights.

Some families have their reunions at Disneyland.  Or a big cabin on the beach.  But this family camps in the Big Horns.

Continue reading “Vanilla Coconut Granola” »

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Granola Bar RecipeThe teenage boys went on a camping trip with the youth group at church this weekend, leaving Robb and I home alone with the princess.  It’s a good thing she is not an only child, because she pretty much gets spoiled rotten when she’s the only one home.  Let’s just say, she has her dad wrapped around her little finger.  A few items on the “Spoil The Daughter Weekend” official to-do list:

  • Dinner out.  She chose Apollo Burger, much better than the original idea, Wendy’s.  It’s a local chain owned by Greeks, so in addition to great burgers, they also have decent gyros, which is what I always get, and why I was thrilled to take her there.
  • Shopping at her favorite store, Target.  Not. A. Problem.  We love the dollar aisle there.  And we got a salted pretzel. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars” »

Coconut Ginger Granola and Product Review

Granola recipe with coconut, ginger, and almonds.  This healthy granola recipe is made with coconut oil.

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It’s a first for me, doing a product review on this blog.  I got this big bottle of coconut oil in the mail, and I immediately went to work searching high and low for ways to use it.  And by that, I mean I typed the phrase “coconut oil” into the search bar on Pinterest.  I’m kind of a research genius that way.  I also asked my Facebook friends, and even sent the question to the Thumb community.  I got some interesting results from all this “research.”

One result was that I discovered that people are not cooking with coconut oil very much.  I mean, when it comes to actual recipes with coconut oil as one of the ingredients, there are few.  It didn’t stop me from trying a few things, things you will probably see on this blog very soon.  The very first thing I tried was this coconut oil granola.

healthy granola recipe

The brand of coconut oil I am using today is Tropical Traditions.

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

I made a few changes to the recipe I found.  As usual, my changes are prompted by what’s in my pantry.  Or more appropriately, what’s not in my pantry.  One thing I added that I was very happy with was the crystallized ginger.  It has a different texture than the rest of the granola… it’s soft and chewy.  It has a strong flavor that gives a little extra kick to the granola.  There’s something about that coconut-ginger combination that I really like.

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My husband said he liked this granola quite a bit.  He thinks it has a lot of different flavors in it, and he’s not wrong.  Each bite is a little different from the last.  And it is really yummy with honey-flavored greek yogurt and sliced fresh strawberries.

So, here are a few interesting facts about this brand of coconut oil.  It’s made in the Phillippines by a pretty old-school traditional method that keeps it from being highly processed or mass produced.  It’s organic.  And while I’m not exactly qualified to be making any medical claims, I can tell you that it has a boat-load of antioxidants.  Which is good news for you!

Get the [tooltip text=”spoiler alert: If you watch carefully, you’ll see a very technical process involving a guy sitting on a really long board in order to squeeze the coconut to death. Don’t worry, though. His butt is nowhere near your coconut oil.”]juicy details[/tooltip] here:   Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

I know you want to buy the gold label stuff now!!

I should mention here that I also used the oil in a non-food way this week, too.  My son has this super weird and unusual skin condition on his hands and feet.  It’s basically extra thick skin, which looks kind of blistery, and sometimes dries and peels off.  We’ve been working on the problem with a pretty heavy regimen of supplements, which make the skin drier and flakier than normal.  In an attempt to scrub the crazy huge amount of peeling skin off, I gave him a little bit of coconut oil and some coarse sea salt and had him scrub hard for a few minutes, before washing it off.  It wasn’t a magic pill or anything, but it definitely helped soften up his skin some, and he was very happy.  I think we might try it again when we have more time available for scrubbing.

healthy granola recipe

My opinion of the coconut oil is that I like it.  It’s definitely tasty and healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s no substitute for butter, but then again, what is?  It is pretty pricey compared to other oils, too.  However, the health benefits might outweigh the costs in this case.  Good fats are essential to a healthy diet.  Or so I’m told.  Either way, I’ll definitely be buying coconut oil again.  And look for some more coconut oil recipes in the near future!

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Coconut Ginger Granola
 
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A granola made with coconut oil and ginger.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
  • 3 cups oats
  • ⅔ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup chopped brazil nuts
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2-3 T. diced crystallized ginger
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together honey and coconut oil, heating just until smooth and melted. Remove from heat.
  2. In separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Pour onto baking sheet, and smooth it into one even layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until toasted to a dark brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely before eating.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Coconut Oil Granola from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Almond Butter Granola from Peanut Butter Fingers

Olive Oil Granola from The Kitchn

Iced Oatmeal cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

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