This simple granola recipe is full of nuts and dried fruits! This is the best granola recipe for energy in the morning.
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.
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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.
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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- 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
- Combine oats, coconut, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds in a mixing bowl. Add oil and honey, and stir to coat.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes until browned, stirring halfway through.
- Let cool. Add dried cranberries and dates to taste. (about ⅓ - ½ cup each)