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Chocolate Granola

You may have noticed my love of granola.  We don’t really eat breakfast cereal for a number of reasons, but sometimes you just need something yummy to put into your raw milk.  I saw a recipe for Hot Chocolate Granola and I was inspired to try something similar.  
I started with my regular granola recipe.  I mixed together 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and a splash of vanilla.
 In a separate bowl, I mixed together 4 cups of oats, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and a few pinches of salt.
I mixed the wet and dry ingredients together, spread it on a baking sheet, and baked it at 350*.  The hardest part was knowing when it was done, since it was already pretty dark!
This recipe is definitely a keeper.  It is reminiscent of those chocolate cereals that turn your milk into chocolate milk.  MMM!


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Granola Update

Hello Again!  Happy Monday!!
I have posted about granola before.  I have been using the same recipe for quite a while, and although I love it, I have been feeling the need to experiment.  Last weekend, I took this recipe and ran with it. 
First, I melted down 1/2 a cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup home made peanut butter, and 1/4 cup coconut oil.  
While it melted, I mixed together 1/2 cup of coconut, 4 cups of oats, LOTS of cinnamon, and a few pinches of salt. 
Soon, the first pot was all melted.  I added in about 1 1/2 t of vanilla extract.  
 I mixed it allllll together and spread it out onto a silicone baking mat. 
Then, I baked it at 350* until it was light brown.  
It was really good!  I love the maple/salt combo.  This recipe gave me the confidence to experiment a bit more with my granola!

John keeps granola at work with him to eat for breakfast.  Every morning I pack him up with some raw milk and fruit and he is is set!

This post was featured on Let’s Do Brunch! with the life and times of the 21st century housewife!


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Granola

I have been making granola since I first saw this recipe over at Kitchen Stewardship.  You may remember me posting about it on Munching Madness.  I had been following Katie’s recipe most of the time, but now I am branching out!  I am not posting the exact recipe because it is not mine, but I am noting the change I made. Trust me, this recipe is worth clicking over to see. 
I start with oats, of course, and my latest flavorings were LOTS of cinnamon, and a good bit of salt.  
In a separate glass container, I melted down 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/8 cup honey, and 1/8 cup Maple Syrup!  That was added in with the vanilla and water.
The ingredients were all combined and baked.  I must say.  I LOVE the maple syrup version much better than the original honey ones. 
John likes them both, so they will probably both be in rotation.  I like to have it for breakfast with some dried fruit and yogurt.  MMMMmmmmm…..
This post was featured on Simple Lives Thursday at Gnowgflins!


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Breakfast Buffet

In my family, the fall is full of birthdays.  While that is super fun, it is also super busy.  It is hard to make time for everyone to feel special and to be given their own day.  This year was especially challenging, because we had my grandfather’s 85th birthday celebration on the same weekend as my father’s birthday.  I wanted to do something to recognize my dad’s day, but there are only so many nights that everyone can get together for dinner.  My solution?
Breakfast buffet!
On Sunday morning, my parents arrived at our house. 
The granola/yogurt station was set up.  (Home made granola/yogurt, dried bananas/cranberries/pinapples/strawberries/coconut/pomegranate seeds, walnuts, pecans, local honey, maple syrup, and agave nectar)
The fruit appetizer platter was constructed. (Starfruit, kiwis, and strawberries)

The pancakes were mixed and ready for their add-ins. (My not-so-secret mix recipe that I will share someday, if you are lucky.  The add-ins were the same choices as for the granola.)

The eggs were waiting to become omelets. (Pastured eggs with your choice of raw mozzarella, raw cheddar, tomatoes, kale, mushrooms, and/or onions)

I manned the electric griddle flippin’ pancakes…
While John handled the eggs.
 The finished products were customized for each person!  I apologize for the shadow-ey photos.  It was very early, and very bright. 
It was such an easy (and inexpensive!) way to celebrate his birthday.  He got a delicious home-cooked breakfast customized to his tastes.  We all got to enjoy time together without having to rush home from work to make it to dinner reservations.  All in all, it was a win!

This post was featured on Midnight Maniac’s Meatless Monday and Let’s Do Brunch!