Posts tagged ‘granola’

August 16, 2011

granola for friends

I love granola much more than I should.  Yes, it is healthy, but not eaten by the handful like it so commonly is (in this household anyways).  After the gluten episode this past weekend we were forced to re-evaluate our oat consumption.  I was going on a nice streak there for a while where I had oats every breakfast – and I mean each and every breakfast.  Sure, there were a couple of other things thrown in their occasionally, but usually it was oats.  Regular oats, steel-cut oats, oat bran, overnight oats, dough-boy smoothies…  Because of the sheer consumption of oats and a new employee budget, gluten-free oats was not something that I even wanted to think about.  Yes, I will pay $2 for more oats and avoid paying $6 for just making sure they’re not cross-contaminated with wheat.  Well, as I now know – gluten-free oats should be the star of the show here.  Unfortunately we had over half of a big tub of good ol’ quaker oats to use up and I was not going to throw away any more food.  And there’s no better place to use up food you can no longer can eat than on your friends!  I surprised one of my good friends with a big ol’ bag of this granola.  And I will definitely be making it again for myself and sister with gluten-free oats.

Cinnamon-Vanilla Granola adapted from Coffee & Tea Warehouse 

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2c light brown sugar
  • 1/4c oat flour (or whole-wheat)
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/3c grapeseed oil
  • 1/4c honey
  • 1t vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 300′ and get out a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Place rolled oats into a large bowl and add in the brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon.  Mix to distribute.

3. In a small sauce pan, heat up the oil and honey until they just come to a simmer.  Take off heat and add vanilla.

4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

5. Put on the baking sheet and bake for around 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.

This recipe is incredibly versatile.  You can add nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cacao nibs… anything your heart fancies.  This was always my go-to granola recipe a few years back and I am not quite sure why I ever gave up using it!  I always added 1c of sunflower seeds in with the oats and it was awesome.

I highly recommend making this and having a bowl full of granola with the milk of your choice.  Just doesn’t get much better than that.

Want a more natural and gluten-free version?  Here’s what changes I will make next time for us!

  • 4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2T sucanat
  • 1/4c oat flour
  • 1/2t salt
  • 2t cinnamon
  • 1/3c grapeseed oil
  • 1/4c honey
  • 1t vanilla

I would consider decreasing the oil a bit as well… but it is just so darn good I don’t think I want to mess with it too much!  But I think decreasing the amount of sweetness and using sucanat instead of brown sugar will be the perfect alteration for our taste buds.

Now where are those gluten-free oats…

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July 1, 2011

spumoni

When I was studying abroad, I went on quite a few weekend trips to other European cities.  Most were only between 2 and 3 days – luckily the way my school was scheduled everyone had off on Fridays, how awesome is that?  A three day weekend every week!  I knew when heading over to London that I wanted to travel, and Italy was definitely on the top of my list.  Luckily, it was on the lists of three of my friends as well so we planned our trip together.  We scheduled it over May Day weekend – with one extra day off of school!  So we had a wonderful four day trip.

Then came the hard part – deciding where to all go.  We all wanted to go to different locations – Rome, Florence, Venice…  What was the final choice?  All of them.  On Friday we flew into Florence and took a train to our hotel just outside of the city (I’m not a fan of hostels and with four people it was a better deal to get a hotel room instead – and then we had privacy!).  We decided to stay in Florence every night so we didn’t have to travel with all of our belongings – which was just a backpack a piece but it still weighs you down while walking throughout the day.

Day 1:  We walked around Florence and saw David and the other magnificent sights of the city!

Day 2:  We went on a tour of Tuscany – a bus trip my aunt highly recommended and it was by far the favorite part of the trip for all of us!  It started and ended in Florence and we went to Siena, San Gimignano, the Chianti Countryside and Pisa.

Day 3: We took the train from Florence to Venice and walked around Venice for the day and then headed back to Florence.

Day 4: On our final day we took a train from Florence to Rome, walked around the city for the day and flew out of that airport.

We not only made it to all the cities we had wanted to go to, but had an entire daytrip where we were able to visit all of the beautiful and quaint Tuscan towns!  One thing I did way too much on this trip?  Eat.  It’s hard not to in Italy… and the gelato is amazing.  I never had spumoni gelato while I was there, but that is not going to stop me from segueing from my trip to Italy to a delicious recipe for granola that I made last week… Spumoni Granola!

Spumoni is a mix of chocolate, pistachio and a red fruit (traditionally cherries but strawberries work for me ;) ).  You’re also probably wondering why I am posting an Italian-inspired recipe close to the Fourth of July?  Well, there’s really no reason for it besides the fact that it is delicious.  I’ll attempt to make something red, white and blue inspired soon :).

Spumoni Granola

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2c ground flax
  • 1/2c shelled pistachios
  • 1/4c maple syrup
  • 1/2c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1T grapeseed oil
  • 1/4c dark chocolate chunks
  • 1/2c freeze dried strawberries or dried cherries

1. Mix together the oats, flax and pistachios.

2. Whisk together the maple syrup, applesauce and oil.

3. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and put on a baking sheet.

4. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so until the granola is golden brown.

5. Allow to cool completely and mix in the chocolate chunks and fruit.

Even though this granola is not quite as good as being in Italy eating gelato, but I’ll take it :).

June 22, 2011

what i ate wednesday #5

Welcome to the 5th edition of What I Ate Wednesday!  I had a super productive day today and it was also filled with a few surprises!

Breakfast

Steel-cut oats + chia topped with a little coconut butter, a little peanut butter, a ton of blueberries and some peanut butter granola (I’m addicted).  Also had a cup of green tea with soy milk (I made it one full week without coffee and only one caffeine headache!).

After breakfast I started two loads of laundry, cleaned the bathroom and cleaned a few windows before my friend Emilee came and picked me up to go workout by the bluff at my [former] college.  We did the stairs a couple times and walked around campus.  It’s kind of ridiculous how many renovations/additions are going on – making it nicer when we’re not there to enjoy it anymore…  I was definitely up for a snack when we returned.

Mid-Morning Snack

Fruit bowl – grapes + cantaloupe!

After my snack pick-me-up, I continued to clean – my room, the living room, dining room, and finished + folded the laundry.  Oh, and I also mowed the front lawn.

Lunch

I got to lunch a little later than usual due to my high productivity!  Lunch was leftover quinoa salad with green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, kidney beans and oregano with a glass of almond milk and carrots :).

Also had some not-so-lemony gluten-free lemon chia bread.

Around this time I saw a posting on Facebook for a small part-time job a local bakery was hiring for.  I emailed in my resume and they emailed back shortly thereafter asking if I was available today for an interview!  Jeesh, so I finally jumped in the shower at this point and got ready.

Afternoon Snack

Ate some rice cakes w/ homemade Honey Almond Butter + TJ’s Organic Blueberry Preserves (the raisin-looking dollops) while getting ready to go.

I also had an apple on the way to the interview.  The job would be throughout the summer and would be a fun addition to my schedule – I’ll find out by tomorrow if I got it or not!

Dinner

Kinley made dinner when I was at my interview.  Vegan Tamales (recipe here!) with broccoli and homemade guacamole with blue corn tortilla chips.  Yum!

After dinner, Kin and I took Crosby on a “Freedom Walk”.  AKA when he is really good and doesn’t need to use a leash.  He loves being able to wander around and not be weighed down by the heavy collar haha.

He just loves it, hope your night was as good as his was!