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Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

So, I’m not sure where I’ve been the last year or so, because I am only just coming to realize the wonder that is Greek yogurt.

Yogurt in general has never been one of my favorite foods- save the sugar- and food coloring-loaded varieties I used to get in my lunches at school when I was a little girl. I don’t know, something about the tartness, the texture- I just was never all that into it.

But then I discovered Greek yogurt- mixed with a bit of honey and granola, maybe some fresh blueberries… to die for. It’s also a great mix-in for smoothies, or as a marinade for chicken, or made into a dip for greek food… I can go on.

Homemade Granola

The same can be said for me about granola. I used to associate granola with birkenstock-wearing hippies, but now I’m way on board with this nutty, crunchy and sweet topping. Sometimes (ok, most of the time) I just eat it straight out the bag.

But I think married together, yogurt and granola are a total dynamic breakfast duo. And homemade granola is super easy to make, and makes your house smell like heaven while it’s baking.

This is adapted from a recipe given to me by my friend Ghazal, who got it from a bed and breakfast where she and her fiance stayed last year. I have added the chia seed powder to add extra protein and fiber without any weird taste- this is another new favorite ingredient I’m including in things like smoothies, veggie burgers and more.

5.0 from 2 reviews

Homemade Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup ground chia seed powder (optional)
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Spray a large baking sheet with non stick spray. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.
  2. Combine the oil, syrup and vanilla in a measuring cup, stir well. Pour oil mixture over oat mixture and mix until fully combined.
  3. Sprinkle chia seed powder and salt over top and again, mix until fully combined.
  4. Bake on prepared baking sheet for 50 minutes stirring halfway through. Sprinkle with brown sugar and pumpkin seeds immediately upon removal from oven and stir in so brown sugar melts.
  5. Cool completely on tray and store in airtight container in the freezer.

Note: This recipe can be made gluten free if you use gluten-free oats.

Homemade Granola

For my breakfasts, I put about 1/4 cup of granola and a teaspoon or so of honey over plain, non-fat greek yogurt. Delectable!

I think this would also be a great homemade gift for friends this holiday season- scoop some into cute bags, tie with pretty ribbons or a nice sticker, and its a perfect and delicious present!

Whats your favorite way to enjoy granola?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

Smoothie Sundays: Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s that time of the week my friends- Sunday Smoothie time! Time to relax, turn on the game, and enjoy the greatness that is my favorite day of the week. I’ve got a really yummy fall favorite for you that is a perfect way to use up those gallon bottles of apple cider I just can’t help buying up at the store this time of year.

It feels insane to me how fast this year is coming to a close. It seems like just yesterday that I was watching Anderson Cooper ring in the New Year; now we’re only two months away from another one. We’ve seen the temperatures rise to crazy hot, and start to dip down again to where jackets are necessary and the boots are back in town… up here in the Northeast at least. Pretty soon, snow will be here, and we’ll be putting up our holiday decorations!

I love this smoothie because it’s got such a fall flavor. If cinnamon’s not your bag, try some ground nutmeg or even some cardamom for a warm, autumny spice. Between this and my other fall favorite, the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, we are in business for fall frozen drinks! Add a shot of bourbon in here and you got yourself a little party 🙂

Apple Pie Smoothie

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Sunday Smoothies: Apple Pie Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out my Now That I Have a Blender! pinboard on Pinterest as well as my other Smoothie Sundays recipes.

Apple Pie Smoothie

Happy Eating 🙂
mally

P.S. If you are a food blogger and live in New York City, I’m hosting another Food Bloggers in NYC meetup on Monday, 10/29, this time a happy hour at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar in the West Village. It should be a great time meeting other food bloggers, over wine, cheese and other snacks. Hope you can make it!

Smoothie Sundays: Banana Nutella Smoothie

Banana Nutella Smoothie

So it’s official, I am obsessed with my new blender. One week in and I’ve made a smoothie pretty much every day, and am constantly adding to my newly-renamed “Now That I Have a Blender!” pinboard. I love experimenting with all the different possibilities, thinking about new flavors and add-ins, and overall sipping on delicious, cold and wholesome drinks!

These past few months we’ve seen a lot of chocolate and banana themed recipes on Total Noms- Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, and Banana Ice Cream, and of course most recently, Turtle Pancakes. I can’t help it. I’m on a kick. And this smoothie is just tooooooo good.

This is also my first time ever using/trying Greek yogurt. I know, what kind of foodie am I to not have tried this latest trendy ingredient? I’m not much of a yogurt person to begin with, but I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt here and it really did add a nice creaminess, plus a good boost of protein for a perfect morning treat.

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Banana Nutella Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup cooked oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)
  • 1 cup ice (can omit if using frozen bananas)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Adapted from Chiquita Banana’s recipe page.

I am really starting to love these smoothies because YOU control what goes in them. These ingredients are all loaded with nutritional value (OK, maybe not the nutella… haha) but you can’t really beat a SUPER quick and easy recipe with delicious ingredients like this!

Banana Nutella Smoothie

Doesn’t this almost look like chocolate milk?! YUM!

I am currently in Austin right now for the Austin City Limits festival, but will be back this week. I am happy as a clam here though- besides the music, there is so much great food here at the festival! Austin is such a foodie heaven! Anyone who’s been, got any good recommendations?

Happy Eating 🙂
mally