Hi guys! How are you? It’s been awhile since we’ve last talked.
Did you have a good weekend? I had such a good weekend.
My mom and dad came to Philly for a visit! We spent Friday evening eating, drinking and enjoying a perfect summer evening.
On Thursday evening, Greg and I picked up our brand new charcoal grill! Can you believe it? It was a generous and perfect gift from Greg’s mom and stepdad. I can barely get over the fact that we now have a grill and we definitely took great advantage of it Friday evening. Burgers for my mom and dad, and sweet potato burgers for Greg and I. We also got a veggie rack and grilled whole cremini mushrooms and onions. We added pasta salad, hummus and guacamole and called it a meal.
Saturday, the four of us went to nearby Peddler’s Village. It was so much fun! Definitely recommended for locals/visitors!
I unfortunately took zero photos over the weekend, although I would have had some very good ones to share with you. The comment/joke of the weekend was everyone saying to me “This would have been a good photo, Jess.” 🙂 Oops!
Anyway, let’s now talk about granola.
You need to look no further. This is your new go-to granola recipe.
Whether you’re looking for a healthy snack, a hearty breakfast or a homemade gift, this recipe has got you covered.
I’ve always loved granola but I don’t eat it that often. That’s mostly because I can’t find a granola that I’m really in love with.
Usually store-bought granola tastes too sweet. Or is too crumbly. Or just tastes plain stale.
But, this recipe changes it all.
I’ve been wanting to make my own for awhile now. I wanted something that is healthy. That has a simple list of ingredients, things I know. I didn’t want it to be oily. Or crumbly. I wanted there to be large chunks of granola. I didn’t want it to be overly sweet or sugary. I wanted to control what went in.
So, I did it. I’m in love with this you guys. I knew what I wanted going in, but I didn’t know I’d come out being addicted. Does what I described above sound good to you? Prepare to be addicted.
Let’s talk about the goodness of this granola.
1) It has a short list of ingredients:
Pure maple syrup
2) You won’t be left still feeling hungry after eating it. Yep, it fills you up!
3) You won’t feel a sugar rush or like you just ate dessert after eating this granola. It is just slightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and perfectly cinnamon-y. The cinnamon just warms me up.
4) This granola is crunchy and sticks together in large clumps.
5) It takes one bowl to prepare. Yep, one bowl, one spoon and one pan. Maybe some measuring cups. It’s simple and easy, you guys.
6) It is customizable. Make it your own. Use this as a base and be creative. Add what you like and leave out what you don’t!
I’m telling you. Once you start on this granola, you won’t be able to stop. But really, I don’t think that’s such a bad thing. 🙂
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans, lightly chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Scant 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 300*.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
- Add the melted coconut oil and maple syrup.
- Crack the egg white into a bowl and whisk very well, until it becomes a bit foamy.
- Add the egg white to the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir everything together very well, so that the dry ingredients are completely wet and everything is well mixed.
- Place the granola on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until the granola is slightly browned and hardened.
- Let the granola cool for about 10-20 minutes, or until it is hard and can be broken into pieces.