(If my trip later this week was to New Orleans instead of Orlando, I would have gone for it and called this Nola Granola.)
I’m beginning to think no granola is bad granola… I guess as long as you don’t burn it.
Out of my three-item to-do list for this afternoon,
* Do laundry
* Make granola for my trip,
I accomplished the granola. And have decided to just make sure my packing list is updated, and worry about the actual packing tomorrow. I think as long as I pack and launder by Tuesday, I’ll be very happy to destress and unwind Wednesday night.
Granola, packed in a ball jar, with plastic bags for my trip (as long as I don’t finish it before take-off Thursday morning).
*bake at 315*F for 15 minutes, stir, and bake another 15*
- rolled oats (2.5 cups)
- cocoa-roasted almonds (1/2 c)
- ground flax seeds (1/4 c)
- vanilla extract (tsp)
- grade b & light maple syrups (1/2 c total)
- grapeseed [or canola] oil (2 tsp)
- natural peanut butter (2 tbsp)
- dried cherries & dates (1/4 c total)
- cacao nibs (2 tbsp)
- I used 0.5 cups quick oats with 2 cups old-fashioned oats. They add chewiness, but I only like a tiny bit.
- Mix up the wet ingredients and peanut butter before adding them to the dry ingredients. I put it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften up the PB.
- A normal oven should be set around 325*F.
- To keep things cooking evenly, use a big spatula to turn at the halfway point. For big chunks (which are obviously the best thing about granola), don’t stir any more than that.
- I added the dried fruit at the halfway point, and the cacao nibs after the granola had cooled off.
- Absolutely wonderful, and eaten for lunch at the last minute, in some almond milk.
After my clean-eating granola, I kept the tradition going at dinner, and had one of the most delicious, healthy meals I’ve had in a while. Incredibly straightforward, but awesome… A serving of wheat pasta with zucchini, onions, and mushrooms sauteed in a tsp of olive oil, mixed into about 1/2 cup generic pasta sauce.
And please also allow me to share this photo with you from postsecret today. Instead of looking them over with a delicious mug of coffee like usual, I am just going through them now.