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Granola Goodness!



In our house, we have not been great about limiting TV time or sticking with an academic schedule since the quarantine started. Don’t get me wrong, we tried, but it wasn’t working for us. And I don’t want to force something when we are all trying to make it through each day as it is. But there has been a lot of “life skill learning” going on in our household instead. So I feel okay about that at least!



One of the life skills I feel my daughter is definitely going to be taking away from all of this craziness right now is going to be feeling totally comfortable and confident in the kitchen. She loves being in the kitchen! She doesn’t even discriminate about what she enjoys doing in the kitchen - cooking, baking, cleaning, even doing the dishes (and we don’t even have a dishwasher!). She loves following recipes and helping, and also has an adventurous spirit and loves to make her own concoctions!



Our family likes to snack! My daughter and I specifically, snack A LOT! Thankfully, we both enjoy nutritious and savory snacks. Granola can be a great snack … but so many you find in the stores are loaded with added sugars. We enjoy throwing our granola into Greek yogurt or onto a bowl of oatmeal. Or, we simply snack on granola itself! Since it is a staple of snacking in our house, we decided to try a new granola recipe recently. We kept it simple and based it on a bunch of random ingredients we had in our kitchen.



Below you will find this easy recipe we came up with that includes nutrition rich ingredients.


Ingredients


3 cups Certified Gluten Free oats

1 cup Slivered Raw Almonds

1 cup Pumpkin Seeds

½ cup Sunflower Seeds

1 cup Dried Blueberries

¼ cup Maple Syrup

¼ Olive Oil

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

½ tsp Lemon Extract

1 tsp Sea Salt


Instructions


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sea salt until evenly combined.

  3. In a separate measuring cup, stir together the maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla extract and lemon extract until combined. Pour the mixture into the oats mixture, and stir until evenly combined.

  4. Spread the granola out evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Bake until the granola is lightly toasted and golden.

  5. Remove from the oven and let cool until the granola reaches room temperature. Then stir in the dried blueberries (or any other optional add-ins you might prefer).

  6. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.


Enjoy :)

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