The Mommy Files: Granola to Rock Your Socks!
We’re big yogurt and granola fans in this house. I’ve had a stand-by Maple-Almond granola recipe that I’ve used for years; I originally found it in Cooking Light many moons ago and I see it’s now published on MyRecipes.com.
But then a friend (thanks Andrea!) introduced me to 100 Days of Real Food … a website dedicated to cutting all processed foods out of one particular family’s diet. Maintained by Lisa Leake, she has an extensive recipe index that includes a granola recipe that is so easy, and so good, it’s hard not to eat the entire bag in one sitting. Seriously.
What I love most about it is, even if you don’t have everything on hand, you can substitute stuff and it still turns out great. For example, the granola we made today was simply the oats, almonds (times two), and raisins … plus the honey , butter, and spices combo. That’s it. And it’s still totally delicious!
It’s not that I don’t like the other stuff, I just didn’t have it on hand and I needed granola for my yogurt tomorrow morning. Oh, and I’m eight months pregnant and didn’t feel like schlepping to the grocery store for something as trivial as a little bit of coconut and a few extra nuts.
My hubs is not a fan of granola and yogurt, but does like a granola bar. So I tried these chocolate peanut butter granola bars from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts and he loved them. I didn’t both telling him that there’s actually stuff in there that’s good for you.
And my oldest? Well, she likes the chocolate-coconut granola by Bobby Flay … what can I say, she’s a kid after my own heart. It tends to stay a bit chunkier, so it’s easier for her to eat in the car on the way to school!