Happy Friday! While it was a short week, I am so glad the workweek is almost over. It has been CRAZY over here. The kids are back to school and we are back into the swing of things. Now that you know the guidelines my family follows for healthy eating, it is time to share a recipe. We always try to eat breakfast as a family and homemade granola with yogurt is one of our absolute favorites. If it is berry season and we have some organic berries to serve on top, we are in heaven. I will talk about the recipe in a bit, but first we need to have some girl talk.
Mommies, I feel like a fraud this week and I need to come clean. While I am positive and motivating most of the time, this week was not the case. Life has been a bit of a challenge lately and I have been letting those challenges bring me down. Unfortunately, one bad thought is all that it takes to form a negative state of mind. My patience has been challenged one too many times and I hit a breaking point. I blew up at my husband and I blew up at my kids. Somehow I managed to keep it all together at work, but boy did I want to go off on some people this week. The truth is, it did me know good, It did not make my problems go away and it certainly did not make me feel any better. In fact, it made me feel even worse.
As I am typing up this post, I am disappointed in myself. I know I did not handle my frustrations in the right way. My daughter has been very challenging due to some health issues, but that gave me no right to scream at her. I should embrace my son’s wild and crazy personality versus being annoyed by it. My husband is an absolutely amazing partner and I am so blessed to have him in my life. I messed up and I messed up big time.
Guess what? We all make mistakes. The wonderful thing about life is that we learn from those mistakes. I talked to my daughter about our incident and explained to her that I should have handled my emotions different. My son and I had some extra snuggles and I talked to him a bit about what has been going on in my life.
I am at a good place and I am ready to move on. I wanted to share this story with you because I tend to be viewed as this optimistic person who never has a bad day. Not that long ago, someone at work asked me if I take something to keep me happy because I am never in a bad mood. I am a coffee, red wine and chocolate addict, but those are my only vices. The truth is, I have bad days. In fact, I have many bad days. I just choose to focus on the good aspects of the day and stay as positive as possible. Occasionally I slip up and need a reminder. We all do and that is what makes us human.
Okay, so who is ready to talk about granola???
I have always loved granola, but I do not like the price of the store bought stuff and many times it is too crunchy or stale for me. To align with or lifestyle, I was looking for a recipe that was lower in sugar or at least did not contain a lot of processed sugar. I tried several recipes and really could not find one that I really loved. The recipes that I tried with coconut oil did not seem to stay crunchy enough. I tried a few with just maple syrup and no brown sugar and the granola did not hold together as nicely.
As any working mommy would do, I took matters into my own hands. I put in a little bit of this and a pinch of that until it was just right. It is starting to sound like “Amelia Bedelia” met “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” over here. My mind is starting to focus on the weekend and the crazy is coming out!
Anyway, back to reality. This recipe is the bomb! At our house, we eat it for breakfast on top of whole milk, plain yogurt most of the time. This goodness is even better topped with sliced bananas or berries. However, it is great as a snack and has even been my lunch in the past. The recipe is easy to whip up and makes a quick breakfast for the workweek. Trust me, there will be no disappointment at your breakfast table. My family loves to have a small bowl right after it gets out of the oven.
I am all about quick, nutritious breakfasts during the week and this recipe definitely fits the bill. Yes, I know that it still has sugar. The sugar content is much lower than the stuff that you buy in the store, so I am good with that. We also never buy flavored yogurt. One of these days I will share with you my cute little yogurt pots.
So, who is ready for the recipe???
I did get my inspiration for this recipe from Alton Brown. He is definitely one of my favorite foodies.
- 4 cups rolled oat (not quick)
- 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup cashews, chopped
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or oil of choice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 275 F.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, brown sugar and nuts.
- In a small bowl, combine oil, maple syrup and salt.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the large bowl and stir to combine.
- Spread mixture onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool and then add raisins. Stir to combine.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks in the pantry.
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