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Granola Goodness

Do you ever get in a rut with meal ideas? Lately breakfast has been seeming so repetitive and boring...maybe that has to do with if I get my coffee beforehand or not ;). Then I remembered that my kiddos don't care about their meals being fancy - sometimes they just want something different. Enter: yogurt and granola!

 

Now of course you can buy granola from the store and it'll be delicious, but I bet you have the ingredients to make it in your kitchen already, too! And then you can make as big a batch as you want...which is good, because any time I make this I find myself snacking on it all day long. 

 

I use Smitten Kitchen's  granola recipe for my base (that website is a goldmine, but this recipe is only in her cookbook):

Over time, I've tweaked it a bit for my family. So my ingredients look like this:

- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

- 1 cup flaked coconut

- 1 cup chopped pecans

- 1/4 cup chia seeds

- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)

- 2/3 cup maple syrup

- dash of salt

- dash of cinnamon

- 1 large egg white 

 

Combine all the ingredients but egg in a large bowl and mix completely. Now for her secret ingredient to make the granola into those big clumps - the egg! Whip the egg white well, and stir throughout the mixture. Spread the granola in a single layer on a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Bake at 300 degrees for about an hour (or until golden brown). Turn over half way through using a large, flat spatula, so that you break the granola up as little as possible - again, you want the nice big chunks at the end!

 

I like to eat this with yogurt and fresh berries...but I also have it in milk with chocolate chips after my kids go to bed - don't tell them! :)

 

 

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