Rise and Shine! Start your day with…
What did the boy say to his grandma when he saw her?
Gran – Hola!
ha ha :)
Granola is one of the easiest and healthiest things to make yourself for breakfast. It is much more substantive and nutritious than boxed cereal, and it is packed with plenty of fiber, protein and energy. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and once you make a batch, you can store it for an entire month (not that you will need to once you start crunching your way through the jar!). This granola recipe also uses barley flakes in addition to the more usual oats, giving it a nuttier flavor and a bigger punch of protein and fiber.
I’ll admit I haven’t always been the biggest fan of granola. I grew up eating bowls of Lucky Charms, Rice Krispies (with a spoonful of sugar), and Frosted Flakes. My favorite part was always the sweet milk that was left on the bottom after picking out the straggling soggy pieces of cereal flakes. It wasn’t until after college (I was still eating Lucky Charms out of the school cafeteria cereal dispensers then) that I really discovered and started eating granola. I realized that I wanted just a bit more of good stuff in my breakfasts to get me through the morning. With granola, you get fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals, all of which helps you feel full longer than sugary cereals.
This granola recipe is perfect for topping on Greek yogurt (another healthy breakfast food that I didn’t discover until after college!). It contains a fall-inspired set of ingredients including pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, golden honey, and cinnamon, all of which reminds me of the red, yellow and browning leaves that come with the change in season. From that inspiration and those colors, here’s one recipe for an autumn granola (I would love to hear what your version of an autumn granola sounds like)!
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