Ah homemade granola. It's a tough one to get exactly how you want it. There a million recipes out there on the web and in cookbooks, and many great options in the stores. I've tried different toasting times and temperatures, varied the ingredients, and I think I've finally found a recipe that I love, and three ways to tweak it!
I like granola that is a little more chunky, that has some clusters to it, not just loose oats. These recipes have that. They are pretty dang tasty!
Basic granola recipe
3 cups rolled oats (gluten free if you need)
3 Tbsp ground flax seeds
3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp honey or maple syrup
pinch of sea salt, colored if you've got it
Tweak #1: Apple Spice Granola
To the basic recipe above add:
Tweak #2: Pumpkin Spice Granola (PSG)
To the basic recipe above add:
Tweak #3 Banana Granola
I think my new favorite way to eat granola is with a simple chia pudding and vanilla whole milk yogurt, sometime I add some fresh fruit as well. It is just as tasty with milk or any nut milk! I can pop this in a snack bag and munch on it when we're out and about, and I'm thinking it could even be combined with dates to create a nice bar, though I haven't tried that yet. I will have to keep you posted!
How do you do your granola?
I love traveling. It's something that has always been a need for me, not just a want. My first international trip was to the Bahamas when I was 16, thanks to my mom. Since then, I've circumnavigated the globe. To date, I've visited 26 countries and counting. I love the adventure of it, exploring new places, trying new foods, meeting new people. Now I love taking our girls on those adventures, seeing them make sense of the world and the things they encounter.
What does that have to do with chia pudding? Well, when you're traveling, you make modifications. You probably eat out a lot more. We ate out a lot in England, especially in London. Being out and about most of the day meant looking for easy to access options that our girls would actually eat, and were relatively healthy. Now, our chickadees aren't super picky, but some of our choices didn't go over as well as planned. That's ok. They don't have to like, but they do have to try it!
Usually when you're traveling you don't have a kitchen, let alone your regular staples. There is something absolutely lovely about coming back home, especially to my kitchen. We spend a lot of time there. Whenever people are over or we have some sort of get together, it seems we always end up there. It's probably my favorite part of our home. I suppose it helps that I love to cook and create new tasty things. Now that we are back to our own kitchen, I get to be creative again. I also get to eat a bit more healthy. So, now that I'm somewhat back to my own timezone, it's time for chia pudding!
This recipe is super easy to adapt based on seasonally available fruit, what you prefer for nut butters, and other mix-ins.
Simple Chia Pudding
Plum, strawberry and coconut compote
Prepare your chia pudding:
Seriously, I could eat this all day. It's that good. It's filling enough to tide me over until lunch. A smaller version would be great for a healthy snack, or even a dessert! How do you like your chia? Comment and share with us!