It is the most important meal of the day.
If you are trying to lose weight and think skipping breakfast will help, you are wrong. Breakfast helps speed your metabolism; just so you know.
Breakfast really means breaking the fast after going a whole night without eating, unless you are one of those midnight snackers.
At our house pancakes are definitely on the top of the list, but we also love granola. Granola in milk, with yogurt or for making into granola bars.
I never even knew you could make granola till a couple of years ago. Boy was I missing out. It is so much better than store bought and you know exactly what is in yours. There are many different kinds of granola you can make but I have found one that suits us perfectly.
The first time I made granola, I followed the recipe precisely and it came out burnt. Don't you hate it when you try so hard to make something and just doesn't come out right?
I do, I can't stand it!
I have actually shed tears of disappointment over my many failed attempts. But the saying, " If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," Is true! I came to realize that just because you follow the recipe to the T, doesn't mean it will always turn out.
As I have been learning to cook and bake knew things, I have found that you have to start being able to judge things for yourself. Like if the recipe says keep it in for 45 minutes but it starts to burn at 30 minutes...don't leave it in for the next 15 minutes!!!
I have found what works best for me, but don't be afraid to find out what works best for you. Remember your oven or even your measuring cups may be different than mine.
All that being said here is the recipe:
Preheat oven to 340 F.
*2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
*1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
*1 cup sliced almonds( or any nut you like) optional
*4 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked
*Dried fruit if desired. I like dried cranberries, apricots and dried cherries
1.In large bowl whisk honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until blended.
2. Add oats, coconut and nuts to mixture;stir until coated
3. Spread out evenly onto baking sheets
5. Let cool completely before transferring to airtight container
- Melt 4Tbs of butter in a pan add 1/2 peanut butter and 1 bag of mini marshmallows and add to 4-6 cups of granola. Spread in a buttered 9x11 baking dish and let cool. Walla...peanut-butter granola bars..Yum!
I also love this granola bar recipe from The Barefoot Contessa: