Hey There! 👋🏻
I’m telling you since I began this new job as a therapist, it has been non stop! I have been working so hard to build my caseload, make meetings happen and literally get a crap ton of paperwork done! Haha!
But in the midst of all that, I have managed to make a few bangin’ recipes up and still work full time. And yes, I’m fully aware of how that can seem so daunting and feel like you can never do something like that, but I do promise you absolutely can! It just takes the time to sit down, prep your week and specify the time to do that!
So I know granola doesn’t always seem like a spectacular thing to eat, but honestly the nutritional value it adds to the body and the fact that it’s a really simple snack makes it so worth it to have on hand.
And y’all! It lasts for up to a month, that is if you don’t go through it a week. Haha! Plus, best plus ever! It’s so COST EFFECTIVE!
These are some of the things you’ll need:
• old fashioned rolled oats: 2 cups
• maple syrup: 1/3 cup
• vanilla extract: 1 tsp
• cinnamon spice: 1 1/2 tsps
• peanut butter: 3/4 cup
• hemp seeds: 2 tbsps
• dried fruits: 1/2-1 cup depending on how much fruit you want in there
Once I had everything measured out, I grabbed a medium sized saucepan. I put the peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract in the pan. Let it warm up and melt down. No need to boil. Once it was melted down, which took about 5 minutes, I added the oats and cinnamon and hemp seeds. In my pictures above, I added way more hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are a great nutritional value for omegas that vegans and vegetarians get because we don’t eat meat. Plus, they are so small, we really don’t even taste it. I honestly probably added 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds, again, this is a personal preference.
Once the oats were coated and mixed well, I grabbed my rimmed baking sheet and sprayed the pan with coconut oil and filled the pan with the granola and baked it at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes. I flipped it once halfway through to make sure everything was evenly coated. Then I added the fruit with about 5 minutes left in the oven. I originally only added fruit to half the mixture, but then my husband said, just add it all. So I did.
Once it was finished, all cooled down and ready to touch without burning myself, I was able to give some to my husband for an afternoon snack and then I stored the rest in these two containers. So clearly, you can double this recipe if you want to have more for yourself or your family. This would be great over some yogurt (and yes, they make vegan yogurt) and possibly fresh fruit as well if you want fresh fruit instead of dried fruit. You can also omit the dried fruit from this granola as well if you will add it over granola and want to fresh fruit.
As always, happy cooking from my kitchen to yours!