Happy New Year!!! New Year… Same me, sorry I know you were all wanting me to tell you all about my New Years Resolution (you’re like “nope don’t care Seds…”) but resolutions simply ain’t mah thaaaaang.  Besides. If you are an avid reader of my blog (nod your head) you’d know from my Chili recipe that I actually don’t even consider January the start of a New Year!! Instead, I think of the fall as the start of a New Year so…hey everyone thanks for joining me in the New Year, been here for a while and it’s great!

To kick of YOUR New Year I’m keeping it simple with a delicious and versatile granola recipe that can be eaten at any time of day. The Granola you buy at the store may seem healthy but making your own from home is much better for you and it’s so easy so there is really no reason not to!

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One of the first memories I have of my husband in college is how he constantly had a MASSIVE plastic baggy filled with amazing granola from his mother in his room!  Sometimes it was a more traditional version while other times it had peanut M&Ms and other candy… always SOO delicious and extremely addictive.  I remember one time he was going away for a long weekend for ROTC training and I wanted to send him with some granola (was trying to win his heart ya know) so I drove to Walmart and bought SOOO much stuff in order to make it: pre-made cereal granola, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, M&Ms.. etc.. it cost me almost 50 dollars!! Hey he ended up marrying me though so I guess it worked…

Don’t worry, this Granola recipe won’t cost you 50 dollars making it yourself is a lot more cost effective! Especially when so many of our grocery stores now offer bulk purchasing… buy what you need so you don’t end up wasting anything!  This recipe is a version of my MIL’s (which she still sends to us every so often!) and is VERY flexible.. you can essentially customize it however you like.  I like having it in the morning with fruit and yogurt but it also tastes great as a cereal with milk.  Grab it as a snack to go or sprinkle on ice cream.. I may have mixed it with Nutella before too! Let’s get started.


New Hampshire Granola

yield: about 5 cups of granola– prep time: 10 minutes – bake time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4 cups of old fashioned oats

1/3-1/2 cups of each: dried fruit (such as cranberries or raisins), shredded coconut (sweetened or un-sweetened) and nuts (your choice!)

2/3 cup of pure maple syrup

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

1 tbsp honey

1 large dollop of peanut or almond butter

sprinkle of cinnamon


Step One:  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  In a large bowl combine oats, dried fruit, shredded coconut and nuts.

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Step Two: Mix in the maple syrup, vanilla, nut butter and honey.  Then, sprinkle with cinnamon and combine.

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Step Three: Spread the mixture flat onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the granola sit inside the oven for 10 minutes.  Remove the granola and enjoy!

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