Granola Time!

E & D Granola (Easy & Delicious)

imageBest breakfast ever… this amazing granola over the top of  vanilla Greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of deliciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day.   You just can’t beat the wholesome combination of savory and sweet.  I also love it at the end of the day with a little milk or over the top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional dried fruits, nuts, or flavors you’d like to add.   Yum, yum, yum… hope you enjoy!!!
Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (do NOT use instant oats, they will not taste as hearty)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  Toss well to evenly disperse ingredients.

In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.

Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed throughout the oats and nuts.  I don’t mind leaving “clumps” here and there – those clusters become a doubly delicious bonus after baking.

Split mixture between two cookie sheets.  Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color.  Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use any variety of favorite nuts.  All you need to do is keep the measured amounts of nuts the about the same and you should be all set.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

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Great Fall Dessert for a Gluten Free Granny!

Wondering what to feed a gluten free Granny that will also make a Grand Auntie happy?  Well, maybe you haven’t pondered that exact thought, but we had some very special company this weekend and I needed something easy and gluten free to serve for dessert.

Gluten free easy apple delight We still had a bunch of apples to get through so I started with those and thought “hmmm… what about an apple pie without a crust”? Of course, we would need some vanilla bean ice cream to compliment that crustless apple pie.  Then it all just came together. I would  make the apple pie “goo” (filling), put the apple goo over the vanilla bean ice cream, and top it off with some of my homemade granola for crunch.  It was ssssooooo good!!! (and even easier than the previous apple sundae recipe I posted!)

Here is what I did…

5 medium size apples
3-4 Tablespoons butter
3-4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Homemade Granola
(all of these measurements are estimated, you can certainly adjust according to your taste, maybe add some nutmeg or clove too?)

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the apples soften and you get some “gooeyness” to your sauce. Put a scoop of vanilla bean in a bowl, followed by a scoop of apple pie sauce, and finally top it off with the granola.

Happy Jen Granny and Grand Mary

Such a perfect end to our fall day in North Attleboro with my favorite in-laws… thanks for coming Granny, Gramp, and Grand Mary!!  Those smiles along with our clean bowls show how much we enjoyed that dessert.

Happy Granny and Jen

A little Vanilla and Cinnamon Baileys was also a nice treat 🙂

Apple Caramel Sundae to finish off your Fall Family Fun day!

apple bowl sundaesHave you had a little Fall Family Fun at a local apple orchard this weekend? 

Are you now looking at all of those apples and wondering how you could possibly get through them all? 

How about an apple caramel sundae using the apple as the your dish? 

Cute, delicious, and pretty easy…

 

Ingredients:
Apples                           Butter (if desired)
Cinnamon                     Vanilla Ice Cream
Sugar                            Caramel sauce (see below)

For some crunch: Granola (see recipe in blog or another favorite), Nuts,
Snyder’s Salted Caramel Pretzel bits (A new favorite!! Savory sweet crunch – umm!)

Directions:
1.  Heat over to 350 degrees.
2.  Hollow up the apples with a corer, melon scoop, or firm metal spoon.
3.  For richer flavor, rub inside of apple with soft butter (make sure to “dry” inside of apple so the butter sticks).  You can also skip this part.
4.  Mix your cinnamon and sugar together (use your own favorite proportions).   Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture inside the apples.
5.  Bake apples for 20 minutes and then let cool.  Once cool, scoop in your favorite vanilla ice cream and pour caramel sauce of them. For a little crunch, top with granola, nuts,  my new favorite pretzel bits, or get creative!

Caramel Recipe:
Ingredients:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half and half
4 Tablespoons butter
Pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Mix the brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat  whisking gently for 5 to 7 minutes, until mixtures thickens.  Add the vanilla and cook one more minute to thicken sauce further. Turn off the heat and cool.  (You can store extra sauce in a jar in the refrigerator.  Just microwave for a few seconds to make sauce “saucey” again after refrigerating.)

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E&D Granola (easy & delicious granola that is!)

imageBest breakfast ever… granola and vanilla greek yogurt. No matter what has happened in the morning, this little dish of delciousness always gets me back on track and ready to face the day. You can’t beat the combination of savory and sweet. I encourage you to do some experimenting as well! This recipe is a good starting point for any additional fruits, nuts, or any other flavors you’d like to add.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats (NOT instant)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup cashew pieces
¾ cup shredded sweet coconut
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons DARK brown sugar

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt

1 cup raisons or other dried fruit (optional)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

In one bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar.  In separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Mix until fully incorporated into a syrup.  Pour syrup mixture over oat & nut mixture and mix until syrup is fully distributed.  Split mixture between two cookie sheets. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring and turning every 15 minutes to achieve even golden brown color. Remove from oven, cool a bit, and then combine with dried fruit if desired.

**You can use a variety of favorite nuts, just keep measured amounts of nuts the same and you should be all set. Enjoy!