Long time no see friends! What a whirlwind the last few months have been, both personally and in the world. A new job, the holidays, a move, and don’t forget the political turmoil 🙄. Needless to say, it’s been a lot. Throughout everything happening, I finally had some time to take a break and reset for the new year, and I’m excited to report I’m feeling refreshed and ready to jump back into the blogging sphere.
After I started taking this blog more seriously, I was suddenly hit by a lack of inspiration. The constant comparison of other people’s photos, their creative recipes, feeling like my content would never stack up was overwhelming. I began to wonder why I was even trying to do this in the first place. Taking photos, styling each shoot, coming up with new recipes, and the editing process became overwhelming and I lost the joy of creating.
After stepping back for a while, I have a new excitement about this space. My new goal is to focus on the fun and enjoyment as opposed to chasing some version of “success” I felt I needed to achieve. I’m looking forward to doing this for pure joy again. With all that said, let’s get to the real reason you’re here: the recipe!
Granola is such a great option for breakfast, but many (or most) of the store-bought versions are packed full of oil and sugar. This has typically made it an option I don’t turn to, but this homemade version can change all that. With many people trying veganuary or focusing on health and fitness goals in January, kicking off the new year with a quick and easy granola recipe will set you up for satiation and success!
Oats are a fiber-rich ingredient that can keep you full and help you start the day with energy. Personally, I’m not a big fan of oatmeal, so I like having another option to get in whole grains in the morning.
This healthy granola recipe is light, has a pop of freshness with the apples, and is perfect paired with some non-dairy yogurt. You can also make a big batch of this to snack on during a hike to keep you powered for hours.
The recipe takes just a few minutes to prepare and then is popped into the oven, giving you the perfect granola in 30 minutes. Just store your leftovers in an air-tight container and you’ll have a great snack on-hand. This can be made as a softer version, or my personal favorite: extra crunchy. Just add time in the oven as desired.Print
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 2 tbs of dried unsweetened coconut
- 1 red apple
- 2 tbs of maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8th tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
- Line a baking sheet with a reusable silicon mat or parchment paper.
- Spread the mixture evenly across the sheet and put in the oven.
- Bake for 25 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Add time as desired for your perfect level of crunch, stirring occasionally. For a crunchier granola, increase time to 40 minutes, stirring to prevent burning.