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

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.

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Easy Healthy Homemade Apple Granola


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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a reusable silicon mat or parchment paper.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly across the sheet and put in the oven.
  5. 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. 

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