Good morning! I wanted to start this week off with a jump start, so I figured this homemade honey granola would be just the thing to do that. I love granola, on its own, with yogurt, or as cereal with a bit of milk, but most of the time, store bought granola is packed with sugar and other artificial flavorings. While this variety of granola is undoubtedly delicious (and I will, more often than not, pour myself a generous helping of it from the kitchen at work if it’s available), I try not to let myself go overboard with it because granola is one of those packaged foods that leads to you believe that it’s healthier than it actually is. Granola can be great for you, though, if you add and omit the right things. I used only honey and a bit of molasses for this granola, so while it certainly isn’t as sweet as the stuff you’ll find in the store, it’s still absolutely delicious, and with the added bonus of knowing that it’s actually good for you. I threw in some chia seeds, walnuts, almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, and strawberries, all of which have proven health benefits and will keep you full from breakfast until lunch. My all time favorite way to eat granola is with a bowl of Greek yogurt, and maybe a bit of fresh fruit, but I still have some of this in my cupboard at home and a handful is a great on-the-go snack whether you’re on your way to work or out the door to a party. You can customize your own granola however you like – you can even make it a little fun and throw all that health nonsense out the window by adding some chocolate chips, or, dare I say it, M&Ms, but I recommend keeping a little container of the more wholesome variety in your house for a versatile ingredient for almost any snacking occasion.
Well, now that I’ve waxed philosophical on how great granola is, I suppose it’s alright to tell you a bit about my weekend, right? I’ve been battling some serious allergy issues for the past few days, but I tried not to let my sniffling nose get in my way too much. On Friday night, Kramer and I grabbed a sandwich at Bite and headed over to the movies to see Safe, which was A W E S O M E. Obviously, my love for Jason Statham knows no bounds, and I am a sucker for well choreographed hand-to-hand combat in movies, and best of all, it was a tidy 90-minute movie, which is perfect for a Friday after a long week of work. On Saturday, Kramer’s grandmother and aunt drove down from New Rochelle to finally see our apartment and to go to brunch at Le Barricou. I love going there because they serve you croissants and pain au chocolat as soon as you sit down, so you really can’t beat that. It was great to get the fam’ together and to catch up. Even though they only live a short distance away, it’s hard to match up our schedules sometimes and so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like. After brunch, Kramer and I went home and, I admit, I took a nap because the allergy medication I’ve been taking really knocks it out of me, after which we got pizza at Co. and saw The Five-Year Engagement, which was alright. I was expecting it to be as good as all of Jason Segel’s other movies, but I guess I hyped it up too much in my head and so it wasn’t quite as funny as I thought it’d be. I still laughed during a lot of it, though, so I still think it’s worth checking out. After the movie, we went to see our friend Morgan do some stand-up at a bar before heading home. We slept in on Sunday, watched Leon, and made a big, delicious dinner which I will be posting about soon. Another movie-filled weekend for the Kramers, it seems – surprise, surprise.
Our pre-brunch snacks and mimosas from this past Saturday morning.
Your ingredients. You can really use any nuts and/or dried fruit that you like.
Combine your oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
Whisk together the honey, molasses, and oil and toss it with the oat mixture. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow tot cool before storing.
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup almonds, roughly chopped
- ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup dried strawberries
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup chia seeds (or flax seeds)
- ½ cup honey
- 3 tablespoons molasses
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, nuts, dried fruit, and chia seeds. In another bowl, combine the honey, molasses, and oil. Toss the wet mixture over the oat mixture and spread out over a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake the granola for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow it to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Serve with yogurt, milk, or enjoy on its own.