Hippie Stuff (aka) Granola


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My sister Allie brought some amazing organic granola back from Hawaii for me. As some of your know, my parents house is a free for all. The kitchen is always packed with friends, family, and most of all groms… The granola lasted a couple of days. Thing is, we were addicted. I got home from work and my mom had made an amazing spaghetti squash dish for us. Of course that was not enough for the fat kids, so Allie had an idea to try to duplicate the granola we destroyed.

The problem was we didn’t have some of the Hawaiian ingredients. Shredded coconut, dried mango and pineapple, or some other unidentifiable ingredients. Granola is great because you can get creative.. You can pull anything out of your cupboard or freezer and make your own creation based on what you like or are craving. It could be eaten as a delicious snack or you could throw some Greek yogurt and fruit in a bowl and you have a meal. You can use your granola for the topping of a crumble or make your own Acai bowl. This can be a healthy snack that doesn’t drain your pockets.

If you plan to make this ahead of time, unlike me, it most likely will come out better tasting then mine!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 3/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 2 handfuls cranberries
  • 1.5 real vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (local if possible)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic brown sugar
  • 2 cups gluten-free oats (there is no compromise in flavor)
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
  3. In a saucepan on low heat combine coconut oil with the sugar, vanilla and honey until liquid is melted.
  4. Pour over dry ingredients and mix until evenly distributed. Should look pretty wet…
  5. Spread the granola over parchment paper into an even layer on baking pan.
  6. Place in oven for 40 minutes, make sure and stir every 10-15 minutes.
  7. Store in an airtight glass container/ mason jar.

Tips: Change the sweetener to suit your needs. No need to hew to this exactly. Make it your own. Make this recipe in bulk and you have breakfast and snack for a couple of weeks!

Additions: Shredded unsweetened coconut, raw cocoa, dark chocolate chips, assorted dried fruit like gogi berries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, apricots, dates, mangos etc.

pear blue straussStrauss Family Organic Greek yogurt, topped with pears and blueberries! YUM.

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About Skinny Fat Kids

I am a fat kid at heart. I don’t start a day without planning a meal; whether it is cooking with friends or trying out a new spot. It might have something to do with being a Mexican/Italian.. Since I was young I loved to help out in the kitchen and was open to all types of food. I appreciate what cooking comes along with… Family, friends and times you will never forget. Food for me is something that you can make taste good even though it is healthy! People have no idea how easy it is to throw together a perfectly well balanced meal that provides them with all the essential nutrients one needs. Each of us have your unique genetic needs, tastes, backgrounds which can be factored into your food and nutrition plan. “Change is one constant in our lives.” You can rid disease and illness through food. Food is something people do not clearly understand. I strongly believe in cooking with local, seasonal, organic, and nutrient-rich ingredients as best as you can. It is essential to eat only grass fed dairy and meat because they provide more essential nutrients as well as high levels of vitamins. Having a garden and knowing where your food comes from is essential! I owe a lot to my mom who many can attest that she is a GREAT entertainer. She seems to always be having a “dinner party” and always throws together something delicious. My objective in this blog is to share my love and knowledge of food and cooking with all you peeps. I want to give you all ideas on how easy it is to eat healthy and make food taste good. I want the standard american diet to be something of the past… TBC
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3 Responses to Hippie Stuff (aka) Granola

  1. This recipe is awesome! I’ve recently been making my own trail mix and loving it as an afternoon snack at work. I like the pumpkin seeds and walnuts that your granola calls for. Enjoy 🙂

  2. LFFL says:

    Looks like a great recipe. I love granola.

  3. Anne Rohrbach says:

    So happy skinnyfatkids is back! You have been missed. Will be making the granola today and the salmon. Xox Anne Rohrbach.

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