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Granola Two Ways

So we have had this check-list going of things we have to do, and it was growing and growing but none of it was actually getting accomplished! It looked a little like this:

Book hair appointments (neither of us has gotten a trim since…. Decemeber :S )

Book massage appointments (and we don’t mean nice, relaxing massages, we mean the painful, physio kind that was loooong over due!)

Book a spa day/movie night with our cousin – our Mom bought the 3 of us one of those deal-find things for manicures, pedicures, facials and eye-brow waxes for our cousin Ali’s grade 8 grad back in June, and we still hadn’t done it yet!

Buy new running shoes (3 months overdue!)

Get our G licence (for those of you who aren’t from Ontario, that means our full licence. We now don’t have to take another driving test until we’re 80!)

Buy a new watch for Julie and sunglasses for Brittany (ya… that’s still on there!)

Make granola.

Well, we checked off the first 5 items, so other than the watch and sunglasses, the only other item left was the granola!

Our last batch of granola ran out months ago, and we honestly don’t know why it took us so long to get around to replenishing it! It turned into one of those “We should make granola soon!” “Ya, we really should!” but it never moves anywhere beyond that. Procrastination station!

Everytime we thought about it, we were “too tired” or “didn’t feel like it” or the sun was shining and we simply wanted to be outside, not waiting around for granola to bake. But FINALLY we can check this item off the list!

We’ve been wanting to make chocolate granola for a long time now, but we also love a good ol’ fruit-and-nut type thing, so instead of choosing between the two, naturally we just made both!

Chocolate Granola.

And Spiced Fruit and Nut Granola!

Both of these granolas have a few different grains in them to give a more interesting texture (think puffed amaranth and buckwheat groats!) and quinoa flakes for a little added protein.

Double the flavours, double the fun. 🙂

Chocolate Granola

Prep time: 10 min

Bake Time: 25 min

Ingredients

1.5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. puffed amaranth (for directions on popping amaranth, go here.)
1/4 c. quinoa flakes
2 tbsp buckwheat groats
2 tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
pinch of coffee grounds
pinch sea salt
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp whole flax seeds
2 tbsp walnut pieces
1/4 c. almonds, roughly chopped
2.5 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil (or other oil)
2 tbsp water
1/4 c. honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325C

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Ina separate bowl combine wet ingredients.  Add wet to dry and stir until dry mixture is evenly coated.  Spread evenly on a large baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, or until slightly crispy (it’ll get crispier as it cools).

Spiced Fruit-and-Nut Granola

Prep time: 10 min

Bake time: 25-30 min

Ingredients:

1.5 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. puffed amaranth (for directions on popping amaranth, go here.)
1/4 c. quinoa flakes
2 tbsp buckwheat groats
2 tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
pinch of coffee grounds
pinch sea salt
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1 tbsp whole flax seeds
2 tbsp walnut pieces
1/4 c. almonds, roughly chopped
1/2-1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp orange juice
1/4 c. honey
1 tbsp coconut oil (or other oil)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Same as above! 🙂

~twosaucysisters

Do you like granola?  Do you ever find yourself with a huge list of things to do, and then finally one day you just champ it out and get them all done?

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About twosaucysisters

We are twin sisters who are on a mission to create delicious, healthy food to help others live healthier, happier lives!

8 responses »

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  3. onehealthymunchkin

    GIRLS! How did I not know you have a blog!? I clicked this recipe on Healthy Aperture and when I saw your pic on the sidebar I was so shocked! Looks like bloggers are taking over Brescia. 😉

    PS. Both of these granolas look fantastic!

    Reply
  4. I make yogurt and granola every weekend. Then I eat them for breakfast during the week!

    I add pecans to my granola, and always include flax seed and wheat germ. I never thought to do chocolate, though!

    Reply
  5. Barbara Hambleton

    This granola looks delicious but one more ingredient would top it off and that’s coconut! I’m just sayin’.

    Reply

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