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Today quickly turned into one of those cook-all-day kind of days. While I was on the breakfast kick, I made this granola recipe that came from my future sister-in-law, Kim. I was surprised at how easy it was! As you can see in the picture, Joel couldn't keep his hands out of it as it cooled! (Don't mind the measuring cup of cooking liquid from my baked beans in the background-recipe to come!)

Dry Ingredients:
5 cups Rolled Oats
2-3 cups Almonds or Pecan Halves (I used 1.5 cups of each)
1 cup Sunflower Seeds
3/4 cups Sesame Seeds (I used toasted sesame seeds)
3/4 cups Light Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon Salt

Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1/3 cup Brown Rice Syrup (I found this item at our Feel Rite market, a health food store)
1/4 cup Honey
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir to mix well. In a small bowl, combine all the wet ingredients. Stir to mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spread the mixture evenly onto 2 cookie sheets. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until evenly golden brown. Rotate the pans in the oven and stir the granola every 10 minutes while it bakes.

The granola may still feel slightly soft when it comes out of the oven, but it will crisp up while it cools. Once it is cooled, scoop the granola into a large ziplock bag or another airtight container. Store the granola in the refrigerator indefinitely.


Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

This morning, when I was rummaging through my cabinets to find something to eat, I remembered a recipe I found on GreenLiteBites for "Simple Thick Chocolate Oatmeal with Almonds." Oatmeal, check; Almonds, check; Chocolate Milk, check! I had all the ingredients, so I went ahead and made this. It was so good! I didn't have the chocolate almonds like Roni used, but regular almonds tasted great too. Next time I'm in the store, I'll look for the chocolate almonds that she used so I can try this recipe again with those.

5 ounces Light Chocolate Milk
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 ounce Almonds

Put the milk and oatmeal in a small pot and bring to a boil while stirring. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook to the desired thickness (this was not very long at all).

*Quite honestly, after eating this, I may never go back to buying instant oatmeal again. This took less time to make and was just as good, if not better!!

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