Sunday, May 11, 2014

olive oil + maple granola

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I look forward to getting up in the morning, fueling my body with nourishing food (and coffee, of course), and getting my day started right. That is why its so important to me to know exactly what it is I'm eating in the mornings, its going to effect me for the rest of my day! I love cereal, but something I don't really love about cereal and granola is that it can be super processed, sugary, and in some cases, preserved. So, today, make breakfast from scratch, so you know exactly what is going into your body, and you know it is going to support you throughout your day.

Tap in to something real.

olive oil + maple granola

  • 10 cups rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
  • 2 cups raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup natural sesame seeds
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla

It seriously doesn't get any easier than this. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread oat mixture onto two large rimmed baking sheets.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to make sure the top layer doesn't get too toasted and that the bottom layers get toasted. 

When granola is done you can add whatever kind of dried fruit you like! Cranberries, blueberries, raisins, coconut.... I just kept my batch of granola as is because I like to top my smoothies with it, and they are full of fruit! 

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