Have you ever made homemade granola? I didn’t take the time to do it for years, but I loved the stuff and hated spending 7 bucks for a tiny bag at the store. I especially love it when there’s puffed rice in it. It makes it so light and airy. Anyway, I was always worried that granola would be too expensive or time consuming to make. Which is hilarious now that I think about it, why would stirring and low heat baking be time consuming? Well, I decided to give it a whirl a while back and guess what, it’s easy and ten times more delicious, less expensive and easier to keep than store bought. Plus, this blueberry muffin granola has started a new tradition in my home which I’ve teamed up with Liberte to talk to you about.
Cade is currently finishing up his last semester of grad school, plus he works full time, we both serve in our church-he is very busy with that and I work full time (yes, a little cray to believe but blogging is more work than I can even describe) and we have two little girls, so we are pretty busy people. When we decided to have him go back to school and me turn this site into a full business we talked a lot about taking care of our marriage and family. We wanted to make sure that we lived life in a full and beautiful way even if we were going to be taking on more responsibilities.
One thing that was clear to us was that if we were going to truly be happy we would need to keep our priorities in order. A happy home is not just because the children aren’t fighting. In our opinion it starts with us. A solid marriage and relationship between Cade and I would create more peace and happiness in our than anything else we could do to try to find happiness. So we have a little ritual and it involves breakfast or snacks. Yes, food really does live in the center of our lives. So, here’s what goes down. Liberte makes delicious yogurts, we are especially digging the Mediterranean (did you even know that existed?! It’s awesome), and we love to wake up a little earlier and spend time in the quiet moments of the morning together eating and chatting. Or even an afternoon snack while talking on the phone for 5 minutes or late night snack while we are snuggled up on the couch. It gives us time to just talk and be together. Our unsaid rule is that it’s about us, so we don’t talk bills, calendar, kids, or any of that stuff. It’s as if we are still dating. We just share funny things that happened that day, special moments, hopes and dreams etc. Many times we even read a book together. It’s the perfect way to wind down and grow together as a couple.
I know, we are totally cheesy. But we also adore each other. After long day it’s so nice to just be together. And even better than that, there’s no better way to start the day than to have a quiet breakfast before the hustle of the morning routine. Trust me, waking up 15 minutes earlier not only will not destroy you, but you may just find that it becomes your favorite part of the day.
And this granola and yogurt pairing has become one of our favorites. The granola is easy, just a few ingredients, toss ’em together and bake at a low heat until toasty and beautiful. Stir in a little dehydrated fruit if you want and enjoy with creamy, lovely, light and delicious Liberte yogurt. I’m telling you, it’s truly wonderful. So, if you’re looking for a little more joy and balance in life would you be up for making this yogurt and giving our little tradition a try for the next week? I’d love to hear how it goes!
Blueberry Muffin Granola
Blueberry Muffin Granola
- 3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 1/2 Cup Puffed Rice (not rice krispies)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup plus 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
- 1 Cup Dehydrated Blueberries
- Heat the oven to 250 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, puffed rice, almonds, salt and cinnamon.
- Stir together.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and oil.
- Pour the oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Spread the mixture on two cookie sheets and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring a total of 4 times during the baking period.
- Allow to cool and stir in the blueberries.
Store in mason jars for up to 2 weeks.
Any dehydrated fruit would work
Yield: 2 quart jars, Serving Size: 1
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 1340 Calories
- Total Fat: 63.3g
- Carbohydrates: 182.7g
- Fiber: 19.4g
- Sugar: 80.9g
- Protein: 27.6g