Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Easter and homemade granola

Easter is an amazing holiday for many reasons, the obvious that it is the day to celebrate the resurrection of my Savior, Jesus Christ! This one day of the year gives purpose for the other 364 days! The other great part of this day and weekend is getting to see family. I was blessed to spend this Easter with my husband and his mom's side of the family. Alan surprised me by bringing Bruce which was great and we really had a fun time catching up with everyone. Here is a picture we took after church on Sunday.

Me, Alan, Andy, Becki and Bart

I also made this really fantastic homemade granola recently! It was really easy to make and turned out great. I can't take the credit though, my mom made it first and actually just got the recipe off the back of the "HEB" brand quick oatmeal box. I always appreciate a tried and true recipe so I wanted you to enjoy this delicious find too!

Crunchy-Nutty Granola

2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup flaked coconut
3/4 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts (I think the pecans are excellent)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup Canola Oil

- Heat oven to 300 degrees
- Combine the quick oats, coconut, nuts, honey and oil in a large mixing bowl. Toss to coat. Spread mixtures evenly into a 9x13 inch baking dish or on a cookie sheet with parchment paper for an easier cleanup.
- Cook for 35 minutes or until the granola looks lightly brown. The darker the color the crunchier the texture.
- Spread the granola on a large sheet of foil. Let it cool and then break into smaller clumps. Store granola in a plastic bag or an air tight container.

I enjoyed the granola by itself as a snack and was really great with yogurt and fruit in the morning. Enjoy!

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