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Chocolate Granola

Granola

I have an obsession with breakfast food. Cereals and crunchy granola, in particular. I eat a bowl of either one every morning, and another bowl of either one (sometimes I mix ‘em up in the same bowl) for a late night snack.

I also love eggs, bacon, crepes, pancakes, French toast… oh sorry, this post is not about any of these.

Back to my granola. I love it.

Granola

I mix it up with a bunch of dried fruits, I sometimes add in chocolate chips, and there are times when I use it to dress up my ice cream. Yep. I’ll take granola any way that I can.

The chocolate granola that I make came about because of my husband. He doesn’t care for breakfast, but he cares a lot for chocolate. This was the best way that I could get him to eat his needed amount of fiber for the day. I’m such a good wifey.

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Chocolate Granola

You will need:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried fruits (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven at 325.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine the rolled oats, cocoa powder, walnuts, almonds, wheat germ, ground cinnamon, salt and dried fruit. 
  • In a small saucepan, pour in the water, oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and toss together until all ingredients are coated.
  • Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so the mixture browns evenly.
  • For a crunchier granola, bake it for a few minutes longer; the browner the granola, the crunchier it will be.
  • Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • While the granola is still a bit warm, break up some of the larger clumps.
  • Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container.
  • Serve with milk, yogurt or even ice cream and some fruit.
  • Keeps in an airtight container for weeks.

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One more thing you should know about granola; it keeps you “regular”. I’m not even going to try to find a fancier way to convey that message. It is what it is. Smile

Add just one other thing; Store-bought granola can be high in fat and calories. (And in price!) Create your own so that you can control the amount of fat, calories and sugar.

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Apple-Coconut Bites

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why? How?

To begin, apples contain vitamin C, and vitamin C greatly improves our immune system. Secondly, apples are rich in flavonoids which are said to prevent heart disease. And finally (well not really – I can go on and on but for the sake of keeping your attention, I’ll just make this the last reason), apples, believe it or not, can satisfy a craving for chocolate! Thus, if you’re trying to watch those calories, but can’t get your mind off chocolate, have an apple and forget about that Snickers/Twix/Hershey’s bar.

I try to eat one apple a day, every day, whether the phrase holds true or not. But…there’s always a “but”… there is one sort of apples that I can’t eat:

Red Delicious.

Yeah. Red Delicious, in their raw state, will not make it anywhere near me. I just don’t like the bread-y texture. But the emphasis here is on the word,”raw”.

When my dad brings apples to me, he always, and I mean always, brings me batches of Red Delicious apples, knowing that I don’t like them. I am going to make an assumption here and say that the reason why he continues to buy these for me is because he likes what I end up doing with them. He will never admit to this, but I can’t come up with any other reason as to why he persists with these apples.

When I saw the basket in front of my garage door the other day, I knew that dad was most likely craving an Apple Pie or Apple Cake, but since I just made that for us not too long ago, I looked through my recipes for apples and picked out one that I had not made in ages. This recipe was featured in one of the many Macedonian Cookbooks that I have, and it was part of their Lenten Series Recipes.

These Apple-Coconut Bites are very sweet, a bit crunchy, and extremely refreshing and delicious.

Apple-Coconut Bites

You will need:

  • 4 Red Delicious Apples, peeled, cored and grated.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 Orange, zested and juiced, you will need the zest and the juice
  • 1/2 cup of almonds (or any other nut that you prefer), chopped
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • In a 2 quart saucepan bring together the water and the sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Cook for a minute longer and add in the grated apples.
  • Mix in the orange zest, orange juice and the chopped nuts.

  • Continue to cook over medium heat until the syrup has been absorbed by the apple mixture. This might take around 20 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool down a bit before putting it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, mix together the coconut and cinnamon, and put in a shallow dish.
  • Pinch off a bit of the apple mixture and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. This will be a sticky situation, so if you prefer, you can use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves.
  • Put the apple bites into the coconut mixture and roll around until coated.

  • Place all the apple bites into a plastic container, cover, and allow to set in the freezer for 2 hours, or put them in the refrigerator over night.

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