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Easy Homemade Granola Crunch Recipe

easy, homemade granola filled with almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cranberries, & cinnamon
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easy homemade granola with coconut, cranberry, almonds, pumpkin seeds & honey An easy homemade granola recipe full of almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, and cranberry.

Recently I’ve been on a homemade granola kick.  If you’ve never tried making homemade granola you should!  Honestly, granola the easiest thing I’ve ever baked, if you can even call it baking.  Besides being beyond easy to make, homemade granola is one of those things that you can really customize to your tastes.  My easy homemade granola crunch is filled with almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and maple syrup.

After testing out a few different ways to make easy homemade granola, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s basically fool proof as long as you stick to three main notes. 

One, bake it low and slow.  Don’t rush homemade granola, as that’s when it can burn.  Bake it as 300 degrees for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  I burnt this recipe the first time as it didn’t feel like it was crisping up. Come to learn, it won’t crisp up in the oven. Granola only crisps up when you take it out and let it cool.

Two, make sure you have a large enough baking dish to allow for stirring.  I bake homemade granola in my turkey roasting pan, and treat it very similarly to my homemade Chex Mix recipe.

Third, add your soft items like cranberries during the last 10 minutes of baking.  Otherwise they become hard as a rock and can possibly break a tooth when biting into! Yikes!

While not a deal breaker, I also think it’s very important to use the highest quality of organic honey and maple syrup.  By using the best of the best you’ll need to add less because the flavor will be so much more vibrant.   Honey and maple syrup are not items you want to skimp on.  You can truly taste the difference when comparing quality.

And homemade granola is not just a snack to munch on. My favorite way to enjoy this easy homemade granola crunch recipe is in a breakfast bowl.   I love filing a shallow bowl with my homemade granola crunch, adding in seasonal fruits, and a bit of almond milk.  This easy homemade granola recipe is also great as a yogurt and smoothie topping.  The possibilities are truly endless.

Plus, you can make this granola recipe in larger batches, to enjoy throughout the week.  And as long as you’re cognizant of how much honey and maple syrup your adding, my easy homemade granola recipe is an overall healthy recipe. Click through (below) to snag the recipe and whip up a batch for yourself this week!  Truly, MKR
 


 

Easy Homemade Granola Crunch
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 container of organic rolled oats, thick would be best (32-42 oz.)
  2. 1 small bag of organic cranberries
  3. 2 cups almonds; whole or slivered
  4. 2 cups pumpkin seeds
  5. 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  6. 2 tabelspoons cinnamon
  7. 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  9. 1/4 cup organic honey
  10. 1/4 cup quality maple syrup
  11. 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients except cranberries. Add to a large baking or roasting dish and cook about 30 minutes stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  3. During the last 10 minutes of baking add cranberries and stir. Bake 10 more minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and dump on parchment paper to cool.
  5. Once completely cooled store in an airtight container for about 1 week.
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Gingerbread Turmeric Latte

A healthy-ish recipe combining two of my favorite spices
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Gingerbread Turmeric Latte

If you’ve been following along for awhile then you know I’m a big fan of the healthy-ish recipe.  In my book, the healthy-ish recipe is any recipe where the majority of ingredients fall on the healthy side, but it may have one or two that fall on the no so healthy side.  I mean life is about balance right? 

When I first spied this recipe for a gingerbread turmeric latte I didn’t know how I felt about it.  I mean this would be a stretch; could I really love both gingerbread and turmeric in drink form? The answer is yes.  I mean, when you think about it the flavor of gingerbread comes from spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.  Spices that are completely complimentary to turmeric.  For example, whenever I roast vegetables, squash or sweet potatoes I always sprinkle them with both cinnamon and turmeric so yeah, it should work in drink form.

And if I can add a healthy dose of turmeric to anything without disrupting the flavor profile then I’m completely game! Plus it was super easy to make. I’ve been drinking it so often I actually created a large batch of the spice mixture and placed it into a spice jar to whip this up even faster in the mornings.  

All in all, the gingerbread turmeric latte has become the perfect, cold-weather way for me to start my mornings.  Enjoy, and let me know if you try it!  Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re a fan of this make sure to check out my recipes for detox teas, red wine hot cocoa and my golden milk latte recipe!
 


 

Gingerbread Turmeric Latte
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1-2 shots of espresso
  2. 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  3. 1/8 teaspoon powdered ginger
  4. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  6. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 8 oz almond or coconut milk
  8. agave or maple syrup for sweetening
Instructions
  1. Mix together all of your spices and place 3/4 of the mixture in the bottom of your latte/coffee mug.
  2. Heat a small pot with your non dairy milk of choice over high heat until boiling. You can also use your milk warmer or if you have a Nespresso machine just add the milk to that.
  3. Once milk is hot and frothy, pour into mug along with desired amount of espresso, and stir while pouring.
  4. Add in agave or maple syrup for sweetening and sprinkle your remaining spices on top.
  5. Add marshmallows or gingerbread cookie (optional) & enjoy!
  6. **Once you know how much agave or maple syrup you like per cup you can add that to the bottom along with your spices. That way when you pour in the hot "milk" it will begin to automatically break, and stir everything up.
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Photography, Rustic White | Original recipe HERE

Two Different, Non-Dairy Ways to Nespresso

A toasted coconut latte and warm almond milk honey latte recipe to mix up your daily grind
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I remember seven or eight years ago reading about a new machine that promised to brew Italian espresso with just a touch of a button.  Sure, an Italian espresso machine was nothing new.  But, unlike espresso machines we were familiar with, this new machine promised to be a fraction of the size and at a fraction of the cost.  But while the size and cost may be smaller, we were assured that the taste of the espresso would not. It was called Nespresso.

This promise was a huge selling point for me living in a limited space, one-bedroom Chicago condo.  Not to mention, I didn’t feel like investing thousands of dollars in one appliance.  Fast forward years later, and I’ve had four different Nespresso machines, still enjoying that perfect promised Nespresso moment day after day.

One of my favorite things to do is to get creative with my Nespresso.  Because I try to stay away from dairy products my go-to milk alternatives are always almond and coconut milk.  Alternative milk options have come a long way in the past few years making it easier, and healthier, than ever to mix up your daily Nespresso.  

Recently, the recipes I can’t get enough of are a warm Honey Almond Milk Latte and a cold Toasted Coconut Nespresso.

Nespresso Machine | Glass | Livanto Capsules | Linizio Lungo Capsules 

The toasted coconut recipe is beyond easy.  Over a glass full of ice simply add 2-3 chilled espressos, cold coconut milk, a drop or two of coconut syrup to slightly sweeten the Nespresso and top with fresh toasted coconut. This would also be amazing as a frozen drink, simply freeze Nespresso into ice cubes like I did here and blend away!

The Honey Almond Milk Latte combines fresh, local honey and frothed almond milk, for the perfect warm and toasty way to start the day.  I prefer mine with two shots of Nespresso and just love sprinkling just a touch of cinnamon on top for that extra bit of warmth.  And I suggest putting the honey in first, just covering the bottom of the cup.  As you add the hot Nespresso it will naturally begin to melt and blend the honey.

Nespresso takes no shortcuts in their process of creating the perfect pod.  As Nespresso says, “the path from bean to cup is a complex one.” Knowing that a single faulty coffee bean can taint a whole batch Nespresso takes control of the quality down to the very last bean.  Not to mention they source responsibly.

Focusing on sustainability of the coffee tree and coffee world in general.  To address the issue of coffee’s future Nespresso created the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program in 2003 in conjunction with the non-profit, Rainforest Alliance. This approach enables Nespresso to safeguard the future supply of the highest quality coffee, while paying farmers a higher income and protecting the natural environment. Win, win!

With all of this, it’s no surprise why I’ve been pressing that Nespresso button every morning for the past eight or so years.  I’ve shared both of these recipes below for you to give them a try at home.  Tell me, is a Nespresso machine on your holiday wish list?! Truly, MKR

P.S. Did you see their holiday pods? I’m definitely snagging their holiday coffee & chocolate assortment!

Photography, Rustic White | This post is in partnership with Nespresso.  A brand I love and adore.  All opinions and recipes are 100% my own.

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