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Best Granola Recipe Ever

I made some granola from a recipe by Laura of Wholesome Junk Food and loved it.  I gave the recipe to my sister and she loved it.  She told me later that she had passed the recipe on to several other people who had tried it and loved it.  I recently gave the recipe to my cousin, who is enjoying it, and now her sister wants the recipe too.  Obviously time for a Smorgasbite recipe post!

Honey Toasted Granola
Adapted from The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook by Laura Trice
Yield: 6 cups

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (I often use a variety of nuts/seeds, combining to 2c)
2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup sugar (I usually omit this)
2/3 cup honey (can substitute maple syrup)
1/2 cup oil (olive, canola, whatever)

1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease shallow 14 x 11 inch pan.

2. Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then mix well. Spoon into prepared pan, firmly patting the mixture to the edges.

3. Bake for 30 minutes, turning the pan and stirring every 10 minutes or until golden brown.  (I find it often takes longer but that may be because I usually make a double batch. Just bake until it’s golden brown, that’s the key.)

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KIND Bars: Non-granola bars

So many bars have granola in them I tend to think of them all as “granola bars.”

KIND bars, however, are non-granola bars.  They’re fruit and nut (and sometimes frosting!) bars.

Charlie was KIND enough to send me some to sample (sorry, couldn’t help it).  I’ll rank my top three flavorites (yup, sorry):

1. Passion Fruit Macadamia

Passion Fruit Macadamia has a very strong passion fruit flavor, which is tropical and a little pucker-inducing… in a good way (in my opinion at least).  This KIND bar is also enhanced with Vitamin B.

2. Fruit & Nuts in Yogurt

The yogurt is really like frosting which makes this bar dessert-like and delicious.   The nuts and fruits are in large pieces.  It’s gluten free and wheat free.

3. Walnut & Date

Anyone who loves dates and walnuts will love this bar.  Sweet in that wonderfully natural date-y way.

A lot more information (and likely better descriptions) at KINDsnacks.com.  KIND lovers can also check out the frequent-buyer Advantage program.

Larabars: Fruit, Nuts, Simplicity

Can you tell I love Larabars?  This is after I recieved a great package last Christmas.

I think this was enough to last me through… January?

My favorite thing about each flavor of Larabar is the simplicity of ingredients.  Take Pistachio: Dates, Pistachios, Cashews.  Period.

Or Banana Bread: Almonds, Dates, Unsweetened Bananas.

Even a more complicated-sounding flavor such as Key Lime Pie: Dates, Cashews, Almonds, Unsweetened Coconut, Lime Juice Concentrate.

Lovely.  And tasty!

Recipe: Rosemary Roasted Pecans

Some dear friends threw us an engagement party last Saturday. One of the couples in attendance, Lilo & Tom, gifted us a large jar of “Lilo’s Southern Love Nuts.”

They are now gone. Yes, gone.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday- three days. Really, is that all?

Well, they’re that good. Enjoy.

Lilo’s Southern “Love Nuts” (Rosemary Roasted Pecans)

1 1/2 cups extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
4 cups pecans

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Line two cookie sheets with aluminum foil.

2. In a small saucepan, heat oil, rosemary, salt, garlic powder, and pepper until warmed through. Pour mixture over pecans in a bowl and toss. Drain excess oil using a colander.

3. Quickly spread in even layers on cookie sheets. Roast nuts for 15 minutes. Cool and pack in tins. Store in cool place.

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