Super Simple Granola Recipe

2 years ago, I started making this granola non-stop. Co-workers, bosses, friends and family members love me more because of this crack in oat, nut, figgy, maple form. While I love this granola recipe and it will always be my fancy granola go-to, I needed something simpler to make regularly.

Enter: super simple granola recipe.

I have discovered that the two keys for perfect granola are:

  1. Low and slow. Cook at a low temperature for a longer time. I have found 250 F for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes, is best.
  2. Don’t touch it for >1 hour after cooking. This is one of the hardest parts, I always want to dig right in. Letting the granola cool as-is however, yields the chunky granola clusters we all love.

This easy recipe is totally customizable. I have used both honey and maple syrup in this recipe and both work fantastic. Add in nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit, nut butter or chocolate chips (yes, please!) or enjoy the simplicity of 5 easy ingredients.

Enjoy your granola by the handful, on top of yogurt or smoothie bowls or simply with some milk and a spoon.

Simple Granola Recipe
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups old fashioned oats
  2. 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  3. 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  4. 1 tsp cinnamon
  5. Dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients well.
  3. Add coconut oil and sweetener to dry ingredients and stir to coat.
  4. Spread evenly on a oiled baking (try to use a smaller baking sheet for better granola clumps).
  5. Bake for 60 minutes total, stirring every 20 minutes.
  6. After 60 minutes, remove the granola from the oven and let granola cool on pan, without touching for at least an hour.
  7. Store in mason jars or air tight container.
Healthy Regards, Hayley http://www.healthyregardshayley.com/

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 


Lets chat!

Are you a home-made granola maker? What is your favorite recipe?!

 

 

Grilled Pizza (thanks to a bad date) plus 3 recipe ideas

If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know that grilled pizza has been my jam lately. Before we get into all the goodness that is this perfect summer meal, let’s chat about bad dates, lies and how sometimes, it can all be worth it.

Confession: I can sometimes be just a tad snobby when it comes to my food choices. I like pizza and burgers and ice cream and everything for the most part but I can be pretty particular about the pizza, burgers and ice cream I will be eating. Some call it picky, I call it knowing what I want in life.

My snobby pizza eating ways came up a few weeks ago on a first date. The date happened to be a run, I would suggest that you save the running for 2nd or 3rd dates. It was not the best first date, conversation felt awkward and when we got back to the cars I told my date that I was going to keep running because we had only gone about 4 miles. The poor guy joined me for a few more awkward miles. I was sure that our date would end right when we got to the cars so I was shocked when my date asked me to grab some pizza and drinks after our run. In a quick attempt to dodge dinner I said something along the lines of… “I don’t really like pizza”.

In my defense, my awkward-running-date-pizza-invitation lie was more of an exaggeration. I knew in this moment that my date’s idea of grabbing pizza, was not going to be my kale, veggies, fruit and fancy cheese type of pizza. Instead of taking the time to explain that I was just a picky eater that didn’t really see our relationship going further than the 8 miles we had just covered, I lied about pizza. 

Lying is no bueno BUT my little lie left me dreaming about pizza all week. Pizza dreams paired with summer grilling and before I knew it, grilled pizza pies were consuming my every thought (this isn’t an exaggeration, not only am I a picky eater but I also obsess about my picky eating food choices)… and that is how grilled pizza found itself into my life. I regret nothing.

Grilled pizza is the bomb.com.

It is SO easy, comes together superfast and makes the crust 10x better than the typical homemade pizza in the oven routine. The other great part about homemade pizza? Alllllllll the toppings. Whatever your heart desires can come together on your perfectly crispy but still soft, grilled crust. 

I follow this basic routine for grilled pizza. Instead of wiping down the grates with oil I just spray my pizza dough with olive oil spray (from the can). I also make these personal pizza size by dividing a piece of fresh dough from Trader Joe’s (I get the whole wheat kind) in thirds or quarters. I will save freeze the other dough pieces separately so I can easily defrost for the next pizza night. 


Here are three of my favorite summer topping pizza combinations:

Peach and Pig

  • Peaches – sliced lengthwise
  • Sweet onion sliced
  • Bacon cooked (I sauté the onion and peaches with the bacon)
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese
  • Balsamic glaze

Loaded BBQ Veggie

  • Sautéed kale, portobello mushrooms, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic in olive oil
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese

Summer Pesto Veggie 

  • Grilled corn (after grilled I cut off the cob), zucchini slices and red onion slices
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella and goat cheese (ok maybe I just always have mozzarella and goat cheese…)
  • Balsamic glaze 

And there you have it! Homemade pizza (thanks to dating lies) will never be the same. 

 

Healthy Regards,

Hayley

 

Let’s chat! 

  • Have you tried grilled pizza?
  • What are your favorite recipes?
  • Have you ever told a little-white-lie to get out of a less than great date?