Thanksgiving Break [Maple Granola and Oatmeal Cookies]

WHAT?! Break is already over??

I was home for less than ten hours before the pantry was opened, the oven preheated, and the mixing bowls located. My mission: stress relief baking. To be more precise, Maple Granola and Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie were the end goal for this baking expedition.

The night before my early morning departure home I caught the baking bug, my housemate had leftover pumpkin and I more than willingly helped her use the surplus. Thanks to the Dashing Dish, I created a delicious Pumpkin Granola for breakfast to enjoy on the train ride with my Skinny Peppermint Mocha ala Starbucks (The red cups are too difficult to pass up!) and peanut butter. This was the beginning of my granola kick and the next night all I craved was granola, but, this time a more substantial mix.

(No pictures, everything was eaten too quickly! Kick start your creative juices and use your imagination. Golden brown rolled oats, with crispy nuts in clusters. Each bite provides a satisfying crunch that leaves you yearning for more…that’s your starting point, now it’s your turn!)

Maple Granola

1 C Rolled Oats
1/4 C Sliced Almonds
1/4 C Pecan Halves
1/4 Raisins
1/4 Craisins
1.5 t Maple Syrup
1 t Canola Oil ( or another oil)
1-2 t Brown Sugar

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix oats,oil, syrup, and brown sugar in a large bowl. If oats are still too dry add more syrup or oil. (or add all ingreidients at once to bowl and skip step 3 &4)
3. Spread oats evenly on a baking sheet. Bake oats for five minutes. Stir oats and bake for 5 additional minutes.
4. Add almonds, pecans, craisins, and raisins to oats and continue to bake for 15 minutes.
5. Turn oven off and leave pan in oven to ensure crunchy granola. (Be on the lookout for exploding raisins if you baked everything at once!)
6. After granola has cooled store in an airtight container for up to one week.
7. Enjoy granola as is, with yogurt, with milk, or however you desire.

This granola became my breakfast for three days straight and I am still craving the stuff. It is safe to say this is addictive. If you prefer different nuts or dried fruits mix it up and give the granola your own unique touch!

 

I lied. You get one picture! Tantalizing, eh?

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie

1 Stick Butter
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C White Sugar
1 t Maple Syrup
1 Egg
3 T Shredded Coconut3/4 C Flour
1 1/2 C Rolled Oats
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/4 t Salt
1 Shake Apple Pie Spice
1/2 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Ground Ginger
1/4 C Chocolate Chips
1/4 C Raisin

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream sugar, egg, butter, maple,  and coconut together.
3. Add all additional ingredients, except chocolate chips and raisins.
4. When all is well combined then fold in the chocolate chips and raisins.
5. On an un-greased pan drop small spoonfuls of dough.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

These cookies are perfectly chewy. Now snuggle up on the couch this Sunday morning with your vanilla yogurt and fresh granola with a festive movie. I personally recommend The Holiday! I attempted two movie nights with friends this weekend and both times the chattiness got the best of us. Really, that’s much more important than a movie. 3 months of catch up needed to happen, gossip is not the same on the phone or skype as it is in person!

After you finish eating your granola at breakfast I know you’ll be craving some more oats later in the day! If it’s raining or snowing (where is it not that this time of year?! Oh yeah, warm places…) Pour yourself a glass of milk (almond, soy, dairy; your preference!) and grab TWO cookies and contemplate the day with this brain boosting snack! Oats=Carbs=Clarity and Clearer Focus.

This week marks the final three weeks of class and finals! I know I will be uppping my carb intake if that means greater concentration for paper writing and flashcard sessions. Bring on the oatmeal cookies! Imma kick this season of finals to the curb like it never saw me coming! #CarbLovingNinja

What’s your study snack when things get serious?
Have you started decorating for the Holidays yet?

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