Happy New Year, sweet friends! I hope you have had a wonderful last little while, filled with many happy memories and dreams. I know we really enjoyed the holidays, seeing family, resting, and of course, planning and dreaming for the new year 🙂
Of course, now is the time so many of us make resolutions, whether it’s health related, money related, relationships, I’m curious, what are your resolutions? Mine include making exercise a habit, as well as taking vitamins regularly, as well as eliminating all our credit card debt as a couple, and more future financial planning. I’ve learned with health that making delicious healthy, natural foods is amazing for the body and soul. With that in mind, I made this delicious holiday recipe with a few tweaks, and ended up with delicious, lightly sweet and spicy homemade granola/cereal! Even better, you likely have most of the ingredients on hand already 🙂
Gingerbread Granola (original recipe here)
Makes 3 cups
- 2 cups oats (I used quick-cooking since that’s what I had on hand)
- 1 cup almonds, slivered
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used a fair bit more spices than the original, so play with it to suit your tastes)
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix oats and almonds in a bowl.
Add olive oil and maple syrup. Mix well.
Add all the other ingredients, mix well.
Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, in a thin and even layer.
Bake for 15-18 minutes (I did it for 15).
Let cool completely, and then transfer to an airtight container to store.
We’ve really been enjoying this as our breakfast cereal, and it provides a good healthy start to the day! I like that it’s natural, and I can control what goes in, and I’ve found it surprisingly hearty in a bowl of milk. It’s easy, and cheap as recipes go, and one of those things that makes me feel very put together and domestic diva-esque, kind of like making my own cleaning or beauty products (which I don’t often do, but I feel nice when I do it) 🙂
What are some of your goals or resolutions for 2014? Are you on a full-blown cleanse/detox, or just taking it one dish at a time, like me?