I absolutely love summer and everything about it, right down to the +100° and humid Texas weather. Summer just makes me crave healthy and fresh foods like infused water (above: cucumber, ginger & lime), raw produce, and salads. Can you say light and fit foods? Yummy! I am such a visual eater, and that aids in “eating the rainbow” to reap all the health benefits from a variety of fruits and veggies.
A couple nights ago, I made a quick salad with tomatoes from the garden, cucumbers from the garden, shredded carrots, radishes, spring mix, romaine lettuce, an avocado, and a side of dill pickles. For the dressing, I squeezed fresh lemon juice and olive oil on top.
Something changed a few nights ago, though. My taste buds seemed to be convinced it was Fall, and I was suddenly craving something warm, sweet, and comforting. Despite this season switch up, I was determined to satisfy my craving while keeping to my healthy regimen. I ended up making Cinnamon Honey Granola with a Baked Granny Smith Apple. Like trail mixes and nuts, granola ranks pretty high up on my “I will devour the whole bag because I have no self-control” list. When I confessed this to Jessi a while back, she taught me something that I will forever be grateful for–homemade granola. Yes, I know, “Duh, Emily,” but I just did not realize how easy and fun making granola was! Jessi and I made tons of granola during our friendship and had bounties of fun along the way. Sometimes, I had a bit too much fun as evidence, courtesy of Jessi, showed…
Embarrassing? Yes… but our relationship was far beyond caring about embarrassing ourselves. In summary, granola=easy, cheap, and quite entertaining for a Friday night. Just see for yourself!
♦ 1 cup of Old-Fashioned Oats
♦ 1 tbs ground cinnamon
♦ ¼ cup honey
That is it! You can add more or less. You can be as creative as you desire!
Just pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Mix all of the ingredients together and bake for about 10 minutes. It will make about 6 servings.
♦ Keep an eye on your granola because different ovens, elevations, and pans will bake your granola differently.
♦ Feel free to mix the granola up with a spatula as it is baking to get a more even browning.
I also baked an apple alongside my granola. Just slice up an apple, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake to your taste!
It made for a tasty, Fall-treat that was bikini-bod friendly!
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Don’t worry, my summer taste buds were back to normal again the next morning! I had a summer berry (blueberries and strawberries) bowl with unsweetened almond milk and some granola.
It was delish! You will be seeing A LOT more granola recipes on here, as I love making it! In fact, I will probably make some more shortly!