Valentine’s Day is a little more than a month ago. As every year the opinions had varied outright about this topic. Some of you had been waiting all year for flowers or some romantic hours (no details please). The other half couldn’t care less or is even totally averse to Valentine’s Day. I am kind of in the middle of this, our anniversary is to close to feel the need to celebrate again, but we like to take this occasion as an opportunity to pamper ourselves with a nice dinner.
One opinion I read repeatedly was: “I don’t need an official day to do something special for my wife”. I don’t know why, I am torn about that. Sure you don’t need a specific day to pamper your loved one, but what’s wrong about it? Doing some research about this, I stumbled over an article about how to keep your relationship happy. One advice had been to do nice and simple things, like picking up their stuff from the dry cleaner (thanks honey) or replacing the windshield wiper (thanks again).
Although fixing granola for Mr. F is not as selflessly as it should be… This is my contribution to “doing something special for my love” without any association with Valentine’s Day. What are you doing or thinking about that?
Granola is a great thing to enjoy for breakfast or as a snack, and here comes but…most store-bought granola are just too sweet for me. The sugar content is very high that makes my blood sugar rise and that’s not a good thing at all. Let’s face it, this healthy bowl of granola has more calories, fat and sugar than one croissant.
There was a need for a change. I was aiming for less sweetness and less oil, but I still wanted my granola on the crunchy side. I copied the clue for that from an old trick: how to crisp up one-day old rolls, you sprinkle them with water and bake them for a couple of minutes. It’s easy like that. This enables me to cut back sugar and fat generously. Victory!
- 2 cups oats, old-fashioned
- ¾ cup coconut, shredded, unsweetened
- ½ cup almonds or other nuts, chopped
- 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds (or other)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup water, hot
- 1 ½ Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
- ½ tsp. vanilla or coconut extract
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large or two small baking sheet with a parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients: oats, coconuts, almonds or nuts, seeds, salt in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, add hot water, coconut oil, honey or maple syrup, extract. Stir well until everything is well dissolved. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well coated.
- Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer and bake for 25-30 minutes or until granola is golden brown. Switch the baking sheets after 15 minutes and stir the granola to prevent from getting too dark at the edges. Let granola cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.