The Best Midnight Snack: Homemade Granola with Fresh Blueberries

imageLast weekend, 14 of us bloggers and writers met for a visionary pow-wow to plan, pray and study scripture together. Our goal is to write relevant blogs, ebooks and books that will transform the lives of women all over the world.

But, have you ever noticed that talking (or living!) makes you quite hungry? (Must be all of those calories from our mouths flapping!) After midnight one night, while many of us were still up talking, I heard someone padding softly to my kitchen, squeaking open the door of our cupboard  in search of the best midnight snack. Three more of us piled in and announced our famished hunger needs that demanded satisfaction.

“Oh, have I got a treat for you!”

I pulled out fresh blueberries, real organic yoghurt in a bottle (the sour kind–and I had added my own vanilla and maple syrup) and our homemade granola. You would have thought we were eating candy! “Oh, this is wonderful, great, perfect, can we have more?”

In our fast paced, fast food culture, a healthy lifestyle for your family can feel quite difficult. With different children all running in various directions, a quick, simple, healthy breakfast can provide the start their day needs (and yours, too!) Mornings can feel a bit crazy…nutty, in fact. This nutty granola is the perfect go-to for bustling breakfasts in your home.

This recipe for homemade granola is not only delicious, but it is simple, quick, and something that you can prepare in advance and keep handy for those busy, hectic mornings, and late night evenings, in your home. Granola is also a wonderful, cost effective breakfast option if you are having numerous guests in your house at one time. Simply display your yummy masterpiece in your favorite bowl, and leave out milk, yogurt, and fruit for your family, or guests, to cultivate their own ideal meal.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup honey (or if maple syrup–a little less)

1/3 cup hot water

1/2 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

just a tad dash sea salt

3/4 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup sliced almonds (sometimes I add whole almonds)
6 cups rolled oats

1 cup craisins (optional–we love them, but we do not prefer raisins, which can also be substituted.)
1/2 cup dried cherries (if you chop them, they do not feel as obtrusive!)

 

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together the oil, hot water, honey and vanilla. Add a sprinkle of sea salt. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Pour the honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir until the oats and nuts are evenly coated. Spread out the granola onto 2 baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and bake 10 more minutes, or until toasted. Allow granola to cool completely before stirring in the craisins and dried cherries. Your granola will harden as it cools. Break apart any large lumps, and store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Enjoy a relaxing, healthy morning in your home with this delicious recipe.
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Comments

  1. says

    This sounds great Sally! I just recently started eating yogurt and granola the way you describe…with fruit on the bottom and topped the yogurt and granola. It’s such a healthy and filling breakfast. I will have to make your recipe after I finish with the package of granola in my cupboard!

  2. Erika Dawson says

    My in laws are coming in from out of country (missionaries), and will be staying with us for the next 3(ish) months. This sounds like a perfect treat to have around! Thanks, Sally!

  3. Melissa McIntyre says

    Mmmmm! Your recipe sounds delicious! I’ll be trying it out soon. We LOVE granola and REAL organic yogurt in our house! We eat A LOT of real whole food in our house, some of it organic (when it matters and we can afford it!) All dairy is organic and yes it is expensive, but we don’t eat out (rarely) we don’t have tv and video games, we don’t have fancy phones and other gadgets, and we aren’t on the go everyday just to name a few! So since we don’t spend money on all those things it’s easier to pay for organic dairy products! EVERYONE who comes to our home makes fun of us and our “healthy eating”, but all 6 of our children are very healthy! Even my picky eaters :-)

  4. Angelia says

    Dear Sally, Thank you for sharing your knowledge on how to mix just the right ingredients and end up with something spectacular! I named it Sally’s spectacular Granola. Thank you for this perfectly blend recipe. My sons and I love it! We saved some for daddy to try this week end too! Thank you for teaching me the things God has taught you about motherhood, Sally. My Children have a better mother becasue I understand better how to love them despite myself. I thank God for you. Love, Angelia

  5. Robin Douglas says

    Sally, thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious. I am thankful for the time you pour into your lovely blog. It’s beautiful–like you–and always encourages and inspires me. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

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