Several months ago I made some healthy changes in my life, particularly to the way I eat. While I still let myself have the occasional “cheat meal” or dessert, I’ve done really well overall. I’m eating eggs for breakfast instead of cereal, and salads or smoothies for lunch. Andrew and I have been eating much healthier dinners as well.
The only thing I still needed to work on was healthy snacks! A lot of times I find I don’t have anything in the house, so I get really hungry by dinner time. I’m now on a mission to find some healthy snack options.
Two of my favorite ingredients for Fall are pumpkin and apples. Baking anything with one or both of those will make your house smell heavenly! This granola is no exception. When I was making it I sent a picture to Andrew with the caption “if I could send you a smell along with this picture, I would!”
This granola is so good for you! Make sure that you buy dried apples that aren’t sweetened (or make them yourself!). You could even make this granola completely sugar-free by substituting an artificial sweetener for the maple syrup.
We also found that this Pumpkin and Apple Granola goes great with some greek yogurt! Andrew and I had some for “dessert” one night and it definitely kicked my dessert craving that night. It would also make a good breakfast.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup dried apples
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and dried apples.
- In another bowl, combine the coconut oil, syrup, pumpkin and vanilla.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and mix well.
- Spread evenly on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 40-55 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Check it often after 40 minutes to be sure it doesn't burn.
- Let cool before eating.
An Introduction to my YouTube Channel & The Golden Vlog
I am so excited to introduce my new YouTube channel! I have been wanting to incorporate some fun cooking videos into my posts, so I finally got around to setting everything up. Today I’m joining my friend Faith from Life w/ Mrs. G. and the Artist for The Golden Vlog!
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Meet Kelly from Jack and Parker! She shares delicious recipes and stories from her life with her son, Parker, and her dog, Jack.
What is your favorite type of blog post to write?
I recently started working on cocktail-related posts and I’ve been busy researching (read: tasting!) classic cocktails and their components and it’s been really fun! There’s so much history around classic drinks from their invention to their ingredients and some of these liquors have the most interesting back stories. So in the next coming weeks I’ll be posting everything from homemade bar garnishes to drink recipes and highlighting flavors and ingredients with the goal of really building up a library to reference for your home bar. You can find that growing list here: http://jackandparker.com/
What is your favorite meal to make? My absolute favorite meal is so, so simple– roasted chicken with lemon. I like to take a whole chicken, throw it in a pan on top of some brussel sprouts or asparagus, chunks of onion and garlic and rub everything down with olive oil, lemon salt and pepper and just shove it in the oven. It’s so simple to throw together and I can walk away from it while it cooks, coming back to the oven in an hour or so to a meal that looks like it took some effort. I made this last night for dinner in fact..
Coffee or tea? Coffee AND tea. I’m religious about my morning coffee.. but I love tea too. My grandmother always made tea with cream and sugar, and that makes me think of her. Whatever I’m drinking though, it has to be burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth hot, because I am a crazy weirdo.