Now more than ever – a well stocked pantry is essential. The following recipes/ideas may not solve all of 2020’s problems (ha! ha!) but they will help you save money, fuel your family and get creative in the kitchen with some pantry staple items. From my kitchen to yours: Happy New Year!!
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Char’s Clustery Spiced Granola with California Raisins
A delicious and nutritious homemade breakfast ~ perfect excuse to use up all those pantry staple ingredients.
Note: you can easily halve this recipe as I often do. Why? Because it’s so darn good that I tend to eat it all in one sitting…..the more I make, the more I eat…..hahaha!!
4 cups (1 L) large flake rolled oats
1 cup (250 mL) nuts (*I use peanuts but you can use: almonds, pecans or cashews)
1 cup (250 mL) pumpkin seeds (*or shelled sunflower seeds *or 1/2 cup (125 mL) of each)
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
1 tbsp (15 mL) ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground ginger
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground nutmeg and ground cardamom (*optional)
⅔ cup (150 mL) melted coconut oil (*or vegetable oil)
½ cup (125 mL) Muskoka Maple Syrup (*or honey)
1 tbsp (15 mL) pure vanilla extract
1 tsp (5 mL) coconut extract *optional
1 cup (250 mL) California Raisins *click here for more recipes using California Raisins
1/2 cup (125 mL) toasted organic coconut flakes (*I purchase the extra large pieces (about 1-inch pieces) from bulk food store
3 tbsp (45 mL) Char’s Magic Seed Mix (ground flax, chia seeds and hemp seeds)
Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C). Stir together all ingredients (except for garnishes) until well combined. Place mixture on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or between two smaller baking sheets). Press mixture down into a large rectangle ‘cookie’ (approx ¼ inch thick). Place in centre of pre-heated oven and bake for approx 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes. Using a thin spatula flip granola (*you will likely have to flip in sections). Using your hands press granola back to reform ‘cookie’. Bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes (approx) or until granola is lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheet. **TIP: For a super clustery granola ~ let granola sit on baking sheet for at least 2 hours (ideally overnight) before touching it** Once granola has set – break into clusters. Add California Raisins, coconut and Char’s Magic Seed Mix. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (but it won’t last that long!!). Makes approx 8 cups (2 L).
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