It’s Monday, I’m still pregnant, and I am very anxious about this week. I’m 9 days overdue, and have two tests and a appointment with my midwives this afternoon. We’ll be making some decisions, and probably get the ball rolling on some natural induction methods. So baby girl is really coming very soon. Waaahoooo! Even though I knew the day would come, it’s crazy to think that sometime in the next 5 days we will, for sure, have a baby in our arms.
This weekend we tried to keep busy…we cleaned out our cars, cleaned the house, had company for Saturday brunch (our favorite time to have friends over), went shopping for a few things, watched the neighbor kids set off some fireworks, etc. Today, I’m going to keep busy…doing things is the only thing keeping me sane these day!
I experimented with a few recipes this weekend, and came up with a tasty (and simple, of course) stovetop granola recipe. Granola is one of our favorite breakfast foods (I’ve blogged two other recipes – one is my mom’s, the other is my mother-in-law’s), served with fruit and raw yogurt. Since we don’t have an oven, I had pretty much given up on making it. But this weekend I remembered reading somewhere about stovetop granola, and I gave it a try. It’s scrumptious, and is simple to make.
2 T. coconut oil or butter
1 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped raw almonds
2 T. maple syrup*
1/4 c. dried fruit (I used raisins, but cranberries or dates would be yummy, too)
1/2 t. cinnamon
Sprinkle of salt
Melt coconut oil on medium heat in a frying pan. Add oats, coconut and almonds. Stir to evenly spread oil. Add syrup and mix again. Let cook for about 10 minutes, spreading the mixture out over the pan and stirring every minute or so. Add fruit, cinnamon and salt. Stir and remove from heat. Spread out in paper to cool and harden.
And that’s it – simple, right!? This recipe doesn’t make much (maybe enough for 1-2 breakfasts for two), but it’s a way to make granola without an oven, and it’s really tasty!
*This recipe isn’t very sweet, so if you’re a sweet tooth, use either more syrup or sweetened coconut!
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