05/24/12
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sweet n salty olive oil granola

Good morning!

Sleeping in until 6:30am this morning was glorious.  Yup that sure is sleeping in for me.  :)  No work for 5 more days!  My thoughts on twitter last night about that…

I’m hoping Hunter knows how to listen to his mama.  I actually had a dream about what he looked like last night.  Brown eyes, brown hair, super sleepy looking and just adorable.

I’m loving all the guesses in yesterday’s post to how big he’ll be.  Here are some of them so far:

Erica guesses 7 lbs 6 oz

Emily thinks he’ll be 8 1/2 lbs

Maryea is guessing 7 lbs 7 oz

Jentry is going for 7 lbs 3 oz

I’ve been thinking between 6-7 pounds, so my official guess is 6 lbs 10 oz… but we shall see!  It’s so much fun thinking about that kind of stuff.  All the unknowns of this exciting adventure we’re about to embark on.

Now onto something that is a known.  Olive oil granola is amazing.

The thought of olive oil in your granola might sound a little weird, but trust me, it’s not.  Olive oil + maple syrup and brown rice syrup and all the add ins [pistachio, hemp seed, almond, coconut, dried fig, dried currant, dried apricot] makes it amazing!

This recipe made a BIG batch of granola.  Most of which I mailed out to a couple sweet ladies earlier in the week.  You can’t see too many big clusters in these pictures because, a) I ate most of them straight from the pan and b) they got mailed out.  But the bottom of the bag is still delish!

Granola is one of those things I don’t keep on hand too often, mainly because I can’t keep my hands out of it.  When I do make it, I sure love it.

You will love this recipe too!

 Sweet n Salty Olive Oil Granola
Adapted from preventionrd

Makes about 9 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, hulled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup large unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/3 cup dried figs, diced
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup**
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg white

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pistachios, hemp seed, almonds, coconut, and fruit; mix well until combined. Add in the maple syrup, olive oil, sugar, salt, and cinnamon; toss until evenly combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until it becomes frothy and foamy (1-2 minutes). Mix into the granola mixture.
  4. Distribute the mixture out in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, to get evenly browned.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool completely. As it cools, it will begin to harden and form into one large piece.
  6. Once it is cooled, using your hands, break up the granola into clusters of your desired size.

**you can use all maple syrup like the original recipe called for instead of the combo of maple + brown rice syrup.  I just ran out of maple syrup and improvised!

It’s good straight off the pan, or soaked in milk.  Delicious!

How long does granola usually last in your house?  Not very long here.  Cereal and granola in general are usually gone in a flash.

I’m headed out to get the tires rotated on the Jeep soon, and since it’s raining I won’t be able to bring Joe and walk him.  Major bummer.  Then tons of cleaning around the house, lunch with some friends and the chiro.  Looking forward to today!

Maybe a baby…. tomorrow I’m due! ;)

Heather

08/17/11
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3 New Spent Grain Granolas to Win!

Come Friday Jacob will be brewing more beer.

This is exciting not only for the tasty craft beers he makes, but I’ll have more spent grains for granola making!  I’ve been plowing through my supply and now am all out.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have enough granola to get me by this week.  Even enough to share with you!

Apple pie was by far the most requested flavor, so it happened.  And it happened to turn out delicious too.

When I open up this jar and take a whiff, all I smell is the amazing apple flavors.  I’m so glad they came through.

Peanut butter banana crunch was a MUST for me.  I’m a sucker for PB and banana put together.

The peanut butter gets a slight caramel flavor when cooked.  Really I could call it PB caramel banana, but I won’t.

Lastly I had to add in some veggies!  Carrot to be exact.

Carrot, walnut and raisin granola.  Although you don’t taste the carrot in here, it’s super pretty with the added in orange slivers.  Jacob surprised me by this being one of his favorites.  He’s my official taste tester.  It’s a rough life.

So we’ve got a fruit, a nut and a veggie.  Here’s the big questions….

Which one would you pick?

Yup that’s right, it’s giveaway time!

I’ve got spent grain granola to share with you, my lovely readers.

So now you’ve got to tell me, which would you pick?

Each winner will get a small bag (about 2 cups) of spent grain granola sent to them.

So what’s it going to be…

Carrot, walnut + raisins…

Peanut butter banana crunch…

Or apple pie spent grain granola.

Winner’s will be selected randomly but I’ll do my best to pair up your choice if there aren’t doubles.

To enter leave a comment for each entry. Remember, each entry should be a separate comment so you have more chances of becoming a winner!

How to enter:

  1. Tell me which spent grain granola you’d like to try the most.
  2. Share this giveaway on your blog.
  3. Spread the word about the giveaway any other way (facebook, twitter, email, text… anyway that spreads the word)
  4. Like Get Healthy with Heather on Facebook.
  5. Follow me on dailymile.
  6. Subscribe to receive the posts in your inbox (on the left side).

A winner will be selected on Sunday, August 21st and will be chosen via random.org.

*** This giveaway is now closed ***

The 3 winners are:

#6: Heather (Where’s the Beach) – apple pie

#20: Hillary (Go with the Dough) – carrot, walnut + raisin

#23: Ashley – PB banana crunch

Congrats ladies!  Send me an email with your address to gethealthywithheather@comcast.net and I’ll have your goodies sent out to you.

PS: Beer lovers out there ~ the beer pictured above, an IRA, is what the grains from this spent grain granola where used for.  And yes, I drank my beer out of a mason jar.  What?

PSS: Thank you all for your sweet words about me getting my group fitness certification in the mail!

PSSS: Don’t forget to check out my other giveaway.  A winner will be picked tomorrow –>>do it.

PSSSS: It’s time for Pump It!

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08/13/11
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Weekend Reads

It’s been a productive morning around here so far.  Yesterday on my drive home from work I started writing out a weekend to-do list (while I was stopped of course!). 

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I just love to-do lists.  Some people don’t, but I love em.  It feels so good to cross of items, and especially if I get them all done… which is rare.

This big guy not only kept me company most of the morning, he stole my chair the minute I got up!

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Little does he know giving him a bath is one item I’m determined to cross off!

On the top of my list is granola making.  A big thanks to all of you for your comments yesterday… they’ll definitely help me decide what the next spent grain granola flavor will be.  I’m heading to the store soon but have not yet picked the flavor, so hurry and go weigh in on it if you haven’t yet!

What have you been reading this week?  I need to get my hands on a book ASAP, but in the mean time my google reader tells me I have enough reading to do for 5+ years.  Here are a few of my favorites from this week…

What have you been reading this week?  And who else loves lists as much as me? 

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