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30 Semi-Healthy Days – Day 3: Maple Pecan Granola

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So far I have covered lunch and dinner so it only seems fitting to move onto breakfast for day 3. Breakfast is the biggest challenge for me because while it is my favourite meal of the day on a weekend, I really struggle with eating breakfast on weekdays. I just cannot seem to get out of bed early enough to eat anything other than a banana or a granola bar during the week. My husband and I try so hard to get an early start in the morning, but it only seems to get more difficult. On the rare morning that we do manage to wake up early, we always comment on how amazing it feels to have the time to just sit and relax and enjoy the morning before the scramble to get ready for work. We have one bathroom in our tiny little house, and I can’t tell you what a pain it is. When we buy a house, the number one requirement is that we need two bathrooms. I can’t tell you how many times one of us has been late for work because the other is in the bathroom. We just need more time in the morning! But even though we are both perfectly aware that we should get up earlier, it very rarely happens in reality. It’s just so warm and snuggly in bed, and at the time that the alarm goes off, 30 extra minutes of sleep sounds like heaven.

This is why I have recently come to the conclusion that I am going to have to make breakfast for the week ahead of time on the weekends. What better breakfast food to have at the ready than a yogurt parfait with homemade granola and fresh fruit? Every once in a while I will buy a yogurt parfait from somewhere like Starbucks or the airport when I am desperate. I always really want to like them because the combination of granola, yogurt and fruit should be amazing. I am somehow always disappointed by the storebought parfaits. I think the main problem is that the fruit has usually been sitting around for ages and sometimes even tastes like it came out of a can. I say no more! Homemade yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit for me from here-on-out…until the next time I am starving at the airport because I didn’t pack any snacks like a doofus.

I have made several different types of granola in my day, but my favourite granola is always smothered in maple syrup (hence the semi-healthy title). This is super easy to make, and you can really substitute any nuts you like or even add in dried cranberries and/or coconut. It goes perfect with fresh berries, Greek yogurt and just a little bit of honey. You can toss it together in the morning and head out the door!

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Maple Pecan Granola
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the oats, pecan, pistachios and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.

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Toss with the maple syrup and the vanilla extract until coated.

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Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Bake at 325 degrees F. for 40 minutes or until golden, stirring halfway through.

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30 Semi-Healthy Days - Day 3: Maple Pecan Granola
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine the oats, pecan, pistachios and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl.
  3. Toss with the maple syrup and the vanilla extract until coated.
  4. Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 40 minutes or until golden, stirring halfway through.

 

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