Hello luxurious Saturday morning with nowhere to be and nothing pressing to do!!
I am loving a slower pace today and enjoying some family time! When my little Pickles (Evangeline) woke me up this morning at 7AM, I found myself totally hankering for something special to start my morning. I was craving my favorite healthy splurge, the Acai Bowl from Sally Loos, a local treasure here.
But, being that I didn’t want to jump out of my robe as early as 7am, I decided to check the freezer, fridge and cupboards for something to make my food/loungin’ around dream come true.
I started with a simple granola recipe. Nothing super unusual about this one, just easy and super yummy. Just pull together some nonstick cooking spray, 2 cups old-fashioned oats (orgluten free oats), 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1 cup sliced almonds, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp salt, 4 tbls unsalted butter, 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, and 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Melting the butter with the sugar and honey, pour it over your granola mixture and bake at 400* for 20-25 minutes. While your granola is crisping up, grab out some ingredients for a smoothie. I’m sure that most of you have your favorite ingredients for a smoothie. This one is just an awesome way to get some raw kale super power into my diet (and into my kids).
With some fresh apple cider, almond milk, raw kale, frozen berries and some flax seed, my smoothie turned out so tasty!
I waited until my granola was cool enough to top my thick smoothie. Oh boy, I was in a foodie paradise! It totally satisfied my cravings.
Gorgeous, right? My kids totally demolished it! It won a two thumbs up from Evangeline 🙂 over Saturday morning cartoons.
Bon apetit and happy Saturday!