Granola

Cookie and Candy Plate

I’m so sad that Saturday is over! Though I wasn’t feeling that fabulous for most of the day, it was nice to take it easy and enjoy the 90 degree day. I found a new place in my neighborhood for a mani/pedi and they did an awesome job. I was in there for 2.5 hours because the woman took such care. Towards the end I was definitely getting a little antsy to get out of there, but it was awesome. She gave me a really long leg and foot massage and a great hand/arm massage too. I ate a lot of snacks after the GM, starting with another Kind Bar.

This was the Fruit and Nut kind and was even better than the last one. It had a bunch of different kinds of nuts and dried fruit so every bite was a little different and it was soo good.

I also had a bagel thin toasted with ricotta (no cream cheese or butter in sight).

And then I had a small mug of cereal with one crushed Weetabix biscuit and the rest of the pumpkin flax granola from Whole Foods, with some almond milk.

Looking back, I probably should have had one thing a bit more substantial, but I was feeling pretty icky so I just went with what I felt like…

Then I got myself together and met my boyfriend at Chef Geoff Tysons tonight when he got off of work to get a bite at the bar. I decided to have a glass of Torrontes (JUST ONE)

It was good, but I didn’t even finish the glass. I got the mixed green salad with blue cheese crumbles and berry vinaigrette to start (dressing on the side).

Then I ordered the wild mushroom pizza that had fontina, taleggio, and grana padana (all types of cheese).

This pizza was soooo good. They have a special pizza oven in the restaurant to make all the pizzas, so the crusts get crispy and the toppings all melty. So, so good. I ate 2/3 of this pizza (4 small pieces) and brought the last two pieces home.

I was pretty full at this point, but we decided to get a dessert to share anyways, so I just nibbled on it. It was the Cookies and Candy plate, which is all handmade at the restaurant.

Clockwise from top left, caramel corn, chocolate dipped toffee, dolce de leche, cinnamon sugar cookie, an anise marshmallow, and chocolate covered almonds. I tried a bit of everything and it was incredible. Handmade candy is like nothing else! I laughed a little because its called “cookies and candy” but it came out with only one cookie. Turns out the kitchen ran out of cookies so they just gave us one, but I found it pretty funny because I have a strange sense of humor… 🙂

Off to bed… I am going to sleep well tonight!

Easy Homemade Granola

Morning! Today is chilly here in DC but sunny instead of raining like it has the last several days. I’m really looking forward to going on a bike ride or for a run tonight after work! My body is ready to move now that I’ve taken two days off in a row. 🙂

I love granola on my yogurt/oatmeal, but it’s usually really expensive in the store and has a lot more calories and fat than I like for a topping (besides nut butter of course). So, I decided to make my own last night, and it was SO easy and came out so delicious, even if I baked it for a little too long. The great thing about making it at home is you can control exactly what goes into it, and how much oil and/or honey you put into it, so you can control the nutritionals.

Into this bowl went:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey

That’s it! I mixed this all together, making sure to spread the honey and olive oil evenly throughout the dry ingredients, and then spread it out on top of wax paper in a 13×9 in pan.

Then, I put it in the oven at 350º for 25 minutes, mixing it around half way through.

If I could do it over again, I would have taken it out after 20 minutes instead of 25. It isn’t burnt by any means, just a little dark. Guess that’s the trouble with making up your own recipes! 🙂 Store it in an airtight container. I made it into 4 huge servings, but it could easily make 6 or 8.

But really, you can make this with anything you have around. The honey/oil clumps it together so it gets crunchy and delicious. You can add cinnamon, dried fruit, chocolate, sunflower or pumpkin seeds… you name it. Just remember that if you’re going to put any chocolate or dried fruit (raisins, cherries, etc), you want to add those things after its done baking, but while its still fresh out of the oven and warm.

Even though I sampled some last night after it was done, I couldn’t wait to try it out on my yogurt this morning.

I had a Chobani 0% plain yogurt with a big serving of the granola, a sliced banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It was seriously SO good and so easy! Plus, this granola is sooo cheap compared to buying a $5+ box in the store.

Happy Tuesday!!