Monday, January 28, 2013
We are a brunch loving family. It’s that meal of the day that you tend to eat on lazy days. We get up later than usual and make breakfast items that are a favorite to each one of us individually. For example, my husband loves pancakes, my girls are a big fan of scramble eggs (made by their daddy and I don’t complain at all), and I love french toast and muffins (specially blueberry muffins).
French toast is that item that is not only bread, but a bread soaked in a milk (or buttermilk), eggs, cinnamon and some vanilla extract mixture. French toast is like the toast and pancake’s cousin.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Every Wednesday we host a home group from church in our house. It mainly consists on 8-10 people. After the class we all gather around the kitchen table and eat some appetizers (bites size treats) and have coffee (lots of coffee). Everyone brings something they want to share with the rest of the group, this way not one person is responsible of the entire snacks or appetizers.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The best way to describe granola is with one word: “versatile”. Once you try making them at home you just have to keep on experimenting with it. You can add just about any nuts and dry fruits you love. In our house, we all love granola with vanilla yogurt.
During one of Food Blogger Bake Sale I purchased Katie’s Blueberry Granola and it was amazing. Then Aggie posted about her Golden Granola and motivated me even more to try it out! This two awesome food bloggers inspired me to give it a try and make some home made granola for us to enjoy as a family.
I guess it’s fare to say that both of this gals had an impact in the granola I made. I added some dry fruit, inspired by Katie and used some Coconut oil, inspired by Aggie! I pretty much went with both recipes and made my version!
Hope you like it as much as we did and get inspired to make your own version of Granola!
Pumpkin Spice Granola
(with dark chocolate)
By: Wanda Lopez, My Sweet Zepol
1 cup Honey
3 tablespoon Coconut Oil (can be substitute with Canola Oil)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 cups Old-Fashion Oats
1/2 cup Pecans
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds (I used salted sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
1/2 cup Dry Cranberry
2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1 cup Dark Chocolate
Preheat the oven at 325 degrees
Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
Simmer at low heat the honey and coconut oil, (stirring constantly) once it has simmered turn off the heat and add vanilla. Set aside.
Mix the oats, nuts and pumpkin spice in a large bowl. Then add the honey mixture and coat evenly.
Spread the granola evenly in a large baking sheet.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Half way the baking time (about 10 minutes) add the dry fruit.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Once cool add the dark chocolate and mix well.
Granola keeps for up to 3 weeks, (if it lasts that long) in an air tight container.
Pumpkin Spice Granola before being baked:
Pumpkin Spice Granola right out of the oven:
Hope you all try and love this recipe as much as we do! It has that pumpkin spice taste (great for fall season, but definitely good on any given day), crunchiness of the oats and nuts, some sweet to bitterness taste given by the dry fruit and the sweetness of the dark chocolate. This Pumpkin Spice Granola is a hit in our house, try it out and let me know the results.
Inspired by Katie’s Cucina & Aggie’s Kitchen