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by Sarah Steimer

New Beginnings New Year Smoothie

Time to start the new year with something healthy! This bad boy was like drinking a whole breakfast, and is probably healthier than most handfuls of cereal we shove in our food holes. I mean, what?

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by Sarah Steimer

Gluten-free oat waffles

These waffles were honestly better than many gluten-full waffles I’ve eaten. They’re going straight to the top of my, “Hey, still a splurge but not too bad for you in the long run” list.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Pumpkin spice granola

I’ve been watching fall movies (Lemony Snicket, anyone?) and snacking on this pumpkin granola lately. Isn’t autumn lovely?

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Combine the oats, flax seeds, almonds, cranberries, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coffee syrup, egg white, oil, and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir and stir and stir until all of the ingredients are wet.

For chunky granola, line a glass baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

For finer granola, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop the granola onto the parchment and spread in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, then stir, breaking up any clusters. Bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the granola is golden-brown, dry, and hardened slightly. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer the granola to an airtight container.

Store the granola at room temperature for up to 1 week.

 

Recipe adapted from: Aunt Karen’s recipe

*It’s the breakfast that doesn’t require a skillet or even a bowl; It’s the easily prepared and transportable granola! This month we’re getting our crunch on with homemade granola recipes that can be enjoyed on the go or part of a complete breakfast. Check out all the Morning Clusters recipes here.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Hazelnut coffee granola

Aunt Karen, you were my inspiration for this month’s guide. You’ve been feeding me ideas for flavor combinations and base recipes for months, and I couldn’t resist any longer. I used your base recipe and added some new flavors. Everyone, if you’re wondering where to find coffee syrup, it’s a Rhode Island thing, but you can buy it online. Dave’s Coffee Syrup is top of the line, but you can find other brands like Autocrat on Amazon.

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by Sarah Steimer

Peanut butter and cocoa granola

Peanut butter and cocoa? Those are some year-round flavors, and this has become my year-round granola choice. The add-ins depend on the season: dried golden raisins or dried cranberries in the fall and winter, then switch to fresh berries for spring and summer.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Boozy Asian plum and cherry crisp

The fruit in my crisp ended up being a bit on the tart side. (Don’t worry, I added more sugar in this recipe to correct the problem.) My solution was to drizzle a spiral of honey on the plate before serving up the crisp. It was so pretty and definitely did the trick!

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by Sarah Steimer

Banana-walnut chocolate chip cookies

Happy four-year blogging anniversary to us! I wish I could send these cookies to Caitlin so we could celebrate together. Frankly — I think that about most of the recipes I make. We get to share this blog, but we rarely get to share the meals. Thanks for being an amazing long-distance blog partner, Caitlin!

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