9.15.2013

maple flax cashew butter granola


I am seriously so easily excited, it's kinda odd but a good thing nonetheless. It doesn't take much to perk me up. AT. ALL. Bring me a cup of coffee without asking and we'll be BFFs. Text me in the morning and I'll love you forever. Give me a bar of 70% dark chocolate and I'll dance with endless jubilee. Come over with a tub of ice cream and a chick flick and I'm the happiest camper that ever roamed the lands. I'm not even gonna tell you how excited I got when I was home alone this morning and found Friends was on. Three episodes even! Boomcachowpoooow. Oh and when I found coconut oil at the store? Pretty sure my week was made. Almost two years living in a place where food trends never see the light of day sort of does weird things to a {already weird} person. 


I just got done saying how easy I am to please, but when I found the coconut oil I was thinking "NOOOOOW I just need to find nut butter other than peanut butter." Sure enough, when we were out of town yesterday, scanning the isles of the grocery store for anything awesome or American that we can't find in our little town, I found cashew butter. I'm not even going to tell you how much it cost. Let's just say my dad told me "Merry Christmas!". Which means I probably shouldn't be eating it out of the jar with a spoon like I dooooooes. ANYWAYS. I got really psyched. Last week, coconut oil, and now cashew butter? Winning at life. *fist bump, yo*  Guys, that stuff is fan-freaking-tastic. I want to cover anything and everything with cashew butter. Including my face. MMMM. 



While I'm thinking of ways to use my precious cashew buttahhh other than eating it with a spoon or smothering it on toast, I figured I'd start with granola. Because granola basically is the best breakfast food eeeeeever. I've started making my granola in smaller batches recently because I basically have no self control and if there's an overabundance of the stuff sitting on the counter, I think it my duty to shove it down my face hole. If only granola-eating was an actual paying job, I'd totally be loaded. And then I'd go back and clear off that shelf of fancy-pantsy cashew butter. 


maple flax cashew butter granola

1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1/3 c. puffed brown rice cereal
2 tbsp. coconut oil
3 tbsp. cashew butter
3 tbsp. organic maple syrup
1/4 c. flax seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until evenly combined. Pour onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven occasionally {about ever 5-6 minutes}, stirring the granola around so that it doesn't burn. Let cool before removing to a jar or plastic container to store. Serve with milk or yogurt and fruit or by itself for an afternoon munchie!


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6 comments:

  1. Yum!!! Have you ever tried making your own butter from the nuts you like? I read all the time where people do that.

    Charlotte Moore

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    1. I've tried and failed a couple times. I think it might have to do with the fact that I just have a crappy little blender, not a fancy food processor so it doesn't really turn out, uhh… Buttery. haha :)

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  2. Sophie - oh, how I love the way you write!!!!! Thanks for MY big 'ol face-smile today, after reading your post. May all your wishes this week be answered with cashew butta on top! AND just have to let you know that I love LOVE your 'random' posts of bloggy goodness. (especially your comments after each link...makes me wanna read them all!) Keep sharing what makes you smile, and I will keep reading and grinning. Your heart is gold - God Bless Ya! Kristen in PA

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