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Is it granola or is it cake? Who cares, it’s delicious!

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Well much like the tooth fairy and Santa Claus, the Easter bunny did not visit our house this year. In fact, up until about an hour ago, I didn’t even know yesterday was anything other than just a typical Sunday. Actually I didn’t really even know yesterday was Sunday but that’s besides the point. There’s just something weird about a giant white rabbit coming into your house while everyone’s asleep and leaving brightly colored hard-boiled eggs laying around for the kids to try to find. Hmmm… what’s that about? I mean, I leave little “surprises” around the house sometimes too, but no one ever seems to get excited about it. I usually get scolded and told that, that sort of thing is only allowed out in our backyard or in a neighbor’s yard while no one is looking. Perhaps I need to start dyeing my “surprises” in bright pastel colors and say that the Passover Puppy left them for everyone to enjoy.

Well despite not knowing yesterday was a day for celebrating bunnies and their hard-cooked eggs, I still somehow managed to come up with a fun little snack recipe that seems fitting for that particular day… granola! (aka: rabbit food). But not just any granola. Banana-Peanut Butter-Coconut Granola baked in mini muffin cups. Honestly, they look a little more like bird’s nests than rabbit food, but still very Easter-like. Kid-tasted and Jesus-approved.

Well mis amigos, I better be going now. I just hid a couple of my Passover Puppy “surprises” out in the backyard and I need to get someone to come out and hunt for them.

Better get your basket, Mama…. or a shovel.

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“While visions of carrot sticks, danced in their heads”

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Hola and Feliz Navidad mis amigos! I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful holiday filled with joy and laughter and are now knee-deep in wrapping paper and bows and ugly sweaters you received from relatives who obviously don’t like you very much.

I, myself, had a very relaxing morning listening to Desi Arnaz’s greatest holiday hits album on Pandora and lapping up a lovely cup of eggnog Evian while making a yummy batch of granola for mi Tio Tony to enjoy once he rises from his slumber. Seeing as how it’s now past noon and there’s still no sign of him waking up anytime soon, he may not get to enjoy this for breakfast after all. Oh well, this stuff is sure to be equally delicioso as either an afternoon snack or even a cure for the late-night munchies.

Orange-Vanilla Spiced Granola

3 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup flaxseed

1/2 cup chopped nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans etc.)

1/2 cup orange juice

1/2 cup honey or agave nectar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp grated orange rind

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 unsweetened, flaked coconut

Directions:

1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

2) Mix oats, wheat germ, flaxseeds and nuts in a large bowl.

3) Combine orange juice, honey, vanilla, orange rind and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat oven medium-low until honey has melted. Allow to cool 5 minutes.

4) Pour orange-honey mixture over oat mixture. Stir well to combine.

5) Pour mixture onto a large cookie sheet and spread out into a thin layer. Bake 20 minutes, stirring once.

6) Add shredded coconut and bake an additional 10 minutes or until crunchy.

7) Enjoy!

Well that’s about all I’ve got for today muchachos. Have a wonderful day whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hannukah or just the fact that it’s Sunday and you have twelve chances to watch “A Christmas Story” on TBS.

Happy Holidays!

I’m working on someday being able to lick my eyeball.

Hippie-chic Granola

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As you know, I’m quite the social butterfly. I get invited to a lot of functions and parties and I also frequently entertain at my own casa. More often than not, these get-togethers focus around food, whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner and are usually that of the potluck variety. There is a monthly breakfast potluck I attend at a friend’s home on the lake and while I first started off by bringing a variety of different baked items, I realized the one thing I made that always got the most attention and praise was my granola. Ahh yes, leave it to the Oregonians for loving them some granola. The same folks who drive Subaru Outbacks and wear socks with their Birkenstocks. Anyone who says that’s just a stereotype of people in Oregon and not true, is just plain wrong. Not there’s anything inherently bad about wearing socks with their sandals (ahem, mi abuelo), but it doesn’t necessarily look good with tight biking shorts. But anyway, back to my much-loved granola. So I figured if it was granola that they requested at the monthly breakfast potluck, it was granola that they would get from that point on.

The beauty of the granola, other than the taste of course, is the vast number of combinations you can come up with. My granolas pretty much turn out different each time I make them, usually based upon what’s occupying my pantry at that point in time. For my most recent concoction, I was once again drawn to mi mama’s large peanut butter surplus and was inspired to create a granola with that as the main focus. It took awhile convincing her to unlock one of her jars from the mighty nut butter vault, but in the end, I managed to get my paws on one of her containers of crack peanut butter.

Peanutty Peanut Butter Granola

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce

2/3 cup agave nectar or honey

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1/4 cup flaxseeds

2 tbsp wheat germ

1 cup peanuts

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2) Heat all wet ingredients, peanut butter through vanilla, in a small saucepan until smooth and creamy ~5 minutes.

3) In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

4) Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

5) Spread granola into a thin layer on a baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.

6) Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before transferring to a container (or straight into your mouth).

So simple and easy, and yet so delicious. You can use the granola as a topping for a yogurt parfait, add it to your morning bowl of cereal or just eat it plain with a handful of raisins. Mmmmmmm!!! 

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go “fertilize” mi mama’s potted plant. I hear it’s perfect for gardening.