Maple Cinnamon Granola

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I love being a mom. I really do. I love my girls with all my heart. But one thing that I don’t love is when they’re sick. Especially when they’re sick and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Last week our 18-month-old was not only teething (fever) but she also had a little cold (coughing + runny nose). This weekend our 3-year-old had a cough and a stuffy nose. I couldn’t really do much beyond giving our youngest acetaminophen and putting Vicks® VapoRub® on them.

Actually, I did give them something else. But I don’t know how much lots of water and hugs really helps in getting rid of colds. I also let them watch TONS of cartoons. Which meant we could catch up on some Phineas & Ferb.

I just really hope that I don’t get sick. Because that means I won’t be able to take care of my girls. And that really sucks.

On a much lighter note, I made you guys some granola.

If maple syrup doesn’t float your boat, you could totally use honey.

Agave nectar might work too.

Homemade granola. It’s a good thing.

Maple Cinnamon Granola

Ingredients

  • (recipe adapted from Dessert for Two)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ½ cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, add oats, coconut, salt, cinnamon, and pecans and stir to combine.
  4. In a small microwavable bowl, combine butter, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. If needed, microwave for another 30 seconds until mixture is completely melted. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  5. Spread mixture onto baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 9 minutes.
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