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Honey Granola

Mix nuts, dried fruit and oats together and i guarantee you I will be your best friend forever.

I absolutely love granola.

Ever since I had a granola yogurt parfait thingy two weeks ago at my niche, agora, I have been craving for more.

I couldn’t do anything about ┬ámy craving last week because I had 3 midterms to study for. Today though, during the last class, I started packing up 5 mins early because I really wanted to get my granola and yogurt! ok ya caught, and a little because psychology isn’t exactly my favourite course.

I hopped on the bus and went to TWO grocery stores. I was determined to find the best ingredients to make my granola.

Right when I got home I went into the kitchen and got right to it. I couldn’t wait any longer.

Little did I know, granola bakes for a long time in the oven. I lack patience when it comes to waiting for food to be ready. It’s food, I can’t help myself.

So I grabbed a pillow and my laptop and sat in front of the oven. Then my friend’s mom’s voice popped into my head, “A pie won’t cool if it’s being watched.”

Then it occurred to me that granola probably works the same way, so I retreated to the living room.

When the timer went off I ran, literally, ran into the kitchen. The kitchen had the warmest and most delicious aroma. I immediately grabbed my carton of yogurt and made myself that long-awaited parfait.

You didn’t think that I was gonna wait for it to cool first did ya?

DIG IN

Honey Granola
adapted from Joy of Baking

Ingredients

3 cups oats ( I used Rogers porridge oats w/ a blend of oat bran, wheat bran, and flaxseed)
1/2 cup almonds (I used 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (I omitted)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (I used 2 tablespoons)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil (I used a scant 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp brown sugar (I used 1 tbsp)
1/2 tsp vanilla (I used 1 tsp)
1 cup dried fruit (I used cranberries, golden raisins, dark raisins)

How To

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

2. Mix oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.

3. Microwave water, oil, honey, sugar and vanilla til just boiling.

4. Pour wet into dry and coat evenly.

5. Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for approx 25-40 mins. Cool completely then store in the fridge. This will keep for several weeks.

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Black Sesame Bars

I have got to learn to take better pictures. Anyway, hello there!

Yenno those little sesame bars? I think they’re called sesame snaps. Well, I was trying to imitate those.

But, I only had black sesame on hand and the ones you buy from the store are made with white sesame seeds. I wasn’t upset about that at all though, because black sesame is better for ya!

According to my very traditionally Chinese mom, black sesame has magic powers that can enhance your appearance. As much as I would like to believe that, I didn’t feel any prettier after eating all these bars =.=

Get the recipe HERE!

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