We have a Winner!

Out with the “old-a”, In with new granola    

Add some change to your food life by adding granola. Here are 13 ideas:   

  1. Mixed it with yogurt.  As a dessert or breakfast, use granola, yogurt and fruit.  Then dig in.
  2. Use as a topping for a baked apple!
  3. Add to muffins
  4. Bake it in bread
  5. Roll bananas in granola and freeze
  6. Top a salad with it.
  7. Toss it with oatmeal for a crunchy twist
  8. Add it to smoothies
  9. Soften it up with heated milk and let sit. Then eat.
  10. Use instead of bread crumbs for stuffing
  11. Crush and roll chicken in it before baking for some crispy chicken.
  12. Eat it straight with various nuts and seeds as add-ins.  Try sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, craisins, pecans, m&m’s, cashews, dried apricots, dried apples, dried pineapple.
  13. Makes a great neighbor gift.  Pour granola in decorative cellophane bag and tie with ribbon.

Maple Granola is made with oats, wheat and wheat flour, sweetened with a touch of brown sugar, coconut and maple flavoring and features a generous helping of crunchy walnuts.

Natural Granola is made with rolled oats, rolled wheat and whole wheat flour and is sweetened with coconut and pure vanilla. Fresh crunchy walnuts complete this granola.

Yummy Homemade Peanut Butter Granola and Homemade Granola. Recipes below. Why do I say yummy almost every week? Maybe it’s because I love food. Maybe it’s because I get to share my favorite foods with you. Whatever the reason – I love saying YUM! After you taste these granola, you will say YUM, too. At least I hope so!

Peanut Butter Granola  

10 c. rolled oats
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. sunflower seeds, raw
1 c. coconut, optional
1/2 c. oil
1 c. honey
1 t. vanilla
2 c. peanut butter
4 c. raisins (optional)
(all ingredients available at The Country Cupboard)
Mix together oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and coconut in a large bowl. Mix oil and honey in a small saucepan and heat gently. Remove from heat and add vanilla and peanut butter. Pour over oat mixture, mix well and place in flat pans. Bake at 225° for 1 hour, stirring after 30 minutes and again at the end of baking. Add raisins, if desired. This makes a large amount, but it freezes very well. For a healthier granola, use unsweetened coconut, coconut oil (melted) and natural peanut butter.

Homemade Granola

8 c. quick oats
1 t. salt
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 c. maple syrup
2 c. coconut
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. melted butter
2 c. crushed cinnamon graham pretzels
1/2 c. chopped nuts, opt.
1/2 c. chocolate chips, opt.
(all ingredients available at The Country Cupboard)
Combine oats, salt, sugar, soda, maple syrup, coconut, flour and butter. Put on cookie sheets and toast in oven until nicely browned, approximately 1 hour at 250°. Add pretzels and nuts for the last 15 minutes of baking time. When still warm, but not hot, add chocolate chips. Yields: 15 cups For a healthier option, use sucanat instead of brown sugar, ground soft white wheat instead of whole wheat, and melted coconut oil instead of melted butter.
Announcing our contest winners!

Honey Roasted are the favorite sesame stick here at The Country Cupboard. The winners who will receive a free bag are:  Heather Schweizer, Judy Wahls, Vicki Shaffer, Sue Kelly, Sue Goad, Sharon Adams, Beth Rinkenberger, Kristen Tuley, Tricia Steffen, Shannon Peters, Katie Metz, Rita Schauffer. Thanks for all who participated!

 “News” in this week! 

You asked – we received! Cook-type vanilla pudding, mini Reese’s peanut butter chips, mini cinnamon chip drops, curry, strawberry preserves, pickled eggs and chocolate pastel mints are now here.

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