Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge

On April 1st, I will be kicking off the Small Changes, BIG Impact Challenge.  I am very excited, and a tad overwhelmed.  I hope I can do this thing justice.  My goal is to introduce you to a different small change each day that you can put into action.  Small changes add up to a BIG Impact.

The Challenge is all about pushing yourself, learning new things, and becoming healthier along the way.  Let’s make a BIG Impact!

There will be prizes along the way for participating.  I want to help you reach for a healthier lifestyle.

Is there a specific area you are hoping to green up that you would like me to address during the challenge?  I am all ears!Small-Changes

 

Come and Get It….Before It Is ALL Gone

Breakfast! It really is the most important meal of the day. Lately though, I have been neglecting it for myself. The girls need to get their grub on to start the day, but I have just been meh about it myself lately. Do you ever get that way?

As I was looking through my meal plan inspiration recipes, I came across a granola recipe I used to make a lot a few years ago. I remembered it being good, but man, have I been slacking on the breakfast lately. Something has to give sometimes, and breakfast had been taking a hit. It was like the chore you leave to do until you have guests coming over. It just was getting the minimal attention so that I could focus my attention on other stuff. I have been reading good books lately, reading to the girls more intentionally again, homeschooling, painting, knitting, and tackling a Photo Book from 2014. Sometimes you just need to do what speaks to you and let some stuff slide. Really, do it, it is so amazing!

But, this granola recipe from Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen was calling to me and so is my inner homemaker. I want to make the time to be more intentional about our nutrition again. I want to stop buying the boxed cereals and feed the kiddos stuff that is more substantial for breakfast. I feel the need to move back to my all from scratch cooking, mostly. Don’t fret, I will not give up late night frozen pizza in bed with the hubs while mindlessly watching TV.  Anyway, the granola recipe went on the meal plan and the ingredients were bought. Life is full here still, and I think always will be, so I have somewhat mastered (hmmmm, wishful thinking) cooking in spurts. I’ll post the recipe below and you can play with it to figure out how to fit this into your life, because you need this yumminess to start your morning. And, I always double the batch….always!

So, here it is, with the double ingredients already listed, because that is how I roll!  Please check out the full recipe book.  It has a lot of deliciousness in it!  You are welcome!

Granola (The ONLY granola recipe you will ever want or need)

  • 8 cups rolled oats (You can use the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats)
  • 3 cups walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups large flake coconut
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/3 cups dried currants (We have used raisins, but we prefer currants.)
  • Zest of 4 oranges
  • 20 Tbsps. butter (Don’t use margarine….I am watching!)
  • 2 cups maple syrup (REAL Maple Syrup, not the fake stuff)

Combine rolled oats, chopped walnuts, coconut, salt, currants, and orange zest in a super large bowl.  Set that aside and heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and then stir in the maple syrup.  Pour the butter and maple syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to make sure everything is well coated.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and make sure your oven racks are towards the middle of your oven.  Throw some parchment paper on 2 separate baking sheets.  This helps to speed cleanup and is an easy way to transfer the granola into large canning jars for storage when  the granola is cooled.

Give your granola a mix and divide it fairly equally between your 2 baking sheets in a thin layer.  Mine takes about 40 minutes to cook in our gas oven.  I stir it every 10 minutes until it reaches a nice golden brown.  Sometimes I rotate the sheet pans or take one out early if one of the pans is getting golden brown faster.

Once it is nice and golden you will take it out of the oven and allow it to cool completely.  Take your parchment paper and make a little funnel out of it to help you get every little piece of that delicious granola into your jar.  Seal tight, store in your pantry, and enjoy over the next few days or give some to a friend.  They will love you for it!