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Maple Pecan Granola, traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We are on a granola kick here, with 2 batches made in one day. At this point, we have stopped purchasing ready to eat cereals from the market. Instead, we enjoy granola. I now make these 2 flavors and they seem to be as much variety as we need. I should say however that, we do not eat cold cereal every day. Instead, we rotate whole grain pancakes, eggs, and whole grain toast, as well as hot cereal.

I also enjoy overnight oats, but, my husband not so much. That's OK, no matter what we have for breakfast, our meals always start with a selection from the fruit bowl. Most mornings we share an avocado or grapefruit, as part of our breakfast.

This granola is maple and pecan, and delicious! If you prefer fruit with your granola, diced pitted dates would be a wonderful addition to your cereal bowl.
Maple Pecan Granola. Traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions.
Maple Pecan Granola
Maple Pecan Granola
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

6 c old fashioned oats
1 1/2 c pecan halves, broken in half
1 1/2 c coconut
1/2 c wheat germ
1/2 c sugar

1/2 c real maple syrup
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
1/3 c water
2 t vanilla

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well. Drizzle the wet ingredients over the top, then combine well, making sure all the ingredients evenly are coated.

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vanilla to the water and drizzle over dry ingredients. Next drizzle the coconut oil. Combine all ingredients until well mixed.

Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

You may also use a large lasagna pan, stirring every 15 minutes, which is usually what I do. I also like to bake my granola until it is a rich deep golden brown.

Maple Pecan Granola. Traditional oven baked or easy slow cooker directions.

Let cool, then store in a covered container. Makes approximately 12 cups granola.

Note:  You will find directions for slow cooker granola here!

Enjoy!

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Coconut Almond Granola, traditional baked or slow cooker directions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

Granola is so easy to make, and personalize for your family. Today we made Coconut Almond Granola. Generally, we choose not to put dried fruit in our granola, simply because we prefer to add it to the top of the granola in our bowl.

Coconut Almond Granola. Traditional oven method or slow cooker update!
Coconut Almond Granola 
Coconut Almond Granola 
adapted from: my little black book, author unknown, yet thanked many times over!
325 - 350 oven

6 c oats
1 c brown sugar
1 1/2 c coconut
1/2 c wheat germ
1 1/2 c sliced or slivered or chopped whole almonds

1/2 c water
2 t vanilla
1/2 c coconut oil - melted

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add vanilla to the water and drizzle over dry ingredients. Next drizzle the coconut oil. Combine all ingredients until well mixed.

Divide between two large baking trays (jelly roll pans work well). Bake 25 minutes, stir well. Rotate baking pans, bake 20-25 minutes longer.

Important:  if you oven bakes "hot" you might choose to stir the granola at the half way point, this will prevent over browning of the oats on the bottom of the pan.

Coconut Almond Granola. Traditional oven method or slow cooker update!

Note:  I like to turn the oven off on the last 10 minutes and leave the granola in the oven until cool, this makes very crispy granola!

Coconut Almond Granola.

Makes approximately 11-12 cups

UPDATE:  you may also make this granola in the slow cooker!

Enjoy!

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Sunday Supper Suggestion, Roasted Delicata and Onions.

Celebrate the family with your own Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is one of our favorite ways to bring the family together! We offer the following suggestion, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Roasted Delicata Squash, with onions.
Easy Oven Roasted Delicata Squash and Onions

I did not like Delicata squash the first time I cooked it because quite honestly I cooked it with the wrong method. I view this delicate vegetable in the same light as other winter squash. I cut it in half, scraped out the seeds and gave it a roast in the oven. Only to be disappointed, and vowing to not bother with it again.

But I was wrong! For the record, being wrong is completely OK, as long as you correct any errors that were your part. So I did.

Delicata squash is delicious. Mild in flavor, easy to cook (ahem, if you do it correctly...) and completely adaptable. One change I began making many years ago was "Let's eat more vegetables.". And I was serious, serious enough to give my goal a tag on this very blog. And I have spent the time since then trying and enjoying recipes for vegetables of all kinds.

This method will work with just about any other food you are baking in your oven, for the easiest dinner available, giving you time to relax or if need be, get other chores completed while dinner cooks. I baked this along side our main course at 350 degrees, putting it in the oven before the main course so it could take on a caramelized flavor.

Caramelized Squash and Onions, made easy in your oven.
Caramelized Delicata and Squash and Onions

Roasting vegetables is very adaptable, with no hard and fast rules. If you are oven sharing once the main dish is cooked, feel free to turn up the oven to 425-degrees and get the caramel action going, so everyone can enjoy dinner together.

Roasted Delicata and Onions
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

2 Delicata
1 large Onion
2-3 T oil, olive or avocado
Salt and Pepper
2-3 T sugar
1-2 T Balsamic Vinegar

Cut squash in half, scrape out the seeds, and slice crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.

Cut onion lengthwise into slices, separate.

Drizzle with the oil, and season with salt and pepper. (For me this worked best in a large bowl).

Spread out onto a large baking sheet, sprinkle with the sugar. Bake until tender 1-1/2 hours.

To serve, drizzle with the Balsamic vinegar.

Enjoy!

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How to Make Natural Mint Syrup

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I am a big fan of mint, it is refreshing and goes with just about everything. I also like ice tea, but sometimes I want a little something extra in my tea, like a splash of mint simple syrup. When I took a look in the herb garden, the mint was growing so well, I decided to harvest a few stems and make this simple and delicious Mint Syrup.

How to make Natural Mint Syrup. Nothing artificial, no added colors.
Natural Mint Syrup
Mint Simple Syrup
by the seat of my pants
makes 1 qt

4 c water
4 c sugar ( we use natural evaporated cane crystals )
the leaves from about 6-10 stems of mint

Boil the water, add sugar let cool. Add mint leaves.

How to make Natural Mint Syrup. Nothing artificial, no added colors.

Place in large jar and cover. Shake or stir every other day for about 10 - 14 days (this will prevent molding on the surface of the mint leaves).

How to make Natural Mint Syrup. Nothing artificial, no added colors.

Decant into a bale top bottle. Refrigerate.

Add a splash to ice tea, drizzle over melon or berries, or add to mineral water with a squeeze of lime.


How would you use Natural Mint Simple Syrup?

Enjoy!

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