Those of us here in the US of A are celebrating our nation's independence day on Sunday. That means we get a nice, long holiday weekend, with no work on Monday! Hooray. Long weekends are perfect for leisurely breakfasts and relaxing mornings, and what could possibly be better for such a thing than a bowl of homemade granola soaked in homemade cultured oat milk, topped off with juicy fresh raspberries? With an extra day of vacation thrown in the mix, you might even have the time to try out a new recipe. So read on, my friend, and learn how to make an awesome breakfast perfect for a lazy holiday weekend.
For this granola, I used oats and brown rice flakes, pumpkin and hemp seeds, some shredded coconut, and spices. I sweetened it with apple juice and stevia. One cup of apple juice has about 35 grams of sugar, which is a lot if one were to drink it plain. But spread out over an entire BATCH of granola, it only contributes about 2 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup serving. Not bad, huh?
It is full of complex carbs, healthy fats, lots of fiber, and packs in over 10 grams of protein per serving. It is also a great source of omega fatty acids, phosphorus, thiamin, copper, magnesium, and manganese, and potassium (270 mg per serving). Serve with non-dairy or dairy milk or yogurt, over shredded jicama (surprisingly tasty!) or fresh fruit, or as a snack all on its own. Where else can it come in handy?
- Take on car, train, or plane trips for healthy travel snacks on the go.
- Pack in your child's school lunches for a totally nut-free, classroom friendly snack
- Keep a small snack-sized baggie or jar in your purse or backpack to combat nasty low blood sugar moments while you're out and about.
- Keep a jar at work to snack on during those crazy meeting-filled days!
- Great for busy students - you could easily make large batches on the cheap!
- Keep some in the car to have in case of emergency breakdowns
- Perfect energizing snack before or after the gym