Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Packed With Goodness Granola

I have been reading 'I Will Teach You To Be Rich' by Ramit Sethi these last weeks--what a resource if you are in college, about to graduate, or starting your first job! Read it!

I have posted earlier, simple posts on the value of using your age to your financial benefit, but this book lays it out clean and easy to help you get your finances in order! Use it if you are in a position to apply it, even if on a small scale!



Other ways to build cash and reduce spending, especially in the kitchen...is to learn to cook, especially those grocery items completely marked up, ie cereal. Think about it...almost $5-6 per large box of cornflakes, or $3 - 4 on smaller boxes of specialty cereals!  

So, here's an ultra delicious option adapted from Huckleberry Cookbook from Huckleberry Cafe in Santa Monica, CA to start off your day with! Great recipe for any college student living off-campus and learning independence!

Packed With Goodness Granola


Equipment:
Large baking sheet with edges
Large mixing bowl
Spatula or spoon


Ingredients:
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 stick butter
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbls agave
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Add Ins:
1 cup nuts (cashew, almonds, pistachios, peanuts, pepitas), toasted optional
1 cup dried fruits (apricots, cherries, raisins, cranberries, dates,whichever you like)



Instructions:
1. Wash your hands. 
2. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees.
3. Combine oats, butter, honey, salt, cinnamon. 




4. Spread onto your baking sheet and bake x 25 minutes. Toss and stir mid-way thru.

5. After 25 minutes, add your nuts and bake another 10-15 minutes. 


6. Bake until golden brown.



7. Toss and set aside to cool. 
8. Add in your dried fruits and cool completely.



9. Store in air-tight container up to 1-2 weeks! If it lasts that long!