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Coconut, Cashew and Oat Green Tea Granola

Scrumptious Green Tea Granola recipe by @beardandbonnet

Confession: I am the WORST about eating breakfast during the week. I try, I really do! I make an effort, but inevitably I somehow forget in the chaos of our morning routine to feed myself. Honestly, if it weren’t for having a gigantic bag of this Green Tea Granola hanging out in my cupboard I probably would have lost my mind from hanger a few times this summer.

Gorgeous Green Tea Granola recipe by @beardandbonnet

On days I forget to eat breakfast my morning starts to completely unravel by about 10:30. It’s funny that I don’t automatically think “Oh, I should eat something!” instead I tend to let myself get frustrated, irritable, and generally not all that pleasant before my stomach and brain communicate and I realize that my problem is most definitley hunger.

Matcha Granola recipe by @beardandbonnet

You probably know that moment too right?! In that moment it doesn’t really matter to me what I eat, I just have to eat something and FAST! Friend, I’m telling you that is never a good place to be. Not ever! It is almost impossible to resist the urge to dive head first into a bag of salt & vinegar chips. So, I have to have a plan in place, one that covers my butt when I forget to feed myself & also one that helps me to hopefully prevent this entire unhealthy potato c hip laced debacle all together.

@lovemysilk yogurt and green tea granola recipe on @beardandbonnet

This Green Tea Granola is just that – delicious, fast, healthy and convenient. Plus, when I scatter it over Silk vanilla yogurt it turns from a snack to a meal that is loaded with protein and pretty darn good for me too. Plus, I actually look forward to indulging in a bowl right when I wake up in the morning, so more days than not I am feeding myself breakfast now. Seriously, that is an accomplishment!

Green Tea Granola & yogurt bowl recipe by @beardandbonnet

Green Tea Granola
Serves: about 8 cups
 
This granola is great on it's own for snacking, or over yogurt bowls for breakfast. My favorite way to enjoy it is sprinkled over vanilla ice cream with fresh fruit for dessert.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups gluten free oats
  • ½ cup raw pistachios
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup raw pine nuts
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon matcha tea
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon maple sugar, optional
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
optional add in's
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots
To serve
  • Silk Vanilla Dairy-Free Yogurt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl mix the oats, pistachios, almonds, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, brown sugar, matcha and salt together.
  3. In a small saucepan combine the oil, maple syrup, and maple sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the hot liquid over the oats mixture and stir well until everything is combined and covered in the sticky syrup.
  4. Spread the granola on the prepared pan an bake until golden brown, for about 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Transfer the sheet pan to a cooling rack and all ow the granola to cool completely before mixing in the optional add in's.
Serve over Silk Vanilla Dairy-Free Yogurt
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.