Have any of you heard of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month? If you haven’t, it’s basically an event where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. The point is to get you to write, and not worry about editing or going back and changing things. You write the novel, get it done, then go back and edit.
My roommate Lily and our friend Courtney are participating this month- they’re both English Writing majors and are both VERY excited. (They’ve been planning since the beginning of October!) As someone who has tried (and failed) a few times at NaNo, I know how stressful it can be. So I decided to be a supportive friend and make them “NaNoWriMo Survival Kits” full of K-cups, raisins, cookies, and homemade granola!
Now, I’ve never even had store-bought granola before, so I wouldn’t even know where to start for homemade granola beyond using oats. So I used a base recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction and adapted it to suit my needs. Since these girls are going to be writing nearly 2,000 words a day in addition to preparing for finals and writing papers (writers are CRAZY I tell you!), they’re going to need granola that can help power their brains! I also adapted the recipe to suit my baking needs- I forgot to buy oil, so I doubled the honey. Almonds were a bit pricy, so I threw in some peanuts thatI already had on my shelf. I added pumpkin seeds, which are great for stimulating your brain, and I mixed in blueberry infused craisins instead of raisins. I also added some apple pie spice, which includes cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can read about more foods good for your brain here and here.
This can be gluten free if you use certified gluten free oats, and agave can be substituted for the honey to make the granola vegan. (as well as using all dry roasted peanuts rather than part honey-roasted.)
This is perfect to make if you plan writing a novel this month, or for your friends or kids who are gearing up for the end of the semester (one month left! Where did the time go…?). Or just for yourself to snack on- with all these sweets around here, we need something to balance everything out!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup honey roasted peanuts
- ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
- ½ cup quinoa
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon/sugar
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 small-medium apple, diced
- ⅔ cup honey
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup craisins (not pictured)
- Preheat oven to 325˚.
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, quinoa, apple pie spice, and cinnamon sugar. Mix in diced apple.
- In a small bowl, mix together honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, and sugar.
- Pour over dry ingredients and mix together gently until everything is moistened.
- Pour over two baking sheets and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and to make sure everything is toasting evenly.
- Once baked, let granola cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes- this is what makes it crunchy! Mix in craisins.
- Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Some more Homemade goodies and Healthy Choices….
Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Bars
Homemade White Chocolate Peanut Butter
Homemade Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter
Homemade Almond Butter