“Brain Power” Granola

Brain Power Granola - Easy granola filled with snacks that are good for your brain! | Pixiedustkitchen.com

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!

Brain Power Granola - Easy granola filled with snacks that are good for your brain! | Pixiedustkitchen.com

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!

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"Brain Power" Granola
Recipe type: Snack
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Serves: 55 mins
Simple granola that is jam-packed with healthier options that are good for your brain! (Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor a dietician. I have simply researched foods that are good for your brain and for your body. Sources are provided in the post.)
  • 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)
  1. Preheat oven to 325˚.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanuts, quinoa, apple pie spice, and cinnamon sugar. Mix in diced apple.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together honey, applesauce, vanilla extract, and sugar.
  4. Pour over dry ingredients and mix together gently until everything is moistened.
  5. 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.
  6. Once baked, let granola cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes- this is what makes it crunchy! Mix in craisins.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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Homemade Almond Butter


9 Comments on “Brain Power” Granola

  1. Rebecca @ Dorm Room Baker
    November 4, 2013 at 9:36 am (6 years ago)

    I considered doing NaNoWriMo a while ago and I also know some people who are attempting this year. I must say that even with this amazing looking granola I don’t think I’d make it! My abilities to focus long enough to crank out 50,000 words in a month are a bit limited haha.
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    • faith
      November 4, 2013 at 10:16 am (6 years ago)

      Same here- and I can’t imagine writing all that while working on schoolwork and studying. They’re crazy I tell ya. CRAZY.

  2. Megan - The Emotional Baker
    November 6, 2013 at 6:41 am (6 years ago)

    I love all the great flavors in this granola – pumpkin seeds, apple, honey roasted peanuts, all my favorite things. Can’t wait to try!
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    • faith
      November 6, 2013 at 6:52 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Megan! Let me know how it is when you try it. Enjoy!

  3. Beth @ bethcakes
    November 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm (6 years ago)

    This is so cool! I love that you made your friends little survival kits! I just graduated, but I was an English major with a minor in creative writing. I always wanted to do NaNoWriMo, but it seems so overwhelming! I’d end up just sitting and staring at my computer screen haha.
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