This morning I was sitting at the table munching on my Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Granola and reading my latest issue of “The Week” magazine in total peace and quiet.
(Okay, the peace and quiet part did not really happen with two boys still home for summer…but it sure sounded like a nice way to end that thought. Plus, I am totally allowed to daydream).
Anyway..as I was reading amidst the chaos, one article caught my attention. It was about how technology is slowly turning us into addicts. Yes. They called us addicts.
They shared that studies have been done to show that brain scans of avid internet users can resemble those of cocaine users and alcoholics. Let it be known that it was also mentioned that the very ones who helped to create this technology are now trying to warn of the dangers of constantly being connected and are teaching their own company employees to be anything but.
The article went on to say how now the newest trend online is to step away from the Internet and actually be…present in our lives! Gasp!
Geez. I must be ahead of the trends (and folks, this never happens-usually I am far behind the trends)…that is what I have been trying to do all summer with my boys. It is also why I was not around too much here…
So while Google, Facebook, and Twitter (the very ones who have contributed to this incessant need to be connected) have been busy teaching their own employees about meditation and “mindfulness” and warning them of the dangers of constant online connection, I have been practicing this myself and I will tell you we have had one heck of a good summer!
But…now school is about to start and I need to do something to prepare my boys again for those early mornings and all of the routines and schedules that are right around the corner.
Basically, I need to put an end to all of this fun!
Never fear, though! I have a brilliant plan. It is called Operation Bore-the-pants-off-’em! I am going to make this last week before school starts THE MOST BORING ONE EVER!
No activities…No outings…No fun. Nope. Nothing. Nada. I may even get really nasty and throw some homework assignments in there.
Operation Boredom is going into full effect.
I want them begging to hit the books again next week instead of moaning about it.
And with the preparations for our busy mornings starting up again, I want to have some nice easy breakfasts that are nutrient dense but quick to put together.
This Nutrient-Packed Gluten-Free Maple Cinnamon Granola is one of those recipes that goes a long way in our home. It takes only about 5 minutes to throw together the night before. Then two hours in the oven at 225 degrees, tossing once or twice. Then you can just leave it in the turned-off oven over night and it is perfectly crisp and ready in the morning.
Oh, and we use GF Harvest Gluten-Free Organic Oats because I know they are gluten-free AND safe for my family.
Just pour some allergy-friendly milk over it or toss it with your favorite allergy-friendly yogurt and you have an easy-peasy breakfast that is packed with good protein, omega goodness, and fiber…a great way to send those kiddos off to school with some good brainpower!
By the way, this recipe makes quite a bit, so this should last you quite a while depending on how big your family is. This 64 oz container was filled to the top right after I made it. This picture was taken about a week later and we had been eating it every day.
Oh..it also makes your house smell unbelievable as it bakes in that low temp oven.
Gluten Free Maple Cinnamon Granola Recipe
- 6 Cups Old Fashioned Certified Gluten-Free Oats
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Palm Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
- 1/4 Cup Ground Chia Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Ground Hemp Seeds
- 1/4 Cup Ground Pumpkin Seeds
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup, preferably Grade B and Organic
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. In large bowl, mix together: Gluten-Free Oats, Sugar, Ground Chia Seeds, Ground Hemp Seeds, Ground Pumpkin Seeds, Ground Cinnamon, and Sea Salt.
2. Make a small well in the middle of the Oat mixture. Add Coconut Oil, Maple Syrup, and Vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together and then combine well with dry ingredients.
3. Spread evenly on parchment lined baking sheet. Place in oven for two hours, gently stirring every 45 minutes. After two hours, shut oven off and leave baking sheet in oven over night (or for at least a few hours if making it on the same day). In the morning, it will be just right.
Note: It is best to add any mix-ins at the time you are eating the granola. Plus, this way you can tailor it to each person’s tastes.
Some different ideas are: raisins, dried cranberries, pecans, almond slivers, mini chocolate chips, dates, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, dried apples, or fresh fruit.
And don’t forget… for some great lunch ideas now that it is time to head back to school, here is my list of 50 Allergy Friendly Lunchbox Ideas!
And for a fun raw treat idea and one that I have served quite a few times for breakfast, head over to my post today on The Balanced Platter and get my recipe for Raw Berry Pudding Pie Cups - I also give you 6 reasons not to feel guilty about eating them.
Now I want to know one thing…Whatever happened to not going back to school until after Labor Day?