stove top granola

Today we are treated (hehe) to a recipe from one of my absolute favorite humans, Miss Tegan Rich.  Tegs was my first roomie in Providence when I moved here 5 years ago, and man, was that impulsive cohabitational decision serendipitous.  Not only did we share a desire to live the same strange life (endless hours of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix? destination trips to magical but far less-than-local Whole Foods branches? yes, please), she also taught me how to make (and pronounce) quinoa, how to properly hard boil an egg, and the wonder of Crazy Jane’s salt.  Today she shares one of her most recent kitchen tricks: quick and easy stove top granola…IMG_4379

Stove top granola is great in a pinch when you’ve decided your late night snack, or breakfast is desperately in need of a crunchy, sweet, nutty, hearty goodness.  I make enough to last me through the week and sprinkle it over my yogurt in the morning, my smoothies, and sometimes I just eat it with my fingers straight out of the tupperware (shhhh).IMG_4376Stove top Granola: because everyone loves granola, and sometimes you don’t want to wait 40 mins as you toast up a gigantic batch in your oven.

3/4-1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup nut(s) of your choice
2 tbsp. flax seed
1/4 cup coconut oil
3-4 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ginger
as much or as little honey as you like
*the nutmeg and ginger are personal choices.. but they’re especially tasty and apropos for this time of year
**I always use a healthy drizzling of honey… 


1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, toast the oats in the pan
2. As the oats start to toast up (don’t let them get too brown or toasty) add in the dried coconut.
3. Once the oats and coconut are toasting away, add in the nuts. Let these dry ingredients cook for a little bit, stirring often to avoid burning… you can always lower the heat if the cooking seems to be happening too fast.
4. Before adding the oil, add the pinch of salt and whatever spices you are using
5. Once everything is combined, add in the coconut oil and continue stirring to avoid burning!!!
6. After the oil is just about combined, add in as much or as little honey as you want, stir the ingredients around to combine everything
7. Keep cooking for about a minute or two more. turn off the heat. pour the granola out onto a pan or cookie sheet to let cool down and ENJOY!


Thank you Tegan for sharing your recipe and drool-worthy photos of that crunchy granola goodness!

treat yoself


January is a rough month.  It’s long.  It’s cold.  It’s still fairly dark when your alarm goes off in the morning, and it seems like April is mocking you with its Eastery glow…3 hard months away.

To combat the winter blues, also known as SAD (seriously), a few friends and I have decided to brighten these grey days by initiating a “treats rotation”.  For those of you unaccustomed with this particular institution (I think we made it up?), each day one of us is responsible for bringing in a yummy treat for the rest of the group.  The first week I made everyone a little batch of almond butter and packaged them in mini mason jars with rustic twine bows.  It was pretty adorable.  This week I tried out a new recipe and made these things called “energy balls”, which are apparently extremely delicious, as well as deceivingly simple to make!  Here’s how I did it…

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First combine 2 cups of nuts (I used 1 cup almonds, 1 cup pecans) in a food processor until coarse.  Then add in one cup of dates (I used medjool), and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and process again for about 2-3 minutes.  Then shape into balls and roll in shredded coconut for a shmancy touch.

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Et voila!

Outside the regular treats rotation, I’ve been attempting to cure my cold weather slump by making myself some special snacks, including a homemade granola using Alex’s family recipe, and a delicious muesli, the recipe for which I created as I went along.  Dedicating my Monday nights to the kitchen and surprising my friends with yummy bites has really helped lift my spirits as of late.


 I’d love to know, how do you boot the winter blues?  Would you ever consider a “treats rotation” with your friends?