I can’t believe it is already Monday again. This weekend just flew by. I think that working Saturday and Sunday is going to take some getting used to. It makes me feel like I don’t actually get a weekend at all. Josh works Monday to Friday, so in the past the weekend felt like a break for me because he would help out more with Lochlyn. This weekend felt even more busy than my time during the week.
Saturday involved going for a run, going to Costco, and doing some work for another job that I have picked up that I can’t share much about (Josh calls it my mysterious job). This was a busy day, but I had a really good time. I got to spend the day with Lochlyn and she loves going to Costco, so we had a lot of fun.
On Sunday I worked for five hours at my not so secretive retail job. The first part of the day flew by and it was great getting to know the new staff. The last part of my shift however, went by soooo slow. I forgot how long a shift can take when you aren’t busy.
Besides the slowness of my shift, work was pretty good. It actually wasn’t too hard leaving Lochlyn. I think I would have had a really difficult time taking her to childcare, but leaving her with Josh wasn’t a big deal. I am happy that they got to spend the time together. I think spending more time on the weekend together will be really good for them.
Somewhere in the midst of my busy weekend, I found the time to make a yummy recipe that I want to share with you. It is actually super easy to make, so it didn’t take up a lot of my time, and it is so good. What is this recipe you ask? Maple Sesame Granola! It is such an easy and convenient snack to have on hand, and it is healthy too. I like to top my smoothies with this, eat it with yogurt, or just munch on it by the handful.
This granola has a hint of sweetness from the maple syrup, that combines perfectly with the sesame seeds. I also added coconut because I love coconut in almost everything, and this granola is no exception. I think the size and texture of the dried blueberries works perfect in this recipe, but you could add any dried fruit. Raisins would be really good too! This recipe can easily be gluten-free if you use certified gluten free oats.
Maple Sesame Granola
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/3 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large roasting pan, combine oats, almond meal, ground flax seed, coconut, chopped almonds, sesame seeds, and cinnamon until evenly distributed. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and coconut oil. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat. Once it is boiling, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Slowly pour syrup mixture over the ingredients in the roasting pan. Make sure to stir as you pour, so that the syrup gets evenly distributed. Continue stirring until very well combined
- Bake for 1 3/4 hours, or until the granola starts to turn light brown. Stir mixture every half hour until ready. Once granola is ready, remove from the oven and stir in dried blueberries.
- Allow the granola to cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Store granola at room temperature for up to two weeks. If you need to, it also freezes very well.
This recipe does not last long in our house. My husband and I both love it! I also made a batch for Christmas gifts this year and it was a hit. Let me know if you try it!
Do you prefer being busy at work, or do you like it when your days are easy and slow? I much prefer being busy!
What’s your favourite way to eat granola?