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Recipe: Toasted Coconut Pecan Granola

Some people love to be in the kitchen cooking and creating. I am not one of those people. I do not enjoy cooking for the sake of cooking. I definitely do not enjoy washing dishes and cleaning up the mess. I prepare food because I need to eat.

When I was single, one of my “classic” meals was a plain Boca burger patty, a can of green beans, and carrot sticks. When I got married, I quickly learned that my simple tastes were just that: mine. Some people need more flavor profiles and more variety. So, over the past few years, I have made more of an effort to actually attempt “real” meals even if they remain on the less complex side of the spectrum.

This week I decided to try to make granola. Sure, I could go buy breakfast cereal; but I don’t for two reasons: 1) Cereal costs more than I want to pay; 2) I don’t really know what the ingredients are. Instead of buying another box of organic granola, I resolved to make my own.

Many of the granola recipes I looked at had ingredients I don’t have on hand: wheat germ, bran flakes, lecithin, dried cherries… So, I decided to try to make a granola based on what I did have in my cabinets. I must say, I’m pretty pleased with the result. (Mr. Honey is not as excited about my recipe as I am, but he’s not really a breakfast person anyway.) I call it…

 

Toasted Coconut Pecan Granola

4 c rolled oats
2 c sweetened, shredded coconut
2 c chopped pecans
1/4 c golden flax seeds
1 dash salt

1/2 c coconut oil (melted)
1/3 c honey
2 t vanilla extract

Turn oven on and set at 350. Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and toss until everything is evenly coated. Pour onto a baking sheet/bar pan and place in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes then stir. Bake another 10 minutes and stir. Bake 5 more minutes and pull out of the oven. Allow granola to cool and then store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Profile (thanks to SparkPeople’s Recipe Calculator)
Serving size: 1/2 cup

Calories: 303
Fat: 22 g
Sodium: 33.7 mg
Potassium: 94.6 mg
Total Carbs: 25.8 g
Fiber: 3.8 g
Sugar: 6.9 g
Protein: 4.2 g

 

A few notes…I use organic ingredients for the most part. And, I learned today, don’t let the granola go more than 25 minutes in the oven. If you do, it goes from toasted to roasted really, really fast. Finally, no matter how good it tastes, it is important to limit the amount you eat. Granola is a calorie-rich food. For me, a half cup of cereal with some almond or soy milk and fresh fruit makes a hearty meal.

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Making Money on Facebook

It was pretty simple, actually. Mr. Honey’s coworker emailed a deal to him, and he forwarded it to me. It was one of those daily deals sites like Groupon, and the offer was for a pizza dinner (large pizza, bread sticks, soda) for only $5.50. Mr. Honey loves pizza and I love a good deal, so we made the purchase.

As I was finalizing our Daily Deals pizza coupon purchase, I noticed a box up in the corner of the webpage indicating the opportunity to earn $10 for referring friends. I thought about what a great deal it was and then thought that maybe some people in the Facebook moms group that I am part of would be interested.

Frankly, I had a couple concerns about posting the offer. I’m sure many of us have friends who are constantly hosting those home parties for candles, purses, jewelry, and the like. It seems the online equivalent are those “friends” who are regularly posting deals and shopping opportunities. In my opinion, that can be as annoying as being bombarded by their new highest scores on the latest game craze. I did not want to be perceived as one of those. I also didn’t want to be kicked out of the moms group for violating posting rules.

After checking the rules, I decided to give it a go. I got the referral code and posted the link once with a message that I thought it was a good deal and didn’t know if anyone else might be interested. In less than a day I was notified that two people had purchased the offer through my link! I now have $20 of credit to use at some point on another great deal.

I’m excited about “earning” some extra money, and I gain some satisfaction knowing that I helped at least a couple of others get a good deal. From now on, I may judiciously share a deal or two, but it will never be my focus on here or on other social networking platforms. However, in the interest of full disclosure, if I post links, they may be affiliate/referral links (like the two above). That means if a purchase happens to be made through my link(s), then I would get a small cut.