Vanilla Bean Granola Recipe

I recently received this as a Christmas gift and man oh man…was it yummy.  And fortunately for me…and now you guys…the recipe came with the gift.  I am very excited to share this recipe with you guys.  And since I have already devoured the granola that I got for Christmas, I have decided to make more for myself in the near future.  When I do, I will take pictures and post them here. I have already enjoyed this granola as a cereal, a topping for fresh fruit, and with yogurt.  I can’t wait to make more so I can try it other ways.  However, I did not want to wait any longer to share the wonderful recipe.  So here goes…ENJOY!!!

In a small bowl mix the following ingredients:

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup coconut oil–melted

Vanilla caviar from 1 Indrivanilla vanilla bean

In a large bowl mix the following ingredients:

3 cups oats

2 cups nuts-finely chopped (cashews, pecans, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc)

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Once you have mixed all the dry ingredients together in your large bowl, mix in your wet ingredients and mix well.

Once mixed well, pour mixture into a large baking pan or onto 2 cookie sheets.

Bake for 75 mins, stirring gently every 15 mins.

Allow to cool completely.  Once cooled you can add in optional ingredients such as raisins, cranberries, other dried fruit, mini  chocolate chips, etc.  The options are endless.

Store in an airtight container.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples with Vanilla Thyme Butter

Thank you to Trina for entering our savory vanilla bean recipe and letting us all enjoy one of your family’s favorite recipes.  Trina wants everyone to know that she enjoys making cornbread with this recipe…she uses the left over Vanilla Thyme Butter on the cornbread.

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

4 Granny Smith apples (or other crisp apple), cored and cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Toss the sweet potatoes and apples with olive oil and spread on baking pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast at 425 for 30-40 minutes, until sweet potatoes and apples are browned and tender when pierced with a fork.

While the potatoes/apples are roasting, make the Vanilla Thyme Butter

Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter.  Using a pastry brush, brush the vanilla thyme butter over the warm potatoes/apples.

 

Vanilla Thyme Butter

1 stick of butter, softened

1 small vanilla bean (Shameless plug…1 Premium IndriVanilla vanilla bean)

1 tsp fresh thyme leave, more as desired

Pinch of Salt

Split the vanilla bean and scrape seeds from both sides.

Combine the vanilla seeds, butter, thyme, and salt.

 

And don’t forget the cornbread.  I think Trina would be sad for us if we don’t have cornbread for any extra Vanilla Thyme Butter.  Thanks again Trina for the recipe.  We appreciate everyone who sent in recipes…you guys made it hard to decide which recipe was the best.