Meal Time

Brown Sugar and Maple Granola

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A couple of months ago I started to make my own yogurt from scratch in the crock-pot and have only been perfecting it since may I add. I have since discovered that using Greek yogurt as your beginning starter will make for a smoother and thicker yogurt in the end. I use a vanilla Greek yogurt and it is my opinion that the vanilla gives it less of a tart taste as well. Anyways with all of this homemade yogurt I wanted to add something to my yogurt besides fruit. I needed a granola recipe that was a perfect fit for me and my family, as I just wasn’t finding the right flavor combinations in other granola’s we tried. What better way to get exactly what you want than to make it yourself.
Below I thought I would share my granola recipe with you; we like it maybe you will too. I will mention that we don’t eat this every day as we only have yogurt once in a while when we have it and when we do it is not every single breakfast meal. The granola is sweet with sugar and maple syrup which would be way to much to have every single day for breakfast it is best as a once in a while kind of treat for our family especially my kids. It helps add another flavor note to our homemade yogurt besides the usual, enjoy!


Ingredients:

4 Cups Oats
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Oil of Choice (I used Olive Oil)
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix together the oats, salt, cinnamon, & brown sugar.
  • Next add in the vanilla, oil, & maple syrup. Mix well.
  • Pour mixture onto a large oiled baking sheet, then spread it out flat but even.
  • Bake in oven for 10 minutes.
  • After the 10 minutes remove from oven and mix around with utensil, spread back out evenly.
  • Place back into oven for 10 minutes for a second time.
  • Take out of oven when done and set aside to cool completely moving it around while cooling to break it up easier.
  • Make sure to keep an eye on it while it is in the oven as some ovens can vary temperature wise. If that is the case turn your oven down a bit taking it out to let the oven cool down a little.
  • Once cool place in an air tight container to store or eat right away because it’s that good!
  • ( Eat by its self for a sweet treat, add into yogurt, or add into cereal. )



Meal Time

Made From Scratch Broth

Learning to become one with your kitchen is something that you will be thankful for even years from now. For me being able to explore & learn at a young age in our family kitchen helped me become the person I am today in my own kitchen. I essentially have become one with my kitchen. Everything has its own place & everything has a purpose. Over the years I have just learned how to cook lots of different things and some just came from inspiration & imagination. I can just see in my head what I wanted to cook/make and I did.

How to make made from scratch broth

The kind of broth will vary upon the type of ingredients that you have but the process is all the same. You will need a large stock pot to make a bunch of broth at once but you can use a smaller one as well. I make all kinds of broths and after they cool down I freeze them so I can use them in future recipes or to make flavor filled soups/stews.

Ingredients of Choice

Animal bones (chickens, cow, or pigs are what I use; but you could use deer, rabbit, turkey, or other game)
Vegetables or Vegetable Scraps
Water

As you see it doesn’t take much to make a broth, if you are making a meat based stock you can even add veggies to it or mix the flavors of other proteins together. It really comes down to what ingredients you have to work with. For me when I make a broth for my freezer or just to use right then and now I use what I have on hand. No need to go out and buy ingredients. When I am cooking & there is leftover bones or scrap vegetables I will put it all in a gallon sized bag or freezer safe container and just collect it in the freezer until I am ready to use it. The freezer keeps the ingredients from going bad until I can make a stock out them.

Directions

  1. Set your pot of choice on the counter.
  2. Add in the bones/vegetables your using.
  3. Then fill the pot up so that the ingredients are covered with water, I fill my stock pot up about 3/4’s the way full. (keep in mind as it cooks down some of the water will evaporate)
  4. Place pot on the stove top & set to medium low/medium heat. (you want it to boil on low so it doesn’t boil over)
  5. Cook everything down for at least 2 hours or longer.
  6. Once your satisfied that everything has gotten cooked long enough remove from heat and let it cool down so its not so hot to be able to drain it with out getting burned.
  7. Take a large mixing bowl & place it in your sink then place a large colander over top of the bowl. Pour the broth over the colander to separate the liquid from the solids.
  8. Empty the cooked vegetables/bones in near by trash bin or compost bin. The broth liquid is ready for use right away. If you want to freeze it instead it needs to cool down to room temperature.
  9. It needs to be cool enough to work with if you plan on freezing it. After it has cooled down you can either put it into freezer safe zip lock bags directly or put them in other containers to freeze that way. If you put it directly in bags you will then lay them out flat on a sheet pan that will fit in your freezer so they can freeze flat then you would take them off the sheet pan once frozen flat. I will freeze them this way sometimes but I have recently started freezing the broth in freezer safe containers first then putting them into my freezer safe zip lock bags afterwards. This helps when I want to remove it from the bag for use a lot easier. Some people will also use ice cube trays as a freezer safe container.

I apologize I did not get any pics of the process. The next time I do a broth which should be rather soon I will do an update post showing the steps in picture form as well as how I freeze the broth. Thanks for reading. Drop a like below.