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Fall Granola

Hello loves!

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If you (like I) are a granola fan and have never made it yourself, do yourself a favor and try it. It’s really so much better. So fresh and so yummy and you control exactly what you put in it! Personalized granola! What could be better? This “fall granola” is a simple, seasonably appropriate apple-cinnamon-pepita combination but you can switch this up as much as you’d like to taste. Like I said last time I posted about granola, as long as you have a sweetener, an oil, and some oats, you can really just do whatever you want as far as the nuts/seeds/fruits go. You could even add chocolate chips if you wanted (gettin’ craaaazy up in here).

But seriously though. Make granola. It’s ridiculously easy, smells awesome, and tastes even better.

2 c. old fashioned oats
1/4 c. raw pepitas
1/4 c. raw sunflower seeds
1/4 c. sliced raw almonds
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. honey
1/3 c. dried apples, chopped into little pieces
1/4 c. raisins

Preheat the oven to 300° and lightly grease a large cookie sheet with coconut oil. Combine your oats, nuts/seeds and cinnamon and set aside. Melt your honey and coconut oil together in the microwave for about 45 seconds and stir in the vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Spread the mixture evenly on the cookie sheet and place in the oven for about 45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 so that the granola browns evenly and doesn’t get too toasty. Once you take it out of the oven, let it cool completely before adding your dried fruit! Breathe in the delectable, cozy smell that will now feel your apartment. Store in an airtight container and try to pace yourself with your granola consumption (it’ll be hard).

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Have a beautiful day, friends. I’ve already decided I’m going to have granola for dinner, so I know I will.

Love, Emily

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Hey babes,

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So I just had a conversation that went a little something like this:

Me: Want a muffin? They’re waaaarm
Roommate: They smell heavenly but I’m so full. I don’t know if I can do it.
Me: (takes a bite of a muffin)
Roommate: (looks distressed)
Me: Maybe just a bite of my muffin?
Roomate: Mhmmmmmm
Me: (feeds her bite of muffin)
Roommate: OH MY GOOOOD WHY IS EVERYTHING YOU BAKE SO GOOD I THINK I JUST TASTED HEAVEN I need to eat a whole one oh my god (etc. etc.)

I kid you not. This seems to happen a lot with my baking. My roomies are the most lovely little culinary-confidence boosters. I love ’em. Anywaaaaays. Okay, I’m not trying to brag, but these were some pretty awesome muffins. I adapted the recipe from Smitten Kitchen who adapted it from some other recipe (King Arthur Flour?)..lots of adapting. Regardless, these muffins turned out wonderfully! Mine are not, however, whole wheat. Being a college student with limited baking resources, I do not own whole wheat flour. Maybe someday. If I’m feeling ambitious. Also I did not have buttermilk OR plain yogurt. But I made do just fine. And they turned out FAB soooo yay try my version!

2 c. all purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. unsalted butter, room temp.

1/2 c. sugar

1/4 c. dark brown sugar (plus some extra to sprinkle on top!)

1 c. vanilla greek yogurt

2 apples, peeled and chopped (I used one pink lady and one granny smith…ha)

Preheat the oven to 450. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar in a separate bowl until combined and fluffy, then add the egg and mix again. Next, gently mix in the yogurt until just combined. Finally, fold in the apple chunks (ugh I had the word CHUNK but it had to be said) and divide the batter into a greased muffin pan (again, I used my go-to coconut oil) and sprinkle some brown sugar on of each muffin so they turn out nice and crunchy and yummy. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 400, and bake for another 5-10 until a toothpick comes out clean. Mine only needed an extra five, and even then they were a little crispy. I probably could’ve taken them out sooner, but they were fiiine.

The batter may seem super thick, but don’t worry! Mine certainly was. I blame the greek yogurt. But it made the muffins super moist and perfect so I’m okay with it. The original recipe said this made a dozen muffins, Smitten Kitchen said 18, and I ended up making 16 soooo I guess it really depends on your batch!

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I’m so glad I decided to buy a muffin pan immediately upon moving into my apartment. Solid investment.

Love, Emily