It’s time for this months recipe redux challenge. Here is a look at what we have going on this month: June 2014 Theme: Floral Flavors – Nothing brightens up a dish like a real flower! Whether you live in the northern or the southern hemisphere, edible flowers can add flavor and aroma to salads, breads, spreads, desserts or dips. Make your recipe bloom with rose water, flowering herbs, floral teas, dried lavender blossoms or even fresh flowers like nasturtiums, violets, borage, squash, sunflowers or pretty much any blossom in a vegetable garden. IMG_7264

Honey-Lavender Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, seeds, almonds, coconut, lavender and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the honey and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients in with the dry, mixing till evenly coated.
  4. Spread mixture on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through
  6. Lower heat to 200 degrees. Bake another 10 minutes.
  7. Store in an air tight container for one week or so.
Honey-Lavender Granola
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the oats, seeds, almonds, coconut, lavender and sea salt.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the honey and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients in with the dry, mixing till evenly coated.
  4. Spread mixture on a greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through
  6. Lower heat to 200 degrees. Bake another 10 minutes.
  7. Store in an air tight container for one week or so.
I’m always looking for new ideas for homemade granola to keep around the house for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack option. It’s much healthier to make your own and it’s much cheaper than buying the store-bought versions. The addition of dried lavender really enhances the granola by giving it a fresh taste with its light and floral flavor and a wonderful appearance. Lavender is extremely powerful and a little goes a long way. Pairing it with honey is a lovely combination as the honey helps to tone down the flavor of the lavender just a bit. IMG_7254 Adding lavender into a recipe puts a fancy spin on it, which I admit is partly why I chose to incorporate it into this months challenge. However, as elaborate as Honey-Lavender granola may sound this recipe is definitely not. This granola is delicious and will be the easiest “fancy” recipe you could possibly imagine making. It takes no time at all putting it together seeing as how you are simply pouring the ingredients in a bowl, mixing and baking. IMG_7259 This granola has a nice crunch to it and is the perfect complement on top Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. It’s a light and refreshing treat on hot summer days. Recipe yields approximately 4 cups. IMG_7290
Honey-Lavender Granola
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon dried lavender
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup golden raisins
Directions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the oats, seeds, almonds, coconut, lavender and sea salt.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together the honey and vanilla. Pour wet ingredients in with the dry, mixing till evenly coated.
  3. Spread mixture on a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through
  5. Lower heat to 200 degrees. Bake another 10 minutes.
  6. Store in an air tight container for one week or so.

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