birthday cake granola
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it takes a long time to become young
today’s my birthday. for the first time i’m beginning to feel oldish. 20s are a time of much change, so i looked forward to turning 30. as we age, we begin to feel more comfortable with who we are, and so i was actually excited to turn 40. even 45 was ok. but 48 just sounds old to me.
however, in the words of ramona singer ” age is an issue of mind over matter; if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter!” i’m trying not to mind turning 48. it definitely beats the alternative.
and while i may not be a big cake fan, i am a fan of anything birthday cake flavor. last year for my birthday i made this birthday cake bread. i planned to bake it again this year, and then turn the loaf into an ice cream cake. but with our end of the year school activities time got away from me. i am obsessed with these birthday cake scones , but the last time i made them i ate more than my share. our anniversary trip is less than a month away, so sticking to a somewhat sensible diet is in my best interest.
enter birthday cake granola.
i have the same breakfast pretty much every morning. 0% greek yogurt with a cup of mixed berries and some granola. so birthday cake granola seemed like a fun way to dress up my typical breakfast. birthday or not, i may never go back to basic granola again.
birthday cake granola
- 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp imitation vanilla
- 1 tsp imitation almond extract
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
- preheat oven to 300 degrees, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper
- in a large bowl combine the oats, flax, chia seeds, and salt
- in a small saucepan over medium heat combine the butter and brown sugar, stir just until melted, then remove from the heat an add extracts
- pour melted butter over the oats, and toss to combine
- spread oats on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes
- stir oats gently and return to the oven for another 15 minutes
- cool for 5 minutes then stir in the sprinkles
- allow granola to cool completely before storing in an airtight container
this is more dessert like than my usual breakfast granola, made with butter and a hefty dose of brown sugar.oh, and sprinkles. lots of sprinkles, but i did add flax and chia seeds to keep it on the healthier side. of course when it’s your birthday calories don’t count right?