it was oh so heavenly.
i came home feeling so lovely and calm and bright.
and i thought, today is an 'only good stuff' day.
so today i nourished my body with homemade yogurt and granola with frozen raspberries.
the yogurt i made yesterday—in fact i pulled it from its incubation right before i left for yoga. the milk is from a dairy in touchet, which is only 15 minutes away and i used a starter my parents gave me. after all my intimidation, making yogurt was incredibly easy and i am so happy to have had a successful first go of it.
the raspberries came from my grandmother's backyard and we're frozen for future deliciousness.
the granola i made up specifically for dark days: bob's red mill oats (closest to local), homemade fruit butter and honey, and a smattering of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). i used this recipe as an approximation (i left out the fruit and nuts, although i have a source for local walnuts for next time):
Fruit Butter Granola
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- ¾ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup fruit butter (blueberry, pear)
- ¼ cup maple syrup (honey)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, fruit butter, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven, stir in dried cranberries and almonds. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Happy Winter Solstice to Everyone! The days will only get longer now!