In the most exciting turn of events ever, school was canceled today!
Adam says I shouldn’t be that excited about not having to go to a place that we pay money to allow me to go to (got all that?), but today was my extra long day (11-8:40), and it ended in my awful music class. So “yippie” I say!
I’m also pretty jazzed about the bowl of Snow Day Oats I whipped up.
I started with a batch of stove top oats – 1/3 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1 small banana, and a pinch of salt. Then I added some snow (coconut) and 3 Tbsp of fresh granola (more on that in a bit).
The oat base was good, but not as good as when I use half skim milk and half water. I think I’m going to experiment a bit with soy/almond milk and if all else fails I’ll make my base a little lighter and my toppings a little heavier this month.
Now about that granola. The other day I was intrigued when Brandi made stove top granola. So today I did something wonderful.
Simply Sweet Granola
- 2/3 cup raw oats
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp water
- 2 Tbsp vanilla soy milk
- Toast the oats in a skillet over medium heat. 2-4minutes, but use your nose and eyes to guide you.
- Remove oats to another container and lightly wipe any oat dust out of your pan.
- Add sugar and water to pan and allow to caramelize. Do NOT stir, just lightly swirl the pan with the handle. Cook just until a light brown color develops.
- Carefully pour soy milk into caramelized sugar. Turn off the heat, and return toasted oats to pan.
- Using a wooden spatula, fold mixture together until well-combined.
- Spread onto a flat surface and allow to dry.
This granola was so quick and easy to make and the end results were soooo good! Super crunchy and sweet but each 1/3 cup serving has only ~200calories (and as a topping you only need a few tablespoons or so).
We even made fancy coffee.
I usually hate the taste of creamers, but the nutritional stats on the Silk Hazelnut Soy Creamer we bought for Adam compelled me to try some.
Pretty darn good.
I’ve got a warm, full belly, cuddling weather, and somebody to cuddle with – life is good!
Have you gotten any snow days yet this season?