Hey guys! How is everyone doing today? Have a good Memorial Day weekend? We went to Arizona this past week/weekend with two of our close couple friends. It was a BLAST!! I feel so refreshed, rejuvenated, rested, and just all-around wonderful. It was the best vacation I’ve been on in a long time! We hiked, played tennis, went on lots of walks, laid out in the sun, went swimming, did yoga, played games, listened to good music, cooked, and most importantly- ate GOOD food! Phoenix has some great restaurants. The first night we went to The Henry and I got quinoa tacos with chicken. They were fantastic! The next day we went to Phoenix Public Market after our hike. I got bowl of quinoa, fresh veggies, and poached eggs, plus my husband and I shared some extra crispy bacon. We also had one night where we ate in and made delicious grilled chicken and veggies with fresh ceviche and guacamole. One of my favorite places that we frequented a few times was La Grande Orange. They had some of the best salads, muesli, and gelato I’ve ever had! Some other favorites include Chelsea’s Kitchen, Lux Cafe, and True Food Kitchen. If you are visiting Phoenix area in the near future, try those places out!!
What? Bacon in granola? I seriously want to eat this the rest of my life. It is so good. It kinda feels like manly granola or something. Could be a good breakfast/brunch idea for Father’s Day coming up! Either way- you have to try this out!
Maple Bacon Granola
Makes almost 4 cups
- 6 strips bacon
- 1 cup pecans
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup oats (can sub for more nuts or pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup coconut shavings (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 egg white
- Place the bacon slices on a baking sheet and put them in the oven while it’s cool, then preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set timer to 20 minutes.
- While bacon is cooking, put pecans and walnuts in a food processor and briefly chop until they are in small pieces. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
- Next, place your dates in the food processor and pulse until they are in small pieces. Add to the mixing bowl.
- Add the sliced almonds, oats (or seeds), coconut, & flaxseed.
- When the bacon is finished cooking, pull out and let cool. Place the bacon in the food processor and pulse until chopped into small pieces. Add to the bowl.
- Mix up all dry ingredients. Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and egg white. Mix well until all pieces are covered.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 16 minutes. Pull granola out of the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.