Our September flavor of the month is coming up this week! Maple Apple Pecan Pie Granola, a naturally sweetened granola with bits of dried apple and roasted pecan pieces, this one is sure to get you in the mood for pie season!
1/2 loaf bread of choice, cut into cubes (we used whole wheat)
1/4 cup jam of choice (we used blackberry for this batch)
2 eggs or egg substitute (we used 1/3 cup plant based egg)
1/4 cup milk of choice (we used oat milk)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk together your jam, eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Toss the cubes in the mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
Grease a jumbo muffin pan, and spoon about 1/4 cup – 1/3 cup of the bread into each cup.
Bake for about 30 minutes, rotating your pan after 15 minutes to promote even baking. (Tip: You can use a regular muffin pan, just reduce the amount in each cup and keep an eye on your cooking time, it’s likely you’ll need a little less time in the oven, about 15-20 minutes.)
Allow to cool slightly, then serve warm. (Or if making ahead of time, let them cool completely and store in the fridge.) Try with maple syrup or whipped cream!
Just a quick note: I’ve found the best way to remove them from the pan is to carefully run a rubber spatula around the outside of the bake and then scoop from the bottom.
3 cups cooked beans of choice (canned, or dried beans that you’ve already cooked, For this batch I used pinto beans, kidney beans, and great white northern beans – around 1 cup of each.)
1 bay leaf
1 bell pepper, chopped
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
2-3 cups of stock (I used chicken)
1 1/2 cups protein of choice (I used some homemade ham but you could easily use shredded chicken, cooked sausage, or a vegan protein like tempeh!)
1/2 tsp ground rosemary
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp granulated onion
1/2 tsp adobo seasoning (I get a salt-free version from The Spice House)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup baby spinach or chopped kale
salt and pepper (to taste)
Set a large stockpot over a medium heat and add in your oil, onion, garlic, pepper, protein (make sure your protein is fully cooked, or to make sure to cook it through during the sautéing stage), and any other hardy vegetable (like carrots or celery) that you may want to add.
Cook until your vegetables are a light golden brown around the edges, and then add in your dry seasonings and lemon juice (or vinegar).
Deglaze the pan with your chicken stock and add in your beans.
Simmer everything together until tender until you reach your desired consistency. I sometimes like to cook it until it’s mushy and soupy, and sometimes I keep the beans more whole. This batch, I stopped right in the middle.
About 3 minutes before you reach that consistency, stir in your spinach or kale, and allow to finish cooking.
Adjust your seasonings to taste, and enjoy while it’s piping hot! Try serving it with garlic bread or over rice. Delicious.