homemade granola

Best Granola Recipe - #tastytuesday

A year ago, a good friend of mine gave me (Jessica) a huge jar of homemade granola for my birthday from a recipe off of Molly Wizenberg's blog, Orangette. Since then, it's the only granola Meghan and I (of course it was our morning & afternoon snack for a few days) want to eat and I've made the the recipe too many times to count. In preparation for little bird's arrival (the unofficial, official due date is today!), I spent Sunday making what feels like a month's supply to use as tasty, healthy toppings in protein packed yogurts mixed with chia seeds during the first few weeks of motherhood. 

Here's how to make our favorite version of this granola adapted from Early Bird's granola:

preheat oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

3 cups whole grain oats
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or flakes
¾ cup raw pecans chopped
¾ cup raw almonds chopped
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup maple syrup, preferably Grade A
½ cup olive oil
Dried cherries, cranberries, blueberries (sulfur-free) 

Instructions: Combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut, pecans, almonds, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Mix well. Add in the olive oil and maple syrup, mix and spread evenly over the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and lightly toasted, stirring every 10-15 minutes (takes approximately 40-45 minutes total). Cool completely and add in dried fruit. Store in airtight container at room temperature.



We love....Food!


Food is a big part of our life and especially our training plans. We like to indulge for sure but we make sure we are getting the protein, the carbs, the fat and the nutrients we need to stay strong, injury free runners.

Here are our favorite foods:

  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa with brown sugar and cinnamon - complete source of protein
  • English muffin with a nut butter.
  • Banana (with or without a nut butter).
  • Smoothie with banana & vanilla protein powder (smoothies are great post workout foods).
  • Smoothies with banana, spinach, blueberries & vanilla protein powder.
  • Hot chocolate with marshmallows from Vineapple Cafe in Brooklyn.
  • Cherry Pie lara bars - we take these with us everywhere we go.
  • Homemade granola (we use sea salt, dried cherries and cranberries) - add yogurt for more protein.
  • Brussel sprouts - fights inflammation & helps lower cholesterol (Bocca Lupo in Brooklyn makes our favorite).
  • Veda bars made by our awesome Ayurvedic doctor and friend, Deacon Carpenter.
  • Ginger tea with lemon - morning, noon and night & helps ward off sickness.
  • Fruit Strips - quick snack for on-the-go.
  • Chia pudding - great sweet treat & a source of good carbs & protein!