Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola

I love granola and could eat it by the handful! It’s hard to stop shoveling it into my mouth.

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And this brown butter pecan, almond, maple granola is da bomb!

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It’s not overly sweet but it’s chocked full of flavors. Bits are crunchy and some are chewy with old fashion oats, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), brown butter, organic almond butter, organic maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla and local organic honey. Now that’s a mouthful–literally. I had a hard time staying away from the chocolate chips, but you could drop those in when your store it or as you use it.

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It’s crunch-a-licious! And so much better for you than the store bought varieties.  I never was one for all those sugary cereals but a big bowl of oatmeal with raisins and tons of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar or honey— Mmmm. This is just the more easily transported gourmet version of that for me. It’s on my list of comfort foods!  Wholesome, healthy, chock full of good nutrition and so simple to make. It’s a great kid’s snack too!

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Sometimes I don’t add the dried fruit until after it’s cooled down and I’m ready to store it. This time I baked the dried fruits into the granola . It all depends on the mood I’m in. Baking them in provides an extra chewiness to the fruit I think and I love that. It’s good either way.  The honey I use to add some extra sweetness and extra anti-oxidants. I drizzle it over the granola just before I put the pan in the oven.

As you know, all ovens cook differently and mine bakes this up in 30 minutes max for one large pan. Be careful you don’t burn it and adjust the cooking time to your oven.

Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 1 quart

Brown Butter Pecan Almond Maple Trail Mix Granola


  • 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal (do not use instant)
  • 1 cup of raw pecans
  • 1 cups of cashews ( I used salted for the salt and sweet flavor)
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 3 table tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cups real maple syrup ( I used organic)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of organic almond butter
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons local organic honey


  • Preheat oven to 325 F.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, pecans, cashews, pumpkin seed, cranberries and blueberries. Toss well.
  • In a small bowl pour the maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter.
  • Use a skillet or small sauce pan to melt the butter over a medium heat until just browned. The butter will melt, foam then froth, and start browning at the bottom. Be careful not to burn the butter . Whisk all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, Once the butter is browned quickly remove from heat and slowly stir the hot butter into the maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter. Stir until blended. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and vanilla then stir to blend.
  • Pour the warm mixture over the dry oat mixture a little at a time and stir to fully coat all the dry ingredients. Making sure all the ingredients are coated usually takes about 4-5 minutes of stirring. Make sure you mix in all the ingredients at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a parchment lined baking sheet or use a Silpat baking mat if you have one.
  • Drizzle the honey over it and bake for 30 minutes more or less depending on your oven. You will need to check periodically so that it doesn't burn. I like clusters so I break up my granola after it's cooled but you could stir it around every 20 mins. or so for a crunchier and less clustered version.
  • Let cool completely and store in an airtight container. (I use a large 1/2 gallon mason jar and I bought the screw-on white plastic lids)
  • First thing I did was top my bowl of Greek Yogurt and Kefir with this yummy stuff. ENJOY!

Honey Roasted Chicken Clubhouse Sandwich

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I have been craving a simple toasted chicken clubhouse sandwich for months now.  Any restaurant that had a chicken clubhouse listed on their menu had their own version which just wasn’t what I wanted.  I didn’t want a baked chicken breast with prosciutto, lettuce and roasted tomato on an rustic Italian roll with garlic and herb Aioli.

I just wanted the sandwich of my childhood—three pieces of white bread toasted and slathered with mayonnaise, thick slices of juicy tomato, thick slices of honey chicken breast carved from the roasted chicken topped with 4 slices of thick cut bacon and surrounded by crisp lettuce. I wanted the sandwich cut in 4 triangles and held together by extra long tooth picks. I made it myself.

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that give the greatest pleasure!

I remember this restaurant across the street from our high school where my friends and I used to occasionally go for lunch.  The name escapes me and yes it was that long ago. They made this chicken clubhouse sandwich with a side order of coleslaw and the best fries and gravy. The restaurant was just a mom and pop greasy spoon but their food was delicious!

Honey Roasted Chicken Clubhouse Sandwich


  • 3 slices of White Bread Toasted
  • 2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
  • 4 slices of Tomato
  • 1 large leaf of lettuce
  • 3 slices of honey roasted chicken breast
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon


  • I used a honey roasted chicken and sliced off 3 pieces from the breast but you can use a rotisserie chicken if you don't have the time
  • Toast your white bread and then slather mayonnaise on each piece. On the first piece of toast, with mayonnaise side up, add your lettuce then and add your slice of chicken and top with 2nd piece of toast mayonnaise side up.
  • Place your lettuce then your slices of tomato. Add salt and pepper to taste and top with last piece of toast mayonnaise side down.
  • Slice your sandwich diagonally right to left then slice again left to right. You now have four triangles. Stick a long toothpick in each triangle to hold it together and place on your plate.
  • Remember to take the toothpick out before eating and enjoy your diner chicken clubhouse sandwich

Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

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Fast, easy, delicious and nutrition!  Greek yogurt drizzled with local honey and blueberries topped with crushed Belvita blueberry breakfast cookies.It’s  great for breakfast, as a snack or dessert. It’s creamy and a bit decadent that it will make you feel like you’re cheating.

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I broke a belVita Blueberry Breakfast cookie in half for decoration.

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A fresh blueberry yogurt breakfast parfait are a great way to start the morning. Greek yogurt swirled with local honey and topped with crushed belVita Breakfast Cookies and local grown blue berries.

You could do this with any fruit you like and it only takes a few minutes to pull together so there’s no excuse for not having breakfast. You could even put it in a plastic cup to go with you and eat at your desk.

Sure you can get the yogurt with the fruit already in it but to me it’s just not the same as adding the fruit and toppings yourself.

I just love honey and I bought some at our farmers market—a huge jar of it.

Blueberry & Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups of plain unsweetened Greek Yogurt. I used Fage
  • 1 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 4 blueberry belVita cookies
  • 1/2 cup of honey


  • Mix honey to taste into the Greek yogurt and divide into 2 glasses. Save some for drizzling over the top. I used margarita glasses but any will do.
  • Drop 1 half of the blueberries over the yogurt.Drop another dollop of yogurt on top of the berries and drizzle the left-over honey on top of each parfait.
  • Crush up 3 belVita blueberry breakfast cookies and sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the yogurt in each glass.
  • Cut one cookie in half. Stand a piece of the cookie in the yogurt in each glass.
  • Grab a spoon and enjoy