Homemade Cherry Vanilla Granola…Yum!

Cherry Vanilla Granola

I’ve been recovering from my back surgery over the past week and get to return to work tomorrow. That’s a good thing, considering today I got a notice from my short-term disability letting me know that they did receive my claim. Just as I figured the check would arrive after I was back to work. Maybe I’ll get it for my birthday, in June.

Ok.. back to the title of the post. I finally made more granola. A couple weeks ago I bought some a website (I had a Groupon) and really like the Cherry Vanilla. Here’s my version:

Cherry Vanilla Granola

2 1/2 cups quick cook oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1/2 C coconut flakes
2 Tbs canola oil
2 Tbs dark brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C chopped dried cherry flavored cran-raisins

Heat oven to 275 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the oats, wheat germ, walnuts and coconut to a large bowl.

Microwave the oil and brown sugar until the butter is melted (low setting, and watch it or it will boil over). Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir to combine. Dump this into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined and the granola starts to clump together.

Spread the mixture evenly over the lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

Stir granola and add the cherries. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the granola is golden brown.

Two hour drive for a 15 minute checkup…then

two more hours back home. Well… I wasn’t driving but still sitting in the car isn’t my favorite thing to do right now. Any who… I am doing good and can go back to work next Wednesday. The fun part will be the “no sitting for longer than 15 minutes at a time” and “take plenty of walks” on the orders. Now I have a doctors excuse to take my regular walks at work. 🙂

It’s going to be strange going back to work. I check my work email every so often but since I’m on leave without pay I try not to. It will be good to be back in the middle of things…and to get a paycheck. Being out of work for a month is nice, but not when your in pain, hurting, on pain pills, can’t get comfortable…walk for a while, lay down for a while, sit for a while…

I miss working in the garden and I have a ton of seedlings that need to be planted. Maybe this evening we can get them planted…especially the squash since it’s looking like its ready to bloom. I can at least delegate and point to where to plant them.

Ok..time for a walk. My right leg still feels weak, 50% of my foot is still numb, and my thigh/calf feels like I ran two miles yesterday. One day…I’ll be back to normal.