Coconut Granola and Changing Seasons

Summertime officially ended last weekend with the first day of fall. So, it is time to let go of summer with one last summery recipe and some memories of sunshine.

I got to end my summer celebrating the marriage of one of my good friends. The wedding and reception were truly magical. The wedding brought together friends who, since university, have been scattered across the world. My very best friend flew in from the States and the night was perfect. The reception was at a beautiful vineyard and we all went out into the fields and drank and danced under the stars, you can’t ask for much more then that. I made several memories that night that I will always be able to look back on and smile.

The Boyfriend, Dog and I said goodbye to summer with one last trip up North to relax for a few days away from the bustle of the city. It’s so quiet up there in early September, most days it felt like we were the only ones on the lake at all.

The Dog definitely enjoyed having us to himself all day every day. He even decided that he really like the water after all and would run through the shallows as I swam every day.

Days spent soaking up the last of the late summer sunshine, going for long leisurely swims, reading on the deck, walking the country roads with the Dog. Evenings spent watching movies, playing board games and snoozing on the couch. It was definitely hard to leave and come back to the real world.
To ease the pain of summer ending I made coconut granola. A last vestige of summertime flavours to ease into fall. I found the recipe over here. I definitely suggest trying it out, it is insanely delicious and got me on a granola kick that has yet to be abated . . . there are currently two jars of pumpkin granola on my kitchen counter. But that’s for another post!¬†

Coconut Granola

2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup pepitas
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Combine all your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Melt the coconut oil and in a separate bowl mix together all the wet ingredients.

Add wet to dry, coating the dry ingredients.

Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.

Spread the mixture on the parchment paper and bake for 30min.

Enjoy!

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