Cranberry Pecan Granola

I made a new granola for breakfast: Cranberry Pecan Granola.

But first, a story of my latest dream. Do you remember most of your dreams? In the last few years I have woken up with dream amnesia most of the time. When I do remember a dream, there is always the same element of trying to get somewhere and achieve something, and just not getting there. Elements of helplessness. In the last few days, however, I’ve remembered three dreams.

In my first dream I caught someone breaking into my place, and I was trying to shout to tell them to get out. But I couldn’t. Usually when I can’t shout in a dream, I open my mouth and no sound comes out. I try as hard as I can, but it’s really as if someone turned off the volume. In this dream, I couldn’t shout because apparently I had a piece of toffee in my mouth. It was so sticky that my top and bottom molars where both glued to the toffee and I couldn’t talk.

In my second dream I was at a food festival with my brother and there were cakes everywhere. I had a walk around and then was finally going to have some food. My brother had already tried a bit of everything so he was fine. Anywhere, there I was just about to try the food, and strangely on my plate there was a fish. Why a fish when there was so much cake? I don’t know… Then suddenly my alarm clock went off. That was such a deception, I wanted to try the fish. So I tried falling asleep again to see if the dream would continue, but I had no such luck.

Small observation: it seems that even my subconscious thinks of food when I’m asleep. I must be even more food obsessed than I originally thought.

My third dream was the most annoying one of all. About one hour prior to my waking up time that day, I dreamt that my alarm clock went off. It was a bit strange as the sound was different to the one I really have. I really wake up. I look at my phone, realise it’s really early and that no the alarm did not go off. And I go back to sleep. A few minutes later the same thing happens. Then I go back to sleep. And this happens about four or five times. Finally at some stage I dream that it really is time to get up, so I get up, have breakfast, do all my preparations and am just about to leave and lock the door…

Then suddenly my alarm clock really went off. Gosh how annoying. I felt so tired and now I really had to get up. I felt like I had to start my day a second time.

Do you ever dream that you need to say something and can’t talk. Do you ever have a dream in which you wake up but you want to instantly fall asleep again to see what happens? Do you ever have recurring scenes in a dream, all of which are frustrating?

Oat barley pecan cranberry granola

Cranberry pecan homemade oat barley granola

My New Jar

I have a new toy. A three litre mason jar. For a long time I had only made granola in tiny quantities because of the silliest reason ever, I never had anywhere to store it. I am actually the jar queen when it comes to recycling used jars from store bought mustards or whatnot, but all of my bigger jars are always taken up by flour and things like that. So I thought, just get the jar and eat your heart out with homemade granola. I’m loving the jar. Plus I think it’s beautiful.

The first time I filled the jar, I wasn’t quite with it with the quantities and dimensions. The granola I made only filled up half the jar. It’s great because next time I know I can make double as much.

Easy cranberry pecan granola recipe

Cranberry Pecan Granola Recipe

Ingredients (makes enough for 1.5 litres)

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups barley
4 tablespoons honey
1 pinch salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup pecan nuts
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3/4 cup grated coconut

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Break the pecan nuts into pieces. Mix the oats, barley, pecan nuts, honey, salt and coconut oil in a big bowl. Pour onto an oven tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 20 minutes, add the cranberries and bake for about another 3 minutes. Add the coconut and bake for another 5 minutes, stirring every minute or so. Make sure to put the grated coconut at the end as they burn a lot faster than the rest of the ingredients.

This granola makes waking up and looking forward to having breakfast a lot easier. Maybe if I make lots of different granola variations and have some ready for myself everyday, I might slowly turn into a morning person. Do you think that would be possible?

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