Granola Tips – For You, From You

Anyone who has tried it knows that Bountiful Basket’s granola is the best (most addicting) around. These crunchy bags of goodies are so yummy in fact that some participants report it never even reaches its final destination. It is often ripped open and devoured on the car ride home after picking up their basket. I understand- you’re up early, working hard volunteering, and then driving long distances with 2 lbs of “yum” beckoning- who could resist? Well, believe it or not, some people are actually able to hold out long enough to not just eat the granola, but turn it into something fabulous. Recently, BB administrators asked participants to toss out ideas for using up that wonderful BB granola we have all come to enjoy. Here are some of the great ideas shared on the Bountiful Baskets Facebook page:

• Yogurt and Fruit- By far the most popular suggestion. Some sprinkle it on top, some stir it right in, some mix it with the fruit and then top that with the yogurt, some use fresh fruit, some use canned, and some use dried…bottom line- a LOT of us are eating yogurt, fruit, and granola for breakfast!
• Homemade Granola Bars- Another popular choice. Some people stir in peanut butter and honey, some add in dried fruit but all agree it makes a much better option than the “green boxes” from the store.
• Add to pancake and waffle mixes
• Blend in smoothies
• Use as a topping for your favorite fruit crumbles and crisps
• Add it to “no-bake cookies”
• Use it to top both fruit salads and green salads
• Mix it into cookie dough and bake
• Toss it on ice cream.
• Parfaits- Layer pudding or yogurt, fruit, and granola
• Frozen Bananas dipped in chocolate and rolled in granola
• Toss in batters for breads, muffins, and cakes
• Mix with nut butter (and possibly honey) use an ice cream scoop to shape into balls. Refrigerate and enjoy.
• Add water and heat it up like oatmeal- no additional sweetener needed (Tiffany A.)
• Use in baked oatmeal recipe (Michelle N.)
• Cook and mash sweet potatoes. Top with granola, Greek yogurt, and honey (Natalie W.)
• Put the granola into mason jars to give as gifts (Denise F.)
• Mix it into applesauce (Megan H.)
• Add a cup to the strudel for coffee cake (Eva G.)
• Dip large pretzel sticks in Caramel and then roll in the granola (Billie S.)
• Use as a crunchy crust for French Toast (Jennifer R.)
• Make granola treats- use marshmallows and butter like Rice Krispy treats. (Laura M.)
• Sprinkle on home-dipped caramel apples (Kathryn K.)
• Mix into melted “Wilton candy coating disks” spread onto a parchment lined baking dish and put in the fridge until firm. Break into pieces and give as gifts (JoAnn W)
• Crush to make pie crusts (Amy M.)

Granola Bars- from Bonnie P.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of BB Granola
  • 1/2 stick of butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the Butter
  2. Stir in the Granola
  3. Press into a greased 8x8 pan
  4. Bake at 350 for about 18 mins.
  5. **You could add dried fruit, nuts, nut butter or honey

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2 Responses to “Granola Tips – For You, From You”

  1. JoAnn Williams says:

    Jamie- The granola can last for a long time but does not have any preservatives so be sure to keep it refrigerated or frozen. Sealed containers or freezer safe Ziplocs work well.

  2. Jamie says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas and recipes!

    I do have one question; how long can the granola be stored and what is the appropriate storage method?

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