Our local community center gives away food donated by local supermarkets and I picked up a 3 pound bag of oats when I was there recently. The bag was faded, battered, and taped, but I was intrigued by the challenge, so when I got home, I searched for ways to use up 3 pounds of oats before they were truly unusable. I used those oats for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a facial product!
First, I made Cherry Chocolate Granola.
Cherry Chocolate Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.
3. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely. Stir in dried cherries and dark chocolate chunks. Store in an air-tight container.
I was out of nuts, but I did have raw sunflower seeds in the cabinet, so I tossed in a handful of those as well.