I’m a reluctant granola lover. It took me a while to get on the granola band wagon, though I’m not sure why. Maybe it felt a little too “crunchy” in the metaphorical sense…Regardless, I am now a permanent resident of Granolaville, USA. After my friend Jeannie shared her homemade chocolate cherry granola with me, I was hooked. One bite in and I said, “This is shockingly good. Wow.” After 25 bites… “I can’t stop. Someone help me and take this granola far, far away.” After the bag was empty and sad looking…”I need to learn to make this.”
That was pre I-have-to-give-up-dairy-because-my-baby-is-lactose-intolerant days. Since eating anything with butter and chocolate is out of the question now, I decided to come up with a vegan version. Even though granola seems more fitting as a fall or winter snack, the pina colada flavors feel perfect for summer.
Instead of butter, I used coconut oil, which was delicious! Coconut oil is my new BFF. It has a whole slew of health benefits when used in cooking, and it’s also a natural moisturizer for your hair and skin. Since it has anti-inflammatory properties, it’s great for nursing moms as a substitute for lanolin. This article has even more household uses of the ever versatile coconut oil.
Pina Colada Granola
Of course when you eat granola, you most certainly should be wearing yoga pants. Whether or not you actually practice yoga is irrelevant. A black pair is pretty much my uniform these days. If they’re matched with a stain free v-neck, I consider it a small victory. When I do get the chance to slip away for a quick lunch or coffee date, it’s typically preceded with a text to the other party that goes something like, “I’m wearing yoga pants and a pony tail. Please don’t judge me or dress cute.”
I’m not complaining, just stating the fact that every single minute of free time is now precious. What did I do all day before a baby??! I could have painted my house five times over and responded to every email growing stale in my inbox with full paragraphs. The phrase, “I don’t have time” had an entirely different meaning pre-baby. Seriously. I know many of you have been through this and are probably chuckling to yourself remembering when you came to realize the same thing…On the flip side, time does tend to stand still for just an instant when I get a big toothless grin and an almost-laugh from a pretty adorable baby girl.