Q. How else can you enjoy granola other than breakfast?
A. Thought you'd never ask!
Granola is so much more than a breakfast food. When I first began making granola, I experimented with sweet as well as savory recipes. At that time, more than 25 years ago, granola wasn't thought of as a savory food. I first saw it on a breakfast menu at a small restaurant in Vermont...it intrigued me and I set out to make my own.
Over the years I've served it many ways outside of breakfast.
I bake with granola...in cookies, breads, cakes, pies and other desserts. We've even used it as a sprinkle topping for decadent truffles with Carolina Martin from The Bom! Chocolate truffle making parties.
Check out this recipe for peanut butter bar cookies with Pat's Granola. I made these for a recent segment on New Day Cleveland which you can view from this link:
I also have used granola as a crunchy coating for fish, chicken and seafood--just crush it finely with a rolling pin between two sheets of waxed paper.
Love croutons, but don't have any on hand? Sprinkle a generous handful of granola over your salads. Ginger Spiced and Tropical pair tastefully with chicken salads, fruit salads or tossed spring greens. I'm a fan of fruit on salads and will use strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, oranges, peaches, pineapple, pears and apples. Fruit salads lend themselves to adding cheese like feta, goat and parmesanas well as roasted nuts like walnuts, pecans or almonds. A tasty protein rich one dish meal.
Spring mix salad greens with rotisserie chicken and fresh sliced strawberries.
Arugula and mixed greens, sliced grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and oranges. Combined with feta cheese crumbles and dried cranberries. That's Ginger Spiced Pat's Granola as a salad topper.
Stay tuned for more meal ideas...
Pat Bennett is the founder and President of Pat's Granola, a Cleveland based food and lifestyle company.
Pat's Granola is sold online at www.patsgranola.com and is also available at several Northeast Ohio businesses including:
Troubadour Coffee Roasters www.troubadourcoffeeroasters.com
Sports and Spine Physical Therapy www.sportspine.com
Local Flavors Shoppe www.localflavors.net
Rittman Orchards and Farm Market www.rittmanorchards.com
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport www.clevelandairport.com
Locle Box www.loclebox.com
Made Cleveland www.madecleveland.com
Mister Brisket www.misterbrisket.com
Nature's Oasis Lakewood www.naturesoasis.com
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