Granola Dust! I originally got this idea from one of my favorite health food chefs, Jamie Oliver. I love his approach to cooking and, lets be honest, I’m no chef. I’ve made great gains in the past few years when it comes to cooking but I always need inspiration and guidance from amazing people like him who actually have culinary experience and expertise.

I love this idea because not only does grinding up the ingredients into a powder make it ever so much more versatile it also makes nuts much less scary for the mom of a toddler. I’m not typically that type of person who stresses about cutting everything up really tiny for Charlie. We did baby-led weaning and I have extensive training in choking situations, and CPR due to my many teenage years as a lifeguard. Thank goodness I do because just last weekend we had a situation with a corn dog where Charlie took a bite of my food and choked. We have a place near us that has amazing brunch corn dogs that are maple breakfast sausage with a pancake batter around them. Not the healthiest choice but definitely worth it. It was a terrifying situation because it was so much more than a gag. She legitimately choked, started changing color and appeared to be passing out. I jumped into action, flipped her over my knee and beat her on the back until the food was dislodged. Just thinking about it makes me cringe and want to hug her, truly awful. So to the point, you definitely don’t have to worry about any choking situations with this recipe. It’s a DUST!

We’re going through a very strange phase with Charlie where if I make pizza and cookies she won’t eat a bite but if I make a bowl of steamed broccoli she devours it. I’m definitely not complaining but I am a little baffled by it. Brandon and I are all excited about delicious homemade pizza for dinner and it becomes a true struggle getting her to eat! So now it has become, “you can eat what we’re eating, or you can eat broccoli” and she seems to choose broccoli more often than not. I think she just is enjoying being defiant and choosing for herself (I really showed her right? haha).

Brandon (my husband) eats oatmeal on a regular basis so I decided to try to create a flavor combination that would satisfy his oatmeal cravings and Charlie’s granola and yogurt cravings. You can add almond milk or water to it and microwave to eat it like oatmeal or mix it into greek yogurt like I do for Charlie, both are delicious. The best part is I used (tons of) dates to sweeten it, so there’s no added sugar, all natural sugars contained in whole fruits being ground up in the mixture; sugar the way it was made to be eaten with all of the fiber from the actual fruit in tact.

Apple Cinnamon Granola Dust

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  • 4 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 5 oz dried apples
  • 18 oz dates
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until fully incorporated.

Easy enough!