Well, the weather outside is frightful and I am not going anyplace warm soon, so what is the next best thing? TROPICAL GRANOLA of course!!! This is a favorite of family, friends, neighbors and workplace co-workers!
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 1/2 cups bran flakes cereal
3 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
2 1/2 cups sliced almonds
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup dried pineapple
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried mango
1/2 dried papaya
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two rimmed baking sheets with foil. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, whisk brown sugar and salt into butter until mixture is blended smooth and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. In a large bowl combine oats, flake cereal, coconut, almonds and cinnamon. mix well. Stir in vanilla extract into butter and sugar. Pour butter mixture over dry ingredients and mix until combined. All dry ingredients should be coated with butter mixture. Divide granola between the two baking sheets, spreading it into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir granola, rotate pans and bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes until granola is golden. WATCH CAREFULLY during the last ten minutes as the granola can burn easily at this point. Pour granola into large mixing bowl and stir in all of your dried fruit. Chop fruit if necessary. Let cool at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Serve with your favorite yogurt! As you can see from the above image, this granola does not last long in my house!
Nothing can be more simpler than a recipe with only 3 ingredients! You heard me right…ONLY 3 ingredients. But to make this even better, this recipe is BAKED, not fried, and still full of flavor! Not much is better than that!
1 package of egg roll wrappers
1 package of coleslaw mix
1 package of HOT Jimmy Dean sausage
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown sausage in a skillet. When sausage has been browned, drain the liquid.
In a bowl place about two cups of coleslaw mix (you be the judge!). Add the browned sausage, season with salt and pepper and mix well.
Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sausage mixture to the middle of the egg roll wrapper and wrap by folding the side of the wrapper in to the center and roll to make a log shape. Continue until all of the mixture is gone. Place them on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray and Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning them about half way through. Once they are browned take them out and serve with your favorite duck sauce, sweet and sour sauce. Sometimes we use Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce found at most grocery stores!
A favorite of mine and many that eat it!
1 box of devil’s food cake mix
1 package of instant chocolate pudding, dry (5.9 ounces)
1 cup of sour cream
1 cup of vegetable oil
4 eggs (beaten)
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together cake mix, pudding , sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well-greased bundt pan. Bake 50-55 minutes until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake in pan at least 1 1/2 hours before inverting onto a plate.
Dust with powdered sugar OR drizzle with salted caramel OR add a scoop of raspberry sorbet and drizzle with chocolate sauce. OH, THE CHOICES!!!!
CARAMEL APPLE PIE FILLING
For the crust I really like pioneer woman’s pie crust, you can use your favorite crust or store bought. 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 3 Tablespoons of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of salt 6 cups of thinly sliced apples (I use Granny Smith )
1 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup quick cooking oats, 1/2 cup butter (not salted), 1/4 cup of homemade caramel or your favorite caramel topping.
1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup of your favorite caramel topping. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl stir together sugar, flour, cinnamon, caramel and salt. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated . Transfer apple mixture into pie shell.
Stir together brown sugar, flour and rolled oats, cut butter in until topping has coarse crumbles. Sprinkle topping over apple mixture. Place pie on baking sheet covered in foil, cover edges in foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil from edges and bake another 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with pecans and drizzle with caramel. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!