Mom often says she thinks we could be on the Food Network. She believes we could be the next fan favorites. The two of us together in the kitchen, showing people our favorite recipes: some sweet, others savory, some healthy, others indulgent. Oh, and she’s totally, completely, one hundred percent serious. Like it’s this easy thing to just send a tape to Food Network, be hired, and put on the air.
I’m not so sure it’s that easy. But Food Network should know if they would like a dynamic mother-daughter duo on the air, we are available and ready to go. I’m actually not even sure how to go about attempting to get on Food Network other than going on Food Network Star, and I think that would pretty much kill me with the tasks and pressure.
It would be awesome to cook with Mom for a living. We are in the kitchen together literally every single day. I tend to take the lead when it comes to baking, while she does on cooking. Regardless of what we’re making, we have an unspoken language. Gathering ingredients, stirring, chopping, checking to make sure things aren’t burning. We never get in each other’s way and are the perfect team, very rarely in the kitchen unless as a pair. I also like to think we learn from each other.
In an effort to build a following for our potential Food Network show, we made our second video. A lot of people gave positive feedback on the first video for almond butter cookies, so I hope this one is an even bigger hit. Please watch the video. I hope you enjoy it! We had a lot of fun filming it and sometimes even I can’t believe how well it turned out . . . all in only one take!
We’re showing you how to make Almond Butter Granola. This is my new favorite granola and my all-time favorite breakfast! It’s packed with protein, fiber, iron, and healthy fats, so it’s the perfect way to start your day. It’s also easy to make gluten free, vegan, and/or refined sugar free. This chewy, crunchy, super healthy breakfast or snack treat is the best way to start the New Year!
Almond Butter Granola
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 11/2 cups mixed nuts, unsalted, unroasted (I used almonds and hazelnuts)
- 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ¾ cup quinoa
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup mixed dried fruit (I used raisins and cherries)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, nuts, coconut, quinoa, cinnamon, and ginger until combined. Add oil, honey, almond butter, and vanilla, and stir until the mixture is well combined and the oat mixture is evenly coated with the honey mixture.
- Spread granola into an even layer on the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown. You may want to check it earlier to make sure it doesn’t burn. Do not stir during the cooking process.
- After the granola has been removed from the oven, sprinkle the dried fruit on top but do not mix it in. Allow the granola to cool completely on the pan. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
Christina @ Sweet Pea's KItchen says
It’s so great that you and your mom get to cook to together often. My mom lives 7 hours away from us, so cooking together only happens on holidays. This granola looks great! I love that it uses almond butter too! 🙂
Kayle (The Cooking Actress) says
Ooooh this granola looks AMAZINGGGG!!!
It’s so adorable that you guys are always in the kitchen together 🙂
Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says
Ohh I’m totally loving this granola. Looks fabulous! I love the chunks.
Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons says
I agree, you two would make a great pair for a cooking show! You’re so good on camera together.
I love that you get to cook with your mom! I only get to do it a few times a year with mine – I would love if it was more! This granola sounds delicious – granola is one of my favorite things to make at home and this version looks awesome!
Abbe@This is How I Cook says
I’d go crazy if I had to cook with my mom! But your video was good and you both have nice speaking voices. And great granola. I like the quinoa addition!
Thanks, Abbe! I always add a little quinoa when I make granola – a very healthy, crunchy addition.
Manhattan Image and Style says
I am into granola these days. I def have to try this! 😉
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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
I wish my mom would cook with me!! This is awesome and I love the video!
John@Kitchen Riffs says
What a great granola! And how much fun you and your mom get to cook together. Maybe you should send in a tape to the Food Network people and see what happens!
Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron says
Yay! I loved your first video, so I’m glad you made a second one! You two look like you really enjoy cooking together, it’s cute. I would totally watch your show! 🙂
This granola looks delicious!
Thanks so much, Ruby!
Yum!! Now this I definitely need to try, looks delicious!
Aww you guys are so adorable!! And you’re right, you do look great together on camera!! I could eat this granola by the handful!
MoonLight @ AWorldInMyOven says
I love the video you guys made! I can’t believe you just took 1 take for that either. And you didn’t even need to edit it! I remember trying it once myself. No, let’s not get into that. Haha. The granola looks really delicious btw, although I always smash the chunks. (how can you like the chunks?! They’re so.. chunky!)
I love the granola chunks, so I’ll eat them and leave you the non-chunky pieces 😉 Thanks, MoonLight!
This looks so good! Yum…I love granola!!
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
Laura, you and your mom are so adorable and such a great team together! You would be great for a TV food show – you’d definitely have your own loyal following. And I love almonds, dried fruit and oats together – what a yummy recipe!
Donalyn@The Creekside Cook says
You and your Mom look like you are having such a great time together. But you don’t need Food Network [which less and less about actual cooking all the time it seems] for cooking show success – YouTube is the new television and your videos are very nice. [more closeups of the food would be a good addition] I follow more and more food blogger channels all the time and once you have a good following, you can make quite a bit of money from there, and retain creative control yourselves. Love this granola by the way!
Thanks for the tips, Donalyn! I appreciate it!
Cj @ Food Stories says
What a great granola recipe!
Nice ranola recipe Laura!! Just stopping by to see the latest baked goods!! Have a great New Year! 🙂
Happy New Year, Lendon! Thank you so much for visiting! I really appreciate it.
I have been wanting to make homemade granola for about 6 months and for whatever reason I don’t, yours looks magnificent!!
Homemade granola is the best! Hope you try this, Tara!
Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner says
Yes, there needs to be a mom/daughter duo cooking show on the Foodnetwork! If there is a petition sign me up for you 2! 🙂
I love making homemade granola but haven’t done it in a while. High time I get back to it. Yours looks so yummy. I love it for breakfast or snack.