Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Hello, Kylee here today. I’m back! See, I told you I was going to try to appear here more often! Besides the fact that my mom needed a couple of days off this week to finish up a project, she has been bugging me for FOREVER to post not only my townhouse decorating progress, but also recipes. I assume this is partly for her benefit because she is one busy lady and, as I know she would admit, doesn’t have a lot of time to think about things like meal-planning. I, on the other hand, have a food obsession and my mind is constantly occupied with my next meal. For my mom’s birthday this year, all she asked for was a typed list of easy, healthy recipes that she could make and so I obliged.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Contrary to what people tend to think, given how much I love food, I don’t like cooking. What I DO like is eating. But alas, eating well and cooking tend to go hand in hand. One of my dreams would be to have a personal chef who I can tell exactly what I am craving and they would just make it for me and take care of the cleanup. I wish! I am slowly learning to be sort of into cooking. But really, it’s not the process I like, but the end result.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe
Like I explained in my last post, I had been slacking on posting here because blog posts require more time than you would think. Especially because it means that you not only have to write something somewhat interesting about what you are posting, but you also have to take photos.

Taking photos requires one to be home in the light and then the expectations with a blog post is that you take GOOD photos, which let’s be honest, I am not a photographer and never have any idea what I am doing when I whip out the DSLR. So, I explained all of this to my mom, who in turn told me not to worry and just share my photos like I do on Instagram. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I take a lot of photos of my food. Yes, I’m one of those people at restaurants. Before you go judging me, you should know, science totally validates this behavior.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

All that to say, I am here to share a granola recipe with you today! Granola is a morning staple at our house. We most often use it to top yogurt or smoothie bowls in the mornings. Occasionally, we will have it like cereal with some almond milk. I’ve even used it as an oatmeal topper! For a snack, we will toss it with nuts, dried fruit, or chocolate chips.

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Nothing compares to fresh, homemade granola. Boxed granola is usually so processed and full of refined sugars and preservatives. It’s so easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought that there’s really no reason not make a big homemade batch yourself! Plus, it lasts for several weeks in an airtight container (not that it ever lasts that long in my house!).

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

This has been our go-to recipe lately. It’s super simple, which makes it very versatile. If you try it I’d love to hear what you think!

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola Recipe

Coconut Oil and Maple Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sea salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

  • Preheat Oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together oats, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds.
  • In a separate, medium bowl combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  • Combine both bowls and spread evenly onto your baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes or until granola is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Happy Easter weekend from our family to yours!

More Recipes:

Easter Brunch Recipes (and entertaining ideas) // Pink Juice // Veggie Panini // Salad with Roasted Chickpeas // Minty Watermelon Lime Fruit Pops

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

Hello friends, Kylee here! I am so happy to be posting today. If you don’t remember me (and I don’t blame you—it’s been so long!), I’m Melissa’s oldest daughter. My husband and I bought our first home, a 3-story townhouse in Seattle, a couple of years ago and documented some of our decorating progress here on the blog. You can catch up on those posts here.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

It’s been awhile since I’ve popped in here with any updates! I really had the best intentions of keeping up my posts (as I’m sure many a blogger has felt) but once fall and winter came, it was just too dark after work to take photos. Luckily yesterday we moved the clocks forward so hopefully that will help with the daylight after work and I can resume my blogging goals. I’m still involved with the blog behind the scenes, though!

We have been doing a few little updates here and there around our house that I want to share and I still hope to post more recipes, too. I won’t make big promises, but I’ll do my best to keep you updated more regularly!

So, as pictured at the top of this post, I thought I would make my comeback to blogging by showing you one of the only spaces that actually feels complete so far in the townhouse, our entry hallway! It sure takes awhile to get settled in a house when you are busy living life, too, doesn’t it? While I’m sure I will find things to change about our space over time, I would be totally fine if this space stayed this way for as long as we live here. It’s pretty and functional and exactly as I dreamed it to be.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

This was one of the very first spaces we started working on when we moved in. As you can see, it started out as a pretty blank space (forgive the poor quality cell phone photos). It was very…yellow. Not that there’s anything wrong with yellow; I love it in certain doses and in the right space.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

In this space, however, it just made the hallway feel dark, glowing, and small. It really wasn’t “me.” I wanted the entry to reflect my style and be a brighter, happier place to come home to each day. Plus, my sister Courtney lives with us on the lower level and walks through this space to get to her room each day so we thought this was a good area to start as it is a place we all use and enjoy.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

We decided to paint the whole hallway Swan White by Glidden because we really wanted it to be clean, light, and bright right when you walked in, as well as provide a neutral backdrop to everything that would be going on the walls. There are windows in the door and on two walls, as well as in the bedroom at the end of the hall, so while it isn’t the brightest space there is natural light to bounce off the white walls. We are happy with the color choice!

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

Besides painting the hall, there was also the issue of function. There is no coat closet in the whole house, and being from the Pacific Northwest, we have quite an assortment of coats and other weather accessories. While we can store some of our off season items in the garage, it’s not unusual to have different coat and scarf needs each day of the week (or, sometimes, each hour of the day!), so we needed a place to be able to grab what we need easily.

We also needed space for our guests to hang up their things when they visit, so hooks saved the day and make this hallway really practical. The baskets are handy for organizing, too!

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}
We added three hook rails, which I believe were from HomeGoods. We have two by the door for me and my husband (and guests!) and one down by Courtney’s room for her.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

I love how functional the wire cubbies are in the hook rail above. It’s perfect for storing scarves and hats.

The lighting in our hall was just ordinary can lighting, but I wanted something with a little more personality. Once I found these capiz shell chandeliers (without the electrical kit), I decided to attach command hooks like these to my ceiling and used clear bendable wire to twist together the chandeliers to the clear hooks. It was so easy to do and made a big difference in how this space feels!

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

Besides the hooks for things we need to grab on the way out the door, we also added a mirror to check lipstick! A daily essential.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

This is the Hemnes shoe cabinet from IKEA and I honestly think it might be one of the greatest pieces of furniture ever invented for small spaces. It’s made for shoes, but can be used for anything, really. Right now we keep dog leashes for Bella, picnic blankets, and gloves in ours!

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

This is the view from our second floor down to the entry. I added that gallery wall recently and I love it! I will try to take a better photo of it sometime so you can actually see what’s in the frames, but it’s mostly a collection of photos, meaningful art, and things that I painted myself!

My favorite way to fill frames when I don’t have the perfect piece of art is to buy pretty paper, maps, or wrapping sheets from places like Paper Source to use as placeholders until I can fill it with something that I love or that means something to me. The frames are all from IKEA.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

This Celestial Chart was the final piece that I added to the blank space above the little bench in the entry. I had been looking for something to put in that space for the past year and had brought a few things home, but would ultimately return them. Nothing seemed right. Finally, a couple weeks ago, I had settled on this from Urban Outfitters, but right before I purchased it I wondered if I could DIY something similar.

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}

After a couple of Google searches I figured out that I could DIY the exact same thing and save $22! You can buy the Cavallini poster (similar to the maps my mom had in her Map Wall) and get a compatible poster hanging kit at Paper Source or Amazon. Voila! Easy and affordable art.

So, there you have it! Thanks for letting me share my completed entry with you!

Source List:

Rug

Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Capiz chandelier

Sunburst Mirror

Globe

Wire Cubby Hooks (similar)

Wood bench (similar or similar)

Celestial Chart (you can order these on Amazon or Paper Source!)

Poster Hanging Kit

Baskets (similar)

Wall Paint Color – Swan White by Glidden

Organizing a Small Entry & A Hall Makeover {A Townhouse Update}
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