White Chocolate "Mousse" Recipe

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White Chocolate "Mousse" Recipe:

  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup heavy cream

Place chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl.  Heat heavy cream in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around the edge of the pan - do not boil. Take off heat, pour hot cream over white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Refrigerate the mixture for 2 hours -to- 2 days. When ready to whip, pour into mixer bowl and use whisk to whip to desired consistency. Holds up well for a day in refrigerator. 💙🇺🇸❤️

Oatmeal, Banana and Yogurt "Barkies" (Dog Cookie) Recipe

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Oatmeal, Banana & Yogurt "Barkies" (Dog Cookies) Recipe

Thank you to sweet Raven for taste testing!!  She had one and came back for more!  Woof!

Tina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com
Makes about 20 Dog Cookies

1¾ cups old fashioned oats (rolled oats), divided
½ banana cut into 4 chunks
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease baking sheet.
Place 1½ cups of the oats in chopper or small food processor.  Process until ground to a flour texture.  Pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Place banana, yogurt and egg in chopper or small food processor.  
Process until well combined, scrape down bowl and process some more, if needed.
Pour mixture into bowl with oat flour.  Add the remaining ¼ cup of (unground) oats.
Stir together.
Scoop 1-tablespoon portions and roll into balls.
Flatten with the tines of a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
Bake for 15 minutes for a softer center.  
Let cool on baking sheet.
Store in air-tight container for a few days or in the refrigerator/freezer for longer.

Our Favorite Granola Recipe

Are you Granola Crunchy?

Do you like your granola to have big crunchy pieces or be more of a loose texture?  I like the best of both worlds, some clumps for nibbling and some loose bits that can be poured onto my yogurt.  My Mom's been making granola for as long as I can remember and I followed her recipe for a long time until the past few months.  I've been tinkering with changing it up a bit.  I wanted the crunch to be a little easier to munch (double sets of braces in this household!) so I added some coconut oil which makes for a more tender crunch.  I removed the powdered milk from her recipe and added some vanilla and salt to bump up the flavor.  We all love this granola - it's quite addictive and never lasts long in our house!  Enjoy!  

Thanks Mom for teaching me all about granola and a whole lot more!  

Our Favorite Granola Recipe: Photo Step-by-Step:

Our Favorite Granola Recipe
Tina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com

3 3/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not instant or quick), divided
½ cup ground flaxseed meal or wheat germ
1 cup raw almonds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
½ cup coconut oil, melted
½ cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla

You can add whatever you like!
This is what I usually add:
½ cup raisins
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Prepare a half-sheet baking pan by lining with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
Using a food processor or blender, grind ¾ cup of the oats to make oat flour.  (I use my KitchenAid 3.5-cup Food Chopper.)
In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
In a large bowl combine the oat flour, the remaining 3 cups oats, flaxseed meal, almonds, cinnamon and salt.  Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.  
Spread on prepared baking sheet and press the mixture flat with a spatula.  
Bake for about 20 minutes, then, use a spatula to turn the mixture over.  Press down to flatten again with a spatula.  Bake for another 25 minutes.  Turn off oven, prop door open slightly and allow to cool in the oven for an hour. (This will help to form nice chunks.)
Remove from oven, and cool completely.  Add whichever add-ins you’d like and store in an airtight container.

Printable Recipe: Our Favorite Granola Recipe

Thank you for spending some time with me in the cloud!  

I hope you enjoy the granola! (  :  Tina