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Take Your Granola To The Beach!

Sarah Mock

Granola crusted PB&J

I recently got back from a vacation with my family.  Every year we rent a HUGE condo in Bethany Beach Delaware. This place is large enough to house 3 families and then some. We all contribute to the shared meals. Breakfast is usually a free for all with some one making a casserole once or twice that we all eat off of for the week. Dinners are anything from crock pot meals to grilled meats and veggies to steamed crabs on the screened in porch.

Granola on the beach

Lunches are something that are either eaten pool side or sea side. Something that can be packed in a cooler and easily eaten with out too much fuss. Something that we can much on while we soak up the rays and enjoy the water.

Most of the time peanut butter and jelly fits the bill. With 3 little ones in the house there is not much else that they will eat out of a lunch bag that is portable to the beach!

Spread the edges of your sandwich with peanut butter.

Spread the edges of your sandwich with peanut butter.

This vacation I decided I was going to jazz up our regular PB&J with a bit of Plain Jane granola. We had brought it along to stir into granola for breakfast so it wasn't like I was adding an additional item to my packing list!

I recommend using plain jane because it already has the peanut butter base flavor and the oats are small enough to be added to the outside of the sandwich. I am a HUGE fan of the Off Road granola. But a salad is more suited for Off Road. Be sure to read the post Off Road Instead of Croutons.

Once all edges of the sandwich are coated nicely in peanut butter, press the Plain Jane to the peanut butter. A little coaxing might be in order, depending on how much peanut butter was applied. In this case 'less is more'. The more peanut butter used, the harder it will be to get the granola to stick.  It will just slide off. Too little and the granola won't stick.

I am confident you will quickly find the right ratio of peanut butter for this recipe!

Once you have the edges coated in the granola, wrap the sandwiches and store in a cooler bag. Trust me when I tell you that peanut butter likes to be cool in the hot summer sun.

I may have made these sandwiches for the kids but as you can see, I made one for myself as well. I am not going to let the kids have all the granola goodness of a Plain Jane encrusted peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

granola crusted PB&J from Nuts About granola

Ditch The Croutons. Go With Off Road Granola

Sarah Mock

Off Road Granola instead of croutons
Off Road Instead Of Croutons

Summer is in full bloom! In my house that means lots and lots of salads. I love harvesting fresh produce from the garden and tossing the ingredients together for a fresh, crisp salad on a hot day. I do my best to eat a rainbow of colors every day and this salad is a great way to hit most every color.

Off Road Granola instead of Croutons.

This super simple salad is a mix of butter lettuce, baby romaine and red leaf lettuce, 3 sliced strawberries and a large handful of blueberries. We are fortunate that we have pick your own blueberries near our house. Check our Pick Your Own.org to see if there is a field near you!

Off Road Granola Instead of Croutons.

But to give this summer fresh salad some crunch I skipped the croutons and sprinkled on a large handful of Off Road Edition granola. The mixed nuts in the granola add a bit of protein to this salad. The dried dates and dried cranberries add a different texture as well as concentrated sweetness to each bite. This entire meal is vegan. Not a vegan myself, but I am enjoying all the benefits with this meal!

Give your salad a light drizzle with your favorite dressing and you have a fabulous, fresh seasonal salad to keep you going for the rest of the day!