scents i love: maple grain free granola as it bakes in the oven
scents i don’t love quite so much: 24/7 walking pancakes
the what now?
sooo, last week when i was testing this maple grain free granola, i just totally fumbled the little bottle of maple extract as i was trying to screw the top back on. naturally, i happened to not be wearing my apron at the time so the black down vest that i live in from october to may got doused in about half a bottle’s worth of maple extract.
since it wasn’t sticky and didn’t show on the black fabric, i tried to just let it air out for a day or two (by which i mean i continued to wear the vest all day every day for several days) until i finally admitted defeat, acknowledged that i smelled like a giant stack of walking pancakes, and dug out the bottle of down wash soap. ::sigh::
the funny part is that i only bought an apron a few months ago after years of never wearing one and i’ve actually been pretty good about putting it on (perhaps this new habit is linked to all of the splattery chorizo i’ve been cooking lately?). juuuuust not this time. luckily this mishap was reversible and my vest isn’t a perma-pancake…
also luckily, this maple grain free granola was totally worth the extra load of laundry! it’s delicious and i love that i can make it without any added sugar (if you want large clusters, you do need to add a little bit of maple syrup to make that magic happen, but i prefer the no added sugar version).
if you’ve ever read the labels on store-bought granola and tried to find one with less sugar than a cookie, you know that finding no sugar added granola is no small feat. honestly, i’m not sure it would be an exaggeration to say it’s faster to make granola from scratch than it is to find a low sugar option at the store.
either way, i’m excited about this maple grain free granola because the maple flavor is strong without the granola being really sweet, thanks to that mischievous maple extract/walking pancakes perfume. just maybe learn from my mistake and wear your apron?
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