Fruit & Almond Granola + Cookbook Giveaway

I love granola for much of the same reason that I have always loved granola bars – it’s hearty, sweet, and usually full of all kinds of great nuts and fruit. For a long time I bought granola at the store and stirred it into yogurt or would eat it by the handful as a snack. And then I discovered the joy that is homemade granola. I started making it out of necessity a few years ago when I was hampered by a nut allergy, which I had somehow grown into, and have since grown out of. Although I can eat nuts again, I have stuck to making it at home and believe I have finally put together a super-duper awesome recipe. It’s lightly sweetened, spiced, crunchy and full of almonds and dried fruit. And best of all – you can totally customize it with your favorite nuts and fruit!

I created this specific version of the granola for a cookbook project put together by Posit Science, called the Thinkfood Cookbook. Fifty food bloggers contributed recipes that included brain-healthy ingredients in every imaginable category including breakfast, salads, main dishes, snacks, desserts, and more. I have already made a few recipes from the book and everything has been fabulous! I thought that this healthy, homemade adaptation to an oft store-bought item made it a fantastic recipe to share, especially since it is packed with oats and nuts.

Each week a different blogger and their recipe is featured on Thinkfood’s site and Facebook page, as well as in their email newsletter. For a list of the participating bloggers and their recipes, check out the Thinkfood Cookbook site.

As a contributor to the project, I was given an extra cookbook to give away to a lucky reader! Details below on how to enter to win…

How to Enter

To enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post:

“What is your favorite breakfast food?”

You can receive up to four additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:59pm EST. (I know this is a long window, but I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow and won’t be back until April 5th so I wouldn’t be able to ship it until then anyway!)

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random and emailed. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: The cookbook is provided by Posit Science. (And if you aren’t the lucky winner and would like to order a copy of the cookbook, you can do so here.)

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to commenter #354, Lisa! Her favorite breakfast food?

“I looove egg-white omelets with ham, cheddar, bell pepper, and onion! I usually only have time for cereal though ;]”

One year ago: Super Mario Brothers Birthday Cake

Fruit & Almond Granola Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

5½ cups traditional rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup applesauce (I use natural/unsweetened)
¼ cup honey
1½ cups chopped or slivered almonds
¾ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup chopped dried apricots

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, ginger and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, applesauce and honey until thoroughly combined.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well, until all of the oats are moistened. Spread on the prepared pan in an even layer.

5. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and turn the granola over very carefully using a wide spatula (you'll probably need to do this in sections). Return to the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

6. Cool completely on the baking sheet.

7. Break up the granola into chunks and stir in the almonds, dried cranberries and apricots. Store in an airtight container.

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  1. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I also subscribed to your email!

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  2. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m typically just a cereal girl, but my FAVORITE breakfast is buttermilk pancakes with strawberry and whipped cream topping

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  3. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’m following you on twitter :)

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  4. Jen on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I am also now following you on Twitter (can you tell I want to win this cookbook?)

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  5. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am

    i love love breakfast food! i think my all time favorite, which unfortunately you can’t eat too often, is hands down biscuits and gravy! yum!!

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  6. Christina on March 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am also now a fan on facebook

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  7. Jen on March 23, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Any you guessed it, I tweeted the following: RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG

    Reply

  8. Kristina on March 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I love a poached egg with a slice of wheat toast to snag the yolk.

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  9. Christian on March 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    My favorite is breakfast burritos with lots of salsa!!!

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  10. Ellen on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I don’t really like traditional breakfast foods, so as crazy as it sounds a nice bowl of leftover homemade pasta is one of my faves!

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  11. Marilyn on March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

    If it’s an ordinary day (like today), I like cereal with blueberries and a mug of creamy tea.

    If it’s a fancy day, I like pancakes full of fruit, nuts, chocolate, you name it. :-)

    Reply

  12. Valerie on March 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Currently, my favorite breakfast is toast, generously buttered with apple butter!

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  13. ruth on March 23, 2011 at 9:26 am

    bagel shop breakfast :) sausage, egg & cheese on a french toast bagel.

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  14. Jackie on March 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

    One of my favorites is scrambled eggs with avocado

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  15. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on March 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love French Toast and the very best I’ve ever had was at Logan’s Tavern in Logan Circle, DC. http://www.logantavern.com/_menus/Brunch.pdf

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  16. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo on March 23, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I also subscribe via RSS!

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  17. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Love, love, love a properly prepared Dutch Baby pancake with lots of fresh sqeezed lemon and butter

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  18. annie on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hi Michelle,

    My all time favorite weekend breakfast is scrambled egg with some bacon and hot buttered toast. Weekdays I have my oatmeal, flax and fruit for breakfast. Have a great holiday.

    Reply

  19. annie on March 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

    BTW, I sbcribe by e-mail.

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  20. Mary Ann on March 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Waffles!

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  21. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Pancakes! I never usually win giveaways so if I do win this, I will be surprised.

    Reply

  22. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My favorite breakfast food is probably waffles. I love a good waffle.

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  23. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I am following RT browneyedbaker on Twitter.

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  24. Stacy on March 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    There’s nothing like a fresh scone straight from the oven!

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  25. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I have tweeted the giveaway.

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  26. Lisa T on March 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I love a good muffin or scone!

    Reply

  27. Carol on March 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My husband doesn’t really cook much but breakfast is his specialty. I really love his bacon and the fried eggs that he fries in the bacon grease. Yum! I don’t eat that often however because I feel my arteries clogging everytime I eat that breakfast.

    I also love making cinnamon apple ebelskivers. Also very yummy!

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  28. Alyssa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    What a cool book! My favorite breakfast food is home cooked oatmeal with dried cranberries, brown sugar, and cream. :)

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  29. Alyssa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    (I also subscribe via RSS)

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  30. Lisa on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My favorite breakfast (since I’m a forty-some mother of three who still can’t fathom how 5 lbs can be gained in a week!) is high fiber oatmeal with a squirt of fat free Reddi Whip.

    Reply

  31. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My favorite “healthy” option for breakfast is granola. But my real favorite breakfast item is homemade crepes filled with fruits/puddings/whipped cream!

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  32. Lindsay on March 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I subscribe to your blog!

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  33. Eva on March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Although I don’t eat it very often, I love french toast

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  34. Eva on March 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I follow you via RSS!

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  35. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

    My favorite breakfast is homemade yogurt and a toasted piece of sourdough with honey….mmmm.

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  36. Cindy Battle on March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    My favorite breakfast is strawberry stuffed French toast and sausage and eggs.

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  37. Linda C on March 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Favourite healthy breakfast food = half a grapefruit
    Favourite not-so-healthy breakfast food = pain au chocolat!

    Looks like a wonderful book – and I’m definitely going to try your granola recipe.

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  38. Angela C on March 23, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Oatmeal with fruit and honey or whole wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas.

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  39. Angela C on March 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

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  40. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    my fav breakfast food is cereal!

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  41. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i subscribe to your rss

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  42. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i follow you on twitter!

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  43. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I’m slightly addicted to bagel sandwiches – bagels with ham/bacon, eggs and cheese. But they have to be good, fresh bagels! :)

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  44. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I follow you via Google Reader

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  45. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    i tweeted!

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  46. Erica on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I am a fan on FB.

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  47. Heather M. on March 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Steal cut oatmeal with frozen berries, cinnimon, and honey! So good!

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  48. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I love banana chocolate chip pancakes!

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  49. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I follow you on Twitter via @eatslovehappy

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  50. Heather M. on March 23, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Retweeted!

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  51. RavieNomNoms on March 23, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I love granola as well, I would eat it everyday if I could…but I am constantly running out! I definitely want to save this recipe because I have never made my own before but it would be so great to have it whenever I wanted!

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  52. Athena on March 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I usually eat oatmeal or cereal for breakfast most mornings, but if I had my choice, it would probably be pancakes and bacon! :-)

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  53. Melody W on March 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I love oatmeal! I make my own flavors though. None of that out of the packet stuff.

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  54. Athena on March 23, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I subscribe via email.

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  56. Melody W on March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I “Liked” you on FB (about 2 weeks ago….LOL)

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  57. Athena on March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am
  58. Krissa on March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I like yogurt with granola or pb dark choc chip pancakes!!

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  59. Melody W on March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    And Followed you on Twitter….

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  60. emily380 on March 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My favorite breakfast is oatmeal (plain rolled oats cooked with skim milk, not those instant packets) with pecans, dried cherries, and a little bit of brown sugar. Perfection!

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  61. Athena on March 23, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I’m already a FB fan!

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  62. Krissa on March 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I am a fan on facebook!!

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  63. Melody W on March 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

    And just Tweeted.

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  64. emily380 on March 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I’m following you on Twitter now!

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  65. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I subscribe via RSS!

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  66. melissa b in ID on March 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love eggs, hashbrowns and fruit for breakfast :)

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  67. Melody W on March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Following via email!

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  68. Christine Portnoy on March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My favorite breakfast is Eggs Benedict made by my hubby!

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  69. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I follow you on Twitter. :)

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  70. Christine Portnoy on March 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I follow you on Facebook :-)

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  71. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    My favorite breakfast food is Eggs Benedict! I just love the runny poached egg, ham, english muffins(something I need to learn to make) and Hollandaise all combined!!!

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  72. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I RT your comment on Twitter!

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  73. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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  74. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’ve already liked you on facebook!

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  75. melissa b in ID on March 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’m a Facebook fan!

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  76. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

    And finally, my favorite breakfast food of all time is Biscuits & Gravy. With a side of hashbrowns. :) YUM!

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  77. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I subscribe with email. My favorite email of the day.

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  78. Cookin' Canuck on March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

    What a great idea for a cookbook and I love your contribution, Michelle!

    As for breakfast, most mornings I have cereal with fresh fruit. However, I love a poached egg on toast on occasion.

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  79. Susan on March 23, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Popovers. No question.

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  80. Trine on March 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hey!

    My favorite breakfast food is buttermilk pancakes with quark and nut granola, toasted lightly in the oven!

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  81. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 10:27 am

    my favorite breakfast food is chicken minis from chic fil a. little bites of heaven :)

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  82. Trine on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I follow you on twitter! (@trrrine)

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  83. Trine on March 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I subscribe to your email:)

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  84. Trine on March 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I am a fan on facebook!

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  85. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I follow you via RSS

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  86. Peggy on March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I eat granola, greek yogurt and fruit every morning.

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  87. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I follow you on Twitter

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  88. Suz on March 23, 2011 at 10:31 am

    just tweeted

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  89. Elin on March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Hands down pancakes. However, every morning I have granola or oatmeal. It’s just how I roll.

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  90. Heather on March 23, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My favorite breakfast food is donuts. Specifically chocolate cake donuts with chocolate frosting and sprinkles :)

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  91. Darla Maciel on March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

    My “new” favorite breakfast is: Fage yogurt, blended with blue and strawberries, vanilla protein powder and Go Lean cereal…..and if my weight is good, your Granola recipe! :)

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  92. Darla Maciel on March 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Also notice ( for another chance to win) I posted on your facebook as well. Love your blog!! So much so…that I spend way too much time on the computer

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  93. Tracey on March 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I always start with a bowl of seasonal fruit. During the work week it is homemade muffins or breads. Weekends everything is game.

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  94. Jamie on March 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I’m a fan on fb!

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  95. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

    In the winter I prefer oatmeal but in the summer I prefer a parfait with granola, fruit, and greek yogurt. Yum!

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  96. Jamie on March 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I’m an RSS email subscriber!

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  97. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

    I follow your blog through Google Reader.

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  98. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I am a Facebook fan.

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  99. Jamie on March 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I follow you on twitter!

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  100. manizor on March 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    my favorite breakfast is honey yogurt waffles with whipped cream and bananas and a cup of coffee! i don’t eat that every day but when I want something special, I always go for that!

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