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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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565 Responses to “Fruit & Almond Granola + Cookbook Giveaway”

  1. sherri lynn on March 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    i know follow you on twitter :)

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  2. sherri lynn on March 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    i now follow you on twitter :)

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  3. Delishhh on March 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Already subscribed via RSS

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  4. sherri lynn on March 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    and now i am a fan on facebook

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  5. niki on March 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    ooooh, definitely homemade granola bars. I started making them a few years ago and haven’t stopped since.

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  6. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I don’t think there is a breakfast food I DON’T like, but my favorite would have to be French Toast. :)

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  7. Sarah on March 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I have also subscribed via RSS feed

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  8. Kelsey on March 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    One of my favorite breakfast foods is muffins.

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  9. Kelsey on March 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

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  10. Delishhh on March 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Tweeted – RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG

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  11. Delishhh on March 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Fan on Facebook!

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  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl on March 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is pancakes. All kinds :)

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  13. Rachel on March 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Nothing beats a bowl of granola cereal with a glass of orange juice to start my day. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe as I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe the last few weeks. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Sasha on March 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    PORRIDGE :) drowned in honey so its not as healthy as it should be…but delicious and the best start to the day in my opinion!

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  15. Lola on March 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    My fav breakfast is either porridge or scones….this is quite hard actually because breakfast is my favourite meal of the day

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  16. jo on March 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I love plain greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and a heap of fresh berries!

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  17. Lola on March 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    i followed on twitter @__yoshiii__

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  18. Beth on March 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Egg sandwiches are my favorite!

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  19. Beth on March 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook.

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  20. Lisa on March 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Oatmeal with walnuts, bananas and flax seed…..Healthy & Delicious!

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  21. Rachel K. on March 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    My favorite breakfast would have to be eggs benedict, either with smoked salmon or chorizo. (Depends on if I’m feeling more English or more Texan that day.) Either way, soooooo incredible. :)

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  22. Lauren G on March 23, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I never turn down a hot bowl of fluffy flax & banana oatmeal with pure maple syrup on top with a strong black coffee

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  23. Rachel K. on March 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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  24. Janssen on March 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    A bowl of wheat chex with bananas, strawberries and blueberries. And some 2% milk. Yummmmmmmm.

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  25. Anna M on March 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Salmon Scramble with cream cheese and dill….. yum!

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  26. Anna M on March 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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  27. Rebecca Bell on March 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Oatmeal. I eat it every morning with just a touch of brown sugar and milk. MMMmmm.

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  28. Janssen on March 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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  29. Janssen on March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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  30. Lanita Canup on March 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I love granola with yogurt or a homemade scone !

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  31. Kita on March 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Oh, oatmeal is my favorite breakfast food, however in all honesty, a bite from a leftover burger is my favorite ‘breakfast’ food

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  32. Lanita Canup on March 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

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  33. Lanita Canup on March 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I follow you on RSS

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  34. Kimberly on March 23, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I like rice pudding probably the best, followed closely by granola.

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  35. Kimberly on March 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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  36. Kimberly on March 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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  37. Annabelle on March 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I usally have for breakfast toast and cafe con leche (coffee and milk), but I recently discovered poached eggs, I love them, it´s my new favorite, I have eggs benedict or just the poached eggs with toast, yummy!!!

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  38. Debra Van Bibber on March 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    i love EVERYTHING BREAKFAST! because alot of breakfast foods leave me with a “heavy” feeling, i save them for weekends. cold weather weekdays i usually eat oatmeal and add whatever i have on hand. warm weather weekdays is yogurt, fruit and granola “sundaes”. also – i love cold pizza out of the fridge on Saturday mornings :-)

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  39. Lisa Silver on March 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I’m a breakfast lover! I can eat it for any meal… eggs and toast, bacon and hashbrowns, french toast and fruit… it’s all good! My number-one indulgence for breakfast is an omlet with veg and a yogurt / fruit / granola parfait!

    Thanks!
    lise

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  40. Katy on March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    my FAVE food/breakfast creamy peanut butter, banana and either english muffin or waffle.

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  41. Katy on March 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    my FAVE food/breakfast creamy peanut butter, banana and either english muffin or waffle… drizzled with a little honey.

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  42. Courtney on March 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is the french toast at a local restaurant here in Columbus. At home, I usually just have cereal. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say “just” because I think cereal is delicious :)

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  43. Caitlin on March 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    My favorite breakfast is when my husband makes me a ham, egg, and cheese on an english muffin. :) Always better when someone makes it for you!

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  44. Caitlin on March 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I follow you on facebook!

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  45. Kimiko on March 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    My favorite breakfast food is eggs benedict. Unfortunately, I’m too lazy to make this at home..but I order it almost every time we go out for breakfast!

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  46. Michelle on March 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    It totally shouldn’t be, but doughnuts are my fav breakfast!!

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  47. Aida on March 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    even though I have to eat cereal 5 days of the week because of time restraints, I love it when my dad makes the whole family breakfast, complete with pancakes, egg, and grits. Mix the eggs and grits together with cheese and butter, and I’m a happy girl!

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  48. Aida on March 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    now i officially like your blog – facebook says so :)

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  49. nia on March 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Baked french toast casserole is definitely my favorite breakfast :)

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  50. Summer Bisignano on March 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    My favorite is Oatmeal!!

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  51. Michele on March 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    My favorite breakfast is oatmeal with apples and dried cherries mixed in.

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  52. TJ on March 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    My absolute favorite breakfast food would be Rice Krispies with a sliced banana, plenty of sugar and whole milk.

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  53. Summer Bisignano on March 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Im a fan on Facebook!!

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  54. Lisa on March 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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

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  55. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    if I could, I would eat an egg salad sandwich for breakfast everyday. I don’t know why – I just love it.

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  56. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I’m already an RSS subscriber, too!

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  57. Julie on March 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I’m also already a fan on Facebook!

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  58. Amy on March 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    My favorite breakfast food would probably be pancakes if I’m eating out at a restaurant. Love pancakes.
    At home I love cereal. I could eat just about any cereal.

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  59. Fran {The Flavorful Fork} on March 23, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Must I choose? I love everything about breakfast. Eggs. Pancakes. Waffles. Scones. The list goes on.

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  60. Tracy on March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Love this granola! I make mine at home now too, because of my peanut/nut allergy. Homemade is always better!

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  61. Cindy H. on March 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I love the basic bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, and toast with a big glass of milk, or orange juice. Yum!

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  62. Sandra on March 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I love granola with soy milk warmed in the microwave. Yum!

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  63. Jenny on March 23, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I always have an apple. And I love toast with butter!

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  64. Jenny on March 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    I’m a subscriber!

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  65. Janice on March 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Homemade waffles are a favorite breakfast these days. I love my new waffle maker!

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  66. Janice on March 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I’m a subscriber.

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  67. Janice on March 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

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  68. Baking Serendipity on March 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I love granola too, and am always game for a new granola recipe :) This, with greek yogurt, would be one of my favorite weekday breakfasts. On the weekend, pancakes are the definite favorite in this house :)

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  69. Janice on March 23, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I “like” you on facebook.

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  70. Janice on March 23, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway.

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  71. Deanna on March 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

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  72. Deanna on March 23, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Ok you said “favorite” not healthiest right? Mine is actually going out on a Saturday morning with my husband and I’ll get overeasy eggs, crispy bacon, and I HAVE to have hashbrowns! With coffee and juice of course. If I want to splurge, I’ll get eggs benedict florentine, yumm!

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  73. Pat R on March 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    I’m an email follower………..

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  74. Alexandra on March 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Leftover cheesecake that I made the day before…

    If you mean something REALLY breakfast-y, scones or just some simple brown sugar oatmeal!

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  75. Connie @ its the cookie monster! on March 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    hi! ive been following your blog for over a year now! love all the recipes, you’re one of my few go-to blogs for cookies!

    my favourite breakfast item is eggs and bacon, nothing beats having protein in the morning! and i have already liked u on fb, does that count for another ballot?

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  76. nina on March 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Homemade granola! I make it all the time. Speaking of which, I’ve run out. I will definitely try your recipe soon though, as yours is the first I’ve seen without some kind of fat (butter or oil). I’ve been using an oil-based recipe figuring it’s healthier, but the applesauce is better yet!

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  77. nina on March 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    And already subscribe via Google Reader…

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  78. joette on March 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    cereal,all types

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  79. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Cereal!!

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  80. David on March 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I love some plain or vanilla yogurt sprinkled with this granola for a great and easy breakfast.

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  81. Amanda on March 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I also subsrcibed to the blog via email!

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  82. Kris on March 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I love crepes with some peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

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    I also follow you on “Twitter”

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  85. David on March 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    I also RT this on “Twitter” -“RT @browneyedbaker: Cookbook Giveaway! Enter to win a copy of the Thinkfood Cookbook: http://bit.ly/hOksLG”

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  87. jacquie on March 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    a few nuts and a little bit of something sweet just to get me going and “break the fast” and then something a bit more substantial a few hours later.

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  88. jacquie on March 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    already an email subscriber.

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  89. Ashley on March 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    For breakfast I absolutely adore anything with oats in it. I put it in yogurt, pancakes, smoothies, etc.

    Would love the cookbook!

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  91. Sara on March 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Pancakes, but I only indulge on occasion. Most mornings it is granola and milk.

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  95. Denise on March 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are my new favorite!

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  98. Caitlin Zellers on March 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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  100. Caitlin Zellers on March 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I looove pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup and thick, juicy, sweet bacon

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