I was trying to figure out what to say about homemade granola in my blog post tonight while I was at a kickboxing class. There’s not really a lot to say about homemade granola – it’s delicious, it’s easy to make, you can add whatever dried fruits or nuts you want, and it’s economical. Since I’ve already discussed the finer points of homemade granola, I thought, why not talk about kickboxing? I’ve been to a lot of kickboxing classes before. The last one I went to at my gym was not my favorite and I barely went, probably because the instructor reminded me of Sue Sylvester from Glee. After not going to that class for a while, I decided to go back after I heard there was a new instructor. The new instructor is great, and I’ve been enjoying her classes a lot!
Tonight, she actually made me laugh to myself because she was walking around the class while we were doing these squat things and said the following to me: “Come on get lower. I know you’re tall, but….” Haha I had to laugh to myself. I’m 5’10, so yes, I’m tall, but no, I can’t get any lower. This happens to me a lot in exercise classes – instructors will see my head bobbing above other ladies’ heads during a lunge or squat track, and I’ll get a polite reprimand. It makes me laugh for several reasons: 1. My volleyball coach used to yell at me all the time to get low, to get my butt down, to get my butt down and get low, etc. 2. Since I’m not as low to the ground as the other ladies are, it must mean I’m not getting low enough – WRONG! I just have legs for days and am the lowest I can possibly go. Generally, I think most instructors notice when they have tall gals in their classes and take these things into consideration. I myself am used to it by now, so never take it personally and try to get as low as I possibly can without pulling something or hurting myself! Anyways, after tonight’s challenging kickboxing class, I came home and enjoyed a nice bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt topped with this delicious granola. Enjoy!
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup craisins
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup dried dates
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a 13 x 9″ pan with cooking spray.
- Mix oats, craisins, sugar, almonds, coconut, and dates in a mixing bowl. Add cinnamon and mix.
- Add water, melted butter, and milk and mix until thoroughly coated.
- Evenly spread granola in pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.