Orange Blossom Honey Granola

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One of my all time favorite things to do in the kitchen is make honey granola. I love being able to play with the recipe and make something new every time. I just recently began experimenting with using cocoa powder and chocolate chips. I was super surprised on how well it came out and had to share. This has now become my favorite recipe because it gives me just enough of a chocolate fix! What I love about this granola is that I can use it any time of day and it goes great in yogurt. It is nice to have something that will give you energy that you can carry with you and not worry about spoilage! At The Honey Cottage we are very excited to work with amazing beekeepers and have their honeys in the shop. This specific recipe is really good with a lighter honey; alpine wildflower, cactus blossom, orange blossom, or alfalfa clover are the best! It gives it enough sweetness without over powering the other flavors.  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

2 cups quick rolled oats

1/3 cup whole flax seed; grind this fresh with a coffee grinder

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

½ cup of raisins

¾ cup walnuts; mashed into bite size pieces

½ cup chocolate chips, ¾ cup if they are mini chocolate chips

½ cup of peanut butter

5 Tablespoons unrefined coconut oil

½ cup orange blossom honey

½ teaspoon orange extract

Directions:

Heat the stove to 300 degrees F. Place the oats, flax seed, coconut, raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips in a bowl. Place the peanut butter and coconut oil in a small sauce pan and put on the stove to warm it up; set the stove at warm. Once this is warm and thoroughly mixed, turn off the stove, and pour in the honey and the orange extract. Thoroughly mix again and pour over the dry ingredients. Use a spoon and mix it together until everything is combined. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on top. Press the granola down to make a nice even layer; if using an 11X17 pan bake for 25 min., for 9X13 bake for 35 minutes. Once it is done, let cool for an hour before putting in a container.

Tips:

The granola will be a little softer in a 9X13; if you want it crispier, stick with the 11X17 pan.

You can use these ingredients instead to mix it up:

  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew butter
  • Raw cashews
  • Raw peanuts
  • Use Alpine wildflower, cactus, or alfalfa clover honey

I find that the granola keeps better in glass or plastic containers. Zip locks can be used if you use the granola up quickly.

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Honey Crepes

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Do you have a fond memory of a particular meal? Mine was when I was in school and we had to make a recipe from a country that we were studying. Then we got to try everyone else’s food from their country; the people who had France did crepes! Oh…my…goodness they were amazing and not something you easily forget. My struggle came in when I found out I could not have soy. One of my favorite ways to top crepes is with a hazelnut spread. Finally, I recently found a spread that has sunflower oil instead; so now the house is filled with crepes!!

Here is how honey crepes are made;

½ cup of milk

½ cup of water

2 eggs

¼ teaspoon of salt

2 Tbsp. of melted butter

1 tsp. Vanilla

¼ cup Honey

1 cup of flour

Mix together the milk, water, eggs, salt, butter, and the vanilla. Next, sift in the flour; doing it a small amount at a time will prevent lumps from happening. Finally, mix in the honey, I have found it mixes in better and does not crystallize from the cold ingredients. Using a small circle frying pan; spray the pan with your favorite cooking spray and turn on the heat to about a medium heat. Using a measuring cup; pour a little less than a ¼ cup of the batter into the pan. Move the batter around the pan until it evenly covers the surface; place back on the burner. Once the outer two inches look dry, flip it over by placing a spatula under the edges to loosen the crepe and then slide the spatula directly under. This recipe makes about 12 crepes.

HINT: The batter can also be made using a blender; place all liquid ingredients in the blender first, then add the sifted flour in and blend it up.

Topping the crepes: Oh man there is so many ways you can top these crepes, here are some of our favorites;

-Eggs and cheese; can even add your favorite breakfast meat for a hearty breakfast

-Fresh fruit, honey, and whip cream

-Any of the Honeyville whipped honeys work well with this recipe

-Hazelnut spread with whip cream

– They are even really good to just eat by themselves or drizzle honey on

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey yogurt and dip

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If I told you some people did not grow up eating honey, would that surprise you? It sure shocked me, but not everyone grows up eating the same things. So it has been lots of fun talking with customers on how to use honey. It has been even more fun showing people how they can add honey to their diet so that they can fight allergies at the same time. I am excited to say that adding honey to the diet is super easy and super yummy. One of my favorite ways to use honey is in my yogurt; I can’t stand the yogurt loaded in sugar, it is way too much and ruins the flavor. With plain yogurt I am able to add different honeys to make a totally new yogurt every time. Then you have the many fruit combinations that can take yogurt to a whole new level. The best part is this is a recipe that adults and kids love!!

Homemade honey yogurt:

6- 8 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of your favorite honey

1/3 cup of your favorite fruit

*If you use frozen fruit, set out a couple of hours before use. Place 8 ounces of plain yogurt in a bowl and add the 1 Tablespoon of honey; mix well and add the ¼ cup of fruit. The fruit can be mixed in or just used as a topping. Enjoy!

Homemade honey yogurt dip:

6 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of honey

¼ – ½ cup of 5 different fruits; banana’s, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

Place the 6 ounces of yogurt and the 1 Tablespoon of honey and mix together thoroughly. Place bowl in the center of a plate and place cut and/ or washed fruit around the bowl. Dip the fruit into the yogurt dip and Enjoy!!

Tips: Use the yogurt or dip within 2-3 days for maximum freshness. Sliced bananas and apples should lightly be squirted with lemon or orange juice to keep them from browning; they should be used right away when possible.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey BBQ Sauce

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At The Honey Cottage we are as obsessed with honey as much as we are with food! One of my favorite recipes is bbq sauce; it can be used in the summer time on the grill or in the winter time in a crock pot. I love the sweet and tangy flavor that bbq sauce adds to meat to make it pop!

Honey BBQ Sauce

Put all of the following ingredients in a sauce pan:

1 packet of French onion soup mix

1 ½ cups of water

½ cup of vinegar

¼ of honey

½ cup of butter

2 Tablespoons of mustard

2 teaspoons of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

Cook on medium heat, bring to a light boil, and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat, add 1 cup of ketchup, and stir until thoroughly mixed. This makes a quart of bbq sauce that is ready to use.

Some of our favorite ways to use this recipe; BBQ chicken legs, BBQ shredded pork sandwiches, and BBQ Brisket! This is a versatile sauce that can be used in the crockpot or the sauce can be put on the meat as it is cooking on the grill.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee