Granola is one of the world's most popular options for breakfast. This popularity is certainly not unwarranted: Not only is granola delicious - especially with fresh fruit and yogurt in an always classic parfait, as cereal with milk, or simply as a snack on its own - it's also full of fiber and protein, making it an easy way to enjoy your morning meal with some added nutrients to boot.
What we're talking about today, however, goes far beyond the limits of breakfast. The secret to granola is that, as well as being delicious and healthy as we mentioned above, it's also quite versatile - breakfast, lunch, or dinner; savory, sweet, or umami, there's no limit to what you can do with it.
Here are a few ways to add granola to your diet staples you might not yet have tried.
Granola is better than breadcrumbs
There, I said it. Actually, we have nothing against breadcrumbs here at Coco, Bee, and Nut, but especially for those who suffer from Celiac disease, our granola makes a fantastic alternative to the gluten-y grains of bread.
Plus - there are more nutrients in granola as well. Win-win!
Use a food processor if you have one, or fill a plastic bag and use a rolling pin or spoon to crush the granola into a semi-fine texture. Coat your fish, chicken, or other protein chicken in oil and then dredge in your granola crumbs - like in this recipe we came up with for grilled salmon and green beans.
It is the perfect soup topping
Soup is a staple during the cold Minnesota winter - there's nothing like a warm bowl on a cold day. But we love our soups even during the summer in Minnesota.
Try topping your favorite soup - especially creamy soups like pumpkin, butternut squash, or cauliflower, or a nice, rich tomato soup if you're really feeling adventurous - with 1/3 - 1/4 cup of crushed granola. It not only adds an extra flavor component (especially our new maple ginger flavor, shop here), but also an irresistibly crunchy texture.