When my husband and I were in Seattle this past fall for our 11th-anniversary trip (yep, 1 year late on the intended 10th anniversary trip…) I fell in love with the most incredible chilly-weather drink at the Public Market: the London Fog Latté. I fell HARD. Like we were in Seattle for less than 48 hours and I had one both mornings, the second one minutes before we headed to the airport! I’ve recreated it several times back in NYC and I’m STILL enjoying it now in May
It all started out so innocently. A little nibble. Okay a spoonful. Maybe a bowl. And then SCREW IT. I’M EATING IT ALL.
And that is how this grain-free, Paleo, made-in-under-an-hour, and COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE granola got its name. Cracknola. It was technically “Yaya’s Cracknola” but we had to shorten it from there so that we had more time to shove fistfuls into our pieholes.
Cracknola is adapted from Danielle Walker’s Vanilla-Almond Granola (from her first cookbook), and after years of tinkering and updating and adding it’s taken on a life of its own now. Yaya’s original recipe includes breadcrumbs made from Cranberry-Orange Muffins, another Against All Grain recipe. I’ve made it with the muffin breadcrumbs and without and I don’t notice a major difference. My girls don’t love cranberries so I’ve come up with my own flavor combination for muffins that the girls love and I prefer as well. If you’d like to include muffin breadcrumbs and don’t want to bake from scratch you could either buy your favorite gluten-free muffins or Simple Mills has several muffin mixes out right now that I bet would be OUTSTANDING in this granola. Banana, I’m lookin’ at you.
I love having Cracknola on top of my favorite yogurt (currently dairy-free Kite Hill) or as a cereal with, a big splash of The New Barn Vanilla Almondmilk. My husband eats it with a spoon, right out of the container. And he is applauded for it! No judgement here! Try a batch of Cracknola and I bet this becomes your go-to granola recipe, just like it became ours. Enjoy!
Today is the day I’ve been most curious about during my entire Whole30 journey this time around. Dairy Reintroduction Day. I’ve missed Parmesan somethin’ awful y’all! Grated, chunked, shaved, shredded. It can do no wrong. I also wanted to try yogurt, heavy cream and mozzarella. I did not get that far. Read on and I’ll tell you why.