A friend gave me this giant mason jar of the best granola nut mix from Blackberry Farm, which is a resort in the smoky mountains of Tennessee.  Describing Blackberry Farms is another episode altogether because it is to die for but the granola takes me back there every time I taste it.  This is the morning treat I’m craving lately.  Even though its cold outside, it still tastes so good to me.

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I like to use plain Greek Yogurt because it just contrasts the berries and the granola which is toasted with a little honey so it is just a mouthful of crunch, creamy and bursts of fruit.  Sometimes I drizzle a little honey on top.  A nutritionist told me to eat about a cup of berries a day for their antioxidants and the honey from local bees has a little antibiotic properties too.

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I have two friends who are beekeepers and make their own honey.  Both are ingenious and smart accomplished career women and honey is a sweet side thing for them but they are really good at it!  I hawk the honey so my family doesn’t mistake it for something they can just pour all over their pancakes or something.

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One tastes of thyme and lavender and is really light golden.  It’s also pretty amazing on cheese.  The other is rich, amber and sweet in a more burnt way that makes you want it on well toasted brioche.  Both taste great on my berry good breakfast!

I’m no marketing girl for Blackberry Farms but I am just in love with these toasted nuts, oats and seeds. Pretty, right?  Maybe Blackberry Farms should hire me!  This is just a great way to start my day.

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It does have a little butter….but I’m sure it’s just a tiny bit.  And a little cane sugar but I’m sure it’s mostly sweetened by Apple cider and Oranges…and a tiny bit of honeee!

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Best,

Ivy

 

 

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