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Peach Berry Pie with Cream Cheese Streusel

Peach Berry Pie with Cream Cheese Streusel on a plate ready to be eaten!

Peach Berry Pie Topped with Cream Cheese Streusel

Since it has been feeling summery around here lately and I am already making a mental list of summer activities I am looking forward to in the coming months.  In that spirit, I decided to put this delicious pie recipe up.   Peach berry pie is perfect for Colorado because we get great peaches from Palisade, CO and it is so easy to grow raspberries almost anywhere in the state. The cream cheese streusel is something that I made in an attempt to recreate an amazing pie I had years ago and never had the opportunity to get the recipe for! Hopefully you love this pie as much as my family does! Make sure to put this on your summer to-do list.

 Mixing bowl full of berries and peaches, ready to be used in a Peach Berry Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Pie Filling:

2 cups peaches

3 cups berries (for this pie I used blueberries and raspberries)

Juice from ½ of a medium sized lemon

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

⅔ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

For the Streusel

¾ cup Boulder Granola

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons butter, melted

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Prepare pie crust, I used an Immaculate Ready-To-Bake pie crust. Follow directions on box.

  3. In a large bowl combine peaches, berries, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar and flour. Stir and set aside.

  4. In another large bowl combine Boulder Granola (I used Original Flavor, but the choice is yours!), flour, granulated sugar, salt, and melted butter, mix well. In a small bowl whip cream cheese together with brown sugar. Combine cream cheese mixture with granola ingredients, mix to form a crumbly topping.

  5. Pour fruity pie filling into the already prepared pie crust. Next distribute the streusel topping evenly over the filling. Place pie pan on a baking sheet (to catch any overflow, pro tip line baking sheet with parchment paper), place baking sheet with pie pan in oven, reduce heat from 400 degrees Fahrenheit to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake pie for 45 – 55 minutes or until the top is browned and drips and the fruit filling is bubbling.

Fresh out of the oven peach berry pie with cream cheese streusel topping

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#UnleashYourInner Instagram Photo Contest

Beach in California, with long boarders surfing small waves.  Text on photo says unleash your inner ______

Summer is such and easy season to love, with picnics, concerts and vacations making up just some of the fun things that we look forward to each year.  At Boulder Granola we craft our granola to fuel your body with the energy to go out and do great and inspired things!  So we want to know what you are looking forward to unleashing this summer.

Entering is so simple, just follow these 3 steps:

1. Follow @BoulderGranola on Instagram

2. Post a photo showing what you are looking forward to unleashing this summer, your inner runner, hiker, poolside lounger, master BBQ’er, the sky is the limit on this one.

3. Tag #UnleashYourInner and @bouldergranola so we can find your entry.

The winner will be chosen at random! The more the merrier, so invite everyone to join, if we get a great turn out we may pick more than 1 lucky winner, so share the love!

The contest will run from today until April 17th, with the winner announced on April 18th.

For full rules and contest details visit: http://www.bouldergranola.com/unleashyourinner-contest/

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#YaySpring Instagram Giveaway

 

Pink blossoms on a tree in the spring in boulder, colorado

We are so excited about the arrival of spring!  To celebrate we are giving away a gift pack of Boulder Granola to fuel you up to enjoy this nice weather.  A lucky winner will receive a Boulder Granola gift bag filled with each of our 4 delicious flavors…. Yay!

Entering is so simple, just follow these 3 steps:

1. Follow @BoulderGranola on Instagram

2. Post any photo that captures what you love about spring!  Flowers, sunny outdoors, smoothies, the farmers market, you name it.

3. Tag #YaySpring and @bouldergranola so we can find your entry.

The winner will be chosen at random! The more the merrier, so invite everyone to join, if we get a great turn out we may pick more than 1 lucky winner, so share the love!

The contest will run from today until April 9th.

For full rules and contest details visit: http://www.bouldergranola.com/yayspring-instagram-contest-official-rules/

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Golden Rod Toast

Half and Half, naturally dyed Easter eggs, organic sourdough, organic salted butter, organic chives and organic paprika photographed on a countertop.

This recipe has been an Easter Family tradition for as long as I can remember. It is so delicious, albeit totally decadent. Because of the rich and indulgent nature of this recipe it is great for a special occasion like Easter. It is also the perfect way to use all of the hardboiled eggs! I like to use half & half in my version of this recipe, to create a thicker white sauce, but if you are looking for a lighter version feel free to just use 4 cups of milk.

Crumbled egg whites and egg yolks, chopped chives and paprika in different little bowls ready to be used in a golden rod toast recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup salted butter (1 full stick)

  • ½ cup flour

  • 1 cup half & half

  • 3 cups milk

  • 8 hard boiled eggs

  • 1 Tbsp paprika

  • ⅓ oz chives

  • Your favorite toast

Toasted organic, non-mo sourdough on a plate

Directions

  1. Melt ½ cup butter (1 full stick) over medium heat. Whisk in ½ cup flour, continue to cook over medium-low heat for another 10 minutes, whisking regularly.

  2. Whisk in 1 cup half & half and mix thoroughly, or risk having lumpy sauce. Next whisk in 3 cups milk and bring to a low boil, once boil is reached, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. While the white sauce is cooking separate the white of the eggs from the yolks, place white and yolks in two separate bowls. Using a fork crumble whites and yolks, whites should be in fairly small pieces, see photo for reference.

  4. Add crumble egg whites to the white sauce and stir. Continue to cook for another few minutes.

  5. Chop chives.

  6. Toast your favorite bread, top with white sauce, crumbled yolks, sprinkle with paprika and chives. Voila!

  7. Enjoy!

Golden Rod Toast

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Get Crafty This Easter With Natural Easter Egg Dyes!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in a Bowl

I have always loved Easter.  I associate it with the start of spring, new beginnings, pretty flowers, baby chicks and bunnies, the best candy (I think) and of course, dying Easter eggs. Dying eggs is a tradition I have never outgrown, maybe it is the undernourished artists’ soul that I harbor, or the fun associated with the hunt, but I have always loved creating beautiful eggs in different colors and designs. One thing that has never sat well with me is the idea of eating eggs that were just soaked in some weird (possibly toxic?) mystery dye. Yuck. So imagine my excitement when I found out that it was quite possible to dye eggs using food!   I decided to try my hand at this new method. Although the process is a bit more involved the outcome is well worth the work!

Different Shades of Blue Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in a Bowl

 

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs pictured in a carton.

 

Fruits, Veggies and other Dye Agents

  • ½ purple cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 4 red onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 beats, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Republic of Tea Hibiscus Sangria Large Herbal Tea Pouches

Directions

Combine 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons white vinegar with each ingredient (in separate pots) bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.

After each dye agent is finished boiling strain the water and place it in a container suitable for holding the eggs while they are being dyed, I used pint glasses. Next get your pre-hardboiled eggs out and start dying. To achieve dark colors it is best to soak eggs for at least 30 minutes, and for the riches colors plan to soak for at least 2 hours.

 

Yellow, Green and shades of blue Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs in the Carton

 

Although I would love to be able to say I am this creative, alas I am not, and this blog was made possible with guidance from this site and this site.

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Fudge

Celebrate St. Patty’s day with this tasty Irish Cream flavored treat!

Single piece of Bailey's Irish Cream Gluten Free fudge, topped with pistachios

This oh-so-yummy recipe was adapted from a family friend, typically I use it for a holiday treat to hand out around Christmas, but it is also a perfect fit for St. Patrick’s Day!  To give it a little green I added chopped pistachios as a topping.  This a great way to indulge a little and celebrate this fun March holiday without going too overboard!  Try making this recipe this weekend and then share it with friends, family and coworkers this Tuesday.  As an added bonus this recipe is good for folks who are gluten-free!

Enjoy!

Two plates of Bailey's Irish Cream Gluten Free fudge, one topped with pistachios and the other topped with Original Flavor Boulder Granola

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. of marshmallow fluff, I used Suzanne’s Ricemellow Cream, which is gluten-free, vegan and non-dairy!
  • ⅔ cup Baily’s
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 12 oz. packages milk chocolate chips
  • 1 12 oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups nuts are optional

 

For this batch I used ⅔ cup of pistachios for topping. The pistachios were coarsely chopped in a food processor for the topping.   This gives the fudge a little green for the holiday, and additionally the salt of the nuts nicely balances the sweet fudge. I also used ⅔ cup of Original Flavor Boulder Granola to top the other half of the fudge.

 

Directions:

 

Put the first five ingredients listed above in a large mixing bowl.

Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme pictured next to a mixing bowl full of milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line a 10-inch by 15-inch pan with foil and grease foil with butter or your favorite butter substitute.

Put the butter, sugar and evaporate milk in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring continuously until you have a full boil. Once boil is reached, continue to stir at full boil for an additional 10 minutes.

Pour liquid from pan over chocolate chip mixture and mix well with a spoon (do not use a mixer).

Pour into the foil-lined pan and chill in the refrigerator until fudge is set.

Once fudge is set, remove from pan, remove foil, cut into small (¾ inch by ¾ inch) cubes and share and enjoy!
Bailey's Irish Cream Gluten Free fudge topped with Original Flavor Boulder Granola

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Spirulina & Peanut Butter Super Energy Bites

Spirulina & Peanut Butter Super Energy Bites

Spirulina and Peanut Butter Super Energy Balls

 

If you are a spirulina neophyte, these energy bites may not look all that appealing, but once you try them you will be hooked.  Packed full of tasty peanut butter, a nutritious assortment of seeds and some delicious natural sweeteners these homemade energy bites will quickly make it into your recipe box!

Spirulina and Peanut Butter Super Energy Balls

Dry Ingredients

¼ cup Puffed Rice Cereal

½ cup Rolled Oats – coarsely chopped in the food processor

¼ cup Sunflower Seeds

¼ cup Sesame Seeds

¼ cup Pumpkin Seeds

½ cup Dried Cranberries

2 Tbsp. Ground Flax Seeds

1 Tbsp. Spirulina

 

Wet Ingredients

1¼ cup Nut Butter – We used peanut butter

1 Tbsp. Honey

2 Tbsp. Brown Rice Syrup

1 Tbsp. Molasses

1 Tbsp. Tahini

 

Directions

 

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients and set aside

 

In a small saucepan combine all wet ingredients and heat over low heat for 3 minutes. Stir continuously and thoroughly.

 

Pour contents of the saucepan over the dry ingredients, taking care not to over mix and crush the rice puffs.

 

Using a spoon scoop mixture one spoonful at a time and roll with your hands to create balls.

 

Let cool and enjoy!

Spirulina and Peanut Butter Super Energy Balls

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Boulder’s Top 5 Spots To Munch That Crunchy Boulder Granola

All the grooviest spots to get crunchy in Boulder, Colorado

There are so many great places in Boulder, Colorado to enjoy our crunchy Boulder Granola.  What are the can’t miss spots?  Read on to find out!

1. The Buff Restaurant

Breakfast, is it the best meal of the day? At the Buff Restaurant it absolutely is! Start your day off on a groovy note at the Buff with some Boulder Granola infused Granola Pancakes. Yum! Also did we mention that the Buff has 99¢ mimosas, bloody marys and tequila sunrises? Yup. That is a real thing. You are welcome.

The Buff Restaurant Boulder Granola filled pancakes, pictured with a delicious latte

2. The Boulder Farmers Market

Ahh, summer, you sweet, sweet season. One of the best parts of a summer in Boulder is the thriving Boulder Farmers Market. The cornerstone of many Boulderite’s weekend activities, the farmers market is the perfect place to stock your fridge and pantry with local eats and treats. Come by and fill up your bulk mason jars at our booth every Saturday and Wednesday from April all the way until November (we have a liberal definition of summer around here… ).

The Boulder Granola Team at the Boulder Farmers Market.  Set up and standing behind the granola table with the Boulder Granola bus in the background.

3. Chautauqua Park

A Boulder Icon, Chautauqua Park is home to many miles of trails and open space, and a perfect place to munch some crunchy granola. Founded in 1898, this site was approved by the citizens of Boulder for use as a chautauqua as was popular at the time. If you have no idea what a chautauqua is you are not alone! A chautauqua was a popular education movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, that was characterized by the use of lectures, plays and concerts. To this day Boulder residents and visitors can enjoy concerts, lectures and presentations in the Chautauqua Auditorium, which is truly a joy and a quintessential Boulder experience.

Flatirons in Chautauqua Park in Boulder Colorado, covered in a blanket of snow

4. The Boulder Creek Path

Like an artery through the beating heart of Boulder, the creek path will take you from Boulder Canyon to the ball fields out past 55th street. Totaling 5.5 miles in length, the creek path will give you a glimpse into the many faces of Boulder. From co-eds tubing the creek, to joggers, street artists, encampments of bums, and past a variety of buskers, the creek path holds something new in store around every bend. Jog, walk, or bike the whole path after fueling up with one of our delicious hippie mixes.

Boulder Creek Path, Boulder Colorado, pictured in winter with a blanket of snow

5. In A Groovy VW Bus

Because, why not?

Custom painted Boulder Granola VW Bus, red with a rainbow, sun, peace sign and flowers.

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The Top 5 Ways To Eat Boulder Granola

Our most popular recipes and snacks!

Looking for a new recipe, or need something to inspire your granola routine? Search no further and read on for the top 5 ways to eat delicious Boulder Granola!

 1.  The Classic Boulder Granola and Yogurt Combo

Always a favorite and a personal go to, the classic granola and yogurt combo is great for anytime you are in need of a small meal or snack packed with a hit of protein for extra staying power. This combo is great with any variety of yogurts, from traditional to soy to coconut based. Mix things up with the addition of any fresh fruit and you have a fresh way to fuel up.

Boulder Granola fruit parfait, layered with granola, strawberries, blueberries and vanilla yogurt

 

2.  The Smoothie Parfait

This combo takes a tiny bit more work, but adding the crunchy granola texture to your smoothie is unexpectedly delicious! Any smoothie recipe will do the trick, but a personal favorite uses mango chunks, coconut water and yogurt. Layer it in your favorite glass and enjoy!

Mango smoothie parfait layered with Boulder Granola Vanilla Pecan Granola

 

 

3.  Apple Slices with Nut Butter and Boulder Granola

This sweet snack is relatively new to us, so we want to share it with you! So simple, and crisply delicious! Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack for grown ups and kids alike. Slice apples in any manner you would like, add your favorite nut butter and top with Boulder Granola. Bonus: Use our Chocolate Chunk Granola for a little extra something sweet!

Slice Apple topped with peanut butter and Boulder Granola Chocolate Chunk Granola

 

4.  Boulder Granola Cookies

For all of us with a sweet tooth, here is a crunchy twist on a classic cookie.  Just use your favorite chocolate chip recipe, and instead of adding chocolate chips add 1 1/2 cups of Chocolate Chunk Boulder Granola.  mmmmmmm…..

Boulder Granola Chocolate Chunk cookies piled high on a red plate.

 

5.  Boulder Granola Bars!

Like to get creative with your granola? Try these easy granola bars using your favorite flavor of Boulder Granola. Now you have your granola in a whole new, ready to hit the road and adventure form! See below for the full recipe.

Homemade granola bars made with Cranberry Boulder Granola and organic brown rice syrup

 

Granola Recipe (Great thanks to Dan Almquist, Chef at Elkstone Farm  for the help with this recipe!)

Ingredients

5 cups Cranberry Boulder Granola (or two large bags)

1 cup organic brown rice syrup

 

Instructions

Heat brown rice syrup in a pan to a rolling boil, stirring regularly, maintain boil for a few minutes.

In a large mixing bowl (coat the bowl with cooking spray to make life less sticky), pour heated syrup over granola and briskly stir.

Transfer the mixture to an 8 x 8 baking pan (lined with parchment paper)

Cover the mixture with parchment paper and firmly pack the mixture down into the pan.

Remove the top piece of parchment paper and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Cut as desired, pack for to go snacks, or munch straight from the pan at your leisure.

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Curated Camp: Inspire Your Next Camping Trip

Jeff Wahl holding up two trout on a stringer while standing in front of a river.

Founder of Curated Camp, Jeff Wahl, enjoying a day out on the river.

When we look for ambassadors for Boulder Granola we are always searching for folks who are living life in a way that is unique, inspired and fun. Naturally Curated Camp fits the bill by making it their mission to showcase camp sights, trips and memories that are just a bit more amazing then the run of the mill experience. Join us in welcoming Curated Camp to the Boulder Granola Brand Ambassador Team and then take a look at our Q & A with Curated Camps Founder, Jeff Wahl to learn more about what inspired this idea and where they are headed next.

1) Describe Curated Camp for us:

Curated Camp is a place for people to connect with the elements that make each campsite unique and memorable. We want people to be inspired and to inspire others as they curate their own camp. We want that inspiration to permeate into our everyday lives and lead us to bigger and better adventures.

2) Tell us what inspired you to start Curated Camp?

The impetus for starting Curated Camp was a severe lack of available information on where the best places to camp, hike, backpack, and adventure were. So many times we wanted to find our next piece of inspiration and were left unsatisfied looking at state and federal descriptions of wilderness areas and activities – SUPER DRY and BORING. We wanted to provide a visual and ethereal experience for anyone looking to explore and create their own camping experience through our adventures. We’re just as stoked when someone shows us a new spot or route and we think it should be shared and enjoyed by all who are willing to break out of the routine and curate their own adventures.

The sun setting over a pine forest, with a yellow tent in the foreground.

A sample of the awesome photos that Curated Camp brings together to inspire your next adventure.

3) Describe your next big outdoor adventure:

The next outdoor adventure, that’s on the calendar at least, is a long distance trek through the Grand Canyon and back (South Rim to North Rim to South Rim). A crew of three are planning an unsupported effort at accomplishing this distance in one day. Were definitely not the first to attempt/accomplish this – but were pretty stoked to see if we can handle the mental/physical challenge. +10,000ft of Elevation gain and loss, 44 Miles, and some of the best sunrise/sunset views in the universe. And we get to set up camp at one the greatest national parks we have without the crowds of summer!

4) What interests/inspires/motivates you day to day?

My daily inspiration is the next trip. I’ve got maps up all over the wall of locations I’ve visited or am looking to visit and they let me explore before getting out the door. I think maps are beautiful and there’s just something about them being on your table and ready to plot a route or find a back road. Not all maps are meant to be on a computer screen.

5) Super important – what is your favorite Boulder Granola Flavor and preferred mode of delivery?

My favorite Granola is less about the flavor of the week and more about the context in which I am eating it! Nothing ever manages to taste better than a bag of granola with dried fruit after a 20 mile hike into a beautiful backcountry campsite. But if I had to choose a flavor…it’d be chocolate!

Thanks Jeff!  We are so stoked to be working with you and helping spread the word on amazing places to visit and fun things to do!

To see more from Curated Camp, visit their website at www.curatedcamp.com, and follow them on Instagram @curatedcamp.

Sunsetting over the silhouetted mountains, with a tent line in the foreground.

Another beautiful sunset shot. You only get so many, try to make them all count!


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