[Disclosure: As co-founder of Blog Brûlée I was compensated by Welch's for their sponsorship of the event. I was not, however, compensated or asked to write this post. Opinions expressed are my own.]
~by Regan Jones, RD
If you and I have ever met, had dinner together or even if we're only partially connected through social media, you probably aren't a stranger to the notion that I love my wine. It's even been written in my Twitter profile for goodness sake.
But I didn't grow up a wine drinker...Actually, I hope nobody "grows up" a wine drinker. That's not really mother-of-the-year aspirations, ya know? I just mean nobody in my family drank wine around me as a child and very truthfully, I didn't drink much of anything in college. But somewhere post-graduate, mid-magazine-life and pre-family, I developed a taste for wine that hasn't let me down yet. I love it, and BONUS: I love that it's good for me.
But here's the thing... I don't want my kids to "grow up" wine drinkers either. Yes, I want them to appreciate good wine when they're of age, but I want them to be able to enjoy the health benefits of wine NOW, without the wine... know what I mean?
So how does a family accomplish such a circular-logic type goal?
Anyone ever take Communion in a non-Catholic church?
Hello Grape Juice! Or in the case of my family, Hello Welch's Concord Grape Juice.
My kid's love Welch's Grape Juice. It's the only brand I buy. And yes, that fact was true "pre-Blog Brûlée". But it is this reality that did make me a little extra-happy when Welch's decided to join us in Vermont for Blog Brûlée earlier this year. I've known for years that I liked them for the taste AND for the fact that they're farmer-owned. But very honestly, the refresher on what makes their grape juice so healthful was much needed on my end. I think we -- the healthy blogging community -- tend to forget the health benefits of juices. Yes, I know they can be a dense source of sugar... but nobody's advocating for a liter of juice a day. One 4-ounce glass of grape juice counts as one serving of fruit, with no added sugar. And in fact, some experts believe that by making 100% grape juice you may actually get "more" polyphenols (those same healthy compounds found in red wine) than just eating the fruit -- because in juice making you crush not only the fruit, but the seeds inside as well.
But if you aren't a straight-from-the-glass juice drinker OR you just want a little more of the distinct concord grape taste in your morning routine, you MUST make this Concord Grape Granola.
By soaking the oats in the juice overnight, the granola takes on an amazingly distinct grape taste... and is the perfect hand-to-mouth snack or Greek-yogurt parfait builder. I hope you'll give this one a try. Enjoy!
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Concord Grape Granola
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup Welch's 100% concord grape juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons flax meal
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine oats and juice in a small bowl; cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Add remaining ingredients to oats and mix well. Spread out onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes, or until well baked (be careful not to burn).