If you are looking for a tasty and easy way to stick to your “eat healthy” resolution this year, try this oh-so-scrumptious granola recipe.
This granola not only tastes amazing, but your house will smell heavenly and it will put you in a great mood. When I make this, it always draws people into the kitchen who say “what are you making…. it smells great!”
Granola, generally is packed with a lot of calories and fat, so watch the amounts when you chow down. There is virtually no saturated fat (the kind to avoid) however, and the high protein makes it a great choice for your morning routine. It is also very high in iron and other benefits depending on which nuts you choose. (See this post for the benefits of nuts.) Ways to enjoy this is on top of your soy or coconut yogurt or with your choice of milk (soy, rice, almond etc.) In milk, the maple and cinnamon mixes with the milk and makes it a treat in itself.
Use this as an excuse to go hiking, and take it on “the trail”.
Mix the dry ingredients,
add the wet
and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes stirring once or twice so it’s evenly browned.
add fruit when cooled
- 3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
- 3/4 cup of sliced or slivered almonds or chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds…raw or roasted
- 1/2 cup raw, shelled pumpkin seeds (also known as Pepitas)
- 1/2 TBS wheat germ or almond meal (optional)
- 1/2 TBS ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 TBS canola or similar oil
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (Grade A amber organic if possible)
- 1 cup dried fruit such as cherries, cranberries, apricots, dates, figs, etc.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 C)
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Mix oil and maple syrup in a smaller bowl and blend well.
- Add the wet to the dry ingredients and mix to coat thoroughly.
- Spread on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray or rubbed with a light coating of oil
- Bake 30-40 minutes mixing the granola 2 or 3 times to brown evenly. The browner it gets, the crunchier it will be.
- Remove from oven and let cool. The granola will be soft and sticky when it first comes out, but will crisp as it cools.
- Once it has cooled add your dried fruit and mix
- Makes 5 cups.Store in an air-tight container. It will keep for several weeks. You can double this recipe to make more. You may find you need to bake an additional 5 – 10 minutes and stir more often to brown the whole pans worth.
Nutritional data per 1/2 cup serving
- calories: 330
- fat: 16 g
- fiber: 4.3 g
- carbs: 40 g
- protein: 7.3 g
per 1 tbs
- calories: 41
- fat 2 g
- fiber: 0.5 g
- carbs: 5 g
- protein: 0.9 g
Contains no cholesterol because cholesterol is only in foods that are produced from animals products from animals that have livers (meat, eggs, milk, chicken etc shrimp etc)