Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Healthy Granola

Sometimes when we think that because we are eating granola that it is a healthy snack, however, often times its packed with a TON of sugar and oil, as well as, it is usually SUPER expensive. So I have been on a quest for a recipe that is healthier... as granola is very versatile, easily mobile, and not to mention DELICIOUS.

Healthy Granola: Makes about 4 cups 
Adapted from the Blog:  Yours, Mine and Ours

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey (or sub agave)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins or any dry fruit

Combine dry ingredients (except dried fruit) into a large bowl. Then add the honey and applesauce, mix together thoroughly until all ingredients are well combined. Spread out on a greased sheet pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Add the raisins the last 10 minutes (if they cook the entire time they will burn). The granola is done when it's dry and golden brown. Pour back into the bowl to cool and finally store in an air-tight container.  

Additional Add-ins: chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, puffed cereal, quinoa, chai spice-- be creative! Or you can make it as easy as you would like: omit nuts/ seeds/ dried fruit and sub for more rolled oats.

Some ways that my husband I like to enjoy our granola: in yogurt w/ fruit, sprinkled over broiled grapefruit, mixed in our cereal, on top of warm fruit (like a crisp), or straight out of the container. Enjoy!

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