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Yummy Healthy Granola

Yummy Healthy Granola

I love granola, and happily so do my kids.  My 2yo daughter asks for it almost everyday and my 13yo son thinks its the most delicious breakfast.  We pair our granola with greek yogurt for breakfast, or just munch on it for a snack.  After spending lots of money on granola in the store I decided to make my own.  I’ve tried many recipes and this is where they led me.

You can make my version (ingredients all in italics) or customize your own:

My version is more adult friendly but can easily be made sweeter for kids or sweet toothed adults. With the addition of brown sugar and by omitting some of the “healthier” ingredients like flax seed and quinoa you can make a delicious sweet treat that still have some nutritional benefit. Or you can make my Guilty Pleasure Granola recipe.

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Ingredients:

ingredients

2cups rolled oats/old fashioned oats
½ cups raw nuts, chopped- Almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc. I like to chop mine into all different sizes, some really fine and some big chunks

nuts
¼ cup quinoa- optional- gives your granola a yummy, nutty, crunch
1-2 tbsp flax seed- optional
1-2 tbps chia seeds- optional
½ cup unsweetened dried fruit- optional- raisins, cranberries, apricot, etc.
1tsp vanilla- optional
2-3 Tbsp (enough to coat) of either raw honey, grade B maple syrup, or even agave syrup (though there has been new research that suggests that agave syrup is not really good for you)- you can even use all three as long as it’s no more than 3 Tbsp
2 Tbsp oil- coconut, extra virgin olive oil, or even melted butter. You can use any oil but I do not use any vegetable or canola oils in my diet
¼ tsp of spice of your choice- optional- my favorite is coriander, but you can also use cinnamon, nutmeg or any spice really

In actuality you can really add whatever you want to your granola, as long as it is raw; wheat germ, oat bran, pumpkin seeds, etc. If you want yours to be sweeter you can add brown sugar (about 2 tbsp should suffice). You can even use other rolled grains instead of oats; spelt, barley, rye, etc.

Spread out on jelly roll pan (or edged cookie sheet) lined with parchment paper (you can place this one directly on the pan but its a little messy to clean) and bake at 300 degrees for 20 mins- stir and bake for another 15-20 mins until light golden brown. Place tray on cooling rack and cool for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Granola will harden as it cools. If you prefer your granola chunky, do not stir as it cools. If you want it REALLY chunky, don’t stir it while it’s baking either. Just break it into pieces after it’s cooled.

To store place in an airtight container- I use mason jars- and keep in warm dry place for up to two weeks. You can also store in the freezer for several months.

I hope you enjoy this yummy healthy granola recipe as much as I do… but be sure to check out my Guilty Pleasure Granola too.


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