GRANOLA MADE EASY!

Granola doesn’t have to be complicated.  Use what you have in your cupboard!

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Start by mixing your dry ingredients.  Mix 4 cups of whole rolled oats (not instant), and then add 4 cups of other nutritious things:  walnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pecans, almond slivers, *dried fruits, cereals, pistachios, chia, hemp, edamame, oat bran, wheat germ, …the options are endless.  If all of your ingredients are raw, you’ll need to add 1 tsp of salt.  But if you have some roasted/salted ingredients, no salt may be needed.  (Need less than 36 servings?  Just cut this recipe in half!)

In a separate glass dish, add 1/3 cup of olive oil or coconut oil to 2/3 cup of sweetener…honey, stevia, agave, coconut sugar, maple, or brown sugar…microwave for 30-45 seconds, and stir.

Add more flair if desired…try adding 1-2 t. cinnamon, 1/2 t. cloves,  1 t. ginger, or 2 t. vanilla.  Stir it into the liquid after it has heated and thinned.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients quickly, and spread evenly onto a lightly greased 9×13.  Bake at 300 for 45-60 minutes, until lightly browned.  *I recommend adding the dried fruit to the cooled granola AFTER it is baked.  I like to use low-sugar Craisins,  or raisins, apricots, dates, or figs.

Cool COMPLETELY before removing from pan, and store in an airtight container, or ziploc snack bags (1/4 cup servings).  Nutrition facts will vary, but healthy IN equals healthy OUT, and you’ll average around 150 cal per 1/4 cup, with healthy fats, carbs, and proteins!

20140705_205232Here’s one with a cup of cocoa puffs added instead of dried fruit…P.S.  This doesn’t qualify for the healthy list, but I was cleaning out the cupboards!  🙂20140721_201436This recipe was healthier!  I added low sugar craisins after baking the granola.  If you are one of my training clients…this is the one you tried last week!  😉20140721_201214
20140722_130449Don’t forget portion control–homemade granola tastes amazing, and it’s easy to overeat!20140721_210029Great on salads, yogurt, cereals, oatmeal, ice cream, bananas, peaches, pears, or just eaten alone!

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