Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Healthy Snack - Homemade Granola


I spent yesterday morning in the kitchen making Kale Chips and Granola.  This makes for quite the random combination but I had seen recipes for both and finally had some time to try them out.  I have wanted to try making homemade granola for a while now but for some reason I just assumed that it would be difficult to make.  My Auntie Carol had made a batch recently and raved about how delicious & easy it was.  After hearing that, I knew that I needed to try it!  My favorite thing about this recipe is that it's completely customizable.  You can add whatever you want to it - different nuts, dried fruits etc.  You can also use different ingredients for the base flavor - nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, you name it!  Once you have made one batch and feel confident in your granola making abilities, you can start to get creative and try adding in different things.  We all have different tastes so it's nice to be able to make your own granola customized to what you enjoy eating.  I love almonds and dried cranberries so that was what I added to mine.  Here's how it's done...





You will need:
  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds (You can use whole almonds or slivered)
  • 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Coconut Oil - Melted
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Parchment Paper




Step One:  Preheat the oven to 300 Degrees Fahrenheit
Step Two:  Place a piece of parchment paper onto a baking sheet
Step Three:  Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl
Step Four:  Mix them together
Step Five:  Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet
Step Six:  Spread the granola out evenly onto the pan





Step Seven:  Place the granola in the oven
Step Eight:  Bake for 30 minutes
Step Nine:  Take out of the oven when 30 minutes is up OR when the granola appears golden brown
Step Ten: ENJOY!


So easy & delicious!  This granola will last up to a month when stored in an air tight container.  It is great to snack on as is, served as a cereal with milk or served on top of yogurt!

**If you have a sweet tooth, you can add chocolate or yogurt covered raisins to the granola BUT it is very important to add those in at the end, after baking the granola as they would melt**

Happy August Folks & Good luck on your future granola making!!

Lots of Love,
Meg 

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