Sunday, January 9, 2011

Groovy Granola

With the start of the new year, everyone is still trying to stick to their new year resolutions.  If one of those resolutions was to eat healthy, I have a great recipe for you!  This recipe is extremely easy to make, and the kids love helping out.  This recipe can probably be made with items you already have in the pantry, so it is a great cost effective recipe.  The granola can be added to spice up yogurt or oatmeal, and can be also be eaten as a healthy afternoon snack.  We use the granola to make our own yogurt parfaits.... McDonalds has nothing on us!  Layer yogurt and frozen berries twice, and top with granola for an energizing breakfast.  This recipe calls for raisins, but it is just as good with dried cranberries.  You can change the chopped walnuts for slivered almonds, or chopped pecans.  The possibilities are endless!  Post a comment and tell me how you make your granola!

Here's to full bellies!


Cinnamon Raisin Granola

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup sweetened shaved coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups raisins

1. Preheat oven to 250F.
2. In large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut and brown sugar.
3. In a seperate bowl, comine maple syrup, oil, salt and cinnamon.
4. Combine both mixtures and pour onto 2 sheet pans.
5. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to acheive even color.
6. Remove from oven and transfer to large bowl.
7. Add raisins and mix until evenly distributed.

**Tip: I halved the granola into two bowls, and added 1 cup of raisins to one bowl, and 1 cup of dried cranberries to the other bowl.  This recipe yields about 5 cups of granola, so it is nice to have two different flavors!**

The ingredients! :)

Dry ingredients... looks good already!

Cinnamon Cranberry Granola!

Cinnamon Raisin Granola!

1 comment:

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