Saturday, March 30, 2019

Your New Favorite Granola

Granola can be a healthy addition to the day. Purchasing a prepared product is convenient but making your own ensures that you consume whole foods without unwanted additives. Plus, you can customize the ingredients for a flavor you love. Use this rubric to make your new favorite granola.

Dry Ingredients (choose 1 from each line):
Start with - 2 cups oats
Add healthy fats - 1 cup almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds...
Add fruit for sweetness - 1/3 cup dried cranberries, dried figs, crystallized ginger.....
Add interest with spices - 2 - 3 tsp cinnamon, curry powder, lemon zest, espresso powder....
Include 1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt

Wet Ingredients (choose 1 from each lline):
Sweet - 1/3 cup maple syrup, molasses, honey......
Healthy fat - 1/4 cup coconut oil, olive oil, butter......
Add texture - 1/4 cup mashed banana, pumpkin puree, unsweetened applesauce....
Finishing Flavor - 2 tsp. vanilla, almond extract, soy sauce......

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. In a small pan over low heat, whisk wet ingredients until smooth.

3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, Stir until well combined.

4. Spread mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Make sure not to overcrowd it.

5. Bake until golden-brown - about 30 minutes.

6. Cool granola. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.

In the morning, try combining your granola with whole milk Greek yogurt and fresh berries. Maybe you prefer to keep it in the car or your office desk drawer for a healthy snack. You can even use it as a sweet treat in the evening. Experiment with different flavor combinations to find your favorite.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Homemade Granola This Week

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