Monday, November 9, 2015

Sheila's Homemade Granola

One of my goals of 2015 is to eat healthier and consume less sugar. One of my "go to" snacks is Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of agave nectar, and 1/4 cup of granola. I LOVE this stuff! It's filling, healthy, and a sweet treat during the afternoon that packs some protein. The problem is, is that most granola mix from the store and VERY high in sugar. I don't honestly need that much sugar in my granola, I really just like it for the texture.

I remembered that my MOL makes her own granola and it is totally delicious! It was crunchy, sweet, but not too sweet. She sent me the recipe and I made it! IT WAS DELICIOUS! I only swapped the raisins for cranberries in mine (my husband doesn't like raisins) and the wheat germ with ground flax seed.

Up close image of the spices, cranberries, and almond slices.

Best of all about this Granola recipe, it's super healthy for you. Just compare my food stats to Udis, Natural Artisan Granola, Original (my normal "go to" granola).

Sheila's Homemade Granola

Sheila's granola recipe has less calories and less sugar. It was totally worth the little bit of effort it takes to make your own granola. 

Sheila's Homemade Granola
 5 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup flax seed or wheat germ
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix oats, brown sugar, coconut, wheat germ, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Stir water, oil, and vanilla extract into the oat mixture; spread onto a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until golden brown and crunchy, about 1 hour; transfer to a bowl. Stir raisins and almonds through the granola.

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