Gra-no you didn’t

Posted on January 20, 2016. Filed under: Breakfast, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |

It took me a long time to actually eat breakfast. Mom would make breakfast every morning when we were in school, but I was never hungry. Mainly because I probably had the metabolism of a 40 year old. Normally my breakfast is a banana and Greek yogurt, or sometimes that chia pudding. Problem with those is that they’re really not filling for winter. At all.

Most store bought granola can be really high in sugar, so it’s actually better to make it at home. This way you can not only control the sugar content, but you can control everything that goes in it. There’s a few blogs I’ve stumbled on that say cooking food is processing it, and yea, technically they’re right, HOWEVER, making food at home is always better. Not only is it cheaper, but it is just better for you. I’m not saying you have to make everything from scratch, no one has time for that. But making your own pasta sauce, or salad dressing, or granola is totally doable.

This recipe is very easy, it does require some cooking time though. The mix ins that I have are only a suggestion, if you want something different, go for it. This is a very filling recipe, and is vegan (unless you’re a vegan who doesn’t eat honey, if you are, sub maple syrup)

Home Made Granola

Here’s what to get from the store:

Rolled Oats
Flax Seeds
Slivered Almonds
Chopped Walnuts
Chopped Cashews
Dried Dates
Dried Cranberries
Golden Raisins
Honey

Granola

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup flax seed
1 cup almond0s
1 cup walnuts
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
Cinnamon, nutmeg, tumeric
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dried dates
3/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup golden raisins

  1. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seeds, nuts and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine honey, oil and seasonings. Mix into the oat mixture and spread into a sheet pan or cake pan.
  3. Cook in a 250 degree oven for an hour and fifteen minutes, string often to keep color even.
  4. Remove from oven and add the mix ins. Serve topped with your favorite fruit and almond milk, or as a topping for some yogurt.

Last night I made the mistake of making a large can of crispy chickpeas and eating them all. It’s been an interesting afternoon.

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