Monday, June 24, 2013

Homemade Granola

So many people (almost all) believe that granola is healthy, well as a matter of fact it is not. Granola has a lot of fat in it (not the good kind) and it is very dense, which means if you have 1/4 cup of granola you just consumed 90 calories, 3 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates - and you're not full and you just ate pretty unhealthy. And then you need to take into account that who eats just 1/4 cup of granola- the average person eats between 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups which would be just enough to finish a glass of milk or an 8 oz. yogurt. Here is a recipe for granola cereal that has less fat, less carbohydrates, less guilt and more health.

Homemade Granola

3 cups of quick oats
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of dried cranberries
2 tbsp. of flax seed (so healthy!!)
 1/4 cup of crushed almonds (also so healthy!!)
1/4 cup of crushed unsalted peanuts (also so healthy!!)
2 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. of brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of coconut oil (healthiest oil!)

1. mix the oats, raisins, dried cranberries, flax seeds, crushed almonds, peanuts, salt and brown sugar together
2. then mix the honey and coconut oil (make sure it is melted and measure afterwards)
3. place a baking sheet on a pan and then flatten the granola on top- cover and refrigerate for 1 hour
4. preheat the oven to 350* and bake for 20 minutes
5. let cool completely before cutting into bars or crushing for cereal

Best served with non fat Greek yogurt, almond milk, soy milk or low fat 1% milk and fresh fruit!!