Do you remember when everyone thought that eating granola was such a healthy thing to do? There was such a connection that non-food related things would be referred to as granola. It was earthy, natural and likely to be consumed by non-carnivores! 😉 Well, I wasn’t those things but I still loved snacking on granola. Over the years, I learned that granola is not necessarily a healthy snack. If you buy it in a package, you have to watch out for many things. What’s being used to preserve it? How much sugar or, worse, corn syrup is used to make it? What other balls of sugar, essentially, are hidden in it? M&Ms? (In case you are wondering, M&Ms are not healthy. At all.) Some yogurt-covered treat (also usually full of sugar). Lots and lots of sugar in granola. That’s not to say anything of the calories, especially if there are peanuts or other nuts in it. Nuts aren’t bad. But, let’s face it, if you are trying to lose weight, you don’t want to be consuming a high calorie, high fat, high sugar content snack.
So, I simply stopped eating granola. However, recently I was at one of our favorite grocery stores with my daughter and she wanted a snack. The snack she wanted had a very high sugar content, so I offered she try something different. We were in the bulk section, so I picked up some granola that was on sale. She and I both ate it in the car and I realized that I missed that snack. I also remembered why I stopped eating it. I felt so full so fast and saw that the sugar content was higher than almost any snack that we usually eat. So, even before we got home I determined that I was going to start making homemade granola.
It was easy, inexpensive and so much healthier than any granola I could buy at our local grocery store! Here’s the recipe.
3 cups oats
1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. coconut oil
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
(I also threw a handful of almonds in mine…just because I noticed that I had a few right when I was putting all this together.)
1. Preheat the oven to 300.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then, spread them out onto a greased or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
3. Then, mix all the wet ingredients and pour over the oatmeal mix on the baking sheet. Mix wel
4. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes, until it’s golden brown. Let it cool and store it in a glass container with a lid.
Enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy snack at any time of the day!
What’s your favorite kind of granola?
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