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Homemade Granola

3.13.2015

homemade granola

I really love granola for tossing into breakfast bowls or topping off a cup of yogurt.  Unfortunately, most store bought granola contains more sugar than oats.  Even though companies try to market it as healthy & waistline friendly, once you look at the nutrition label you'll see that couldn't be farther from the truth.
I whipped up a batch of this granola recently & use it in the mornings to accompany a cup of Chobani or to top my chia seed bowls.  Sometimes I'll even add a little coconut milk to it & eat as a cereal.

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Honey Granola:
*adapted from Thug Kitchen

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup goji berries

Note: once you've created your base of oats, honey, & oil- the other ingredients are interchangeable.  Throw in whatever nuts or dried fruits you prefer.

Heat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mix together oats, seeds, & nuts in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix honey, olive oil, & vanilla.  Pour this over oat mixture & stir until thoroughly coated.  Add the cinnamon & salt & stir.  Pour mixture onto baking sheet & spread evenly.  Place in oven for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly.  Once mixture looks toasted, stir in dried fruit & let cool.  Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

What's your favorite homemade breakfast treat?

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