Sunday, January 8, 2012

Home-Made Granola

One of my favorite things in life is the smell of baked goods baking and especially on a Sunday Morning. I have come up with a lower fat version of a typical Granola. I omit the oil and add chopped nuts and banana chips for this particular recipe. Changing your lifestyle to portion controlling your food intake is the most successful "Diet Plan" out there. So, be cautious with this recipe because it has a lot of sugar, so it is high in carbs. It is also high in fiber, good fats and when joined with 1 scoop of Protein Powder and some Almond Milk and 1/2 fruit of your choice...It is HEAVEN!
*****Portion size is 1/2 cup*******

5 cups organic rolled old fashioned oats or multi-grain oats
1 cup toasted oat bran
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped banana chips
1 cup sugar in the raw
pinch kosher Salt
1/2 Tsp + cinnamon
1/2 cup honey

Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Stir together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl
Add honey and stir with Plastic Spatula until coated and clumps form (may have to add a little more honey)
Spread on Cookie Sheets and Sprinkle some cinnamon and drizzle some honey on top
Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until browned and toasted
Cool Completely on racks..Optional: Add Dried Fruit such as Cranberries or Blueberries once the granola has cooled
Store in air tight containers