Monday, December 17, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Granola

I don't know about you, but I'm ALWAYS looking for new snacks. I get bored easily doing the same thing week after week after week! I was in the grocery store last week searching for something new and I came across the prepackaged granola. I was SHOCKED to see how much sugar is in each serving! I refuse to eat a ton of sugar because it's horrible for you!
So I searched, and I searched, and I searched and finally I found this AMAZING little recipe for homemade apple cinnamon granola! And the best part??? There's NO SUGAR ADDED!

How completely amazing would this be mixed with 1/2 cup of plain 0% greek yogurt??? NOM NOM NOM!


(makes 16, 1/4 cup servings)

  • 1/4 cup raw honey (or 100% pure maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped, dried, unsweetened apples
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped raw walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
  2. Line baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Heat honey and oil in small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until oil has melted. Add extract; set aside.
  4. Combine oats, cinnamon, and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well.
  5. Combine oat mixture and honey mixture, stirring until oats are evenly coated with honey.
  6. Place on prepared baking pan, spreading in a thin, even layer.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until granola is light golden brown and crunchy.
  8. Cool granola completely (it will get crunchier as it cools).
  9. Add apples, raisins, and walnuts; mix well.
There are many different variations of this granola. Some healthy additions include unsweetened shredded coconut, sulfate-free dried apricots, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried unsweetened berries, hemp seeds, etc. You can store cold granola in an airtight container for up to a week. 

Serving details:
(1 serving = 1/4 cup)

Calories = 81
Carbs = 10
Fat = 5
Saturated Fat = 3
Protein = 1
Sugar = 7
Solium = 38
Fiber = 1


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