With (hopefully) warmer weather approaching, we’ll be spending more time outside! It’s important to stay fueled when participating in outdoor activities, such as hiking or long walks. Enter granola!

Granola is a very versatile and nutritious food that provides a number of nutrients through the oats, and nuts and seeds that are in it. The oats provide fiber and iron, while nuts and seeds provide unsaturated fats and protein. But, we must be careful with what granola we do eat because some granola can be high in calories and sugar, and contain oils we do not need. So what is the best way to ensure we are making healthy granola? Make it ourselves!

Homemade granola can be mixed with yogurt, paired with dried fruit, eaten as cereal, added to muffins and bread, combined with smoothies, and used as toppers to fuel that crunchy sensation. To make this delicious and flexible treat check out the recipe below!

 

Homemade Granola

Serves 9, 1/3 c. serving

From Cooking Matters

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups old-fashion roasted oats
  • 4 tablespoons sliced or chopped almonds
  • Non-stick cooking spray

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix honey, oil, and cinnamon with whisk fork in large bowl
  3. Add oats and almonds and stir until mixed well with honey
  4. Put non-stick cooking spray on baking sheet
  5. Evenly spread oat mixture on sheet
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until lightly brown, stirring every 5 minutes to cook evenly (be careful to not let granola burn). Remove and let cool.
  7. Add granola to desired dish, or eat as-is…YUM!

 

 

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