July 25, 2012

DIY: Granola

There is nothing better than waking up in the morning, having a big cup of tea and eating a delightful bowl of greek yogurt with home made granola.

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A friend of mine let me try a bite of her very own granola creation and I was instantly hooked! Lucky for me (and you) she shared her amazing recipe for home-made, DIY granola.

Not only is granola tasty, but it's also really good for you! This granola is made with heart healthy whole grain oats that helps lower cholesterol and are a good source of fiber. There are almonds, and flax seeds in here too which contain "good fats" & omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for a good heart and overall good health! Just remember, healthy sweets are healthy when done in moderation.

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Here's what I used:
2 Cups of Oats
1/4 Cup ground Flax Seeds
2 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
Handful of Raisins
Handful of Almonds
Cinnamon (use as desired)
3/4 Agave Nectar
1 1/2 Tbsp Honey

These ingredients are very flexible. You can use whatever nuts you want and you don't have to use protein powder either. It all depends on what you like! But one ingredient you should NOT change is the Agave nectar.

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Agave is a used a lot these days because it's a natural sugar and can be used as a substitute for the processed, grainy stuff.

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Let's get started!
In a large bowl combine oats, flax seeds, protein powder, raisins, almonds and cinnamon. Mix well.

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In a smaller bowl combine Agave nectar and honey and stir together.

Add Agave nectar and honey mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly together. Get out baking sheet(s) and cover with wax paper. Pour granola mixture on wax paper, make sure to evenly disperse them so they are cooked at the same consistency. Pop them in the oven at 300 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until oats are cooked.

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Yes, I had to censor my apron
Take out, let cool and devour!

I enjoyed my granola at work today with a little greek yogurt for a healthy and delectable snack.

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1 comment:

  1. NOM NOM NOM, I can personally attest to how delicious it is!!!

    Thanks T!