Thursday, February 9, 2012

Great Snack, Breakfast, or Dessert.



Recently, I had a moment and brought a large amount of steel cut oats due to a craving for oatmeal. After the first few bowls, the craving past and now I was stuck with all this uncooked steel cut oats. So of course the first thing that came to mind was......GRANOLA! I attended a food swap in my City a few months ago and was able to swap some of my ice cream for a batch of peanut butter and jelly granola that was awesome. So I wanted to try my own novice version of granola. The funny thing is I am not really a granola kinda girl but that peanut butter and jelly granola had me rethink my stance. So I began my granola journey. Here are the ingredients I used:

steel cut oats
almonds
cashews
sunflower seeds
maple syrup (organic grade B)
cinnamon
raisins
a sprinkle of kosher
vanilla


Mix all except raisins and bake in an oven on 350 for 15-20 mins. Allow to cool and then add raisins and store away in air tight container(s) or ziploc bag.
It came out great! I made this batch during the evening which was great for my night snacking. What really made me a lover of granola was having it the next morning for a bowl of cereal. It was so tasty and it really stood up to the almond milk nicely. What I love about this recipe is the versatility of additional add-ins that is almost endless. Its kid approved too, and not too much sugar. I also think this a great way to have kids be apart of making versions of their own cereals and snacks. Also, if you add flax seeds it's a great way to add fiber and they would never know the difference. Enjoy for a breakfast - hot or cold cereal. Add into your lunch salad for an added crunch and a bit of sweetness. Top and indulge with a really creamy greek yogurt for a light evening dessert. Add your own twist, enjoy and be healthy.

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