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Breakfast Recipe: Sarah's Excellent Granola

Delicious Nutritious Granola, An Ideal Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Granola

Granola is an ideal healthy breakfast (or supper) when you're in a hurry or tired, but need something substantial.

Delicious Nutritious Granola is easy to carry with you, to gobble up between early morning classes or on your break, with a little yogurt or fresh fruit.

Children will happily eat this granola, but you have to hide it from them or it'll be gone in a day!

Total prep & cook time: 45 min

8 cups - 16 Servings

Nutrition Data, 80g Serving: 336 cal, 45g carb, 16g fat, 5mg sodium, 5g fiber, 19g Sugars, 6g protein, low Cholesterol, low Sodium, good source Manganese. Estimated glycemic load 24

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped medium coarse
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup mild flavored oil (e.g. sunflower, safflower, canola, soybean, corn - be sure to use organic to avoid gmos)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
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Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 375
  2. Mix all ingredients except dried fruit in a large bowl
  3. Place uncooked granola in a very large cake pan or 2 smaller ones
  4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until oats are dry and golden in color. Stir thoroughly every 5 minutes - extremely important!
  5. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit
  6. Stir occasionally to allow the steam to escape
  7. Allow to cool completely
  8. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place

Granola Variations:

  • Substitute other whole grain flakes like barley, wheat, etc. in place of part of the oats
  • Substitute other nuts for almonds or walnuts - e.g. cashews or hazelnuts
  • Substitute other dried fruits for the raisins and dates - e.g. dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, shredded dried coconut, dried bananas, dried blueberries, or other dried fruits
  • Add pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds, or other nuts
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Helpful Granola Hints:

Sunflower, soy, safflower, corn or canola are all mild flavored or neutral flavored oils. Your granola won't taste like the oil you used, as it would if you used olive, grapeseed, sesame or coconut.

Organic is best for corn, canola or soy oils so you don't get gmo oil.

Granola is a serious food. Lots of nutrition and lots of calories, so a little goes a long way

Serve granola sprinkled on soy yogurt with fresh fruit on top, with cold or warm non-dairy beverage, or with dried fruit as a snack mix.

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