I work a part-time job, so the weekend doesn't really make a huge difference in my schedule because sometimes my days-off fall in the middle of the week. In fact, yesterday was my day off from work (and my internship), so my brother-- Jordan-- and I created our own granola recipe.
When I grocery shop with my mom, granola is a weekly staple in our cart but we try to avoid the high fat, sugar-loaded, calorie galore kinds. Incase you haven't granola shopped in a while, I'll be the first one to share with you that most granola is not great for you.
So, especially with my new blog, I thought why not create a yummy, nutritious granola that your whole family could enjoy, filled with simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.
The fun thing about making granola is that you can play around with all sorts of spices and fun ingredients, but here is Sarah and Jordan's Granola concoction:
- 3 cups of old fashioned oats (quick cooking or steel cut will not have the same consistency)
- 1/2 cup of raw quinoa
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of agave
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 1/4 cup of raw, chopped pecans or walnuts
- 1/4 cup of sliced, raw almonds
- 2 TBSP of cocoa ( you can use raw if you'd like, I used Hershey's unsweetened)
- 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
- 1 TBSP of cinnamon
- 1/8- 1/4 cup of raw cocoa nibs (or semi-sweet chocolate chips work great too)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
Mix all the ingredients in one big bowl and stir, stir, stir. Then pour the mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Be sure to watch the granola while in the oven because it can burn easily. I recommend mixing the granola while it is in the oven, about halfway through the cooking time.
Once your granola is cooled and ready for digging in, it's great on its own or I put mine in my yogurt and fruit for an afternoon snack. But, this granola is also great in a bit of vanilla almond milk in the morning or even inside of a homemade crepe with some yogurt. Yummy.
*Like I said earlier, granola can be made with such a wide array of ingredients, as long as you have an oven and oats, you've got your base!
Now get creative, have fun and don't forget to share your fun granola recipes with me on Twitter @foodsfitfabyou and Instagram @foodsfitnessfabyou