Monday, January 6, 2014

Power Granola

                 

                Happy New Year!!! I can not BELIEVE it's 2014! Did everyone survive their holiday season? we barely made it out alive :) We ate,we laughed,we ate some more,laughed some more and ate again. The family and I are on a 3 month long cleanse so to speak. We all made a little bit to much merry during December and decided we all needed a change. I know my boys had to much sugar when they both said they were craving savory foods and didn't want to see another bar of chocolate or cookie for awhile. We aren't going crazy with our food or anything..in fact tonight we are eating roasted turkey legs with cranberry rice pilaf,sage rolls, and green beans...no body is giving up bread around here..just a little less of the sugar for a little while.

Granola is an old friend in our house. We keep him tucked away in the freezer and pull handfuls of him out when we need him..usually on top of yogurt for breakfast. I am always trying new granola recipes and this one was a winner!

The original recipe states to use two cups of quick cooking oats but I decided to add one cup of the old fashioned. I like a little crunch with my granola. Feel free to use all quick,old fashioned, or a mix of both.

Power Granola

1 cup Old fashioned Oats
1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
1/3 cup Ground Flaxseed
1/4 cup Chopped Walnuts
1/4 cup Slivered Almonds
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/3 cup Honey..try to buy local!
1/3 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Canola Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla or Almond Extract
1/3 cup Dried Cranberries

Preheat oven to 300 or 150 celsius. Spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray.

In a large bowl,combine the first 6 ingredients.

In a saucepan,combine the honey,orange juice,and brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves,stirring frequently. Remove from heat,stir in oil and vanilla.

Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir to thoroughly combine. Spread out onto prepared pan.

Bake 10 minutes,stir. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown. Add cranberries and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. 

Store in airtight container.

1/2 cup has around 196 calories

Source: My Recipes