Saturday, October 29, 2011

80(ish)--- Better than Great Granola

This is an update to my Great Granola. Now it's better. It's lower in fat and calories, and incorporates pumpkin seed kernels- perfect for this time of year!

Granola can be a powerhouse of carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Unfortunately, it can also be a source of excessive calories. Granola certainly has it's place. It's a lovely breakfast, when used in moderation with yogurt or milk. It can also be a lovely snack when on a trail or camping.

Better than Great Granola contains more monounsaturated fats than your typical granola, thanks to all of the nuts, seeds, and olive oil.

Better than Great Granola
Serves 15

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup bran flakes cereal
1 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seed kernels
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, cereal, nuts, seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine honey, oil, and juice. Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix well until coated. On baking sheets lined with parchment paper, evenly spread granola (I recommend 2 large sheets). Bake for 17-20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup serving: 226 calories, 14g fat (8 g monounsaturated), 6 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

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