Monday, March 31, 2008

Be a Hippie, EAT GRANOLA!

Fun things I've made recently:
  • Ginger Orange Teriyaki Steak Rice and Veggie Bowls (a recipe from Emily's brain and fridge)
  • Chocolate Mint Wafers (I added the smiley face touch)
  • Mini Cornbread Muffins (low fat version baked in mini muffin tins)
  • Dr. Oz Green Drink
  • Activia Strawberry Smoothie (Activia vanilla yogurt, frozen strawberries, splash of milk)
  • Homemade Granola (Great with milk or yogurt for breakfast or a snack on a hike!)
Here's the recipe and nutrition info for Nutty Granola*:

* I only had almonds and craisins, so that's what I used, but this would be one to experiment with different dried fruits and nuts. I know that granola can be a high calorie food, but eaten in moderation is a nutritious and tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert (think parfait).

Cooking Spray
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw, unsalted walnuts
1/2 cup chopped unsalted almonds
1/2 cup chopped unsalted pecans
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins, optional

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl combine the oats, nuts, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon and the raisins, if using. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer the sheet to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Makes 9 cups. 1/2 cup serving size.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional analysis per serving Calories 280
Total Fat 15 grams Saturated Fat 1.5 grams
Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 67 mg
Carbohydrates 34 grams Protein 7 grams
Fiber 4.5 grams

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