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Snacking Granola

September 25, 2011

I’m a big yogurt fan.  I feel like store-bought granola is good for you but not really.

I am happy to share the recipes below, but I must be honest, I am yet to eat this in my yogurt.  It seems to be more of a stand-alone snack vs granola made to partner with yogurt.  I suppose you could, but it doesn’t seem to be the right yogurt fit.  Yet, it tastes delicious so I continue to make it as a snack.

These recipes incorporate a few of my favorite ingredients: cinnamon, oats, honey, peanut butter (recipe #2) & flaxseed.  The flaxseed is optional, but I like to use a little bit of it whenever I can for a little extra healthiness.  You can use a little bit more butter to help it stick together, but the 3 tbsp works just great for me.

Of course, I kept experimenting to create a more desert-like granola, which is why I have 2 recipes listed below.  Experiment with your own favorite ingredients & see what type of granola snack you can come up with.  Here are my two suggestions…

Traditional Snacking granola

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup sliced almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp flaxseed
3-4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
Turbinado sugar, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 9″ square baking sheet with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix oats, cranberries, almonds, cinnamon, salt & flaxseed.
  • Combine butter, sugar & honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until butter is completely melted; remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour butter mixture over oats, mixing until well-coated.  Transfer to prepared pan, pressing the oats evenly into the pan.  Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
  • Bake until top is golden, 15 – 20 min.  Let cool completely & remove from pan.  Crumble into pieces & serve.

Sweet Snacking Granola

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp flaxseed
3-4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Turbinado sugar, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a 9″ square baking sheet with foil; spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix oats, chocolate chips, pecans, cinnamon, salt & flaxseed.
  • Combine butter, sugar, honey & peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until butter is completely melted; remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour butter mixture over oats, mixing until well-coated.  Transfer to prepared pan, pressing the oats evenly into the pan.  Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
  • Bake until top is golden, 15 – 20 min.  Let cool completely & remove from pan.  Crumble into pieces & serve.
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One Comment leave one →
  1. stephanie permalink
    September 27, 2011 3:01 pm

    Yes! I LOVE granola!! thank you so much for these recipes. i will be trying them out asap 🙂 probably not adding it to my yogurt either – i like the stand-alone snack idea.
    thanks for another great suggestion!!

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