Wednesday, January 13, 2016
I have never been a big granola person.
I mean don't get me wrong, I love it when I do have it like in certain cereals that have "clusters" as part of their ingredients. Of course those "clusters" are usually laden in artificial ingredients and are way sweeter than they probably should be. I also was kind of afraid of granola to be honest. I know it's one of those things that can be very addicting and is never low calorie. I didn't really want the temptation around in some big bag. But I bought some whole oatmeal by accident over quick cook and didn't like the texture for my morning oatmeal. So I had 3 cups of it just sitting in a mason jar and I had no plans for it...until now.
After we purchased Fitness Blender's Fat Burning Round 2 Program, I was perusing the site and saw some of Kelli's recipes and decided to adapt her granola recipe to our personal preference.
(adapted from Fitness Blender)
Here's what you'll need:
3 cups oatmeal (I used whole, not quick cook)
1/4 cup coconut oil (organic)
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/2 tsp Watkins double vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup sliced almonds
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a bowl, add all ingredients except coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
Measure the coconut oil and melt it to liquid form.
Add the real maple syrup and vanilla extract to the oil.
Add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and stir thoroughly to coat.
Spread mixture onto ungreased cookie sheet.
You will cook for a total of 12-14 minutes, but take it out every four minutes or so to turn the mixture over and spread it back out to bake evenly.
When it's done and let cool.
In order to keep this manageable, it makes twelve just over 1/4 cup servings. If you have self control, grab your measuring cup and munch after a workout, add to yogurt or whatever you like.
If you're like me and don't trust yourself, measure each serving into a snack bag and when it's done, it's done.
I put ours into the old oats jar and now they're ready to grab when we want them without the fear of overindulging!
This won't be an every day thing for us but will be a nice alternative to add in from time to time. It was perfect after our workout for day 2 of the program in which my legs were jello and I knew I'd need sustenance in order to stand to make dinner. Just sweet enough but not too sweet and exactly what I needed at that time! So thumbs up from us!
Obviously you can mix and match to your tastes too so have fun with it!
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