I have the pleasure of living a few blocks from Whole Foods, and they have an entire granola bar. That’s right, a whole area full of nothing but different types of granola – banana flavored, chocolate, almond, apricot…..I could go on and on. The problem with granola is that it’s really not that good for you. It looks good for you. I mean it looks like oatmeal and nuts. But don’t fool yourself, it’s as full of calories, fat and sugar as a cookie!
As with any food, the best way to control your granola is to make it yourself. So, I whipped up a batch in my little kitchen. I am really, really happy with the results. And my kitchen smelled so good after the granola was done baking. I came in from the street, and my entire floor smelled of toasted coconut and honey.
My recipe is VERY easy:
LaVon’s Blueberry Granola
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 T canola oil
2 T honey
1/4 cup dried blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss all ingredients together until well combined. Pour onto a baking sheet or pan. Bake the granola for 17 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove the granola from oven (it should be lightly browned and smell heavenly), and scrape the pan to loosen the granola (you don’t want it to stick). Let the granola cool and store in an airtight container.
I like to put my granola over Greek yogurt and fruit. My husband and I eat this almost every weekend. He is very liberal with the granola…I use about 1/4 of a cup. I encourage you to adapt your own granola. You could add more nuts, different dried fruit, even tiny little chocolate chips (after baking, of course). If you find a combination that you love, send me the recipe!