Before we dive into crunch heaven, just a fun little note for those who saw my Super Sneaky Basil Pesto. Boyfriend called right after I posted that and said he had no idea he ate this pesto on his pasta last week . SCORE!!- and he is not tough to fool. I encourage you to try for your own fellow skeptics 😉
Ok so lets talk subtly sweet, crunchy & nutty Granola.
Granola has always been something that I have avoided because it is usually filled with sugar, fat and lots of calories. Surprising to some who see it has a health food. So with my recent new love of oats I decided I need to make some- it is about as difficult as turning your oven on and dumping oats onto a pan. I absolutely love crunchy things, probably to a fault. Smoothies, yogurt and even fro-yo need something crunchy in them, enter Granola
I consider myself to be part “Granola Cruncher” part “Girlie Girl” part I don’t give a $#!T Girl plus a few more. A wild jumbled mess- like my jar of delicious cinnamon granola. It was hard not to just eat this by the spoonful (which I only did like
2, 3, 4 times). From the crunch, to the warmth of cinnamon and don’t forget those nutty sunflower seeds, this granola is the perfect topping for just about anything. It is a shame it took me this long to finally make granola, but now I know it is something that my pantry (and my yogurt) can’t live without. Oh and there might be some sprinkled coconut for good measure. But feel free to add some dark chocolate or other favorites into the crunchy party.
2 cups rolled oats
1-2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut sugar (extremely low on glycemic index)
1 tbsp sugar free maple syrup
2 tbsp flax seed
1 heaping tbsp chia seed (or more)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds- (mine were roasted already)
1 tbsp coconut
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients. Lay on tin foiled baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes turning a few times to make sure it doesn’t burn. Once it is crisped to your liking add the sunflower seeds if they are already roasted and add coconut. That’s it! Top your favorite smoothies, yogurt or desserts with this delcious and easy granola.
*I purposely kept this very low sugar to keep it a healthy snack and something to help stabilize blood sugar. Feel free to add brown sugar, dried fruits or other sweetners but then re-evaulate calories.
Calories serving 5 people (1/2 cup per person—usually is 1/4 cup!)
25 g carbs
11 g fat
9 g protein