Granola

granola

Over the summer the New York Times published a survey looking at nutritionists’ vs. public perceptions of healthy foods. They found that granola was one of the foods that generally have a public perception of being healthy but that nutritionists ranked as unhealthy. I think the main reason for this view of granola as unhealthy is that most commercial versions are packed with sugar. That’s one reason I make my own granola and don’t buy commercial varieties (it’s also really expensive to buy versus making it yourself).

I first started making my own granola many years ago after seeing Alton Brown make this recipe on Good Eats. I came to realize though that this recipe has a ton of sugar just like most commercial granola and gradually started cutting back on the sugar. My current recipe has six times less sugar than the original one and I honestly like it better. Here’s a simple recipe if you want to give it a try yourself.

Granola

3 c. rolled oats

1 c. nuts and/or seeds (I usually use cashew pieces, chopped walnuts and pumpkin seeds)

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbs. maple syrup

2 Tbs. canola oil

Just mix all these ingredients together well in a large bowl then spread on a baking sheet. Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes then turn the oven off and leave the granola in for another 15 minutes. That’s it! Super easy and healthy too!

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One Comment on “Granola”

  1. Colleen says:

    I agree with you about making your own – I have been using this recipe and love the simplicity (and no added sugar or fat!).

    http://www.straightupfood.com/blog/2015/02/04/granola/


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