Nutrition & Food, Recipes

Cinnamon Granola

This awesome recipe was on my friend Megan’s blog!  I posted it here again to share!

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon cinnamon

– 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

– 1 – 2 tablespoons maple syrup

– 1 – 2 tablespoons honey, plus more to drizzle

Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla, dried fruit, unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:photo 1

– Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

– Cut up your pitted dates and put them in a small bowl. Either add 1/4 cup of hot water from your tap or boil your kettle and then let it cool a bit before you measure out 1/4 cup and add it to the dates. Let this sit for 3-5 minutes. *NOTE: Dates are naturally sweet, so this is a substitute for any added sugar. If you don’t want to use dates, you can try using 1/4 cup warm honey – you will probably get lots of clusters.

–  In a large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients (oats, flaxseeds, almonds). *Note: I didn’t have any slivered/chopped almonds so I just put some through my magic bullet to grind them down from their full size.

– Stir the dates in the water and add in the coconut oil (which will probably melt in this mixture because it is already warm), maple syrup, and optional vanilla.

– Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir well. You should have a slightly damp mixture with some clumps (dates).

– Lay this mixture out on your lined baking sheet and spread it around evenly with a spoon. At this time, you can drizzle more honey (or maple syrup) over your mixture if you wish.

– Bake for 15 minutes then mix the granola around on photothe baking sheet. The parts on the edges will cook faster, move these towards the middle. Bake for 10 more minutes and then stir again, moving the edges inward. You can also add more honey drizzle or cinnamon over the granola at these intervals.

– Return to oven for remaining 10 minutes and then let cool before your transfer this to a jar or tupperware container. *Note: Your kitchen will probably smell like a cinnamon-and-maple cloud of happiness.

breakfast with megan

I’m really into granola and granola-like cereals but they’re usually full of sugar so I decided to try to make my own. No sugar added, less fat than the store-bought kind, and still yummy! Give all the granola to meeeeee. Baking is also a de-stressor for me so I made this when I finished my essay yesterday. 4 more to go …

Note: The more wet ingredients you use (esp. maple syrup and honey), the more clusters you will have in your granola. Add in more of either once you mix the original ingredients together.

Ingredients:photo 4.PNG

– 6 pitted Medjool dates plus 1/4 cup of warm water

– 3 cups oats (I used quick oats that I had at home, but rolled oats may be better for you if you like bigger flakes)

– 1/2 cup raw almonds (or any nut/seed combo)

– 1 teaspoon whole flaxseed

– 1 teaspoon ground…

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