Monday, January 26, 2015

Guest Post: Easy Real Food Granola

With 2015 here we can’t help but wonder what resolutions and changes we should make to live a happier healthier year!  Look no further, and jump-start your mornings with this heart healthy granola recipe destined to start off your day in the right direction!  Ingredients including oatmeal, mixed nuts, mixed seeds, and dried fruit not only make this recipe nutritious, but will also hit the spot early in the morning!

Easy Real Food Granola
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (not instant)
  • 1  cup raw mixed nuts
  • 1/4 cup mixed seeds (sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, sesame)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit, unsweetened
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. 
  2. Put oatmeal, mixed nuts, mixed seeds, coconut, and cinnamon on a baking sheet. 
  3. Sir well; smooth out. Drizzle with maple syrup and olive oil; stir. 
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so take out and stir the mixture. Then spread granola out evenly on the baking sheet with a wooden spoon and put back in oven. 
  5. When granola is golden brown and your kitchen smells delicious, remove from oven, mix in dried fruit (roughly chop any large pieces); let cool. 
  6. Serve with milk or yogurt and fruit!
You can keep leftover granola in an airtight container about 2 weeks if it lasts that long!

Guest Post by Madison!
"Nutrition and health have always been a passion of mine and I am lucky enough to apply this interest by majoring in Nutrition with a focus in Dietetics and minoring in General Business at Miami University." - Madison, Grass Roots Nutrition Intern

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