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Eat Well To Live with Homemade Granola

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There are some things that I just would rather buy at the store. Granola was one of those things. I did not understand how much sugar is added into commercial granola. One day, I bought some granola from a small company called Grumpy Old Men out in Denver. Their low sugar granola cereal of dried fruit, grains, nuts that was so good that I considered ordering it when I got home.
A resourceful friend told me; “Jackie, granola is simple to make.” “Why don’t you try making it yourself?” Well, I went to the Spark Recipes, and gave it a try. My friend was right. It is simple. It’s also inexpensive, versatile, and quick.
Now I make granola every week to ten days. I have adjusted the basic recipe to the ingredients that I have on hand, and the things that I like. Right now, I’m eating a maple-walnut granola. I add 1/8 cup of maple syrup, and that is enough sweetness to keep me satisfied. Every day at school, I eat plain Greek yogurt topped with blueberries and granola.
My challenge to you is the same as that from my friend to me: Sparkfriend, granola is simple to make. Why don’t you try making it yourself?
Here is a recipe for Gingersnap Granola

• 4 cups Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal, Brown Sugar or Cinnamon
• 2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
• 2 tablespoons margarine (vegetable oil spread in sticks)
• 1/2 cup honey
• 2 tablespoons molasses
• 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 15 x 10 x I-inch jelly roll pan or rimmeaking sheet with cooking spray.
In large bowl, combine cereal and oats; set aside.
In 2-cup microwaveable bowl, microwave vegetable oil spread on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted.
Stir in honey, molasses, lemon peel, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon; mix well. Drizzle over cereal mixture, stir to coat evenly. Spread mixture onto baking sheet.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring after 10 minutes.
• Cook Time Time: 15 min

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BOPPY_ 2/28/2013 12:20AM

    Nice recipe and comments. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/27/2013 10:02PM

    Sounds yummy ! I will try this too ..
Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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KAYOTIC 2/27/2013 9:46PM

    I've been making my own granola for a few months now, and you're right, it's easy! I've tried quite a few varieties, some lower in fat, but all are fairly low in sugar, and I like that I can pick my flavors, and add whatever nuts and dried fruits I happen to be in the mood for, or have on hand!

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68ANNE 2/27/2013 7:57PM

    I never knew it was so easy. Thank you

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MJ7DM33 2/27/2013 3:46PM

  Thx for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/27/2013 12:20PM

    I'll have to experiment with that one! With the Quaker Oat Squares (which has sugar) I would need to decrease the sugar. But I know I can do it!

Love peanut butter so much, I'd probably find a way to work that in too!

HUGS and here's to a great Wednesday.

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CAPECODLIGHT 2/27/2013 11:00AM

    I just go with the berries and maybe some chopped pecans or other nut. I'm afraid I would not be able to stop eating the granola at this point. Maybe some day....

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DESERTJULZ 2/27/2013 8:28AM

    Yay Jackie! Yes, if granola is a regular part of your diet, it is an excellent idea to make your own! I used to make granola regularly, though my fave breakfast now is fruit smoothie with protein.

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MIPALADY23 2/27/2013 7:38AM

    I have found it way easier to make many of my basics and this is greatly reducing my sugar and salt as well as all the nasty chemicals and preservatives!!! Way to go!!!

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DS9KIE 2/27/2013 7:08AM


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MSLZZY 2/27/2013 6:51AM

    I will have to try this-thanks for sharing!

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RD03875 2/27/2013 6:40AM

    I do make my own granola and add lots of interesting stuff.

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GRAMMYEAC 2/27/2013 6:18AM

    My grandchildren are starting to follow your lead and are taking yogurt, granola and blueberries in their school lunches.

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NMSUSTUDENT 2/27/2013 5:34AM

    I buy alot of granola from a farm in the state of new york a couple times a year. Great for breakfast.


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JSTETSER 2/27/2013 5:30AM

    This recipe came from the Quaker Oats website.

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