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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
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