Saturday, November 13, 2010

Healthy Low Fat Granola

My boyfriend and I just got back from an excellent kiteboarding trip to Oliphant, Ontario.  The geography there is excellent for kiteboarding and we were lucky to have sunny skies everyday.  I decided to make some healthy granola to take on the trip to keep us going all day long.
I made some changes to the original recipe that I used.  The granola wasn’t moist enough so the granola bars turned into a bag of loose granola.  Here is the modified recipe.
2 cups quick oats
1/2 c. wheat germ
1/4 c. sesame seeds
3/4 c. unsalted sunflower seeds 
1/2 c. flaxseeds
1 c. honey
3/4 c. natural peanut butter
splash of vanilla extract
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/4 c. raisins
1/4 c. dried blueberries (you can omit this and use any other dried fruit, these blueberries are quiet expensive) 
1/2 c. almonds
Heat peanut butter, honey and vanilla in a pot on the stove until it is fully melted.  Roast the wheat germ, oats, and all seeds in a frying pan for about 10 mins until toasted (don’t burn).  Line a baking pan with wax paper.  Toss the toasted mixture with the wet mixture in a bowl and spread in the baking pan, press down firmly into the pan.  Let sit for about 2 hours.  If the mixture doesn’t hold put it into a ziplock bag and you have granola rather than granola bars.

I mixed some of mine with vanilla yogurt and it was awesome.  It alone is awesome too!

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