Simply the Best Granola

Simply the Best Granola

This is a standby at our house. We even take some with us when we travel for a snack in the car or an easy breakfast in hotel. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your kitchen. It definitely beats the ones you’ll find in the cereal aisle.

INGREDIENTS

granola bowl

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (look for Red Mill)
¼ cup brown sugar

¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil (canola or coconut oil works well)
½ tsp. salt

2 cups diced dried fruit (apricots, dried cherries, raisins)

INSTRUCTIONS

– Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

– In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl combine maple syrup, oil and salt. Combine the two mixtures well. Spread the granola onto a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour stirring every fifteen minutes. The low heat allows for a nice, lightly toasted flavor.

– Allow the granola to cool, and add chopped fruit and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

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This is a modified version of Alton Brown’s recipe.

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Homemade Protein Bars

This is no low-calorie treat, but these protein bars are a delicious and natural alternative to the many packaged bars you’ll find on grocery store shelves. Feel free to tailor this recipe to suit your taste and what you have on hand. They are crumbly, delicious, and perishable, so please store them in the refrigerator.

Homemade Protein Bars

INGREDIENTS

IMG_12783 cups oats
1/2 cup whole sesame seeds or sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, preferably organic
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
1 cup organic peanut butter (or use almond butter or the nut/seed butter of your choice)
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquified if solid
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped apricots, raisins, figs or other dried fruit (optional – will add sweetness)
up to 1 cup protein powder (optional – use less or omit if you dislike the taste or the idea of protein powders)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with a little coconut oil or organic butter.

2. Combine dry ingredients (oats through brown sugar) in a large bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (Greek yogurt through coconut oil).

4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until thoroughly combined, and then mix in the chocolate.

5. Taste a little of the homemade protein bar mixture. Is it tasty? You can add more peanut butter or the optional nuts at this point if you like. Is it sweet enough? If not, you can add more sweetener or some of the optional dried fruit. Now is also the time to add in the protein powder if you are going to use it. Mix well using very clean hands (warning–it will be sticky!)

6. Spread the mixture into your prepared dish and bake for 15 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven, let them cool a little, and then slice the bars as you desire. Your homemade protein bars can be sliced into squares, or into the more typical bar shape you would purchase, if you prefer. Spread the bars onto a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes more. Allow to cool, and then wrap and store in the refrigerator.

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This recipe is from Healthy Green Kitchen