Homemade Healthy Granola September 17, 2012
Have you ever looked at the nutritional information on a bag of Quaker granola cereal? There is just about as much sugar in a bowl of their granola as there is in a chocolate sundae! Yet, I love granola, so I came up with a healthier version.
There’s no sugar and no oil. Instead I use agave nectar.
If you aren’t familiar with agave nectar, it’s a natural sweetener that comes from the agave plant. The best part is, that it’s low on the glycemic index. Where sugar is 100 on the glycemic index, agave nectar is in the 20’s. And since it’s 25% sweeter than sugar, you use less.
There are five simple ingredients:
4 C old fashioned oatmeal (uncooked)
2 C coconut
2 C raisins or dried fruit
2 C sliced almonds
1/8-1/4 C agave nectar
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and spread them on a sheet pan. Cook in the oven at 375, for 7 minutes. Stir and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes,
Yes, the coconut is probably sweetened with lots of that evil sugar, but I’m not perfect! (Just in case I had any of you fooled!) Once out of the oven, let the mixture cool. Or better yet put some in a bowl, with vanilla soy milk and have yourself a warm, wonderful treat!
What are your favorite comfort foods?