Healthy Granola

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Healthy Homemade Granola

I love homemade granola because you can really easily make it your own.  You can change the nuts, dried fruit and spices you use all with the same base recipe.  

It is the perfect topping to my morning yogurt bowl, but is also a great snack any time any where. 

Hemp seeds add protein and Omega-3 fats to this granola, but flaxseeds or even chia seeds will work well too.  

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  • 4 cupsServings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup nuts of choice (slivered almonds, chopped walnuts)
  • ¼ cup wheat germ

  • ¼ cup shelled hemp seed (or flaxseed)

  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • ¼ cup oil of choice (olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil)

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice (raisins, craisins, cherries, apricots)

Preparation

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, wheat germ and hemp seeds. 

2 In a small pot slowly heat brown sugar, maple syrup, oil, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.

3 Pour syrup over oat mixture and mix well. Lay granola on a large sheet pan. Sprinkle with a little water and smush together handfuls with your hands (this helps form the clusters).

4 Cook for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and transfer to a bowl, add dried fruit and store in an airtight container.

5 Nutrition Information per 1/4 cup: 200 calories, 10 g fat, 26 g carbohydrate, 4.8 g protein