Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Your Best Morning

Instead of buying a box of your favorite sugary cereal this week, why not make your own in a matter of minutes? You can control the ingredients and cut out so much sugar, ensuring that not only is it composed of YOUR favorite stuff, it's actually GOOD for you too! Here's what I'm eating for breakfast this week along with my milk. It would be great with dried cherries, slivered coconut, even white chocolate chips (yum!). The combinations are totally yours!

Best Morning Granola

2 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT quick cooking oats)
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Sea Salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 Cup Honey
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/3 Cup Almonds
1/3 Cup Hazelnuts
1/3 Cup Golden Raisins
1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries

Preheat Oven to 325 Degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, toss oats with cinnamon and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, honey, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Pour honey/brown sugar mixture over oats and stir mixture until oats are fully coated. Pour mixture out onto baking sheet and spread out evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and toss granola before adding almonds and returning to oven for additional 5 minutes. At this point, add hazelnuts and toss granola one more time.

Bake 10 additional minutes then remove your granola from oven. Sprinkle immediately with sea salt to taste. Let cool slightly before adding raisins and cranberries. Stores in an airtight container up to one week.

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