February 22, 2012

clean eats

I've been missing cereal. Even the "healthy" kind I buy Toph/B when it's on super sale at Grocery Outlet has some kind of sugar in it. I used to make granola growing up but it called for lots of oil and subsequently took forev to dry out in the oven. And I wanted some this morning for breakfast. Not in July to munch on during the Olympics. (Sooo excited for those, BTW!!!) So behold: My new go to granola recipe. 
So simple, so good, and so much quicker to cook.

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds
1 TB ground flax seed (optional)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Put all the ingredients in a big bowl and mix together until the dry ingredients are covered in the honey and applesauce.
Spread out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. The granola is done when it's dry and golden brown. Let it cool then eat the whole dang batch. Or make once a week and eat responsibly. Makes about 4 cups.

There are tons of other things you can throw into this base recipe to mix it up as well:
100% cocoa powder
dried cranberries (add at the end of cooking so they don't burn)
raisins (ditto)
chia seeds