Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lovin' on Granola

Happy Valentine's Day!  We're lovin' on some yummy homemade granola at our house for breakfast this morning.  I made this granola last week and I'm ecstatic about finally finding an incredible recipe.  After many attempts with various recipes on the internet, this one is hands-down delish!  This recipe was given to me by a sweet young mom from my Tuesday morning bible study.  It's absolutely amazing and super easy breezy to make!  Just add your favorite yogurt (I prefer Stonyfield Fat-Free French Vanilla), a handful of fruit, and its a delightful wholesome breakfast or snack.  You can store the granola in an airtight container (I use a ziplock bag) at room temperature for up to one week.  I use about a 1/4 cup of granola per 1/2 cup of yogurt, which makes this recipe go a pretty long way....approx. 25 servings.

Easy-Breezy Granola  *Printable Recipe*
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup flax seed
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup olive oil
2 T light brown sugar
1 t ground cinnamon
1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using a wooden spoon, mix the ingredients until evenly distributed; the mixture will be stiff and sticky.  Spread the granola mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet and place in oven.  Bake, stirring from time to time, until browned, 45-60 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  When cool, break apart any clumped bits.  

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