Breakfast Snacks

Pantry Granola

I’ve talked about store-bought granola before, and the 4-letter word connotation it has in the “dieting world.”  As it turns out, homemade granola can be quite healthy.  Things that make granola fattening are:

  • lots of added sugar
  • dried fruits with tons of added sugar
  • a ton of nuts
  • unneeded processed carbohydrates

The only sugars we have added to this recipe are honey, dates, and dried strawberries.  Good fats and proteins are added with the addition of pecans and walnuts.  These support brain health. Fiber and nutrients are added with pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, and flax seed meal.  Don’t worry if you don’t have flax seed meal lying around the house.  You can just omit this ingredient if you don’t.

This recipe is called pantry granola because you can make it with what ever you find in your pantry.  Mix and match nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and grains.  Just try to keep the liquid to dry ingredients ratio the same.  If the granola is too dry, it won’t stick together.  If it’s too wet, the texture won’t be right.

Give it a try, and create your own home-made healthy granola.  Enjoy it with milk, or by itself!

Pantry Granola

Ingredients:

1 egg white

1/4 cup honey

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup pecans

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup chopped dates

1/4 cup chopped, dried strawberries

1/4 cup pepitas

1 cup oats

1/4 cup flax seed meal

1.  chop the pecans, walnuts, dates, and strawberries, and set aside.

2.  Whisk the egg white in a medium sized bowl.  Add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon, and mix well.

Egg and vanilla Mix

3.  Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.

Nuts Nuts Oats Pepitas and fruit Mix Wheat germ

4.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spread the mixture onto the sheet, evenly.

Spread onto the cookie sheet Into the oven

5.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 350, turning once or twice.  You’ll want to break up the granola a bit, while still allowing it to clump.

Out of the oven

 

Pantry Granola
Author: Simply Playful Fare
Ingredients
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped, dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
Instructions
  1. chop the pecans, walnuts, dates, and strawberries, and set aside.
  2. Whisk the egg white in a medium sized bowl. Add the vanilla, honey, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well.
  4. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the mixture onto the sheet, evenly.
  5. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 350, turning once or twice. You’ll want to break up the granola a bit, while still allowing it to clump.
Serving size: 94 g, 8 servings Calories: 447 Fat: 33.3 g Carbohydrates: 32.2 g Protein: 10.7 g

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What are you going to add to your pantry granola?  Let us know in the comments section!

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