By this time of year, most of us are ready for healthier food after almost a month of holiday parties and celebrations.
This easy-to-make granola is low in fat and added sugar, but full of texture and flavor to help you ease into more healthy habits for the New Year.
Vary the nuts and dried fruit to suit your tastes, but maintain the same proportions in order to keep your granola on the healthier side.
(If you prefer a sweeter, chunkier granola, you can double the oil and honey.)
When you’ve mixed up a batch, prepare a quick make-ahead breakfast in the evening by topping half a cup of granola with frozen berries and yogurt. Leave it in the fridge overnight, and in the morning you’ve got breakfast ready to go.
- 6 cups / 1.5 liters rolled oats
- 1 cup / 250 ml wheat bran
- 1 cup / 250 ml powdered milk (optional)
- ½ cup / 125 ml wheat germ
- ½ cup / 125 ml ground flax
- 1 cup / 250 ml sunflower seeds (or choice of nuts)
- 1 cup / 250 ml raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1 tablespoon / 15 ml cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon / 2.5 ml salt
- ½ cup / 125 ml vegetable oil
- ½ cup / 125 ml honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon / 5 ml vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F / 149 degrees C.
- In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the oil, honey.and vanilla. Stir the dry ingredients well to combine.
- In small bowl, combine oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir to combine thoroughly.
- When well-mixed, put granola into 2 9x13-inch / 23x33 cm pans, and place in oven.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then stir.
- Bake for another 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool in pans. When cool, scoop the granola into an airtight container to store.