My fantastically talented brother Jay who is one hell of a writer and a smart cookie recently asked me for some healthy snack ideas. What a challenge! Is there technically such a thing as a healthy snack? Well I think so! Above you see lots of pieces of fruit with some high quality vanilla yogurt drizzled with honey and sprinkled with homemade granola. Not too shabby! The hardest part of this kind of snack is the granola. Most granolas are full of the fat and preservatives. I had never made granola myself so I thought I would give it a try.
I turned to the every inspiring Alton Brown’s for his recipe of granola. You put a bunch of oats in a bowl with two cups of nuts, sweet coconut, brown sugar, maple syrup, oil and salt:
I had all these almost-empty little bags of nuts so I just threw them in. I also added some cinnamon to the granola which felt like a perfect fit for the recipe.
Put on two baking sheets and bake in a low oven for just over an hour. I totally did not see the part where you were suppose to stir the granola every 15 minutes! Doh! It was fine, just stuck a little, no big deal.
Delicious! My house filled up with the scent of cinnamon, I love it when that happens! I decided to add some raisin for contrasting texture and additional sweetness. This made a lot of granola so I put most of it in my freezer for future fruit salads and trail mixes. This recipe was simple, took some time but not all day and is very delicious! I hope you considering trying to make your own granola one day soon.