It’s a new year, so of course like everyone else, I am starting 2015 with the resolution of eating healthier. I am definitely not as unhealthy as I think– I prepare most of my own meals, so I know exactly what I’m putting in my body. However, there are little things that I tend to forget are wayyyy more processed than they should be. Case in point, granola and other snack foods. This year, I’m going to try to be more conscious of buying less of that prepackaged deliciousness and try instead to make it on my own. Lucky for me, Santa brought me a bread maker and a vita-mix, so I have no excuse but to use them in my goal. But seriously, I was shocked at how easy granola is to make, literally mix then bake. No excuses. Plus, you can customize it to have whatever dried fruits you prefer and add your favorite nuts too! To say I dislike raisins is an understatement, so anytime I can swap those out for something a little more palette friendly, I’m in! Let me know what combinations you end up trying!
5 cups old-fashioned oats
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup + 2 Tbsp cup brown sugar
½ cup honey
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried banana chips
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup unsalted pecans
1 beaten egg white
Preheat oven to 300°
Line a baking sheet with sides with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients except the egg white together in a large bowl until evenly coated with butter and honey. Finally stir in beaten egg white evenly. Spread mixture onto baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes without stirring. Turn oven off and allow granola to stay in oven until cooled. Once cool, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Serve with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruit or snack on it a la cart.
~40 servings, 133 calories per 1/4 cup