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Weekend Well-Being: Make Your Own Granola

Granola is one of my favorite breakfast foods. I must admit, I munch on it for an afternoon snack, too. Add a little fruit and a little yogurt to the granola and you've got yourself a well-balanced meal or snack.

Granola, however, is often made with lots of oil and sweeteners. I have taken the matter into my own hands and made some of my own. This recipe uses frozen apple-juice concentrate, which decreases the amount of sugar and oil needed to make tasty, crunchy granola. Plus, the recipe contains wheat germ, my new favorite super food.

This is a great Winter recipe because the stove is on for almost an hour. So turn off your heat, turn on your oven, and make your own granola.

To check out the recipe just

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Cinnamon, Walnut Granola
adapted from Everyday Food

What you need:
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup toasted wheat germ
¾ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup frozen apple juice concentrate (thawed)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup dried cherries (chopped)
½ cup dried cranberries

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. Spread oats evenly on pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  2. Add wheat germ and walnut to oats and cook for 10 more minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine apple juice concentrate, sugar, oil, and cinnamon.
  4. Pour mixture over oats and add dried fruit. Stir well to combine.
  5. Increase heat of oven to 325 degrees and bake oat for another 20 to 30 minutes or until they are golden brown. Stir the mixture halfway through the cooking process.
  6. Allow oats to cool in pan, about 25 minutes. Transfer to an air tight container. Granola will keep at room temperature for one month.

In the original recipe, I found the temperature too high. I changed the temperature and the timing.

Here's nutritional information:

Serving size 1/2 cup
Calories 271
Fat (g) 11
Protein (g) 7
Carbs (g) 38
Fiber (g) 4.6
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chatnoir chatnoir 8 years
Awesome. I would add in some flax and use fresh apples (mashed/juiced)in place of the concentrate. Agave Nectar or Turbinado sugar for the brown sugar.If you can use your food dehydrator and keep it at or below 108 degrees you'll still have the benefits of raw/enzymes. I'm going to play!!! yea
chatnoir chatnoir 8 years
Awesome. I would add in some flax and use fresh apples (mashed/juiced)in place of the concentrate. Agave Nectar or Turbinado sugar for the brown sugar. If you can use your food dehydrator and keep it at or below 108 degrees you'll still have the benefits of raw/enzymes. I'm going to play!!! yea
machula machula 8 years
is there any substitute for the apple juice concentrate? i'm not sure whether i will be able to buy it here in europe (in fact i'never heard of it previously), any tips are welcome :)
hottpink hottpink 8 years
Yum, this sounds great! I LOVE granola!!!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
This sounds very tasty, I love granola! Question, could I use apple sauce instead of the concentrate with some sweetner or suagr added?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
This sounds very tasty, I love granola!Question, could I use apple sauce instead of the concentrate with some sweetner or suagr added?
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This sounds great...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This sounds great...
emalove emalove 8 years
Yum, I love granola.
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