New Food Trend: Making Your Own Granola
If I’m looking for a light, but filling snack during the afternoon, chances are I’m going to reach for a granola bar. Most of the time, it’s either going to be the delicious Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars – Cherry Dark Chocolate or Quaker Oats Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. I stash them at my office desk, in my car and sometimes, in my purse. Hey, you never know when hunger is going to strike!
Despite the fact that I eat granola bars all the time, I’ve never tried to make my own. The reason why I bring this up is because making your own granola seems to be a rising trend among food bloggers. Keep reading for more info!
Granola is an ultra-versatile, healthy snack, filled with tons of fiber and other nutrients. You can snack on it with yogurt, fruit or even bake your own granola bar. Even if you’re not a big snacker, try it out for breakfast. This food is here to stay.
I mentioned before that a ton of food bloggers are making their own granola. Here are some of the most delicious ones I’ve seen:
* 1 1/3 C. rolled oats
* 2/3 C. raisins
* 1/2 C. bran flakes
* 1/3 C. unsweetened coconut
* 3 Tbs. chocolate chips
* 2 Tbs. chopped pecans
* 1 tsp. baking soda
* 1/4 C. peanut butter
* 1/4 C. brown sugar
* 3 Tbs. margarine or butter
* 3 Tbs. honey
* 1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square pan with vegetable spray. Put rolled oats, raisins, bran flakes, coconut, chocolate chips, pecans, and baking soda in bowl. Combine until well mixed.
In small saucepan, whisk together peanut butter, brown sugar, margarine, honey and vanilla over medium heat for approximately 30 seconds or just until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Pour over dry ingredients and stir to combine. Press into prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Yield: 25 bars
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 bar): Calories: 97, Fat: 5 g, Carbohydrate: 13 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 2 g, Sodium: 77 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Fat