Breakfast BONUS: Crunchy Granola

I love granola. The sweetness. The crunchiness. And you can chock it full of good things like flax seeds, chia seeds and nuts.

It’s so easy to make and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry. It’s also much less expensive and healthier than buying it at the store.

I pair it with yogurt for a quick breakfast or a mid-morning or afternoon snack. It’s also quite tasty on top of ice cream if you want to splurge.

Speaking of yogurt, my newest obsession is Brown Cow Farm Cream on Top Maple Yogurt. DELICIOUS! And if you go to their website and enter your email, they will give you lots of great coupons.


Crunchy Granola

Crunchy Granola

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 Tbs. dark brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almond slices
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tbs. flavorless oil, such as vegetable or canola
1 Tb. water
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat a 9-by-13-inch metal pan with cooking spray, then set aside.

2. Mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, flax-seed, salt

3. Bring syrup, oil, water, vanilla and cinnamon to a simmer in a saucepan over low heat.

4. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir to combine. Pour mixture onto prepared pan.

5. Bake for 30 minutes. Stir in dried fruit. Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes longer.

6. Let cool. Store in an air tight container.

Granola Yogurt Bowl

Granola Yogurt Bowl