Easy, Healthy Homemade Granola

Homemade GranolaGranolaupcloseBathing suit season is now upon us and since most of my mental energy is spent lusting over Shake Shack Burgers, lobster rolls (Red Hook or Luke’s) and truffle pizzas I need to get really creative in veering my taste buds towards more healthful options this summer.  Luckily, I love salads and vegetables (almost) as much, so finding bikini-friendly lunch and dinner options is mostly manageable. However, it’s the healthy breakfast replacements that really trip me up. No joke, I could be a professional breakfast burrito or bacon-egg-and-cheese-on-a-croissant eater. This means things like yogurt parfaits, fresh fruits or granola don’t have a chance with me. But alas, I discovered a loophole in my brilliantly flawed food logic. It turns out I love granola if I make it myself! So here’s my  recipe for a super easy, healthy homemade granola. Not too sweet with plenty of nutty goodness, it (kind of) keeps me away from the good ol’ American breakfast.

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Homemade Granola

  • 2 cups  rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts/pecans
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1.5 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup salted pepitas
  • short dry 1/2 cup of maple syrup (as in, don’t fill it all the way to the top)
  • 1.5 T apple pie spice (or some combination of cinnamon, ginger, clove and/or allspice)
Bake at 375  for 20 -25 mins. Stir after first 10 mins, then 10 mins after so it doesn’t burn. Let it cool then toss in dried cherries, ginger, apricots, cranberries or any type of your favorite dried fruit. Serve over low-fat yogurt or almond milk and you’ll be on your way to the best morning ever!

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