Granola for me is one of those comfort foods that’s like a good, old friend. You know the kind that you can go months (or even years) without talking to, and then pick up right where you left off?! I can go months without making granola and then when I make a batch, I always feel like I should do it more often. It’s a classic add-on to so many things: yogurt & fruit, smoothie bowls, a bowl of cereal, or even a few handfuls on its own as a quick snack. It adds crunch and sweet to your life – what more could you want?!
Prior to being an RD, when my interest in nutrition was first piqued and I was reading labels like they were going out of style, I quickly came to realize that many granolas were high in sugar, fat, and calories. This made me avoid the store-bought versions like the plague, and it was at this point that I first started making my own granola.
As my nutrition philosophy evolved over my years as an RD, I now realize that food is so much more than just calories, and that, although there is some added sugar in most store-bought varieties of granola, it’s actually okay to eat sugar sometimes (gasp!). However, I still often make my own granola simply because I like the taste better!
This granola packs a nutritional punch with healthy fats and carbs, and also tastes great. It’s a perfect way to fuel pre or post workout, as a quick breakfast, or as a snack anytime of the day!
Chia pudding has been popular for a few years now, and it’s no wonder why people love it. It’s delicious and so easy to prepare with just about any type of milk or plant-based milk alternate that you enjoy.
2 cups large flake rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
3 Tbsp avocado oil (or any neutral tasting oil)
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 cup mixed nuts and seeds of your choice (I like a mixture of almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice (dried cherries are really good!)
Preheat oven to 300 F. Prepare cookie sheet by spraying with oil or lining with parchment paper or foil.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and nuts/seeds of choice in a medium-sized bowl.
In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, avocado oil and maple syrup.
Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix together (use some muscle power and make sure it’s really mixed well).
Spread evenly on cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes. Toss halfway through baking time.
Once cooled, add the dried fruit of your choice and enjoy!
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