In one of my very early posts, I mentioned that I had cut my (former) favorite breakfast out of our budget and had switched to oatmeal for $0.06 per serving to help save for our trip to Africa. Since the switch, I have eaten more oatmeal than ever before.
Last week I decided that I needed a break from oatmeal, so when I saw this post on Cate’s World Kitchen I thought that I would change things up a bit. I guess it was still ‘eating oatmeal’ for breakfast, but in a much different form. I think I will change-up my breakfast routine now and then with granola and yogurt parfaits now that I have learned how to make a relatively healthy, low sugar, low-fat granola.
This is not a super sweet granola, Chris added honey on top of his granola and yogurt parfait. I secretly, ok, not so secretly, wanted honey on mine because I like honey. I have been known to eat it with a spoon directly from the container. Unfortunately, since I barely ran all week, I decided that I did not need honey on mine. Bummer.
Chris’s parfait tasted like candy. Mine just tasted like a healthy, welcome change for breakfast. I guess that goes to show that this granola has something to offer to each of us.
Adapted from Cate’s World Kitchen.
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup coarsely shredded unpeeled apple
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray and pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
- Mix the apple and oats in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Bring the honey, water, and cinnamon to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour over the oat mixture and toss well.
- Stir in the almonds, spread on the baking sheet, and bake for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven and stir in the cranberries.
- Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container.
Servings ~ about 9
Calories (per 1/4 cup) ~ 206, Fat ~ 5 g, Carbohydrates ~ 37 g, Protein ~ 5 g