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I have been trying to find healthier snacks for myself and Grace, I think this recipe would be a much better choice than Grace’s favorite fruit snacks. You know the ones, sticky, gummy fruit snacks. She could eat her weight in them! I recently found some with all natural, organic ingredients. However, I still would rather her ask for something else. I have discovered how much I like granola in my morning low calorie yogurt. That has become a regular breakfast for me, prior to going to gym to work out with my trainer. (By the way, I have lost 11 pounds and many inches, in the last four weeks. )
I found a new granola recipe which I was going to make today….. Then Grace and I ended up awake at 3:30am due to her asthma – never going back to bed. Needless to say, after a doctor’s appointment, picking up medication, and finally a nap- for both of us – the granola did not get made. So, all the ingredients are sitting on my countertop in anticipation of being made into some tasty granola-tomorrow. Oh well – you mommies know about “best laid plans”. If it turns out well, I plan to make a large batch, in December, to package and give as Christmas gifts.
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds (I am using the almonds.)
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 (6 oz) package dried cranberries or other dried fruits (I am going to use dried cranberries and blueberries.)
Heat oven to 300. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, nuts, sesame seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil, honey, and water. Toss the mixture until it is combined, then spread it evenly on a cookie sheet.
Bake the granola until lightly browned, about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking. Let it cool completely, then stir in the dried fruit.
Makes about 7 cups.
I found this recipe in this months Family Fun magazine, page 86.
Another new snack, I have discovered, is Ann’s House Soy Energy Blend. It is a blend of lightly toasted soy nuts, almonds, pumpkin kernels and sweet dried cranberries. I found it at Costco. One serving is 1/4 cup and is 150 calories, 8 grams fat, 7 grams protein. It has no salt added, so I am not adding any sodium to my diet. It’s a filling snack, for a pick me up, during my day.
What healthier snacks do you enjoy? I would love to know your favorites. And, as always, thank you for joining us for Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.
Looking forward to your recipes! Please link up.