Tempt My Tummy Tuesday… Crunchy Granola

by Lisa on October 18, 2010

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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.

Crunchy Granola

  • 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.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Riddlelove October 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Mmm, I love a good granola, and this looks gooooood! Thanks for sharing and hosting this blog hop!


Mary Beth October 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I hope Grace is feeling better and you both get a good night’s rest tonight. Thanks for hosting! : )


Kristia@FamilyBalanceSheet October 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I hope your daughter feels better and you both get some sleep tonight.

Thanks for the link-up.


The Paper Princess October 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I hope Grace is feeling better – I know the change in seasons can be hard on those with asthma! I hope you both get some rest tonight and have a blessed week!

Question: Can you consider lengethning the input field to more than 20 characters for the future? I was unable to input my full recipe title (or even the first part of it) – Beef With Caramelized Onions & Red Peppers – due to the length. I find about 50 characters is good to get the longer titles in.

Thanks so much!



Lisa October 19, 2010 at 7:10 am

Hey Ramona. This is my first time to you this linky tool. I have always used Mr. Linky, in the past. I thought I would give it a try. I will keep your suggestion in mind. Sorry for the inconvenience, this week. Thanks for your recipe, it does sound wonderful!


Kathie October 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

ooh, I have to make this for my husband!


Liz@HoosierHomemade October 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been wanting to make granola for ages, this recipe looks perfect! Thanks so much for sharing and for hosting!
Psss…did you get my email Lisa?


Lisa October 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Oh, Liz! I’m glad you reminded me. I meant to send you an email. You will hear from me soon! 🙂


Lana October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm

I LOVE the thumbnail links… cool!


Sherry October 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I love granola! I haven’t made any in a while though. What a neat idea to give as gifts! 🙂


Sherry October 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Hope you get some better rest tonight! Thanks for the photo linky! 🙂


QuatroMama October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

This granola sounds perfect.


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy October 18, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Granola sounds awesome! Thanks!


Alea October 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I love making my own granola because then I can tailor it to may family’s likes and dislikes. Then I don’t end up with a bag of raisin leftover. 🙂 Your mix looks like a great combination!


Lindsey October 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm

These all look so yummy. I can’t get the linky to work, so here is my link for Parmesan Chicken Fingers. http://dishwaterdreams.com/2010/10/parmesan-chicken-fingers/


alex@amoderatelife October 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Hi Lisa, sending all the best for Grace feeling better soon! Also, best of luck with the continued path towards finding your best health and loving your body. A great addition to any program of health promotion is probiotics to aid in the digestion and detoxification of the gut. My recipe for pretty in pink slaw is a fermented one and it is just the ticket for you! All the best and thanks for hosting. Alex@amoderatelife


Lisa October 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

Thanks, Alex. I appreciate the advice. I am definitely looking into adding probiotics to better our health. I can’t wait to see your recipe. Thanks, again.


bj October 19, 2010 at 2:08 am

So sorry your little girl isn’t feeling well. Hopefully, this will be a good day for the both of you.

I didn’t have a recipe in my post I just linked with you…just some great bread to drool over. 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting..
xo bj


Lisa October 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

Thanks for joining us, BJ.


Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads October 19, 2010 at 3:26 am

Yum! We love granola around here. I need to make up some of my gluten free version soon. My hubby’s been really wanting me to make some. 🙂


Destri October 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

First hope your little one feels better, asthma is no fun, especially in the middle of the night.
Second, wahoo on your progress!
My favorite snack are plain yogurt, you heard that right, but trust me once you get used to it you love the tangy bite to it. And then wheat toast with just a little butter and sliced avocado, mmmmmmm!
Keep up the good work!


gnee October 19, 2010 at 6:21 am

Your granola sounds delicious! Thanks for a fun paRty!


lisa October 19, 2010 at 7:13 am

Congrats on your weight loss! Always looking for ways to eat healthy : )


Kaylie October 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

The granola looks delicious! I have a tried-and-true granola recipe that I can’t keep my hands out of. 🙂

One of my favorite healthy snacks is “Ants on a Log.” Yes, it makes me feel like a preschooler, but that’s half the fun! 😉

A couple “logs” of celery + filled with creamy organic peanut (or sun) butter + raisins on top = filling, tasty, fiber-ful snack.


Miz Helen October 19, 2010 at 8:14 am

Your granola looks great. I will try it soon.
Thank you for sharing and thank you for hosting.


Queen of the House October 19, 2010 at 8:58 am

I, too, love granola and haven’t made it for a long time! Yum!

Congratulations on your weight and inches lost!!!! You must be so proud of yourself! Keep up the great work!!!! 🙂


Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship October 19, 2010 at 9:56 am

I actually have a whole eBook titled “Healthy Snacks to Go!” I’d love to share a copy with you, and if you like the recipes, you could join my affiliate program and earn commission for talking about them. 🙂 More info here: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/ebooks-at-kitchen-stewardship/ or email me.

God bless,


Lisa October 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Thanks, Katie. I have been meaning to check out your eBook. Thanks for the reminder. I can’t wait to see it. I’ll let you know about the affiliate program, as well.


Melinda October 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

Congratulations on the weight loss! You’re doing great! I think the middle of the night illnesses are the scariest and the hardest as parents. Hope you’re all rested up and doing better!


Stephanie October 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

I went to link up and it wasnt working. Nothing extravagent on this post…stay tuned to my blog I have an up an coming blog carnival of “What I accomplished” it will talk about what you have accomplished during the week. Just another way of bringing out the positive from the week 🙂


Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes October 19, 2010 at 11:19 am

I hope your daughter feels better soon. Congrats on your weight loss. I like granola in yogurt too. My mom taught me to eat that, so maybe those good eating habits will be passed on to your daughter as well. Thanks for the recipe.


Michelle October 19, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Ooooo I LOVE making granola. My recipe is very similar to this one – and so good. I haven’t made it in awhile, and I think I need to make some soon!


Julie October 19, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Wow, Rotel for 100! I love granola, it’s such a great snack. Congratultions on your weight loss.


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