Made with love…and cinnamon

I love to eat. I love to bake. I love to make homemade baked goods. I love knowing what is in my food and not worrying about random preservatives that i can’t even pronounce.

I started making my own granola a few months ago and it’s been a big hit at my house. It’s nice to have the option to change it up and make it healthy, kind of healthy, or not so healthy and still know that the ingredients are natural and good for you.

Since i love to share too, i thought i would share my recipe:

Star’s Granola

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds, rough chopped (i buy whole, unsalted in bulk since i snack on them all the time)
1 cup walnuts, rough chopped (also buy these whole in bulk)
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup honey (i like pure organic- i buy this in bulk too)
cinnamon
1 cup pistachios, rough chopped
1 cup craisins
1 cup dried cherries or blueberries

*preheat oven to 275 degrees
*on a large baking sheet, make a mound with the oats, almonds, walnuts; add salt
*melt butter and mix with honey; pour over the mound of oats and nuts; stir to blend (this is barely enough liquid to coat the oats and nuts- that’s ok; you just want enough to give it a slight flavor)
*spread evenly on baking sheet; sprinkle cinnamon – i don’t measure this but i sprinkle a light layer of cinnamon over the entire cookie sheet (if you don’t like cinnamon, you can skip this part)
*bake for 30 minutes
*meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix pistachios, craisins, and dried cherries (you can use any dried fruits here- i just happen to buy these in bulk so i always have them on hand)
*once the oat mixture is out of the oven and cooled, add it to the bowl of pistachios and dried fruits; mix well
*store in a gallon size baggie

Enjoy over a heaping portion of fruit and yogurt!

2 thoughts on “Made with love…and cinnamon

  1. Nice!Funny to think about “unhealthy granola” but it’s true. Some granola has more sugar in a serving than a Snickers bar!I’ve been tracking my eats over at livestrong.com. It’s been great, though, I’ve been driving Ansley crazy with it! Ha! Anyway, I reccommend it.

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