FOUR INGREDIENT GRANOLA
Happy Thanksgiving week! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love spending time with my family, time off work to relax and most importantly: all of the FOOD. As our calendars start to fill up with gatherings centered on food, I want to take some time to this week to talk about the habit of overeating.
I have zero will power when it comes to food. When I buy something "naughty" from the store—it screams at me from the inside cabinet until it’s all gone. A perfect example of this is the True Goodness Blueberry and Flax-seed granola from Meijer. Now first off—I know this sounds like it’s super healthy and it’s definitely not the worst thing I earth I could be eating. The reason I classify this as a “naughty food” is because of the sugar they add to this granola. Not to mention that when I buy this stuff—I seem to forget that recommended serving sizes are a thing. The nutrition label says 7 servings per bag? Nuh uh! For Mon, one bag—one serving. It’s bad.
It’s foods like these that I don’t want to deprive myself of but know I must either find a way to exercise stronger willpower or find a healthier alternative. My recipe today is that solution for me. I love making my own version of foods that are typically high in sugar. I can control exactly how much sugar I add and always try to use a natural substitute such as honey or maple syrup.
6 cups organic old fashion oats
½ - ¾ c. honey or maple syrup
½ c. natural peanut butter, crunchy or smooth
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine honey and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 45 seconds until the peanut butter is warm enough to whisk easily with the honey. Add in the vanilla and whisk to combine. With the oats in a large bowl, pour in the peanut butter mixtures and mix thoroughly. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the oats on each pan. Bake at 275 for 15-20 minutes. Remove pans from oven and press the granola into an even layer in the pan. Bake for 10-15 more minutes. Let the granola cool completely before removing it from the baking sheet as it will get crispier the longer it cools. I use this granola recipe as a base and add chopped walnuts, chia seeds, or sometimes dark chocolate chips.
That's all for now, stay smpl.