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Homemade Granola

30 Nov

Granola is a sneaky food. It sounds healthy – after all, it’s made with oats and nuts, and healthy ingredients, right? Problem is, much of commercial granola is laden with oil and sugar. Of course, you can buy the organic or “all-natural” brands, but then you’d be paying over $10 per pound! Why not make your own? It’s quick and easy, and you can add your favorite ingredients.

Vanilla almond granola


Here’s my easy recipe for vanilla almond granola:


  • 1 ¼ cup large-flake rolled oats (not instant or quick oats)
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, chopped
  • 1/6 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp safflower oil
  • 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 Tbsp flax seed (ground)
  • 1 ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon


  1. Mix all ingredients together.IMAG1541
  2. Spread on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool.
  4. Optional: Add raisins, dried cranberries, mini chocolate chips, or additional slivered almonds


Per 28g serving (about 1/4 cup)
Calories: 115
Total Fat: 5.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Fiber: 2.1 g
Sugars: 4.4 g
Protein: 3.1 g
This is comparable to what you’ll find in Bear Naked Fit granola, and much lower in sugar than many of the other granola options you’ll find in stores.

Slightly Less Sinful: Oatmeal-Raisin-Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 Jun

Here is my next attempt at making cookies slightly less unhealthy. There is no butter in this recipe. Instead, I use safflower oil, and sneak in a bit of ground flax seed.


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup safflower oil  (Canola oil is also ok)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins


Mix flour, baking powder,  salt, and flax seed together in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg and vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture, then oats, chocolate chips and raisins.

Drop by the tablespoonful onto cookie sheets. Makes about 32 small cookies.

Bake cookies at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, until edges are golden.

By the way, Russo’s Market (Watertown, MA), sells amazingly large, plump, juicy raisins!

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