Smart Snacks: Granola Time!

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Hi Folks – it’s fall! My favorite thing about fall is the seasonal food that tantalizes our taste buds and fuels our bodies as the weather gets cooler.  One of my favorite fall foods is GRANOLA! I started making granola last year and I love it! Granola is typically characterized by oats mixed with sweeteners and nuts.  You can find tons of varieties in the super market.  Some are good for you and some are just empty calories.

When made with the right ingredients granola is a smart snack.  It can contain protein, fiber, essential fatty acids and a host of minerals that nourish your body.   It’s a really good alternative to sugary/salty snacks that are high in calories, but low in nutrition. Plus you can put anything you want in your own specialized mix.  Nuts, berries, seeds, grains and the list goes on and on! I also love the fact that granola is a great topping for EVERYTHING! You can eat it on fried apples, yogurt, hot cereal, fruit salad or plain.

Tip of the day: when your apples get too soft to juice or eat....make stewed or fried apples. Perfect warm treat for fall! These were delish! #apple #appledessert #vegansweets #Vegan #sweets #justlikeapplepie #love #sweettreat #weekendsplurge #vegan #plantbased #granola #homemade #nesting
Fried apples with granola topping

I’ve made three different granola recipes  this fall and I’m going to share my favorite out of the three in this post.  Now I don’t do well with measured recipes.  I’m a very touchy feely cook and like to shake, pour, blend, and squeeze to taste.  Granola is a perfect for shaking and squeezing to your heart’s desire!

Here are the Chocolate Zinger Granola ingredients:

  • Oats (3 cups)
  • sunflower seeds (1/2 cup)
  • pumpkin seeds (1/2 cup)
  • chia seeds (1/4 cup)
  • hemp seeds (1/4 cup)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
  • molasses (a heavy drizzle)
  • candied ginger (1/3 cup
  • brown sugar (1/2 cup – to taste)
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • coconut oil (1 TBS)
  • salt (pinch – to taste)
  • water (2 – 3 TBS or as needed)
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Chocolate Zinger Granola

Preparation:

  1. Pour all ingredients (except water) into a large bowl.  Mix extremely well and ensure the flavor is what you’re after. If not, adjust all ingredient to suit your palate.
  2. Add water – just enough to make the mixture wet, but not too wet.
  3. Mix well – hands are the best tools for this!
  4. Put mixture on thin layer on baking
  5. Bake on 265 degrees farinheit for 1.5 hours. 
  6. Stir 1/2 way through
  7. Let cool, then store in air tight jar/container.

Check out granola making in action! Note – this is not the same Chocolate Zinger granola recipe or ingredients.  You can follow this guide to make your own.  Sky is the limit! Happy crunching!

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