Crunchy Granola

Let me start by saying Happy New Years! What are your resolutions for 2013? Is eating healthier one of them? I thought I’d kick off the new year with a heart healthy granola, great for breakfast/dessert/snacking … you name it.

Granola

Recipe:

1 1/2 Cup old fashioned oats

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, etc.)

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins, etc.)

dash of cinnamon

dash of vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour on a sheet pan lined with foil or parchment paper, and spread evenly. Cook for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so. Cool and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt, or eat plain!

Crunchy Granola

Mom’s Apple Crisp

Sorry for my negligence this past month or so! My best friend just got married and the weekends have been filled with all sorts of wedding related events. Since the wedding was near my parent’s house, I had a chance to stop by over the weekend. My mom and dad have several apple trees that are laden with fruit this time of year. My mom has been cranking out apple sauce, apple pies, and other apple treats. I lucked out because a fresh ¬†apple crisp was sitting on the counter when I got home.

My mom and I use the same crisp recipe, so you can find the recipe under my strawberry/rhubarb crisp post. Just replace the strawberries/rhubarb with apples and a sprinkling of cinnamon. My mom also added some shredded coconut to her topping to give it an extra crunch when it browned in the oven. This crisp was sooooo good!!!!

Recipe (replace the strawberry/rhubarb with apples)! If you want to use a 9×13″ pan like my mom did, just double the recipe

https://chicknhen.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/strawberry-rhubarb-crisp/