The summer season has officially begun. While the majority of you are planning beach days and camping trips, we have been cooped up with our newborn, watching repeats of The Office and Parks and Rec. We are in bed. We have been sleeping like a log.
When his little immune system can handle it, we’re sure to take our kid out for lunch on the patio, or to the country for fresh ice cream once he’s old enough. In the meantime, we’re making the most of our time together as a family.
Grains are one of those foods we always have on hand in the kitchen. The convenience of having a jar at the ready allows me to include a crunch whenever I want. I often include a crunch with my yogurt or smoothie bowl. In addition, having a cup of granola and some almond milk every now and then is an excellent snack.
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This particular granola is my go-to stash because it’s more nutritious than the processed options available at the grocery store. Rather than using traditional granola ingredients, I switched them with nutrient-dense options to make a cinnamon raisin granola recipe that’s delicious and nutritious!
Does Granola Really Have Health Benefits?
You can make granola that is very healthy if you make it with healthy ingredients. I like the combination of fruit, nuts, and oatmeal since they all provide you with a healthy start to the day.
There’s nothing wrong with honey in this recipe, up to a point. However, if you add more sugar than the recipe calls for, the nutritional value will be diminished.
In addition, adding any type of candy or sugar-laden ingredient decreases the nutritional value. Your body actually needs something else to function instead of this.
How allergy-friendly is this recipe?
Granola with cinnamon and raisins normally contains no soy, no eggs, and no dairy. This recipe can be made completely nut free, as well.
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Why is granola different from muesli?
Muesli is a snack typically consumed raw or roasted that combines grains, nuts, and seeds. Granola consists of the same ingredients, but it is sweetened with sugar, honey, or another sugar-like sweetener, which gives it a crisp and crunchy texture.
- 2.5 tbsp Honey
- ¼ tsp Sea salt
- ½ cup Raisins plus
- ¼ cup Maple syrup
- 1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1.5 cup Sliced almonds
- ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
- 3 tbsp Melted coconut oil
- 2 cup Old fashioned rolled oats
- The oven should be preheated to 300°F. Prepare a baking sheet that measures 11x17 in size with parchment paper. Remove from heat.
- Mix maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, honey, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the oats and almonds and fold everything together.
- Put the granola on top of your parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and spread it out with a silicone spatula. With a spatula, flatten the mixture into an even layer as well as apply some pressure so that the granola is compact.
- Place the baking sheet on the center rack and bake at 300°F for 20 minutes. Then, rotate the pan 180 degrees and continue baking for 10-15 minutes (I normally do 15) or until crispy and golden.
- Every oven is different, so just keep an eye on it and remove it from the oven when it is crispy and golden to your taste. During the halfway point, I do not stir, so I can break them up when they cool. Immediately after removing your granola from the oven, let it sit on the baking sheet until it is completely cool. During this time, it will get its signature crunch we all love!
- Break the clusters into smaller pieces and stir in the raisins when they're cool and crisp. The granola will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Snack on it as a snack, add it to your trail mix, mix it into milk like granola cereal, or top with fresh fruit and all the toppings you like.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Sodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 6g