One of my favorite treats is Greek yogurt with granola! In the past, I've resorted to buying a low-fat strawberry granola at my local grocery store. It seemed to have done the trick and added that little extra crunch I so love in my yogurt. Recently, some good friends of ours had us over for dinner and Wendy, my friend, is an AMAZING cook. (She makes croutons, goodies, and several other things I've stole recipes for over the years.) We happen to get on the subject of granola and low and behold, she makes that from scratch too! Not only is it so tasty but it's much healthier than the stuff you'll find in the stores, and it has way less sugar. (I like this!) So here it is:
Wendy's Amazing Granola:
Wendy's Amazing Granola:
5 cups of oats (1500 calories)
1/3 cup honey (320 calories)
3/4 cup of brown sugar (580 calories)
1 cup almonds (953 calories)
1 cup craisins (340 calories)
2-3 Tablespoons of flax seed (90 calories)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Total 4,413 calories total. (Don't panic yet!)
It makes 9 cups of granola at 490 calories in a cup.
122 calories in 1/4 cup of granola
163 calories in 1/3 cup of granola
245 calories in 1/2 cup of granola
Put the brown sugar, honey, and oil in the microwave and melt together.
Add in your oats, almonds, salt, cinnamon and flax seed.
Mix well and then spread onto a slightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and stir in craisins. Let cool.
Honestly, this is SO easy and takes almost no time at all to make. I know you might think it has a lot of calories but no surprise, granola usually does. The benefit of this verses your store brand is that the calories are coming from a good source - nuts, oats, and grains. Not to mention, it has half the amount of sugar that most granola has. Also, you really don't need much to make a good filling snack or added crunch to your yogurt.
Not only has it become one of my favorites, but my family seems to like it too. My son likes to eat it by the handfuls!
FYI on my yogurt of choice. I'm pretty picky about my yogurt as I tend to like it thick and creamy. For the longest time I was hooked on Dannon's Greek yogurt. Now, it seems as though ZOI honey flavored Greek yogurt and I have become friends. (So good!) Oh, and shall I mention, I always try to eat my yogurt and granola with my U-Swirl (frozen yogurt shop) spoon. Not sure why, maybe because it's like having a treat!