Like so many other American kids, I was raised eating breakfast cereals loaded with sugar, and when I think of the poor quality of what I ate back then I feel nauseous. How could I concentrate in school with a load of sugar in my stomach instead of something nutritious?
In high school I found I could not stomach anything so early in the morning and I would take a Carnation “breakfast bar” with me and eat it between first and second period. They were loaded with sugar too, though, but at least they had protein. Most commercial brands of granola contain a lot of sugar or artificial sweeteners. They are usually oat-based, with some dried fruit and a bit of protein. And they are expensive. Making granola at home is easy, nutritious, and much cheaper. Plus, the wonderful scent will fill your home up to an hour after you make it. :o)
I developed a protein-packed recipe sweetened with dried fruit, to give you energy all morning. I like to eat granola with home-made soy milk and some banana slices on top. Try it! You will not regret it.
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil* or canola oil
- 1 cup of shredded coconut
- 4 cups of rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 cup of unsweetened corn flakes
- 2 cups of raisins
- 1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/4 cup of chopped Brazil nuts
- 1/4 cup of sunflower or pumpkin seed kernels
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- In a large bowl, mix the oats, shredded coconut and nutmeg with the coconut (or canola) oil.
- Place the mixture on a baking sheet and spread it uniformly in a thin layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, mixing every now and then to avoid burning.
- Remove the tray from the oven, let it cool, and add the remaining ingredients.
- Store in a sealed container in a dry location.
* Coconut oil smells so good, and tastes great, but it is more expensive than canola oil and canola oil also works well.
Tip: Add soy milk powder to make it portable. Just add water and a spoon!
- Category: breakfast
- Method: baking
- Serving Size: 3/4 cup
- Calories: 282
- Sugar: 14.3g
- Sodium: 21mg
- Fat: 12.4g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4g
- Carbohydrates: 39.9g
- Fiber: 4.9g
- Protein: 7g
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: breakfast, granola, fruit-sweetened