10 Ways to Eat Granola (And How to Make Your Own)
Granola is a much-loved snack food among the health conscious and food lovers alike. The mouth-watering blend of sweet, dried fruits (and sometimes chocolate), salty nuts, and crunchy oats makes for a satisfying snack anytime of day. But there are endless possibilities of dressing up this healthy mix to make meals, desserts, and, yes, more snacks.
Ten Ways to Eat Granola
1) With Milk
2) With Yogurt
3) With Spoonfuls of Peanut Butter
4) Straight Out of the Bag
5) In a PB+Apple Sandwich
6) In Homemade Granola Bars
7) Coating a Honey-Covered Banana
8) In Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
9) In a Frozen Parfait-Type Treat
10) As a Fudge Topping
Today, there are hundreds of varieties of granola, featuring every combination of nuts, fruits, seeds, and sweets. Many come prepackaged, while other can be portioned out from the bulk food sections in grocery stores. Better still is the option to make your own granola, which is not only cost effective, but also healthier and tastier than the pre-made varieties. Making your own version is simple and allows you to include only your favorite ingredients. Here is a simple recipe to get you started:
Ingredients for Making Your Own Granola (recipe makes 6 cups):
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ or oat bran
- 1/4 cup sesame or sunflower seeds
- 1/2 slivered or sliced almonds (or any nut you choose)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tablespoon olive or safflower oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup dried fruit
- Preheat the oven to 275o.
- Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, mix the oil, syrup, and cinnamon, and pour over the mixed ingredients.
- Spread onto a lightly-oiled baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes.
- When the mixture cools, add your dried fruit, and enjoy!
#1-3: Breakfast Ideas for Granola
Granola is generally thought of as a breakfast food and is a perfect way to start the day!
1. Milk: Pour milk over granola for a healthy and filling breakfast cereal.
2. Yogurt and Fruit: Mix granola with yogurt and fresh fruit for a sweet summer treat.
3. Peanut Butter- The Dairy-Free Alternative: For the dairy-weary or lactose intolerant, replace milk or yogurt with peanut butter and eat by the spoonful.
#4-7: Snack Time Granola
Snack time often means grabbing greasy chips or sugary cookies, but not anymore. Use your homemade granola to treat yourself to a guilt-free snack anytime.
4. Dig In: Portion your granola into ziplock bags and pack for an on-the-go treat.
5. Apple Sandwiches: Spread peanut butter on an apple slice, sprinkle granola on top, and place a second apple slice on top for a crunchy, crisp "sandwich" that's full of nutrition.
6. Homemade Granola Bars: Heat honey, sugar, and butter on the stove, pour over your homemade granola, bake for 30 minutes, and cut into square.
7. Banana Fingers: Put a peeled banana on a popsicle stick, roll in honey, then in granola, and eat like a popsicle!
#8-10: Dessert Options That Use Granola
Transform your granola into a delicious, but healthier, after-dinner indulgence.
8. Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars: Roll your granola in peanut butter, shape into balls or bars, dip in melted chocolate, and cool in the refrigerator.
9. A Parfait-Like Frozen Delight: Mix in with frozen yogurt and fruit for a healthy topping alternative.
10. Crunchy Fudge: Replace the nuts in your favorite fudge recipe for a rich, crunchy dessert.