Looking for a healthy snack? Try homemade granola

granola2Snacking has become such a big part of our day in America that it’s now known as the fourth meal. On average, we get about one-fourth of our daily calories from snacks.

That’s a bad thing if our snacks are high in fats and sugars (which they tend to be).

But snacking doesn’t have to be bad. It can help you keep your energy up, and encourage you to eat more reasonably during mealtimes.

I can’t think of a better snack food than homemade granola. It’s high in fiber and vitamins, and can be as sweet, savory, salty or crunchy as you like it.

My granola includes my favorite ingredients: shredded coconut, chia seeds and honey. This snack goes well with Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Of course, you can have it with milk. Or, just eat it alone.

Kelly’s Classic Granola

Ingredients:

• 3 cups rolled oats

• 1/4 cup chia seeds

granola1• 1 cup raisins

• 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels

• 1 cup shredded coconut

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 4 tablespoons honey

• 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.

3. Spread mixture evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven  for about 30 minutes, or until crispy and toasted. Stir every 10 minutes to evenly bake granola.

4. Remove from oven and let cool. Serve and enjoy!

What’s your favorite granola combination?

sloanKelly Sloan is in the dietetics program at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, is a staff writer for UH-M’s student newspaper Ka Leo o Hawaii and interns for several nutrition and media specialists. She also works at the Kapiolani farmers market and as a deli cook at a local health food store. Sloan enjoys cooking and developing new recipes that are easy to prepare, delicious and healthy. Find her on Twitter @ksloan6 or on Facebook.

One comment

  • I love this recipe! Thanks Kelly! I burned it the first time but even then it was tasty. The second time, I learned from my mistakes and it turned out perfect. I add cranberries instead of raisins, but after I take the granola out of the oven. The first time, I found out that toasted cranberries are hard like rocks. I like to eat the granola like cereal with milk, or just plain as a snack.

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