Granola is one of the most deceitful snacks out there. (There are many. Yogurt-covered pretzels, for example. And don’t even get me started on trail mix, especially the ones with chocolate candies and peanut butter chips in them.)
Oats, raisins and other brown crunchies are so healthy. But something apparently happens when the cereal companies mix them all together. United, those ingredients are fatty, my friends.
My solution: make your own. Here is a great recipe that’s so easy. It takes just minutes and turns out wonderfully. Just be sure to diligently stir the mixture. A tip: toss the raisins in the pan with about 10 minutes left to go. They’ll bake slightly (think oatmeal cookies) without burning. To be crazy, use mixed raisins (purple and yellow), or throw in dried cranberries.
2 ½ C. old-fashioned rolled oats
1 C. wheat-bran cereal
¼ C. almonds (whole or slivered)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ C. honey
¼ C. olive oil
2/3 C. raisins
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oats, bran, almonds and cinnamon in a bowl. Heat honey and oil in a saucepan until bubble form. Pour over mixture, coating well. Spread in a foil-lined pan and bake 45 minutes or so, stirring every 10 minutes. Add raisins. Cool before eating. Store in a sealed container.