9.04.2014

Almond Cherry Granola




I've been trying to branch out lately with my breakfast meals, and pre/post workout snacks. A lot of the things I make aren't great for someone on the go, which means a lot of the things I reach for are pre-made (hello protein bars loaded with sugar...). This recipe is quick and easy to make, and is great for a pre-workout snack or as part of a healthy breakfast.

The granola has a great flavor, since it's packed with a mix of delicious goodies, including dried cherries, coconut, almonds, and cinnamon. One serving also has about 15% of the daily amount of fiber, a lot of this comes from the addition of chia seeds, which help hold the granola together. A lot of granola recipes include oils like vegetable oil, which are not  a great heart-healthy option, but swapping the chia seeds which act as a binder keep the granola chewy and delicious. 

Also, because this granola is low in sugar, it keeps blood sugar levels more even, and is much lower calorie than a typical granola. Most granola is about 200 cals per 1/2 cup, this recipe is on 133, which is great for anyone on a restricted diet or in contest prep.

Let me know what you think! Any suggestions for recipes you would like to see on the blog? Email me at chicinsneakers.blog@gmail.com or comment below!


Recipe:

2 1/4 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 chopped hazelnuts
1/4 sliced almonds
1 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup
3 tbsp water
1 tsp stevia (optional)

Combine all ingredients, bake on parchment paper at 300 F for 30-45 minutes until granola is golden brown. Cool 10-15 and store in air tight container.


Recipe makes approx. 10 servings (about 1/2 cup per serving)
Nutrition, Per serving
Calories: 133

Carbs: 18 grams
Fat:  7 grams
Fiber: 3.7 grams
Protein: 3 grams






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