The Sky’s the Limit

Satisfy your sweet tooth in a fun, healthy way by making your own granola.

By: Mandy Ashcraft
Photo by: Dustin Ashcraft

It’s a little difficult when “baking season” rolls right into “New Year’s resolution season” – when you crave holiday sweets, but the fact that Valentine’s decorations are already in stores reminds you that spring is coming quick! Crunchy granola sprinkled over a bowl of oatmeal or fresh fruit satisfies your sweet tooth in a gym-fuel kind of way.

The fun thing about making your own granola is that it’s absolutely customizable. Want more protein? Add a scoop of powder. Hate nuts? Leave them out. Got an over-ripe banana? Mash it up, and stir it in. The sky’s the limit – just BYOS (bring your own spoon)!

Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup uncooked white quinoa
1/4 cup flax or chia seeds (or a mixture of both)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/2 small Gala apple, chopped into small pieces
Zest of 1 orange
Maple syrup for drizzling

Instructions:

1/ Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

2/ In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients except for maple syrup. Use a spatula to combine ingredients well.

3/ Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray. Pour mixture onto tray, and spread out into an even layer. Drizzle with maple syrup; as it bakes, it will create clusters.

4/ Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes, stirring around every 20 minutes to allow it to get crunchy without burning.

5/ Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing from tray.

6/ Store in a sealed container.

For more information, visit www.mandyashcraft.com.