Granola might conjure thoughts of too-thick hipster beards and bougie suburban moms, but we love it as a high-fiber, low-cholesterol breakfast or snack. With this homemade recipe, you’ll never go rummaging for that sugar-packed box from the supermarket again.
The key players in this granola are flaxseeds, which promote heart health, and wheat germ, which doubles down on the heart-healthy nutrients and supports your prostate to boot. It’s addictive enough to munch on as a late-night snack, but substantial enough to eat with some milk or yogurt in the morning.
What you’ll need:
3 cups oats
1/2 cup unsalted roasted almonds
3 tablespoons whole flaxseeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup toasted wheat germ
3 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
3 tablespoons chopped dates
2 tablespoons raisins
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the cranberries, dates, and raisins.
Coat a large baking pan with cooking spray. Add the mixture and spread from edge to edge to create an even layer.
Bake for 90 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until all the granola is browned and crunchy. If it’s not crunchy after 90 minutes, bake for 15 minutes longer while watching to see that it doesn’t get too dark.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
Add the cranberries, dates, and raisins. Stir to mix.