Aug 27, 2013

Posted by Jo W. 8/27/2013
Greek yogurt topped with granola and fresh fruit makes a great post-workout snack. I love granola, but I think it's pretty ridiculous to shell out $5+ for a bag of granola when it's so cheap and easy to make yourself. Oats are dirt-cheap, and more expensive ingredients, like nuts and dried fruits, go a long way when mixed into granola. 

I made cinnamon hazelnut granola recently, but you can use the basic granola recipe and add your own favorite ingredients. Switch up the spices, types of nuts or seeds, add different dried fruits, or toss in some chia or flax seeds. You can also make it gluten-free by using gluten-free oats. Granola is really customizable, and you can toss in anything you have on hand!

Cinnamon Hazelnut Granola

You will need:

1/4 cup oil (I used EV olive)
1/2 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (or other spices)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups oats
1 cup hazelnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 300F.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oil, agave nectar, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Add the oats and hazelnuts, and mix to evenly coat the oats. Pour the granola onto a lightly greased baking sheet and spread it out into a thin, even layer. 
Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow the granola to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

Enjoy with yogurt, milk, or fresh fruit.


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