Sunday, April 29, 2012

Leigha's Fit & Fab Granola - Gluten Free





Here is a really flavorful granola that my daughter makes. She likes to add cinnamon to a lot of her breakfast dishes, and it really adds a nice touch to this granola.

 Cinnamon actually has some good qualities about it, possibly some health benefits too. For example, cinnamon may be beneficial to those on a Yeast Free Diet, cinnamon may be beneficial to those with blood sugar issues, and cinnamon may be beneficial to those with arthritic pain. Best thing about cinnamon though, it taste good!

This granola is great sprinkled on yogurt, sprinkled on cooked oatmeal or in a bowl with sliced bananas and milk or milk substitutes. It's even good by the handful!

 This recipe counts as 6 weight watcher points per 1/2 cup.





Leigha's Fit & Fab Granola
Preheat oven to 325    
4 cups old fashion oats (Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats if needed)
1 cup coconut flakes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil or coconut oil
1/4 cup honey (for vegan substitute with brown rice syrup or pure maple syrup)
1/2 -1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup crushed nuts, any variety
To reduce weight watcher points use 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries, and leave out the nuts. This will make each 1/2 cup serving 5 points.

Mix all ingredients except canola oil, honey and vanilla, in a large mixing bowl.
Mix canola oil, honey and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix well and pour immediately over oat mixture.
Stir everything together really well, until the oat mixture is evenly coated with the honey mixture.
Pour granola onto a large baking sheet with edges prepared with a cooking spray.

Bake for 20 minutes stirring 2-3 times throughout.
Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.
Break apart and store in jars or any airtight container.

Share some with a friend, they will love it.   Decorate a jar and give it as a gift.





Most of all...enjoy this tasty and healthy granola!

                     

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