Small Batch Granola

I love granola. It is filling, tasty, crunchy, and flavorful. But when I was in high school I realized it was a very caloric snack with a very small serving size and backed away from it. In college, before my pancake phase, I got into making weekly batches of granola to make little parfaits or greek yogurt, berries, and granola. I realized that in smaller servings, paired with healthy ingredients, it was the perfect breakfast, especially for an on-the-go student.

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 This granola is simple but delicious. The health factor is bumped up by adding flax seed meal and uncooked quinoa for additional crunch and protein. Flax seed meal is more nutritious than whole flax seeds because they have to be ground in order to get their nutritional benefits. Flax seed meal ensures that they are ground and doesn't rely on chewing. Also, the granola happens to be vegan, which always is a great bonus!

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Small Batch Granola
A simple mixture perfect for yogurt or milk.
Ingredients
  • 1 C old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 C slivered almonds (or other nut)
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 3 T craisins (or other dried fruit)
  • 1 T flax seed meal
  • 1 T quinoa (uncooked)
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 300 F. 2. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. 3. In a bowl add all ingredients and mix together with hands.  4. Spread evenly on parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes. Turn cookie sheet around and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Granola should be slightly browned and fragrant. Cool completely on cookie sheet. Place in air tight container for up to 10 days. 
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 1 1/2 cups
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Some ideas for enjoying granola:

  • By itself (duh)
  • Topping yogurt and fruit
  • Eaten like cereal with milk
  • Cover a smoothie bowl with some
  • Sprinkle on top of pancakes before you flip them for a crunchy addition
  • Throw into your hot oatmeal for a texture change
  • Top a spoonful of peanut butter with some for a quick protein filled snack
  • Sprinkle some on top of muffins before baking them for a streusel like topping