Granola, the popular breakfast food and snack food consisting of rolled oats mixed with various ingredients, such as dried fruit, brown sugar, and nuts, is a very popular staple with endurance athletes. Today it comes in many shapes and forms (loose or bar form) and can be found in a variety of places. The problem with some of the bars, but not all of the products on the grocery store food shelves is that some contain high fructose corn syrup or other ingredients we don't need. On the other hand some of the loose granola product you find at some specialty retailers can be on the kind of expensive side.
No problem, we have a solution today, homemade granola. The best part of homemade Granola is that you can add your own ingredients into the mixture and still come out ahead in the long run in the money department with little or no effort. Jason Bahamundi from @CookTrainEatRce is sharing his 2 cents on granola and his own homemade granola recipe for BAHA'S HOMEMADE GRANOLA.
Homemade granola is not difficult to make but when you can buy it for relatively cheap you just pick up a box or package. It is my version of convenience food. That is until yesterday. I was at Sprout's and needed to get some cereal for the Big Bowl I have been eating and I was staring at the granola. I typically have a bowl of granola with coconut milk the day before a race and the day of the race and have been using Nature's Path.
While thinking about making a purchase I wanted to check out the ingredients. What I noticed immediately was that calories from fat represented 30% of the overall calories and was somewhat shocked. Then I was really taken aback when I noticed that Palm Oil was the third ingredient listed. Why would granola need any oil I thought? Shouldn't granola be rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit and maybe some honey? Where does the oil come from? Then I picked up a bag of Bob's Red Mill Granola and the same thing was on the package. The package of the blueberry granola showed a much better product but I thought that I could just make my own and I did.
As it turned out it is much better than any granola I have ever purchased. I know everything that went into it and I want to share it with you. Here is my recipe for my homemade granola.
BAHA'S HOMEMADE GRANOLA
- 3 cups Grapevine Grains Rolled Oats
- 1/4c Peanut pieces
- 1/4c Walnut pieces
- 1/4c Almond pieces
- 1/4c Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/4c Sunflower Seed
- 3 Tbsp Molasses
- 3 Tbps Honey
- 3 Tbsp Peanut/Almond Butter (homemade)
- 3 Tbsp Dried Blueberries
- 3 Tbsp Raisins
- 3 Tbsp Chopped Figs
- 3 Tbsp Chopped Dates
- 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 450*
In large mixing bowl add all ingredients and combine until it has a tan color. This means all ingredients have been coated in honey and molasses.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet (you can spray coconut oil to prevent sticking but I don't.)
Place in center of oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Once cooled take a serving spoon and begin to break up the granola pieces and place in an air-tight container.
10 (Serving Size 1 cup)
Nutritional Information Overall:
3285 calories, 150g Fat, 416.5g Carbs, 63.6 Fiber, 111.1g Protein
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
329 calories, 15.0g Fat, 41.7g Carbs, 6.4g Fiber, 11.1g Protein
48.5% Carbs, 12.3% Protein; 39.2% Fat (A perfect 4:1 Carb:Protein ratio making this excellent for recovery)
Try it out, let Jason or us know if you liked it or maybe even share your recipe with us.
You can find more recipe's on Jason's site at www.cooktraineatrace.com