Oats, almonds and flax sweetened with pure maple syrup and slowly roasted with dried blueberries provide a fresh and fun variety to your morning granola routine.
Granola is incredibly easy to make. You basically throw everything into one big bowl, give it stir and slowly bake it. Easy right? The issue can be making it sweet and crunchy enough without using a ton of sugar and oil. No one wants their day to start off with a 500-800 calorie bowl of granola. If I’m going to splurge and have an 800 calorie breakfast, there had better be waffles with butter and syrup involved!!! Most granolas are about 250 calories for a 1/2 cup serving and are full of sugar and fat and unpronounceable ingredients under the guise of being healthy…kinda misleading if you ask me. My Blueberry Almond Flax Granola (could I have gotten any more words into the name?) is low fat, high fiber, lower sugar, incredibly wholesome and only 155 calories for 1/2 cup. Make a batch on Sunday and you’ll be set for breakfast all week long. BONUS: Your entire house will smell awesome. Seriously, the neighbors will come drooling.
I usually have several recipe ideas floating around in my head just waiting to come to life (am I the only one who goes to bed dreaming of blueberry granola…yes?….no?…. anyways) I decided on this one mainly because of how simple and low fuss it is.
My Jaycie Jo (almost 6 year old…sniff) came home on Friday with 102F and some kind of cough/cold virus and is still in recovery mode. So in between coloring, Go-fish, Chutes and Ladders and snuggling up for way, way, way too many cartoons, I threw this together. Once in the oven, you basically leave it alone except for the occasional stir. SO EASY and if you find that you don’t have….. say…dried blueberries…dried cranberries would be a great substitution or pecans for the almonds or honey for the maple syrup…see…anything goes here:)
Blueberry Almond Flax Granola
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- 2/3 cup ground (milled) flaxseed
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup dried sweetened blueberries
Preheat oven 250
Combine oats, flaxseed, almonds and cinnamon in a large bowl.
In a smaller bowl, add syrup, applesauce, and vanilla and mix well.
Drizzle the sauce over the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly combine,
Stir in dried blueberries.
Pour onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 80 minutes. Stirring every 20 minutes or so.
Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
1/2 cup=155 calories