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Snack Time for the Kids

With school back in session moms think about what's best to pack for the kids. Snacks are a big temptation to go with convenience. But, with most factory made, convenience foods,  we sacrifice nutrition.

Additionally, these convenience foods can be loaded with chemicals to prolong shelf     life, enhance flavor and generally just cause havoc in our bodies. When we take a little  time we can feed those precious students ingredients we are aware of.

Here's a recipe for low fat granola. Full of flavor and several kinds of good for you         ingredients.

Tropical Granola

Yield about 6 cups

4   cups    old fashioned rolled oats

1/4   cup   sunflower seeds, toasted

1/4   cup    sliced almonds, toasted

1           ripe banana, chopped

3            Tbl.       pure maple syrup, or honey

1 1/2   Tbl.   Canola oil

2             tsp.     cinnamon

1/4          cup     wheat germ or bran

1/2          cup.    raisins

Preheat oven to 275

Take a 9 x 13 baking pan and add the oats, sunflower seeds and almonds.

To your blender or food processor add the chopped banana, maple syrup, oil and 

cinnamon. Blend until combined and the banana is pureed. Add liquid to the baking pan and stir to coat dry ingredients.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until lightly toasted, removing the pan from to stir once about 

halfway through

Stir in the wheat germ and bake another 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, stir in 

raisins and allow to cool.

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