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