December 11, 2015 | | Nutrition

Guilt-Free Granola

I came across this recipe from one of our incredible JWFNS Team Members, Sara – she’s incredibly knowledgeable in both fitness and nutrition. I was never a huge fan of granola until I had this recipe and could literally eat the entire pan in one sitting. From the amazing aroma that fills the room while you bake it to the salty & sweet taste – I’d say the only bad thing about this recipe is that you will definitely want much more than the appropriate serving size! Leave it out as a snack to nosh on, add to your favorite Greek yogurt, or sprinkle on top of your salad to add a crunch full of flavor. Plus, the cranberries add a festive touch this holiday season!

Jim White’s Healthy Stamp of Approval

"Overall, this snack is full of dietary fiber, protein, and micro-nutrients!  Cranberries contain phytochemicals that promote urinary tract health (it works to decrease the amount of bacteria that can adhere and cause a UTI). They have also been said to play a role in preventing cancer, more specifically breast, colon, prostate, lung, and esophageal tumor cells. Walnuts contain Omega 3 ALA which is anti-inflammatory and can help to prevent blood clot formation. They also contain a high amount of unique antioxidants which fight free radicals. And for the almonds? Those are high in antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium - which is good for diabetics as they are often low in magnesium. What's not to love about this snack?!" - Jim

NUTRITION BREAKDOWN

Makes 25 servings, Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons

Calories 92 per serving | Fat 3 g | Carbohydrates 12 g | Sugar 5 g | Protein 2 g

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 and 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Walnuts, raw
  • 1 cup Almonds, raw
  • 1 cup Dried Cranberries (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut oil (heat before mixing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup, Pure or Reduced Calorie version
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract, Pure
  • 1/4 cup Egg Whites

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place parchment paper on 2 baking sheets and spritz with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a large spoon until oatmeal has soaked up the liquids. Place the mixture evenly on the baking sheets, somewhat spaced to avoid piling and uneven cooking.
  4. Place in oven. Every 10-15 minutes remove from the oven and flip with spatula. Cook for a total of 30-45 minutes, depending on desired crunch!

Tip: Switch the oven to convection when baking to allow granola to bake evenly.

Enjoy!

xx – K & J

 

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