For the past few months, my husband has kindly reminded me that I haven’t made my granola recipe in a while. I had good intentions to make it but just added it to the very long to-do list and it never made it to the top. As time went on, his reminders became more and more frequent and I figured, “Heck, if my bacon-loving, extra-cheese-please husband is ASKING for a healthy snack made with whole grain oats, I shouldn’t delay on having that available.
The more I learn about oats, the more I want to find ways to squeeze them into the food I make for my family. They are crazy good for you! Here are just some of the health benefits of oats:
- They are a storehouse of essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
- New research suggests that children between ages 2-18 years old who have a constant intake of oatmeal lowered their risk of obesity. The research found that the children who ate oatmeal were 50% less likely to become overweight, when compared to those children that did not eat it.
- Oats contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which are thought to reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer.
- A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fibre can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and so reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication.
- Oats help keep you regular. Enough said.
- The soluble fiber in oatmeal slows down your digestive process. The result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.
- New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.
This granola recipe is a household favorite! It’s simple, easy, and versatile. My husband and I like it plain and simple but you can add ingredients to it if you want (raisins, almonds, etc.). We add it to our cereal, yogurt and other breakfast foods. I also find it satisfactory for that 3 p.m. snack craving I get every day. I always double the batch when making it – this stuff goes fast in our house!
Another great thing about the granola recipe is that is makes a great gift. Put some in a mason jar and give it to the bride-to-be on her wedding day, the new mom, the new neighbors, or anyone else you may come across who needs a little yummy snack in their life.
To make giving this recipe away even easier, I’ve created a printable recipe card that you can attach to your granola. Here is what it looks like:
Trust me, people will want the recipe! Download your free recipe card HERE.
If you poke around our recipe index a bit, you’ll find lots of other recipes with oats. Here are a few more you might be interested in:
- 3 cups of oats (old fashioned- not quick oats)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup PURE maple syrup
- 1/3 cup oil (preferably canola)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine syrup, oil and vanilla.
- Pour mixture over oats and stir until well coated.
- Spread oats out on greased baking sheet.
- Bake 25 minutes then give your granola a stir. (add raisins or other ingredients at this point)
- Bake another 25 minutes.
- Store in air tight container in refrigerator.