Healthy heart recipe: Power granola

September 22, 2011

Here’s the latest recipe from the  “My Heart. My Life.” partnership between the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart and Vascular Center and the American Heart Association. The partnership is aimed at getting St. Louisans to avoid heart disease.

This recipe takes an old favorite, breakfast cereal, and pumps it up into a high-fiber, high-energy (and very tasty) powerhouse food.

Power Granola
Makes about 4 ¾ cups
Serving Size: About ½ cup

Nutrition facts, per serving:

  • Calories:  196
  • Fat:  6.8 (sat 0.7g, mono 2.2g, poly 3.3g)
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate:  32.5 g
  • Sodium:  5mg
  • Fiber:  3.6g

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups regular oats
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4cup slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup dried blueberries or cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. 
  3. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. 
  4. Remove from heat; stir in oil an vanilla.
  5. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. 
  6. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jell-roll pan coated with cooking spray. 
  7. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes; stir well. 
  8. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. 
  9. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. 
  10. Cool completely.
  11. Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Reprinted from Cooking Light, May 2005

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