Here is a great recipe for a granola that’s made with olive oil instead of butter and honey in place of sugar, which makes for a perfect guilt free breakfast that keeps adults and kids happy on the go. It also makes for a great snack, ice cream topping or yogurt mix in.
5 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups unsalted pistachios
2/3 cups unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup organic-grade a maple syrup
2/3 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
11/2 cups dried cherries
1. Heat oven to 275 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment; set aside. In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sea salt. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, combine sugars, maple syrup and olive oil, stirring over low heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Pour over oat mixture. Stir well.
3. Spread onto sheets evenly. Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes, rotating pan once at 10 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Break up granola; sprinkle with dried cherries. Store in an airtight container.
Per serving: 410 calories (48.3 percent calories from fat), 22 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 430 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrates, 6 g dietary fiber, 24 g sugars, 9 g protein.
* This post is contributed by Elizabeth Chambers, entrepreneur, television host, and co- owner of BIRD Bakery.
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