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Homemade almost Sugar Free Granola

Homemade Granola –

 

No one said making healthier eating choices had to be basic, boring, bland or that you couldn’t infuse a little “dessert” into the mix.

As the journey continues to change up my eating habits and overall food choices I concluded that the reason people fail “diets” is because the thought of giving up XYZ becomes too much and the food choices seem both unappetizing and unappealing.    Giving up sugar doesn’t mean you can’t have sweet treats… you just have to make better choices.   Ex.  Processed sugar vs raw sugar, Stevia vs Sweet N-low vs good ‘ol honey.  I don’t know what is best, better or good so I’m just making an executive decision to basically not use sugar with the exception of adding a tsp here or there to cut stark flavors.

Expanding my kitchen prowess I decided to make dessert tonite.  On the menu was supposed to be Fruit sorbet, granola and a balsamic fruit glaze.   Digressing a bit …. what I’ve learned in a short period of time is that when you are watching what you eat, you have to be decisive, methodical and premeditative about your food choices.  Meals are pre-thought or pre-decided upon in advance given you can’t just randomly pull stuff out the freezer or refrigerator as it might “violate” the new lifestyle change.  With that being said the thought of creating a sorbet hit me while at work.  Quick google research revealed I’d need an ice-cream making machine of sorts, so during lunch off I went to BBB to purchase one.  Excited to get home and create this well thought out concoction a simple once over of the instructions revealed this task would be a fail for the night because I needed to freeze the bowl that makes the sorbet.  No WORRIES … THERE’s ALWAYS TOMORROW!    A quick change of plans led me to make granola, a glaze and blend that with some random fruits I already had in the kitchen and a spoonful of low-fat yogurt.  Check out the video below for how the Granola and Dessert came out.  I’ll also include the basic recipe without measurements.  You know I just work by adding a dash, sprinkle, pinch and dab as my increments.  🙂   MEASURE TO TASTE and SIZE

 

 

Granola Ingredients:

  1.  1-2 cups rolled oats
  1.  cinnamon to taste

  2.  pinch of salt

  3.  drizzle of honey or sprinkle in Pure Cane sugar(like I did) or “sugar sweetener”.

  4.  Chopped/sliced nuts ( walnuts, almonds, pecans)

mix ingredients and set aside.

PREHEAT oven to 225 degrees

  1.  mix 3 egg whites to a whipped/fluffy consistency

fold in the dry mixture and spread on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Toss mixture every 30 minutes.  Bake for 1 hour.

ENJOY