If you love granola and have been told to stay away from the sugar and fat laden versions of it, this recipe is for you.  This granola recipe has less sugar, oil and salt than most store bought versions and it still tastes great.  You can’t completely leave out the oil  otherwise it won’t be crunchy.  It’s become a staple in our home.  My daughter takes it to preschool as a mid-morning snack or has it with milk for breakfast and my husband and I enjoy it with yogurt.

 

Ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup canola oil

5 cups rolled oats

2 cups walnuts, chopped

any fresh or dried fruit you like

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and adjust oven rack to upper-middle position. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk maple syrup, sugar, vanilla and salt. Then add oil and continue to whisk.
  3. Fold in the oats and nuts of choice (walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds or even a mix).
  4. Pour mixture evenly over entire baking sheet and using the back of a measuring cup flatten the oat mixture.
  5. Bake for about 40 min until golden brown.
  6. Let cool for about an hour and break into desired pieces. You can either leave as is, or add dried fruit.

 


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Easy Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt is so easy to make and tastes, I think even better then the overpriced store bought version. You only need a few ingredients and an ice cream machine.

Ingredients:

3 cups yogurt

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, sugar and vanilla extract.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  3. Then freeze in your ice cream maker until done. That’s it!

 


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PorridgeAmaranth seeds may be tiny but they are nutrition powerhouses.  These tiny little seeds are a great source of protein ( 9g per 1 cooked cup) as well as contain iron, magnesium, zinc and fiber.  Unlike other grains, they also provide the essential amino acid, lysine.  Most people get enough lysine from meats, cheese, fish and eggs but if you are vegan or an athlete you should make sure you get sufficient amounts of this protein builder.

It’s also gluten free, for those sensitive or intolerant to gluten.

Instead of the same cereal or oatmeal for breakfast, try this great nourishing breakfast.

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Amaranth

1 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup skim milk, unsweetened soy milk or unsweetened almond milk

1 Tbsp of honey or agave syrup

1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

1. Add water and amaranth into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2.  Add milk, honey, dried fruit and nuts.  Serve.

 

 


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Socca

I was going through my old recipes when I discovered this delicious treat.  Socca is popular in the south of France, where it’s eaten hot off the griddle with a cool glass of wine.  Besides the fact this recipe only requires 3 ingredients (not counting the salt and pepper), it’s so easy to make.  The thinner you make them, the crispier and better they taste.

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups garbanzo bean flour

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. In a blender mix flour, olive oil, water and salt until smooth.

2.  Heat a 10-12 inch cast iron skillet to medium-high heat.  When pan is hot enough for a drop of water to dance on surface, brush generously with olive oil.  Pour enough batter into skillet until surface is covered.  It should be as thin as a crepe, about 1/8 inch thick.

3.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the top is dry and bottom is lightly browned.  You can use a spatula to lift part of the Socca to look underneath.

4. Flip over to other side and cook for about a minute.  Slide onto plate and eat while hot. You can also cut it into random-shaped pieces, which is how it’s done in France. Serve with a leafy green salad and some wine.

 

Per serving: 162 calories, Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 0g, Sodium: 19mg, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 5g,  Sugar: 3g, Protein: 6g


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Bowl of Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup-great way to fill up and not out

This soup is creamy, delicious and nutritious.  It’s perfect for lunch, dinner or a great beginning to a Thanksgiving meal.

Butternut squash is low in calories and high in vitamin A, C and fiber.  The jalapeno adds a nice kick but you can leave it out if you prefer a mild taste.

The recipe is for a 2lb butternut squash, if you ed up with a lighter or heavier one, simply reduce or increase the ingredients.  The soup is very forgiving, it will taste good regardless if proportions are not accurate.   Serve it with a slice of crusty bread.

 

 

 

 

 


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