Granola is undeniably delicious, but cruncher beware. Like trail mix, granola can be deceptively high in calories and low in nutritional goodness. That’s not to say that there aren’t good varieties out there, but read the labels and look out for ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and ingredients you can’t pronounce. The best way to avoid an unhealthy choice is to make your own hippie fuel from scratch–and it’s pretty darn easy!
Hippie Fuel: MOAR’s Homemade Granola
What You’ll Need:
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened reduced fat coconut
- 1/4 cup walnuts pieces
- 1/3 cup dried cherries, unsweetened unsulphured
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate bits (dairy-free)
- 2 tbs raw honey
- 1/4 cup almond butter
How to Make Them:
- Preheat your oven to 350 ºF.
- Heat coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oats, flaxseed, coconut and walnuts to pan, cooking for 3-5 min until toasty but not burnt.
- Remove from heat. Add cherries, chocolate bits, raw honey and almond butter to the now-warm dry ingredients. Give everything a good stir until it all comes together.
- Spread the mixture in an even layer across a 1/4 or 1/2 baking sheet. Bake at 350 ºF for 20 min.
- Let cool at least 30 min then enjoy!
Makes 6 servings at 300 calories a pop. You can stretch this by adding just a few tablespoons to your oatmeal or yogurt to spice up your breakfast routine. If you’re bringing along the whole bag, make sure it’s to fuel you for a hike, run, bike or another physical activity of choice.