Blueberry Cherry GranolaPosted: May 15, 2011
MOTHERS CAN BE QUITE PREDICTABLE CAN’T THEY….
It comes as no surprise to me that my Mother asked if I was going to make anything “healthy” for my blog.
I knew this was coming. I just didn’t expect it so [gulp] soon.
My Mother likes to eat
pretty healthy. No scratch that.
She eats very healthy.
I swear I am her daughter.
We do share the same DNA, yes.
It’s not that I don’t understand these things. I am a Nurse after all.
I do try to incorporate more healthy choices in my diet.
I SWEAR MOM, IT’S TRUE!!
I know right now, my Mother is at home laughing hysterically as she reads this.
I was thinking about my Mom and Dad especially when I formulated this healthy recipe.
My Dad just recently recovered from heart surgery and is doing great so more than ever they are trying to make healthy choices a daily part of their lives.
So Mom and Dad, this is for you. I know, who’d of thunk it?
Blueberry Cherry Granola
4 Cups Rolled oats (also known as old fashioned)
3/4 C sliced almonds
1/3 C sunflower seeds (roasted, unsalted or raw is fine too)
1/3 C vegetable oil
3/4 C honey
1/4 C hot water
1/4 C dark brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or 1 tsp. vanilla is fine)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C dried tart cherries; chopped fine
1/2 C dried blueberries
Preheat the oven to 300 °
Prepare a 1/2 sheet pan or rimmed cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper or a silicone silpat if you have one.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds. Set aside.
In a 4 Cup glass measuring cup, place the oil, honey, water, dk. brown sugar,cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Microwave on high for one minute.
Pour the hot mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine thoroughly. Spread the granola out on a 1/2 sheet pan or a rimmed cookie sheet and bake at 300 ° for 30 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and right on the same pan, stir in the dried berries.
Bake for an additional 45 minutes. Cool completely and enjoy over your favorite yogurt [it's amazing with Greek yogurt] or with milk.
Happy healthy heart Dad! ♥ (of course, you too Mom!)