If we were to play word association with the word “granola,” I guarantee one of the first words to be thrown around would be “healthy.” But the sad reality is, that just ain’t true. So many packages of granola and even homemade versions are so loaded with sugar and other junk, that those poor little oats go from wholesome and nutritious to just plain unhealthy.
I will refrain from giving you too much of a nutrition lesson. But in short, for this very reason, I have never been a big granola eater.
I typically top my greek yogurt with fresh fruit and chia seeds, but I am getting kinda sick of that combination. I have been craving texture.
So after buying three large tubs of oats today (we eat A LOT of oats in this house), I set out to make a healthier granola that I could bring into my snack rotation.
I was browsing through my cabinets for flavor inspiration and my eyes spotted the almond butter. I tried to move on because my taste buds CONSTANTLY tell my brain to grab the precious AB. But I couldn’t ignore it this time — I knew that little nut butter would be a delicious addition to my granola.
as always) I was right.
Adding the almond butter was a fantastic way to give the granola lots of flavor without pouring in more and more sugar.
Self control. I know. I’m working on it…
Almond Butter and Flax Seed Granola
1 cup rolled oats
1 Tablespoon Flax Seed (not ground)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter (I used unsalted, if yours is salted omit salt below)
1.5 Tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine the oats and flax seeds. Set aside.
In a small microwavable below, combine the almond butter and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds until almost melted. Stir in the vanilla. Quickly, add the almond butter mixture to the oats so that it is easy to stir. Add the cinnamon and a pinch of salt to taste. Stir ingredients well so oats are fully covered by the almond butter mixture.
Spread the oats on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir the oats on the tray. Return to oven for an additional 8-10 minutes until the oats are toasted and slightly brown. Remove the tray from the oven and set aside to cool. Once the granola is completely cool store in an air-tight container or ziploc bag.