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FAST Friday Foodie: Skillet Granola

I love granola, but store bought varieties are full of fat and sugar. Recently, I had a real crave though, and decided to give a go at making my own. I decided to try ¬†just a small batch and the skillet seemed like the easiest way to throw this together. I pulled a few nuts and sunflower seeds from my freezer, added some oats, spices, coconut oil and honey and made a delicious toasty granola. If you want to make this in larger quantities, you might want to throw it on a cookie sheet instead and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for maybe ten to fifteen minutes, stirring at least once and checking to be sure it doesn’t get too brown. Once finished and cool, add 2 Tbs of unsweetened coconut flakes. Serve 2 Tbs on a bowl of fresh fruit or oatmeal.

Also great as a small snack. So here’s the recipe:

FAST Friday Foodie: Skillet Granola
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Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
 
This granola is made with coconut oil, a healthy fat, and has minimal sugar coming from raw honey.
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbs raw walnut pieces
  • 2 Tbs raw pecan pieces
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet on medium-high heat
  2. Add coconut oil
  3. When melted, add seeds and nuts
  4. Stir until all are coated with oil
  5. Add spices and continue stirring or shake pan
  6. Continue for 3 to 5 minutes, until nuts smell fragrant and look toasted
  7. Stir in honey until all nuts are coated
  8. Stir for one more minute to allow honey to crystalize to nuts
  9. Pour onto a flat surface and allow to cool
  10. Once cool, stir in 2 Tbs unsweetened coconut flakes
  11. Store in covered container
  12. Serve 2 Tbs on a bowl of fruit or oatmeal
  13. OR eat 2 Tbs as a snack

 

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The Sugar Diaries: Conclusion

Fruit bowl

Tomorrow is the last day of the Sugar Recovery Program for me. However, I will stay vigilant about sugar till I kick the sugar urge to the curb. I know it’s not easy to give up sugar, but my health is far more important. If you’ve been following me here and reading The Sugar Diaries, yesterday I posted VERY compelling research as to why giving up sugar is a good thing. Take a look at those if you haven’t yet. Think about depriving yourself of good health or depriving yourself of sugar. Which will you choose? Does it have to be one or the other? The answer is YES! Research shows we should eat no more than 100 calories a day of sugar. That’s less than a can of soda. Giving it up then makes the most sense. Will I occasionally eat a dessert or chocolate? Probably, but I will be very selective and choose my sweet wisely. Claudia Olivie will be guest blogging in the next week or two and she will share with you a little bit more about her Sugar Recovery System.

Here’s a few foods to watch out for that many people don’t realize are chock-full of sugar:

Granola bars and granola. Unless you are making it yourself and limiting the sugar, when you eat either of these items you are generally eating LOTS of sugar. Read the label and see for yourself. Yikes!

Cereals. Most cereals contain large amounts of sugar. Read the label. Choose wisely.

Sauces and Ketchup. Full of sugar. Make your own sauces or avoid. As for ketchup, not much getting around it, but read labels and choose the one lowest in sugar.

Soups. Read the label carefully. You might not think a soup would have added sugar, but you would be surprised. Make your own in large batches and pop a few jars in the freezer.

Fruit juice. Regardless of whether a juice is all natural or has added sugar, this is not the way to get your fruit. The punch from the sugar in a juice is not much different than drinking a soda. Eat your fruit and drink water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Much better for you. And AVOID the juice that advertises as being lower in sugar. If it has artificial sweeteners, it’s just as bad.

Flavored yogurts. If you eat dairy, and yogurt is one of your staples, buy plain and add your own fruit and nuts. The flavored yogurts in the store are FULL of sugar. Not a good way to start your morning.

Dried Fruit. Healthy, yes, but in very small amounts. Dried fruit is concentrated sugar and because of the size, makes it easy to eat too much. Measure out a portion and close the bag.

I hope these tips will help. Want to join me in the quest to give up sugar? Check out my new packages page and let me know if I can help! Contact me at: jane@janeannthompson.com

See you in the produce section!

Peace and Joy!