After that loaded lasagna post I felt that I needed to follow-up with something healthy. I’ve been thinking about McDonald’s fruit and yogurt parfaits which naturally leads me to think about that little dab of granola that they put on top. Whenever I start thinking about a certain food I figure its my body’s way of telling me that there is something in that food that I need. As I considered the fruit and yogurt and granola all having a party together, I realized that my body is screaming for me to feed it something that is nutrient dense. I could almost here it yelling, “Hey! You’re killing me here, lady! Give me the good stuff, or else…”
I have been using the Granola recipe from my mother in-law, Mavis, for a long time and find it to be the best one that I have ever tasted. The only changes that I have made to it are to add flax seeds and cinnamon. Seeeeee, I can keep up with current good-for-you-food-trends as well as the next person. Flax seeds in granola are trendy, but they also happen to be healthy.
As per the flax seeds, sometimes I give them a whirl in my blender before I add them to the granola. You have to crack a flax seed to get to the healthy stuff. Otherwise, guess what? Whole flax seeds use your bowel as a slip n’ slide and go right on through to the outside. (I’m a nurse; I talk about stuff like that and don’t even bat an eye.) As for the cinnamon, besides making this granola taste heavenly it, too, has a few health benefits such as helping to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics. But heck, that’s a story for another post.
I like to eat a bowl of granola as a cold cereal with milk and dried cranberries sprinkled on top. I have also used it to make granola bars, as a snack for plain ol’ munching, and in a fruit and yogurt parfait. Life is good. Oh, and when the Holidays roll around, try this Pumpkin Granola for a fun change of pace.