A Healthy Homemade Hippy Snack ¬† ¬†
When we‚Äôre out and about or on the go and begin to feel those gnawing little hunger pangs, it is tempting to grab a gooey candy bar or an icing-laced sweet roll to get that blood sugar back up and give us that mid-day pick-me-up we so desperately need.
I could list all the unhealthy ingredients in a candy bar or doughnut but chemistry was never a strong suit of mine and I‚Äôm not sure I have the room here.
Today we are offering up a healthy trail-mix that you can make at home and take with you to enjoy whether you are stuck in city traffic or hiking through the woods.¬† This delicious blend of wholesome ingredients is not only good for you, but simply delicious as well.¬† Since you make it at home, you know exactly what is in there.¬† Kids eat this stuff up‚Ä¶so to speak.
¬†What I love about this recipe is that it is screaming for modification to suit your taste.¬† For example, you can leave out the coconut if wish, or substitute flax seed for sunflower seed, dried cranberries in lieu of raisins‚Ä¶you get the idea.¬† Essentially, once you have the basic recipe, you can customize the ingredients to include whatever healthy additions that fit your fancy.
So when hunger strikes, you can avoid that drive-in burger joint and enjoy this sweet little treat that is the perfect snack when you need an energy boost or just something to hold you over until supper. ¬†
Delicious by the handful or sprinkled over yogurt, you will enjoy this I am sure.
Here‚Äôs the recipe.
3 cups of uncooked regular oats
¬Ĺ cup of flaked coconut
¬Ĺ cup of whole, natural almonds
¬ľ cup of regular or honey-crunch wheat germ
¬ľ cup sunflower kernels
¬ľ cup plus 2 tablespoons of your favorite honey
¬ľ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
¬ľ teaspoon of salt
¬ĺ cup of raisins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.¬† Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl; stir well, and set aside.¬†
Combine the honey and next 4 ingredients; pour over the oat mixture, and stir well.¬† Spread granola onto a lightly greased 15 x 10-inch baking sheet.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden, stirring every 5 minutes.¬† Let it cool then stir in the raisins.
Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a month and a half.
Yields: ¬†51/2 cups.
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