Saturday, March 17, 2012

4 Granola Recipes. One of them is Patti's.

I love/love Vanilla Greek yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt. I choose one of the two tasty Granola recipes, to alternate with yogurt in a tall glass for a quick summer lunch. I found another Granola recipe to try, please follow the link at the bottom of the post to view.. Also.. Please check out Patti's Awesome, Granola recipe(located in the comments). Enjoy.

Recipe #1.
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup finely shredded carrots
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp light oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl  combine the oats, pecans and coconut.

In a smaller bowl  combine the carrots, agave, brown sugar, vanilla, oil, and spices. Stir until mixed, then pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix together with your hands until everything is mixed well.

Spread the granola in an even layer over the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 40-50 minutes until the granola had become crisp and golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool before stirring in the raisins.

Recipe #2.

4 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup light oil
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cherries

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, almonds, salt, cocoa powder and brown sugar. Mix well. In a medium sized microwaveable bowl, combine the oil and honey. Microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk until well combined. Add the vanilla and combine. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir well until all is coated. Spread evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for about 22 minutes. Remove from oven and don’t mix the granola. Let cool completely. Break into pieces. Add the dark chocolate chips and dried cherries.

Please click  HERE for Vanilla Bean Raw Granola recipe.


  1. Ooh, Dawn, these both sound wonderful. I LOVE granola, and although I have a family-approved recipe we all love, I would definitely enjoy trying yours...especially that first one. Who would ever have thought of putting carrot in granola?! But what a way to boost the nutritional value.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Patti, I would also, love trying yours.. You can add it here if you would like..:)

  3. First of all, I hear so much about Greek yogurt nowadays. What exactly is that? What makes it different and more nutritious than regular yogurt?

    Here is my granola recipe:

    5 cups old-fashioned oats
    1 cup dry milk powder
    1 cup wheat germ
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
    1 cup sunflower seeds
    1 cup sesame seeds
    1 cup chopped walnuts (I usually use pecans as 2 of my family members are allergic to walnuts)
    1 tbsp. cinnamon

    Combine all these ingredients. Mix well.

    1 cup canola oil (or whatever kind you prefer)
    1 cup honey

    Combine these and then pour over dry ingredients. Mix well.

    Bake at 200 for 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Store in refrigerator.

    (I usually add more honey than it calls for, as my family likes the granola to stick together in large clumps.)

  4. Patti, Awesome!! Also, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with us!

    Greek yogurt, has almost double the protein of regular yogurt. Eight ounces of Greek yogurt has about 20 grams of protein, where regular yogurt provides around 11-13 grams.

    Greek yogurt, has fewer carbohydrates than regular yogurt. This could be beneficial to diabetics, who have to watch their carbohydrate intake.

    Regular yogurt has about three times the calcium of Greek yogurt. Both are still considered good sources of calcium, but women who don't get enough calcium from other foods may want to stick to regular yogurt for its bone-building benefits.

    Greek yogurt, has half the sodium of regular yogurt.

    Greek yogurt, is much thicker and creamier than regular yogurt because it's strained more. Greek yogurt can also be used in cooking as it does not curdle when heated like regular yogurt.

  5. Thank you for all the great information about Greek yogurt. It definitely sounds like that is the more nutritious way to go.

  6. I think it is worth trying to see if you like it....