Revolutionary Granola: A Healthy Granola Recipe

Hey all!  Last week, I promised those of you who managed to wade through my rant on “Granola” a recipe for actual granola.  So, here it is, my healthy granola recipe!  If you recall, I dubbed it “Revolutionary Granola” in honor of the post, although I’m having second thoughts because the term “Revolutionary” seems to over promise a little.  I hope this doesn’t get your hopes up for this granola doing anything crazy.  I mean, it’s delicious and all, but it is just granola.  So eat it up and go start some Revolutionary-ness of your own!  🙂

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Revolutionary Healthy Granola

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup Sucanat*
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond OR vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

*Sucanat is evaporated cane syrup.  It’s a less processed alternative to brown sugar.  You can use what you have, but Sucanat is a little bit of a healthier option.

First mix the oats, Sucanat, and coconut oil together in a large bowl.  Cover the bowl and let these ingredients set overnight or for a few hours.  This will let the oats soak up more of the oil and sweetness.

healthy granola recipe

I highly recommend getting a toddler to mix it for you. At 10:30pm. Awesome.

When you’re ready to get on with it, preheat the oven to 350 F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.

The next step is to mix the ground flax seeds and water together in a small bowl.  Let them sit for just a couple minutes to let the flax bind with the water.  Then add the salt and vanilla or almond extract to the flax mixture and stir it up.  Dump the flax mixture into the oat mixture and stir to combine.  Spread into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes.  When it comes out of the oven, carefully stir it up and then leave it in the pan to cool.

Boom!  So there it is, a healthy granola recipe!  Easy, right?

You can top it with whatever dried fruit and nuts you like, or just eat it plain!  Yummy with milk, on top of yogurt, or eaten straight out of the pan.  (Not that I would do such a thing.)  It will disappear quickly so get some while you can!

healthy granola recipe

You know what would be REALLY revolutionary??? If these people would clear their bowls without being asked! AGGGHHHHH

BTW, I’m going to be trying something new here.  In addition to our silly “Chaos” updates, the plan is to also give you, dear readers, something USEFUL every once in awhile.  It seems as though people like useful things, go figure?  Anywho, it might be a recipe like this, or some health tips, or something pertaining to homeschooling.  Next week I’ll be participating in a blogger series on how to use essential oils.  Maybe you don’t care about oils, that’s cool.  But I think you should give it a chance because I have prepared cartoons.  YES, cartoons, and YES, this may be the first and last blogger series I am allowed to participate in.

If the thought of all this “usefulness” makes you uneasy, don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of Ordinary Chaos!  Just think of it as some “Chaos Tamers” to balance it out.  If there is something you’d like to see, drop me a comment and I’ll see what I can do!    And if you see something you like, please “Pin” and share!

Thanks for reading.

Jennifer

Pumpkin Cravings: A Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

It’s about 9:30pm 10:30pm right now.  It’s been a long day.  The kids are fighting off colds.  They aren’t super sick, but it’s been enough to make them REALLY grumpy today.  So, after hours on end of tantrums, meltdowns, and brother brawls, I’d really like to go to bed…

However Dash is sitting here saying he wants to “DANCE”.  NOOOO!

So, the thing I would like almost as much as going to bed is a pumpkin smoothie.  I already had one today, but I really want another one.  They are THAT GOOD (in my opinion.)  Beau agrees with me on this, he calls it a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.  And it’s healthy too.  If only the roar of the Nutri Bullet would not wake up the big kids I would probably indulge myself, but since I cannot I will tell you all how to make one.  (Because you really haven’t found enough recipes for Pumpkin lately, have you???)

healthy pumpkin smoothie

I was going to make it look pretty with a cinnamon stick or something. But I had nothing so you just get a picture of it next to my house. Sorry.

I usually roast some pumpkin this time of year and then freeze it in 1 cup measurements.  If you take it out to thaw just a little before you make the smoothie (so it’s mostly frozen) the concoction will be nice and thick and icy.  If the pumpkin won’t come out of the baggie just set it in a bowl of hot water for a minute.  Of course you can used canned pumpkin if that’s what you have, but in that case I would throw in some ice.  Warm pumpkin smoothies do not taste nearly as much like milkshakes. 🙂

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 cup milk of your choice
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger (or grate a pinch of fresh ginger if you’re feeling adventurous)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 scoops (1 serving) Tera’s Whey Vanilla Protein Powder (or whatever protein powder you like, Tera’s is sweetened with stevia and has really clean ingredients)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

Blend it all up and that’s it!  Easy peasy breakfast or midnight snack if you can get away with using your blender at midnight.  😉  I am seriously thinking about taking the NutriBullet into the garage just so I can make one without waking anyone up.  I’m out of control, I know.  Okay, going to bed now…

Enjoy!!!