Granola

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Now that I am a new mommy I am always looking for quick things to eat…or things I can eat one handed while I am taking care of the baby.  Granola is one of those hearty breakfasts or snacks you can make ahead and is really easy to eat.  I like to mix it with yogurt for breakfast in the morning.  While it is not really low in calories, it is very filling, low in saturated fats and a good source of fiber.  Use your favorite dried fruit and nuts to mix in and make it your own!

Granola, from Baking Bites

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
3/4 cup plain unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts
up to 1 cup dried fruit

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the oats, puffed rice cereal and spices, set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, applesauce, honey, and vanilla. Once combined, pour the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in chopped nuts. Spread mixture onto prepare baking sheets in an even layer.

Bake for 30 minutes then carefully turn the granola. Bake an additional 15 minutes, until crisp and golden. Let cool then break up granola as desired. Mix in dried fruit and enjoy!

Yield approx. 12 servings

Nutrition per 1/2 cup:  256.3 calories, 4.9g fat, 0.9g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 134.9mg sodium, 70.5g carbohydrates, 5.9g fiber, 33.6g sugar, 4.4g protein

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