Power Granola

My family loves granola!.  They eat it in yogurt, with milk or just plain in a bowl for a snack.  I found this recipe for homemade granola and tried it out this week.  It was a hit with the family and of course I was very happy because it contains some super healthy ingredients!  It makes a mama’s heart sing when I see my family enjoying “good for you” food!

This recipe was very simple and easy!

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Power Granola- from my recipes.com

Ingredients

2 cups regular oats

1/3 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup chopped slivered almonds

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking spray

1/3 cup dried cranberries

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.
  5. Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

*I have an electric oven and cooked it for the time listed above.  It turned out a little chewy so for crunchier granola I would probably add about 10 minutes to the cooking time.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 196
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Fat: 6.8g
  • Saturated fat: 0.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Protein: 4.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 32.5g
  • Fiber: 3.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.5mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Calcium: 38mg

How are you starting off the year in a healthy way?  We would love to hear from you!

~Blessings,

Jen

 

 

The Power of Prayer

Jackie and Girls

Today’s post is a turn from our usual lighter side, but I felt I had to make this plea for prayers for family.  I believe in the power of prayer and I am asking that you please pray for my sister-in-law and two nieces.  They are visiting her family in the Philippines and are now directly in the path of Typhoon Haiyan.  My brother-in-law has not heard from them since Wednesday.

Here is his latest post from Facebook:

“I’ve heard nothing from my wife and the girls or from any of their family in Samar since Wednesday.

Last I knew, they were going to be at exactly the worst place in the Philippines they could be, in Samar, where “Meteorologists say that if initial estimates based on satellite images are borne out, it could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall,” and where “sustained winds were up to 314 km/h (195 mph), with gusts up to 379 km/h (235 mph).”

Save the Children Philippines director Anna Lindenfors predicted a high casualty rate.

“We expect the level of destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan to be extensive and devastating, and sadly we fear that many lives will be lost,” she said in a statement. “Perhaps the greatest wind damage any city on Earth has endured from a tropical cyclone in the past century”.

Please pray for their protection and all of those that will be affected by this powerful storm.  Also, please pray for my brother-in-law, that he may have the strength he needs to get through the waiting and that he would hear from them soon.

In Matthew 18:20 (NIV) it says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

The last I checked, we had 167 blog followers and I know that if together, we lift up this family to God in prayer, He will be there.

~Blessings,

Jen