Healthy Homemade Gift
December 06, 2010 | Peggy Martin
Are you searching for a healthy gift for a senior, camper, traveler, college student? Consider Crispy Granola, our featured recipe this month. It’s a good snack or breakfast cereal, and makes a great topping for fruit, yogurt, or ice cream.
Unlike most granolas, this one has no added fat and only about 1 tablespoon of honey per serving. Oatmeal is a whole grain and provides soluble fiber (helpful in lowering blood cholesterol levels). The dried cranberries and nuts add fruit and flavor.
I use old fashioned oats when I make this granola, but any oatmeal will work. I often double or triple the recipe and freeze some of it in freezer containers. If you are making gifts, be sure to package granola in a plastic bag or something airtight before you put it inside a holiday tin or box.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Dash salt
- 3 cups uncooked rolled oats
- Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or other nuts 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or other dried fruit.
*Either old fashioned or quick cooking oats work – both are whole grains.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray a large shallow baking pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- Put egg whites in large bowl and use a whisk or fork to mix until frothy. Stir in honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
- Add oats plus nuts and/or dried fruit, if desired. Stir until oats are coated with egg mixture. Spread oat mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake about 25 to 30 minutes until golden borwn; stir mixture carefully every 5 or 6 minutes to prevent overbrowning.
- Remove pan to wire rack and cool completely until crispy and crunchy. Store in airtight container. Freezes well.
Snack Idea: Crispy granola, Yogurt, Sliced fruit or berries