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post #1 of 13
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As an attempt to start eating a healthier breakfast more often, I have decided to try the fruit/yogurt/granola scene. I'm not much of a fan when it comes to the breakfast scene.

Does anybody know a good brand of granola to achieve what I am after or do you guys know of a yummy granola recipe?

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Gummy-Bear
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post #2 of 13
I like the "Bear Naked" brand of granola and "Maple Spring" bulk brand. It's best to buy your granola from a natural food section of the grocery store. Most of the ones made by conventional cereal breakfast manufacturers have trans-fats and high fructose corn syrup.

I make it occasionally but don't really use a recipe-kind of a "seat of the pants" concoction. I don't know how much help it will be, but it's something like this:
Preheat oven to 325˚F.
In a large bowl combine some rolled oats (mostly), flax seeds, wheat flakes, rice flakes, sunflower seeds, chopped walnuts or any other kind of grain you might like.
In another bowl, combine some honey and oil-you can also use maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup or malt syrup. Add vanilla, cinnamon or other spices and flavorings that you like. You need about a 2:1 ratio of honey to oil and a ratio of 4 or 5 to 1 of grains to honey mix.
Toss the two mixtures to coat grains evenly then spread evenly on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Bake about 10-15 minutes, then mix around a little. Bake, tossing in 10 minute intervals until lightly toasted and golden.
Remove from oven and add any dried fruit you like to the hot granola. Cool on the pan, then store in an airtight container.

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post #3 of 13
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Sounds delicious! I'll try it Saturday!
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post #4 of 13
Bear Naked is my favorite brand as well. I always eat in the am with yogurt and honey or yogurt and mixed fruit. I'm not a breakfast person either, but I'm becomming one just because I love those combos!
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post #5 of 13
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Where can I get bear naked?
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post #6 of 13
Make your own. Not only is it easy, very easily adjusted to your preferences, and yummy, it tastes 100 times better than even the best store brand. You can find 1000's of recipes on the internet for granola. What I really like about homemade granola though is how easy you can adjust it. Like coconut? Add flaked coconut to the recipe. Hate walnuts? Substitute pecans. Love dried fruit? Add a mix of dried cherries, dried cranberries and dried blueberries to the granola after it comes out of the oven. So many ways to make it your own.
post #7 of 13
I'm not convinced that commercial granola and many of the yogurts are any more healthy than the other junk most people eat for breakfast. Check the sugar, salt, and fat contents of any commercial product you buy - you may be surprised at what you find. Bear Naked, as mentioned earlier, seems to be a little better than most commercial products. Still, IMO, you'd be better off buying a good, simple plain yogurt (maybe even low fat or non-fat) and adding some fresh fruit to it, maybe some nuts as well, and possibly a small amount of organic oats or other grains.

Not to hold myself up as an example, I often enjoy such a breakfast or mid-morning snack.

shel
post #8 of 13
I normally not a yogurt and granola for breakfast guy, but that's what I've been eating lately, just because it tastes great.

I buy Brown Cow Cream Top Yogurt from Whole Foods and a relatively inexpensive Granola that I find at Ralphs, Sweet Home Farm Honey Nut Granola. The Sweet Home Granola has no trans fats and is sweetened with cane sugar. It comes in a milk style box for easy pouring and closing. Give it a try.
post #9 of 13
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Thank you Shake-and-Bake. How well does this breakfast hold you up and keep you satisfied?
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post #10 of 13
just as good as any other breakfast.
post #11 of 13
Agree with Shakeandbake..
post #12 of 13
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I found this granola today at the grocery store. DELICIOUS! :bounce: I'm still going to try bear naked but I very much enjoy this...
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post #13 of 13
Thank you for posting this! I'm loading my van for a job tomorrow and you reminded me of the one thing I left off my final shopping list.
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