Our “normal” state of doing things is in a running mode. There are too many things to do, and too little time to accomplish them all. On a typical morning, by 9 a.m. I would have a load of laundry going, a loaf of bread rising in my bread machine, a toddler hanging on my leg or on my arm and played with intermittently, and dinner started. My philosophy is that if you move fast, you can accomplish a lot within a short period of time.
We also run outside. And sort dirt, because somebody has to do it. We take dirt-sorting very seriously.
While we do all this running around like Energizer bunnies, we spend a lot of energy. Our favorite way to refuel is a bowl of Greek Yogurt with granola. Kids ask for it when they get hungry, and baby steals mine, so I learned to fix myself a larger bowl to share with her.
Greek yogurt is higher in protein and low in sugar, compared to regular yogurt. Combined with low-fat granola and some fresh fruit, it is a perfect snack or breakfast.
I make a batch of this granola about once a week and keep it in a container on the counter. It comes together really quick, and I am covered for snacks and breakfasts for everyone for a week!
Easy Low-fat Granola:
- 2 cups rolled oats (I use old-fashioned)
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts of your choice (I use a mix of pecans and almonds)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 320 F.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Spread not thicker than half-inch on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil, for easier clean-up.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring twice while it’s baking. Note: if you use honey in place of maple syrup, baking time will be shorter. Granola will continue baking after you take it out of the oven, so be careful not to overbake.
Once you make it once or twice, you will figure out the exact time your granola needs. Ovens vary a lot, so you’ll need to watch it for the first time you make it.
Once granola has cooled down, you can add dried fruit if you like. I don’t do that because we usually top ours with fresh fruit.