February 11, 2009

I have the granola...now for the yogurt (a giveaway!)

Make sure you read to the end for the giveaway!

I have been wanting to make some homemade granola for a few days now. I love to eat it on my yogurt for breakfast! I had made Foster's Homemade Granola before and while it was good, I wanted to find a different recipe this time.

I happened to come across the blog My Adventures in Food on Sunday afternoon and while browsing through her posts I came across a granola recipe she found on Food Network (ala Alton Brown). I didn't have coconut, but figured I would just have to make the recipe without it this time as I was not going to the store 13 miles away just for one ingredient. I did some improvising and what I did is below. You can see kokomama's version on her site!

Granola
Improvised from My Adventures in Food and Food Network

3 cups whole oats
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar (I only had dark brown)
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (I use light amber)
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1 cup whole sea salted cashews
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup kettle roasted peanuts
1-1/2 cups raisins (I used dried assorted fruit - strawberries, cranberries, prunes, raisins, etc)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, and salt. Combine both mixtures and pour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.

Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins (in my case, the mixed dried fruit) and mix until evenly distributed.

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What better to go with the granola than this yogurt! Recently I was offered the opportunity to try Yoplait's newest flavor of Yo-Plus lowfat yogurt. Yogurt with granola is my favorite breakfast so when I was offered this opportunity, I jumped right up and said yes! Yo-Plus is a creamy, fruit-flavored yogurt with live and active probiotic cultures that help regulate your digestive health year-round. Yo-Plus also is a good source of fiber, calcium and vitamins A & D. If you are interested in trying this now, you can click here for a coupon for $1.50 off a 4 pack. You can also visit their website at www.Yo-Plus.com for tips on how to maintain a balanced life and additional information!

I along with my sponsor will be giving away three (3) Yo-Plus gift bags! With the bag you will receive a water bottle, a coupon for a free 4-pack of Yo-Plus yogurt, and a nutrition notebook! To enter the giveaway just leave a comment and share your personal tips on how to stay healthy and maintain a nutritional diet this year! You can earn another entry if you tweet about this post on twitter or if you post a link to this post on Facebook. Just come back here and leave another comment to let me know you have done this! Good luck!

P.S. You will LOVE this gift bag - it is a large, insulated bag with a zipper top that is perfect for carrying cold items home in from the grocery! Winners will be chosen by 1:00 PM on Friday, February 13, 2009. Giveaway is limited to those in the US only.




58 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

The granola looks yummy and I'll have to give the yogurt a try.

Katie said...

I make granola once a week now because its all my husband wants to eat! Yours looks really good, you are so lucky to get all these contacts for giveaways!

Maria said...

Great granola...and I haven't tried this yogurt yet. I love my yogurt though! I try to eat one a day!! Thanks for the giveaway!
I have a lot health tips because that is my job...I am a health educator...but I will keep this short:) Eat less and move more!! Exercise is so important! Find something you love and stick with it! Also eat healthy meals and snacks, but don't go crazy...eat in moderation and still enjoy your favorite treats!! Focus on fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean proteins...etc. Ok, I will stop now!! Thanks again!

Passionate About Baking said...

I just made granola bars & I think I'm ready to try this now. How yummy!

Ingrid said...

What a cool giveaway......

Best health tip I have (& for the most part live by) is to drink lots of water. I have found that when I drink plenty of water I'm less likely to snack & have headaches.
~ingrid

Anne said...

Cool giveaway! My tips are to just keep moving! If you are at the computer, get up and walk around every 30 minutes or so. Instead of driving, try to walk or bike to places if they're close enough. For food: plan ahead! Bring a lunch to work or school. Don't get stuck starving at lunch time with no healthy options. And always read labels!

Pam said...

I love granola - yours looks so tasty. I especially love the big cashews and coconut throughout.

Patsyk said...

I love yogurt and granola! Yum!

My health tip is pretty simple. Schedule time to get in some exercise each day. If you don't schedule it, it's way too easy to skip it.

Robin Sue said...

I like making granola. It is a bummer that we have a nut allergy kid here so when I do make it he can't ever have any-poor guy. But I can keep it all to myself that way!

Sara said...

This granola looks SO good! I love all the nuts in it. Can't wait to try it.

Ellie said...

I love the blog! My greatest health tip is to drink lots of water and enjoy fruits instead of processed sugar. I rid my house of all "easy" snacks so I have to put effort into making something to eat. Getting rid of premade snacks (i.e. chips, candy) has made such a difference and now my cupboard is packed with healthier choices.

Cajun Chef Ryan said...

We love both and here is my tip!

Drink lots of water, just around 64 ounces or 8 cups a day will keep you hydrated and will also help remove impurities from your body. You will also feel fuller and will not be tempted to snack as often between meals.

CCR =:~)

Netts Nook said...

Can't wait to try your granola. I have found that since I have not eaten out in over a month I can control my calorie intake and watch what I eat. Drink Drink Drink lot of water.

Flourchild said...

I love homemade granola. I have a recipe for Pumpkin granola..it's very good.

Debbie said...

The granola looks great! My tips for staying healthy is to do lots of walking this year and drink plenty of water throughout the day....

pigpigscorner said...

I love granola and yougurt! And I like adding yougurt to oatmeal...delicious!

Di said...

I really want to try my hand at granola one of these days. Not because we eat a lot of it by itself, but because I want also want to try homemade granola bars.

Stephanie Schiltz said...

I, too, love granola and yogurt. Thanks for the opportunity to be in the drawing. The only tip I have is to choose an exercise routine that you can live with and everything in moderation. I walk with my husband daily and try to help and encourage each other to stay healthy. It makes all the difference knowing that you have someone that will encourage you. Steph

noble pig said...

Oh yummy granola! Love it.

To stay healthy...NO MORE FAST FOOD!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try the granola.
And Blueberry yogurt will go great with it!
Pam S.

Laura said...

You and I have been pretty in tune this winter! There is granola in my oven right now....

Tangled Noodle said...

Yogurt and granola every morning keep this Noodle going!

Val said...

I'm TRYING to get healthy after years of super-sizing, snacking & no exercise. (You can imagine the results.)

For starters I'm trying to eat healthier, smaller meals with healthy snacks between. Also make daily trips up & down the 5 flights of stairs in my building, (at least once a day).

It's slow going with more than a few back-slides along the way. While there isn't much difference on the scales, I can tell the clothes are fitting better & down right loose in some spots.

Sure would like to win some coupons & a new water bottle. ;o}

cakewardrobe said...

What a gorgeous mix of healthiness! I want to win! :) I drink (and LOVE) Acai often! It's too expensive for every day purchases though!

Meg said...

I have been wanting to make my own granola! This looks awesome!

What a great giveaway!

Emily said...

o0oo!I lovve granola! I've never tried making it though! And I'll think I'll start with your recipe!

My health tip would be to 1)drink lots of water - make sure you're hyrdrated! 2) if you have pets instead of them letting play in the yard, take them for walks!

Elle said...

What? You won't drive 13 miles for coconut? ;)
ps-left you an award on my blog

veggie belly said...

thanks for a great giveaway! I twittered :) I'm no health expert but my tip would be to exercise and be positive :)

Priscilla said...

your granola looks yummy. i like staying fit by drinking water, exercising, and eating in moderation.

Reeni♥ said...

The granola looks delicious!! Lots of goodies in every bite. What a great giveaway. My tips are to add fresh fruit and veggies whenever possible. Avoid white 'things' like flour, sugar, rice. Try to limit your processed food intake. Watch your portion sizes, take your time eating, sit at the table, put your fork down between bites. And don't drink your calories in soda, juices, and starbucks!

Amy S. said...

Wow, I'd like to try the new Yoplait. I've been working out in the morning, upping the fiber, lowering the fat (tough to cut out carbs, alas), and eating a LOT of dairy (cheese, yogurt, and tofu: yum!). I've also been cooking large batches on the weekends and freezing them for the week when it's crazy.

kokomama said...

Thanks for the shout out! Your granola looks fantastic. As for staying healthy, we try to cook with lots of fresh ingredients, and not eat too much processed food.

Susan said...

What a great giveaway!
I have been trying to get into the swing since Jan. 1st...I think the most important thing is to get some type of exercise every day and to carefully monitor what you are eating. Grains, veggies ,fruits and lean meats are so important and I love the idea of yogurt everyday!

Sharon said...

I try to eat breakfast so that I don't get bitten by the hunger bug mid-morning and pig out.

Christy said...

Mmmmm, your granola looks wonderful. I've had homemade granola on my list for some time and may just have to make this recipe! Thanks!

Health tip-Water, water, water.

Elyse said...

First of all, my goodness does that granola look good. I LOOOOOOVE granola!

As for my healthy living tip: all things in moderation. It's quite cliche, but it's so true. I try to eat relatively healthy meals, but every now and then I let myself indulge. To boot, if I'm really craving sweets, I just take a bite and then give the rest away (although this one has been hard for me to master :) ).

Anonymous said...

Love granola and yogurt!
My tip is to cut out all sugary drinks. I don't drink soda at all any more. If I want something fizzy, I have a seltzer. Also, I have really cut back on my consumption of bottled juice. I try to eat fresh fruit instead. If I do drink fruit juice, I cut it in 1/2 or 1/3 with water.
imryan23@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Never have made Granola but this is very tempting and looks GREAT! I also like to add yogurt to my diet because of the calcium it supplies me with. My health tip would be to stay busy and keep moving. Limit fats and sugar. Marlene

Anonymous said...

the granola looks great, and all your other posts are wonderful. As far as health tips i would suggest to keep moving and limit your intake of fast foods and all the other foods that we love. Keep the good pictures and recipes coming
Sue B

Margie said...

Your granola looks great. I have never tried to make my own.
My favorite Health Tip is drink lots of water and walk for at least 30 minutes a day!

Debbie said...

I thought I didn't like yogurt for a long time.... but then I tried it. LOL
of course I like it..it tastes good. I usally put grape nuts with mine, but now I'll have to try granola. I'm walking...walking..walking lately. Silly me, I TOLD everyone I was going to do the Cancer-walk, and now I have to train for it, so I can really do it. I've actaully enjoyed it, I just wish it would warm up.

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

Great giveaway. I've been wanting to try this yogurt.

My healthtip is to drink plenty of water, and get plenty of calcium and eat green leafy vegetables.

Olga said...

Cashews are my favorite nuts! Whenever I visit my parents in Seattle, my mom buys a big container of mixed nuts from Costco and I tend to pick out all cashews ;)

Katy said...

Your granola looks fab!

Maya said...

I just made some chocolate granola yesterday. Your looks wonderful!

Butterfly said...

I think the best nutritional tip is to write down everything you eat. If you bite it, write it. It helps you see where your diet is lacking in nutrients.

Aggie said...

Granola and yogurt are my favorite snack! My best tip is to eat lots of fruit before lunch...you'll be amazed at how good you feel!

CookiePie said...

Your granola looks fabulous!!! Homemade is the best :)

Anonymous said...

Love granola!!! Love your site!!! I hope I win!! rl-wilt@wiu.edu

Kaitlin said...

I absolutely LOVE granola, and this looks perfectly yummy!

WiseAcre said...

I listen to those centenarians who smoke, drink and avoid work.

Don't you dare put me in a drawing for yogurt. Knowing my luck I'd win.

I replied to your question about Longbranch in my comments. Best to leave it there rather than dirty yours.

J.Danger said...

I love yogurt and granola! Its one of my faves. No one ever thinks that this is a health tip, but it is- I SWEAR:

SLEEP MORE.

No joke. No one sleeps enough anymore, and we constantly run around trying to do fifty three things at once, doing none of them well, and a the end of the day our bodies- and minds- are frazzled.

Sleep.


Thanks!

n.o.e said...

I make my own granola too. Last week I tried Tyler Florence's and it was really delicious. Yours looks good, and unusual with those cashews.
Nancy

Cakelaw said...

Yum! What a terrific brekky this would make.

dishesdone said...

The granola looks great! That was my breakfast every day in college, granola with yogurt!

Kevin said...

Making your own granola is always fun. There are almost limitless combinations!

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Delicious! I've never tried making my own before - thanks for the inspiration! :)

Varsha Vipins said...

I made a similar Oats bar once ..looks yummy Honey B..:)
N I would love to join the give away..Just twittered about it..:)

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