Chock-full of oats, seeds, nuts, and fruit, chewy granola bars make an ideal breakfast, midday snack, or fuel for your next outdoor activity. Our favorite recipe happens to come from First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House kitchens; it's sweetened with honey and maple syrup for a sweet yet wholesome finish. The recipe's basic — it's as easy as heating, mixing, and cutting — but we'll offer tips for toasting seeds, heating the sugar, and cutting the bars. An added bonus: your house will be infused with the scent of warm spices.
There's been a lot of hype around Gwyneth Paltrow's new healthy cookbook, It's All Good ($32), but every recipe I've tested so far has exceeded my expectations. This vegan and gluten-free granola is no exception.
High in iron and completely free of cholesterol, Gwyneth's granola is sweet and nutty with the perfect crunch, everything you want in a bowl of granola. Chopping all the dried fruit is a laborious process, so I'd suggest cooking this over the weekend when you have plenty of time to spare. Once you've made a big batch, you can enjoy it all week long: the granola can be stored in a glass jar for up to two weeks. Keep reading to learn how to make this gluten-free recipe.
Throughout middle and high school, I practically subsisted on Nature Valley's crisp and crunchy Oats 'n Honey granola bars. To this day, a mere glimpse of the bold green wrapper gets my stomach grumbling. So when I stumbled upon a recipe hack for the snacktime staple, I knew I had to try it for myself.
My first attempt turned out a batch that, while enticing, wasn't quite right; my roommates happily scarfed them down, but to my nostalgic palate, they were slightly too soft, not quite salty enough, and tasted a little raw. Thankfully, with a few tweaks — notably, toasting the oats and swapping out half the honey for brown sugar for a deeper flavor and a crisper, toastier texture — they're everything my teenage self could've wished for. Even better, they're slightly less sweet, leaving my slightly more sophisticated mid-20s persona pleased as punch as well.
A fit foodie's go-to, granola's versatility makes it a simple way to fuel up and stay energized throughout the day. By making your own, you'll not only save money, fat, and calories, but you can also experiment with flavor and even make adjustments for dietary restrictions. Here are six recipes that range from the basic to the bold. Pick a favorite and bake up your next batch for breakfast tomorrow!
This holiday season, skip the scented candles, and concoct an air freshener that serves double duty: warmly spiced maple pecan granola.
As its exotic yet comforting perfume wafts from the oven, rest easy knowing that you're simultaneously setting yourself up for a week of enticing and low-fuss breakfasts (just add Greek yogurt), with plenty of granola on hand for snacks, or even jazzing up a bowl of store-bought ice cream.
Maybe it's due to the fact that I grew up overdosing on them, but as an adult, I've never been much of a granola bar fan. That is, until I made these granola bars.
I don't know how else to explain this discrepancy, except to say that homemade granola bars, not unlike homemade granola, taste utterly different from the conventional kind. Unlike the store-bought variety, these bars are pliable on the tooth, imbued with Indian spices like cardamom and cinnamon, and filled to the gills with nothing but toasted oats, seeds, and dried fruit.
This recipe, which comes courtesy of Michelle Obama and the White House kitchen, is simple enough. Still, it takes some finesse to nail down the last cutting bit without making a huge mess. The key, I discovered, is to let them cool completely (this takes hours), then cut them using a serrated knife that's dipped in hot water in between slicings. But the end result, I promise, is completely worth the effort. Keep reading to get the granola bar recipe.
Here is an easy and healthy recipe for granola. Best of all, this recipe is allergy-friendly and very affordable! You can even change up the ingredients to make it your own!
Learn how to make the granola after the break!
Everyone loves receiving gifts, especially when they're homemade! And luckily you still have time to whip up these simple homemade presents for the folks still on your list. A DIY gift shows the recipient that you put a little extra thought and care into his or her gift — not to mention a little elbow grease. Ready to get crafty? We've rounded up a half dozen healthy gifts for the holidays.
For the Health Foodies
Whole Wheat Biscotti
Cinnamon Sugar Toasted Almonds
For the Fitness Freaks
iPhone Arm Band
Upcycled-Jeans Yoga Mat Bag
Are you giving any homemade holiday gifts this year?
Deee-licious! I forgot to take pictures when I made this granola so this was all that was left. It tasted delicious over blackberries and banana oatmeal.
See how easy it is to make this granola after the break!