Healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks

Healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks

Instead of diving in those chocolate chip cookies, try some homemade granola. Sweetened with honey and raisins, granola is a delicious and nutritious way to satisfy that sweet tooth while getting some whole grain and fiber in your diet. Check out this tasty recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment, and spread shredded coconut on top. Bake until toasted. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  2. Decrease oven temperature to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment; set aside. In a large bowl, toss together oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together honey and butter; pour over oat mixture. Stir well. Spread onto sheets. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Break up granola; sprinkle with raisins and toasted coconut. Store in airtight container.
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