Keep­ing Your Break­fast Healthy

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Some morn­ings can be tougher than oth­ers—get the kids ready for school; get ready for work; get ev­ery­one out the door with full bel­lies— so you get bonus points if you of­fer some­thing tasty and nu­tri­tious. For those morn­ings on the go, hav­ing home­made gra­nola on hand can help. Oats, gra­nola’s pri­mary in­gre­di­ent, are a fiber-rich whole grain that will com­pli­ment ad­di­tional good-for-you in­gre­di­ents such as dried fruits and nuts.

Try start­ing with this ba­sic gra­nola recipe, then add your fa­vorite ex­tras to make your own sig­na­ture blend! 3 cups rolled oats 2 ½ cups raw nuts or seeds, or a mix­ture 1 ½ tea­spoons kosher salt ¼ tea­spoon ground cin­na­mon ½ tea­spoon ground car­damom ½ cup oil (ex­tra-vir­gin olive oil is sug­gested) ½ cup plus 1 ta­ble­spoon liq­uid sweet­ener (e.g.,

maple syrup, honey) ¾ tea­spoon pure vanilla ex­tract ¾ cup chopped dried fruit

Source: Reprinted with per­mis­sion from Whole-Grain Morn­ings: New Break­fast Recipes to Span the Sea­sons by Megan Gor­don (Ten Speed Press, © 2013)

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