Cinnamon Raisin Granola

Cinnamon Raisin Granola

 

Do you ever have those days when you want to eat everything in sight? I’m describing the yesterday version of myself. I was ravenous. There is no explanation to why I wanted to eat like a pac-man. Sometimes, I just have to let my hunger run it’s course; this occurrence happens maybe once every few months.

 

The morning after I fill up on croissants, pretzels, and stuffed shells, I resort to nourishing my body with healthy and sustaining foods. I try not to shame myself for the binging that occurred during the previous day. I learn to forgive myself, start over, and grow (not in the waistline).

 

Generally, I am a healthy person. I do not believe in fad diets or quick-fixes. I try to balance my intake of fruits, vegetables, and proteins with the occasional glass of wine. In the past, I did struggle with body image and self-confidence issues. As I have grown, I have learned to love the body that I have and resist comparing myself to my best friend or a supermodel.

 

One of my favorite healthy snacks is granola. Not only is it portable, but it’s perfect on its own, topped on yogurt, or enjoyed with milk. Granola is filling and full of delicious flavors. Today, I present to you, Cinnamon Raisin Granola. I know that there are a lot of raisin haters out there, but you can easily substitute in some cranberries or dried blueberries. If you despise dried fruit, you can also substitute in chocolate chips. The best thing about granola is that once you have a base, you can pretty much add in all of your favorite nuts, fruit, and candy pieces.

 

Although I adore some of the store bought granolas (hello, whole foods), they’re usually packed with sugar. Making granola at home allows you, the baker, to monitor how much sugar goes into your snack food.

 

So, I’m realigning my body, mind, and spirit this week. My motto is that you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health; this granola speaks for itself in that department.

 

The last thought before I share this delicious breakfast treat is: I hate that thing that happens when I’m eating raisins and then go to text someone on my iPhone. Smudges and sticky residue everywhere. Don’t eat raisins and text, my friends.

 

 

 

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I swear I didn’t do it, Mom. Cabott rolled in a field hence the green spot on his head.

Cinnamon Raisin Granola

Ingredients

  • 3-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium pot on medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, vanilla, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Stir frequently until coconut oil has melted. Remove from heat and allow wet mixture to slightly cool.
  3. In a large-sized mixing bowl, add oats, cinnamon, and salt. Pour wet ingredients into mixing bowl and make sure oats are evenly coated with oil mixture.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly distribute wet granola mixture onto baking sheet and transfer to oven.
  5. Let granola bake for 18 minutes and flip halfway through baking to make sure granola does not burn. Remove from oven when granola is golden brown.
  6. Allow granola to cool for at least an hour. Add raisins to mixture. If you prefer cranberries or other dried fruit, you may substitute these for raisins. You may also add semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  7. Enjoy over yogurt or milk.
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Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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33 Comments
  • Love this granola Erin, especially that pure New England maple syrup and the coconut oil. Yum. Cabott is super adorable.
  • What a pleasant and fun surprise to see that pic of Cabott! He is beyond adorable! This granola looks pretty darn tasty too! I love how forgiving it is and you can do pretty much anything you want with it!
  • Awwh, what a cute dog.
    I love making my own granola too – it’s so easy and delicious.
  • I love making my own granola! So easy to customize and so delicious! This cinnamon raisin version sounds fantastic, Erin! Would be great as breakfast or a snack!
  • What a beautiful pup! I love to snack on granola all day or start my day with a big bowl for breakfast. Love the cinnamon raisin flavor!
  • I SO have those days too, where ALL the food is just not enough! It’s great that you’re trying to not shame yourself, and justt starting a new day. I need to work on that myself!
    Granola is the perfect healthy snack…full of whole grains and THE CRUNCH that I love! This looks delicious!
  • What beautiful eyes your dog has! So cute. Been so hungry here too, ravenous like you said. Bleh. I think I gained literally 10 pounds overnight. I have to make this granola, my kids love granola and I’m running out of excuses not to make my own. It’s so dang expensive in the grocery store.
    • Laura – Thank you! Some people get freaked out because Cabott’s eyes are split between a blue and a brown color. I think it’s adorable. We went to Vermont this weekend and I definitely ate and drank my way through the trip. It’s nice to be back in a routine and eating whole foods this week!
  • I definitely got through days where I just eat everything on the shelves. I try to not have too much junk food around for such times, but there’s no point in beating myself up for it. Especially as I try to eat healthy the rest of the time. This granola looks perfect for such snack attack! I might try it with golden raisins since there is just something about the regular ones that just does not do it for me. Your dog is GORGEOUS by the way. I really really really want a puppy, but it’s just not the right time for us….yet.
    • Alexis – Such a wise statement, “No point in beating myself up for it.” Granola is great because it’s sweet and crunchy. 🙂 I got Cabott over two years ago. He’s been such a bundle of energy, but I love every minute of it. He has a great personality. It’s smart to wait until you’re ready to get a puppy. I was student teaching and working at Starbucks when I decided to become a Mama to a furbaby. Let me tell you, it was stressful. Rewarding…but stressful.
  • Love homemade granola! and love the flavors in this recipe!
    • Thank you, Manali. I really try to stay away from store bought granola because I’ll eat the entire container in one sitting and then realize how much sugar I just devoured. 😛
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  • Moderation is so important — I like to eat healthy the majority of the time so I can enjoy a treat every once in a while! This granola is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
    • Ashley – I totally agree with you. When I’m in my school routine, I eat very healthy and rarely snack at home. When I do have a snack, it’s usually nuts, granola, or hummus.
  • Love having healthier snack choices. Homemade granola is my favorite! Love the cinnamon raisin flavors in here! I could snack on this all day long!
  • LizNo Gravatar says:
    I love granola, but hate how calorie laden it can be! Thanks for the yummy, lightened up recipe!
  • I seriously love granola. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a big bowl of it for breakfast or a snack! Mmm, this recipe looks so delicious, and nothing beats the combination of cinnamon + raisins! Definitely one of my favourite flavour combos. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe! I can’t wait to try this 🙂
    • Thank you for stopping by, Harriet! Cinnamon and raisin is wonderful together especially in toast and granola. I need more of it in my life. 🙂 If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!
  • miraNo Gravatar says:
    Love homemade granola and need to make some asap! Your dog is so cute!
  • Love making my own homemade granola! I love the spiced cinnamon flavour! So good!
  • I love granola! This looks so yummy :).
  • Oh gosh! When I have one bad day of eating I know it’s going to be followed by a stream of bad days :/ I always try to get back on track, but fail! I’m just recovering from a stressful period that resulted in overeating, but so far I’m back on track. It’s so absurd because my breakfast, lunch and dinner will be healthy and then I’ll eat a lot of junk. You’re right though- you just have to take care of your body – which is how I convince myself to stop the binging & I’m happier when I don’t binge! This granola will be great to add to my collection! PS – your dog is cute!
  • My ravenous eating days are right around when I am about to start my period . . every month. Like clockwork. 😛 love this granola and your dog is the cutest!!!!
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