Light and Lively Blueberry Granola
There are so many things I love about homemade granola. I love the way it fills the kitchen with a warm and toasty aroma. I love that you can enjoy it on it’s own, stirred into yogurt, or in a bowl with milk as your morning cereal.
I have been making the same granola for years (talked about it on a previous blog, here) and I am completely in love with it, but this time around I wanted to simplify the recipe and lighten it up a bit.
There are only 5 ingredients but they pack a flavor and health punch! The oats provide 100% whole grain, the blueberries are filled with antioxidants and the walnuts have those wonderful omega-3 fatty acids we hear so much about. I decided to use agave nectar as an alternative sweetener and used “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” as a substitution to lower the calories and fat. Give it a try this way or check out substitutions and optional additions below.
Let’s start with the grocery list…
1. Rolled oats
2. Dried blueberries
3. Chopped walnuts
4. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter
5. Agave nectar
….and assemble all the tools you will need!
1. Large roasting pan
2. Microwave safe bowl
3. 1 cup and 1/4 cup measure
4. 1 tablespoon measure
That’s all you will need to make this easy and effortless homemade granola. Time to rock this recipe!
LIGHT AND LIVELY BLUEBERRY GRANOLA
1 3/4 cups Rolled Oats
1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts
6 tablespoons light Agave Nectar
6 tablespoons I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spread, melted
3/4 cup dried blueberries
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Mix together rolled oats, walnuts, agave nectar, and melted spread and spread on a large roasting pan.
2. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. In the last 5 minutes of baking, stir in dried blueberries. The granola is done when it is golden and crunchy. Allow to cool before serving.
Pecans, Almonds or your favorite nut instead of walnuts
Maple syrup instead of agave nectar
Butter or margarine instead of spread
Raisins, dried cranberries, banana chips or your favorite dried fruit.
Sunflower or flax seeds
Serving suggestions: Stir in with your favorite yogurt and top with fresh fruit.
Enjoy homemade cereal with milk and a spoon!
This granola will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Store in a cool, dry place.
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