Homemade granola is a simple, nutritious and delicious way to begin the day, to power up between meals, or to nourish you post-workout. Oats and quinoa are rich sources of complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and plant-based protein. Nuts and seeds also afford protein and fiber, as well as healthy unsaturated fats. The banana chips provide crunch, plus a hit of potassium and natural sweetness. And because granola keeps and travels well, you can make a big batch to enjoy for the week ahead -- whenever and wherever the desire strikes!
Notes: Keep sodium in check by purchasing raw (unroasted, unsalted) nuts and seeds. To cut down on sugar, eliminate the brown sugar entirely, and rely on sweetness from the maple syrup and banana chips.
By Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN