Honey Chocolate Chip Granola

I got inspired to make my own granola after seeing someone make it on the Food Network. I wanna say it was the Neely’s? Maybe Ina Garten? Honestly, I watch the Food Network so often that everything starts to blur together after awhile (how amazing is Ann Burrell?! I mean, really). Anyway, I poked around in my pantry one morning and put together this granola recipe.

This stuff is seriously addictive. Baked with honey, the rolled oats and puffed cereal are equal parts crunchy and sweet. Roasted almonds add saltiness, and raisins add chewy goodness. And of course, let’s not forget the chocolate chips. Sub in your favorite ingredients and flavors to make this recipe your own. Just be careful not to overdo it with the nuts and dried fruit — they’re very calorie-dense.

To fight midday hunger, scoop 1/2 cup portions into small zip-lock bags for a healthy, convenient snack. It also makes a great breakfast; just add milk. Read on for this granola recipe.

2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
2 cups puffed wheat cereal
1/3 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons dried unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup honey
3 mini-boxes raisins (about 45 g)
2 100-calorie packs roasted almonds, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the raisins, almonds, and chocolate chips. Mix well with your hands, making sure that the honey is evenly distributed. Pour onto a sheet pan and place in the oven, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Remove from the oven after about 25 minutes, or when the granola is golden brown.

While the granola is still hot, carefully transfer it to a bowl and add the chocolate chips. Stir gently with a large spoon. Finally, add in the raisins and almonds; mix well. Once the granola has cooled, store in an airtight container or portion into zip-lock bags for easy snacking.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 12 (about 1/2 cup) / Calories: 136 / Fat: 3.6 g / Cholesterol: 1 mg / Sodium: 28 mg / Carbohydrates: 23.7 g / Dietary Fiber: 2.7 g / Sugars: 10.1 g / Protein: 3.5 g

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