Eating healthier should not be miserable but sometimes it means getting creative.
I remember a family mine met when we moved back east made carob chip instead of chocolate chip cookies.
We have not gone that far. Instead I have given up hydrogenated oils.
It is a preservative much like plastic that is put in many of our foods so we can store them long term.
This meant giving up my favorite candy bar.
Going without the added oil means going with out other additives too.
The salt I do not miss. I do not mind mixing in the oil. I do not mind keeping it in the refrigerator. I do however miss the sweeter taste.
Enter the five pound container of honey.
I saw it on sale and thought we could use it. It keeps well right? My thinking was I could add honey to my plain peanut butter. So far the idea seems to be working out okay.
Not exactly five pounds worth of okay however. I need to try honey in more things.
Got any recipes (using honey) to share?
I am thinking 1/3 each butter and honey should do it. The recipe I use is simple and a little thrown together.
Try your own additives and extras. Put it in yogurt like my daughter does or eat it plain like trail mix. I eat mine over or with banana.
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Grated or Shredded Coconut
1/4-1/2 Cup of melted butter
1/3-3/4 Cups of Brown Sugar
1 Teaspoon each ground spices:
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
I like to sift the spices with the coconut.
Mix the sugar into the butter and pour over the oats. When the oats are fully coated and mixed then add the nut and spice mix.
When all is mixed well spread onto a cookie baking sheet and bake for 15-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Sometimes I turn the tray around so the back is in the front. I will also use a spatula to turn the mix at least once while it cooks.
The granola will take on a nice color from a rich brown to a deeper caramel. When done remove from heat and allow to cool.
Store in an air tight container. I have no idea how long it can last because we eat it!