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White Chocolate and Craisin Granola

This is not your granny’s granola! I say that because my Granny was a whole foods health nut long before it became popular or it became a known medical fact how good a whole food diet is for you . Little or no refined sugar appeared in Granny’s cooking or diet, she grew a garden and used what she harvested from her garden in her cooking. We loved visiting our Granny, we didn’t  love eating her “whole foods cooking”! Her homemade bread was so dry and dense that the only way we could eat it was to butter it on both sides, fry it in a frying pan and then butter it again before we ate it. Even then it was barely edible!

White Chocolate & Craisen Granola - This will ruin any other granola experience for you, it's that good! The sweet and tangy flavors combine to make this the best granola ever! Watching your sugar intake? No worries, the regular recipe has also been converted to a sugar free version that tastes just as good as the original. Everyone can have their granola and eat it too! #Recipe #Granola Recipe #Craisen #Chocolate

When I hear the word granola, I think of my sweet Granny. When I eat this White Chocolate and Craisin Granola, I know it’s the kind of granola she would never have eaten. I, on the other hand, can’t seem to eat enough of it! Neither can my kids, a single batch of it disappears pretty quick at my house. We all love this stuff!

With age comes aches, pain and some wisdom. My body has some very definite ways of letting me know when I have eaten too much refined sugar. My shoulders start to ache so bad that I loose range of motion in them. I get that fabulous sugar high that comes with the horrible sugar crash. I’m guessing that there are plenty of you who by choice or necessity  have cut down on how much sugar you consume. About 4 months ago my daughter and I did a 8 week sugar cleanse. Going sugar free took all the ache’s and pains away, I regained full range of motion in my shoulders again. I feel great, but what about my granola?

White Chocolate & Craisen Granola - This will ruin any other granola experience for you, it's that good! The sweet and tangy flavors combine to make this the best granola ever! Watching your sugar intake? No worries, the regular recipe has also been converted to a sugar free version that tastes just as good as the original. Everyone can have their granola and eat it too! #Recipe #Granola Recipe #Craisen #Chocolate

Giving up this awesome granola just wasn’t an option for me, so I worked to create a healthier, sugar free version that tastes just as good as the regular version! I feel like I have accomplished the impossible; creating a granola recipe that my Granny would eat because it’s healthy and one I love to eat because it tastes as great as the original.

White Chocolate & Craisen Granola - This will ruin any other granola experience for you, it's that good! The sweet and tangy flavors combine to make this the best granola ever! Watching your sugar intake? No worries, the regular recipe has also been converted to a sugar free version that tastes just as good as the original. Everyone can have their granola and eat it too! #Recipe #Granola Recipe #Craisen #Chocolate

Now we can all have our granola and eat it too, enjoy!

 

 

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White Chocolate & Craisin Granola
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cashews roughly chopped
  • ¾ almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1½ cup craisens
  • ½ tsp salt (1 tsp if using coconut oil instead of butter)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup flax seed
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 6 oz. white Ghirardelli white chocolate - shaved pieces or small chopped pieces
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cashews, almonds, coconut, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter or coconut oil, honey and brown sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Spread granola on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake granola for 15 minutes at 325. Remove granola from oven and break into pieces. If granola is still soft bake 5 more minutes. Let the granola cool, break into pieces and add the white chocolate & craisins.
  5. Optional you can use other nuts i.e. walnut or pecans.

 
Sugar Free White Chocolate & Craisin Granola
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • ¾ cashews roughly chopped
  • ¾ almonds roughly chopped
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1½ cup craisens
  • ½ tsp salt (1 tsp if using coconut oil instead of butter)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup flax seed
  • ¼ to ½ cup Malted Rice Syrup
  • 6 oz. sugar free white chocolate shave or chopped into small pieces
  • ½ cup Truvia Sugar Free Substitute - can use more or less to taste
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cashews, almonds, coconut, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter or coconut oil, honey and brown sugar until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Spread granola on parchment lined baking sheet. Bake granola for 15 minutes at 325. Remove granola from oven and break into pieces. If granola is still soft bake 5 more minutes. Let the granola cool, break into pieces and add the white chocolate & craisins.
  5. Optional you can use other nuts i.e. walnut or pecans.

 

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  1. This sounds like an awesome granola recipe. I like the addition of the white chocolate pieces. Looking forward to trying it.

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