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Skill Shop #2 : Home Made Granola

I have serious beef with sugar.

Sugar is what made me fat, sugar makes me moody, sugar is everywhere like a sneaky little ninja (in white). If you take the time to read the labels of the products you buy at the supermarket, you’ll find that sugar is a main ingredient in most of them. Fine, from time to time, indulge. For example my homemade sugar has lots of sugar. But for 6 days a week, remember:

What’s an acceptable value? never buy anything with more than 5 grams of sugar/serving portion.

What are acceptable replacements: Well agave, natural honey, real maple syrup (dont be fooled by the cleverly marketed maple falvoured syrup – see what i did there?), molasses; but there is no clear winner, you see the only difference between these syrups and sugar is that they are less processed. So as a rule of thumb, use the syrups, but only use a tablespoon.

Cereals, granolas, “healthy” “low fat” grain breakfast foods, instant oats, all contain heaps of sugar (great you are low fat, but why is your butt getting bigger?) so why not make them at home?

Here is my simple recipe for a home made granola which is much healthier for you than your store bought brands. My sweetness comes from some dried cranberries, fruits, coconut sugar, and just a tad bit of honey at the end.

My measurements: 2tbsp of coco sugar, 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, 1 cup of mixed chopped nuts salted, 1 tbsp of canola oil, 1 large banana and 2/3 cup of natural fresh apple juice (blended). Mix all together and bake on a sheet pan at 350 fareheit for 45 mintutes. Add 1/2 handful of cranberries at the end and let cool completely.

serve with a chopped banana and a tad bit of honey, if you want, and some unsweetened almond, coconut or regular milk.

56 COMMENTS

    1. Vera May 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

      I am loving this series! Thank you so much.

      Not sure if I missed it, but did you say how long this could keep? For storage, just any airtight container, and in room temperature? Or should this be consumed the next morning already?

      Thanks in advance!

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:03 am

        thank you for reading! just keep it in the fridge, 3 weeks

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    1. Em May 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

      I just got into reading your blog. I love it!!! Great, simple and delicious recipes. Keep ‘em coming! I’m sooo gonna try your granola recipe very, very soon.

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:07 am

        thanks em! send me a pic!

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    1. nessa May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am

      hi erwan, what’s the brand of the old fashioned rolled oats that you used? thanks.

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:10 am

        any really as long as their natural and unsweetened

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    1. Carmela Reyes May 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Erwan, are you sure it’s “disected” coconut? Not dessicated coconut?

      Awesome blog! Very helpful :)

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:11 am

        i disect my coconut.
        no, its really dessicated.

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    1. meg dialouie May 10, 2012 at 1:52 am

      I knew I was in love when I first saw you few years back. :)
      Is granola better than muesli? I thought I’d be dedicated to muesli, but now it seems like you are confusing me.

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      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:04 am

        i like both!

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    1. Rey May 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

      This is why I love being independent! I can buy every ingredients I want then copy paste everything from this blog without anyone scolding me (doesn’t consider expenses). :D

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:16 am

        haha i try to keep everything not to pricey:)

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    1. meg dialouie May 11, 2012 at 1:29 am

      Haha! I guess they are somehow the same ??
      it’s just granola from states then muesli from europe

      btw, If you need a cooking “ninja” assistant ..
      I’d be happy to volunteer! xD
      I choose working alone, but .. “oh hail the FAT KID inside!”
      haha I’m so lame!

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

        there a tad bit different in terms of ingredients thats it :)

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    1. Rita L. May 11, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Lol, “my homemade sugar has lots of sugar”. 0_0

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

        i try

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    1. peterfs May 13, 2012 at 12:19 am

      Good and healthy recipe! I had only read your blog few days ago yet I have learned so many tips on how to have a healthy lifestyle.

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:24 am

        thanks more to come!

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    1. peterfs May 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Good and healthy recipe. I had only read this blog few days ago yet I have learned so many tips on how to have a healthy lifestyle. :)

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    1. joey May 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Homemade granola is so much better than store bought…plus you can adapt it to your tastes…I am such a big believer in making your own :) I just posted about it recently — a version with peanut butter :) Great post! Will try something with coco sugar next time!

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      1. Erwan May 28, 2012 at 3:28 am

        I saw it! love your site!!!! thanks for dropping by.

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    1. Pat May 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      is it ok to use the regular kind of oats found in the market? wanna try this at home but the problem is, we don’t have a working oven. last time it baked was decades ago. was thinking of putting it on the microwave or oven toaster.. what to do??

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    1. Patria June 7, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Thoughts on Stevia? :)

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      1. Erwan June 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

        none

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    1. Jake Idris June 9, 2012 at 7:19 am

      Hey, this is just what I need! A home-made granola to bring to the office for my afternoon snack and as post-gym snack. :D

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:01 am

        yup its perfect for that!

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    1. Jason June 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Ill try to copy this recipe next week (I dont have any baking pan just yet). Ill tweet you a pic! :)

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 3:04 am

        go!!!!

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    1. annie June 10, 2012 at 6:21 am

      whats the brand of your spoon and forks? (where did you bought it?)

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    1. Jasmine June 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      where did you got ur spoons and forks?? i luv it ^^

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      1. Erwan June 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

        haha i forget

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    1. JeLom June 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      WTH! You don’t remember? or you are just trying to be one-of-a-kind? No worries, I’m also like that! But someday, I’ll make sure to find those silverwares! ;^)

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    1. Bel June 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Hi! Would you recommend quaker oatmeal for a healthy breakfast? Love your blog:-)

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:22 am

        Check the sugar content first

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    1. melody June 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      this is nice….i will try this soon… <3

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:19 am

        Let me know how it goes

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    1. rosedmd June 24, 2012 at 6:07 am

      oh, i will try this! you really lost a lot of weight, saw you before. i am envious of your achievement.

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      1. Erwan June 25, 2012 at 5:13 am

        Anyone can do it

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    1. Anj June 30, 2012 at 6:09 am

      This is really nice. would try this soon. by the way where do you usually buy cooking stuff example the oats? some ordinary supermarkets doesn’t have those. Thanks!

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:57 am

        rustans mostly

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    1. Abbie June 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

      This is really nice and I’m gonna try it on my off day :D oh! can’t wait. btw, where can i buy those ingredients? some supermarket doesn’t have those.

      Thanks!

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:55 am

        thanks! rustans mostly

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    1. Ven July 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

      I tried this once, and it turned out really well. Hope you could make granola bars too. Please ;)
      Thanks.

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

        yes its in the plan!

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    1. Hannah July 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you for sharing this recipe!!! :D
      Made this one this morning.
      Anyways, I used grape juice instead, and I added 1 tbsp. of honey and put loads of cinnamon. Still yummy though! hehe

      Thanks again!!

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      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:45 am

        great to hear thanks!

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    1. Denise July 21, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Now I’m never gonna buy granola from grocery stores. Looks really easy to make. Good job, Erwan! :)

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      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:24 am

        perfect!

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    1. Lay July 27, 2012 at 2:45 am

      no more than 5g per serving. whew! this will be hard… but gotta start somewhere, right? Ü Just started reading your blogs and got inspired to prepare my own food. Thanks!

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      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:15 am

        go for it!

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    1. Jacq October 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Is this gonna work in a microwave oven? :(

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      1. Erwan October 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

        nope, sorry

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    1. Nicole February 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

      ncie recipe you got there :D btw, how’s anne?she’s getting prettier everyday. God bless you both. =))

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    1. Nicole February 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

      nice recipe you got there :D btw, how’s anne?she’s getting prettier everyday. God bless you both. =))

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    1. Nicole February 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

      nice recipe you got there :D btw, how’s anne? she’s getting prettier everyday. God bless you both. =))

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    1. Ravza April 8, 2013 at 12:41 am

      I’ve learn a few excellent stuff here. Definitely value bookmarking for revisiting.

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I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.

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