Congratulations to all of the teams signed up for the 2015 Corporate Wellness Challenge at the Wood River Community YMCA! This granola recipe was served as part of the Kick-Off Expo on February 10, 2015.
Mix the following in a large bowl:
-8 cups rolled oats (used Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
-2 cups chopped nuts (organic almonds for the Expo -but know that you can mix up with pecans, walnuts, etc.)
Mix the following in a saucepan; heat until the mixture begins to boil
-1/2 cup organic olive oil
-½ cup packed brown sugar
-1 cup high quality honey
-Zest of 1 orange
-Juice of one orange
-½ teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-½ teaspoon cloves
Take off the heat and pour sauce over the oat/ nut mixture. Stir well to combine. Pour oat/nut mixture into several large rectangular jelly roll pans with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice so oats and nuts bake evenly and are golden.
While the oats/nuts are baking, prepare the dried fruit
-1 cup organic raisins
-1 cup dried organic cranberries
-1 cup dried organic apples, chopped
-1 cup dried organic cherries
-¼ cup crystallized candied ginger, minced
When the oat/nut mixture comes out of the oven, add the dried fruit immediately and mix well. Put into airtight containers and let cool to room temperature before sealing.
Optional: add high quality dark chocolate chips to make a special treat. Heat on low in a slow cooker for an aromatic treat!
Granola freezes well. Serve with milk or yogurt, topped with fresh plums or pears or apples.
Nutritional Information per serving (1/2 cup)
Calories 294 % of daily total Total Fat 13 g Vit A 0 % Saturated Fat 1 g Vit C: 2 % % of daily total 4.5 % Calcium: 4 % Carbohydrates Fiber 44 4 g Iron 11 % Protein 5 g Good source of* Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Zinc, Selenium Fiber 11 g *(10% or more of the RDA) based on 2000 calorie diet.
Why pursue Wellness as a team?
People are more successful in taking up healthy habits if their partner makes positive changes too, according to research from JAMA Internal Medicine. Scientists looked at how likely people were to quit smoking, start being active, or shed weight in relation to what their partner did. They found that people were more successful in swapping bad habits for good ones if their partner made a change as well. If you don’t have a partner, do it with a friend– or a team!