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blueberry coconut cardamom granola

17 Nov

I have Greek yogurt every day for breakfast.  I love it!!  My favorite brand is Fage 0% plain, but my sister just turned me on to Oikos.  I’ve tried the caramel and it was great!

I usually have a bowl full of mixed berries with my yogurt (since they are 0 points on the WW PointsPlus system), especially when I am trying to lose weight.  Now that I am in maintenance, I have a few more points to play with each week.  Sprinkling a little homemade granola on my yogurt is a great change of pace.

 

Blueberry Coconut Cardamom Granola

  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups dried blueberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for dried blueberries.

Place on a large rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until light golden brown.  Remove from oven and stir in blueberries.

Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container.  Makes 10 cups.

Recipe adapted from Mark Bittman’s New York Times recipe.

Using the Weight Watcher’s Recipe Builder, each 1/4 cup has 4 Points Plus.

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3 responses to “blueberry coconut cardamom granola

  1. Ed

    November 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I hear a lot about Greek Yogurt lately. What is Greek yogurt and what makes it different from any other type of yogurt?

     
    • kelly.jean.aversa

      November 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

      Greek yogurt is yogurt that has been strained to remove the liquid whey. This reduces the volume of yogurt by about half. The result is a much thicker and creamier yogurt with less sugar. Greek yogurt has a higher protein content than regular (20 grams vs. 11-12 grams per 8 ounce serving), making it a great option for vegetarians and people managing their weight. The straining process removes some of the milk sugars and lactose resulting in Greek yogurt having about half the carbohydrates vs. regular. Greek yogurt does have less calcium than regular due to the straining, however one serving still provides about 15% of your daily requirements. It also has half the amount of sodium. Full fat Greek yogurt does have a substantial amount of saturated fat (16 grams in 7 ounces of yogurt), so stick with the low-fat and fat-free options.

       

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