3.20.2011

{guest post} - she's on the run.

Hi, everyone. My name is Alysha and I'm a food blogger from Milwaukee, Wi who's always on the run - whether It's squeezing in a dog park outing, trying to get out the door or planning a girl's movie night. ShesOnTheRun.com is how I balance it all - while making delectable dishes that satisfy my craving for life. 

I started running - literally - about a year ago and haven't looked back. After completing my first half marathon, I've officially caught the running bug. To fuel my long workouts and hectic days, I've taken a different approach to food. Although I live and die by my sweet tooth, I try to eat healthful foods the other 80 percent of the time. A cholesterol issue also has me turning toward high fiber, low-fat options whenever possible. 

So because I only have one post to show you Cornflake Dream readers what I am all about (Thanks again, Jillian!), I want to leave you with something I cannot live without - homemade granola. I've perfected my own recipe to make it more nutritious and every bit as delicious as the high-cal stuff.



Heavenly Granola from She's on the Run
Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup ground flax
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup walnuts, diced
1/2 cup coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP applesauce
2-3 TBSP canola oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions:



1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. 

2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flax, wheat germ, nuts, coconut and brown sugar. Set aside.

3.  In a small bowl, mix together honey, oil, salt, cinnamon and spices. Mix into dry ingredients. 

4. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place granola on baking sheet and spread to an even layer. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. 

5. Remove from oven and let granola cool for 2 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and cool completely. Then mix in cranberries. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks. 

I enjoy this granola on top of cereal, yogurt, over baked apples or straight from the jar. For more recipes (like spinach and pumpkin enchiladas, taffy apple salad or pecan kringles, visit my blog at http://shesontherun.com/. Also, follow me on twitter @Shesontherun 

Happy cooking!
Alysha



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15 comments:

  1. I love love granola- thanks for the recipe and introduction!!

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  2. ooh apple sauce?? Love that. im gonna test this out. thanks! xx

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  3. I am LOVING these guest posts! Alysha - how many calories are in your homemade granoal, do you know?

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  4. great post! lovelove granola. thanks for sharing :)

    xo.ashley

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  5. it seems delicious, gotta try to make it soon :)

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  6. I'm loving this! I ate something like this earlier today! yumm...

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  7. Oh yummm, this looks delicious... and healthy!!

     PIECE OF CAKE. PEACE OF MIND.

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  8. loving all your guest posts friend! so happy to meet alysha! :)

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  9. ooh i definitely want to try this! it looks so yummy!

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  10. YUM! Looks so good and I'm glad this is a nutritious option! :)

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  11. Thank you for this recipe! I love granola <3

    www.featherfactor.com

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  12. What a great breakfast! I just love museli style recipes.

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  13. You guys are all so sweet! Ann- As far as calories go, I've never computed it before. To tell you the truth, I've made this recipe so many times that I don't really measure anything anymore. And depending on what you have in your pantry, you can add more or less nuts/fruit/spices/coconut..it's really customizable. Hope that helps!

    Alysha
    http://shesontherun.com/

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  14. this looks delicious!
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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mucho thanks for the blog love! xo