This energy-boosting recipe packs a sweet and crunchy punch!
If you love a crunchy sensation in your dishes or snacks, our crunchy blueberry and pecan granola may be of interest to you! Healthy snacks are an essential part of a balanced diet. Eating one or two throughout the day will help to keep your metabolism active which, in turn, will make it easier for you to maintain a healthy weight. Or, if you want to lose weight, it is important to consider eating several small meals a day in order to reach your goals. Whether you choose this granola for snack time or meal time, we think you’re going to love it!
A Healthy, Mid-Morning Pick-Me-Up!
Breakfast or lunch typically holds us over for a few hours, but after a while, we’re bound to hear that familiar grumbling sound. The easiest and quickest thing to do when hunger strikes is to eat a store-bought snack or stop by the vending machine. Unfortunately, many of these go-to, processed snacks are generally high in sugar, unhealthy fats, and carbohydrates. A healthy snack should contain a good balance of the main nutrients to keep you healthy and nourished. Who wouldn’t love a mid-morning snack of fruit with yogurt and a topping of crunchy homemade granola?
Homemade products represent a great advantage, since we know all the ingredients we are using in the recipe. Plus, we rid our meals of preservatives and artificial flavorings that are harmful to our health. No matter how you consume it, I assure you that you will love this berry nut granola and it will add a special and healthy touch to your sweet foods.
Make Crunchy Blueberry and Pecan Granola
While your oven is preheating to 350º Fahrenheit, mix the oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds with honey. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet lined with baking paper or wax paper. Bake the granola until the mixture is golden brown, this will take roughly 7 minutes depending on the power of your oven, but be sure to keep an eye on it.
Once the mixture has browned, remove the pan from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Pour the oat and toasted seed mixture into a large bowl. Add in the dried blueberries and coconut chips and mix thoroughly until all of the ingredients are fully integrated.
Benefits of Eating this Crunchy Blueberries and Pecan Granola
As you can see, this blueberry and pecan granola is easy to prepare and contains natural and delicious ingredients. It is a perfectly balanced granola, as it is rich in protein due to the seeds, includes low-sugar carbohydrates like berries and oats, and contains healthy fats like coconut.
If you’re on an eating plan to build muscle and burn fat, this berry and nut granola will help you reach your goals. And if you’re on a weight-loss eating plan, it’s also a huge help. It’s delicious flavor and crunchy texture, combined with some healthy snacking will help satiate any cravings you have for something sweet and crunchy.
One of my favorite mid-morning snacks is to pair some Greek yogurt with fruit like melon, papaya, or pineapple. Then, I add this blueberry and pecan granola which gives it a sweet, crunchy, and delicious texture and taste. It’s much better than buying some processed and not very nutritious cookies. Feel free to experiment and share how you served this recipe in the comment section!
- 1 cup whole oats
- 1/2 cup pecans halved
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 3 tablespoons flax seeds whole
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
- 1/4 cup coconut chips unsweetened
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Toss oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds with honey.
Spread the mixture over a lined baking sheet and bake until golden, about 7 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Combine toasted oat mixture with blueberries and coconut chips in a bowl.
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 11
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