You know what I love about granola? It's crunchy, sweet and travels well.
You know what I don't love about granola? It's sometimes too crunchy and too sweet (but at least it always still travels well.) I've remedied 1 & 2 with today's recipe, but let's talk travel snacks in genera for a moment.
I'm heading out on a trip to Europe soon and am hoarding healthy snacks like it's my job (or maybe that is part of my job, I dunno?) I'll be away long enough that I'm already thinking through how I won't have my daily dose of fiber via my new best friend -- my Micowave Cinnamon-Raisin English Muffin. I also know that this trip is gonna be ripe with yummy dessert options, but given my desire to avoid added sugar as much as possible, I've been thinking through the best low-sugar travel-friendly snacks. My trip to Europe last year was amazing, but I haven't forgotten how being away from home and eating out 100% of the time left me feeling less than at my best at times. This year, I'm going prepared and am currently making a list of snacks to pack.
A few things topping that list:
- "Justin's" almond and "Earth Balance" peanut butter single-serve packs
- "Bare" brand freeze-dried apple slices
- "Southern Groves" nut and raisin trail mix (from Aldi)
- A loaf of Aldi's gluten-free bread (I'm totally not ashamed to make a peanut butter sandwich in my room if need be)
- "Moser Roth" 85% Cocoa chocolate (also from Aldi)
- "Absolutely Gluten Free" brand flat-bread crackers (I love these. Have you tried them?)
- "Sahale" brand Soldedad almond snack blend
- A couple of Quest bars just in case (I don't love these, but if I find myself with a day of not finding any of the protein choices appetizing, they're a good back-up plan)
- Carolyn's Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins (I hope to make these before I go. She says they travel well, which isn't always the case for sugar-free, gluten-free baked goods.)
- Baggies of my new favorite no-sugar-added granola...
...I know what you're thinking "Why not just buy granola?"
Because, as I said earlier, it's often SO high in added sugar. And even if I found a brand with minimal added sugar, it's cane sugar. And as you know, cane sugar and I aren't friends. Testing has told me that. Time has proven it to me. Traveling will present plenty of opportunities to "enjoy" added cane sugar here and there, beyond my control. I'm definitely not packing it in my suitcase.
So, when you travel, what snacks do you always take with you?
This is obviously the ideal recipe for those days when you need a little granola to top your morning Greek yogurt or to throw in your bag for a late afternoon snack. Because it's prepared in the microwave it's quick, easy and doesn't yield the same break-your-teeth crunch of traditional oven-dried oatmeal. If you need to make a large batch and prefer a crunchier granola, feel free to multiple the ingredients for a larger yield. I recommend reviewing this recipe from Cooking Light for oven times and temperatures.
Don't tempt yourself with a whole bag of granola. Try this Sugar-Free Microwave Granola for one! Tweet this
Microwave Granola For One
makes 1 serving
- 1 teaspoon whole ground psyllium husks or ground chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon golden flax meal
- 1/4 cup dry, quick-cooking oats
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
- 1 tablespoon golden raisins
- 1 tablespoon Swerve (or preferred sweetener)
- 1 tablespoon Coconut-Peanut Butter or Peanut Butter (I used Earth Balance)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil or butter
- 1 teaspoon water (optional)
Coat a plate with cooking spray; set aside.
Combine psyllium, flax, oats, almonds, raisins, and Swerve in a small bowl.
Microwave peanut butter and coconut oil in a small bowl for 30 seconds on HIGH or until melted. Pour over oat mixture and mix until well combined. Add water if needed.
Spread out onto prepared plate. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) in 30 second intervals for approximately 3 minutes, stirring in between intervals. Be careful not to burn.
Remove from microwave. Spread out onto a paper towel or parchment and let cool.