Do It Yourself Granola

Workout daily? Booming metabolism? Hungry all the time? This week I found myself hungry at work all the time. I am trying to get my six-pack for the Fourth of July so I am working out daily and my metabolism is on overdrive. I try to bring my own snacks to work but this week my daily banana just wasn't cutting it. I love granola and would love to snack on that but it seems the granola market is filled with artificial sweeteners and natural flavors that are anything but natural. I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own granola that I could snack on all day at work and not feel guilty. Since abs are made in the kitchen it just makes sense I make my own healthy granola. I wanted to use nuts in my granola because they are a good  source of fat. I chose Almonds and Pepitas also known as pumpkin seeds. Why Almonds? Almonds are a healthy snack that deliver high energy in small servings. They have 21% protein content and are also high in fiber. Why Pepitas? Pepitas boost your intake of Iron, Zinc, Copper and Phosphorus. One ounce of Pepitas has 8.5 grams of protein in it. I also am completely addicted to Dates right now so I added them as well. Why Dates? Dates are rich in dietary fiber, protein and vitamins such as A, B and C. Dates are natural energy boosters and low in calories so they make the perfect addition to this granola.   DIY (Do It Yourself) Granola What you'll need: 1 1/2 Cups of Oats (gluten free if possible) 1/2 Cup of Raw Almonds 1/2 Cup of Raw Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1 Cup of Dates (cut into thirds) 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup 2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil 2 Tbsp. of Cinnamon 1 Pinch of Salt   Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients first then add wet ingredients. Mix well with your hands or a spoon. Place in a 8x8 pan or a similar size pan. Spray pan with Coconut Oil. Bake for 35 minutes, stir the mixture once during baking.   Enjoy in the morning for breakfast, or as a snack at work.    

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