One of the biggest treats for a person is that popular late-night snack. Who doesn't like being in bed or on the couch under a blanket enjoying a delicious treat? The problem is that delicious treats can be unhealthy and can help one gain weight.
A health website called everydayhealth.com did a comparison of good and bad late-night snacks.
Some of the really bad snacks at night include pizza, ice cream, candy, and potato chips. An interesting medical study shows why eating at night can cause health issues like weight gain.
A simple and very delicious snack is granola. It's easy to make and is much healthier than many of the snacks people eat at night. It's also filling.
- 2 cups oats (such as Quaker Oats; not the quick 1-minute Oats)
- ½ cup of walnuts (or a favorite nut)
- ½ cup almonds (sliced preferably)
- 2 tbsp melted oil (use olive oil, canola, vegetable or coconut)
- 3 tbsp of honey (you can substitute with maple syrup or agave syrup)
- ½ cup dried cranberries (or other dried fruits
- ½ cup dried cherries (or other dry fruits)
- 1/2 cup raw coconut (optional)
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (optional)
- ½ tbsp. Of Cinnamon (you can adjust amount to taste)
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- Place parchment paper on a baking pan. (Use oil or baking spray if you don't have any)
- Set the dried fruit aside in a bowl toss the rest of the dry ingredients on the parchment paper and mix
- Put in the rest of the ingredients and mix and smooth them out evenly on the pan.
- Bake at 325F for 23-25 minutes (oven temperatures vary so watch it to make sure it lightly browns and doesn't overcook)
- Let the granola cool for 10-15 minutes, add the dried fruit, and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.