Homemade Maple Brown Sugar Granola

I like granola. I like that it’s convenient for those week days when your morning is rushed and you don’t want to wait in the long line at Starbucks for a muffin. I also like that it doesn’t take a chef in the kitchen to make a batch of it. In fact, you really don’t need to have any kitchen skills; it’s pretty foolproof. You just need a few ingredients and an oven. 

Granola is just like most other recipes; you can tweak the ingredients to your liking or to what you already have in the pantry. I like to add a little flavor to mine by using dried up fruit. Both cherries, cranberries, bananas and apple chips do wonders for a batch of granola. If you’re not the fruit-kind, simply sprinkle some cinnamon on-top to add a little more.

Homemade Maple Brown Sugar Granola


  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ stick of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • handful of dried cherries, optional


  1. Heat oven to 300. Place parchment paper onto a cookie sheet.
  2. Combine old-fashioned oats, pecans, almonds, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  3. Melt unsalted butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Swoosh that pan around a bit, it helps the butter melt a little faster. Remove from heat and pour into a small bowl. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk well.
  4. Pour butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients. Stir well until all dry ingredients are covered and layer thinly on parchment paper covered cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes, or until granola is golden brown. Make sure you stir granola around every 10-15 minutes.
  6. Add dried cranberries after removing granola from oven and letting cool off slightly. Package when granola is completely cooled off.

Apple and Yogurt Tuna Salad

Tuna is a good source of protein if you’re looking to temporarily ditch the chicken. I’m always interested in anything that ends with the word salad; chicken and tuna both, but I’m especially interested when you can cut the calories in half by using yogurt. And while yogurt is ideal, it can also lack a little bit of flavor. This is where apple and celery come in. The sweetness of diced apple pieces and the crunch of celery make this meal an easy repeat offender. 


Apple and Yogurt Tuna Salad
Serves 2
A healthy spin on tuna salad, fruit and veggies included.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1 small apple, diced
  2. 2 celery stalks, diced
  3. ¼ cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
  4. 5-ounce can of tuna, drained
  5. 1 tablespoon lite mayonnaise
  6. 1 teaspoon onion, chopped
  7. ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  8. squeeze of lemon juice
  9. salt, for taste
  10. pepper, for taste
  1. Add all ingredients into a medium size bowl. Serve over whole-wheat bread, a bed of lettuce or in a pita.
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