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Healthy Granola and an Important PSA to All

After grocery shopping today I hurried home to create a new breakfast recipe for the week…

Power Breakfast Granola

by chef Rolf Runkel from The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook

Makes six cups


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Place the oats, nuts, flaxseed, and sunflower seeds on a large cookie sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice to prevent burning.
  2. Mix the raisins, blueberries, apricots, and banana chips in a large bowl.
  3. Warm the honey and vanilla extract in a microwave oven.  Stir in the cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the toasted oat mixture to the dried fruits, and mix until well combined.  Pour the honey mixture over the oats and dried fruit and stir until the oats and fruit are slightly sticking.
  5. Spread the mixture out on foil to cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container.  Will keep for 10 to 14 days in a cool place.  Do not refrigerate.

This is by far the healthiest granola recipe I’ve ever seen, with only 208 calories per 1/2 cup serving.  It’s delicious, too!  Customize whatever fruit and nuts you prefer.

For dinner, I decided to go with Ellie Krieger’s White Turkey Chili.  Although I normally crave chili during colder months, we’re going through a cold front in DC at the moment so I thought it was perfect.

Do not let this simple picture deceive you.  Blood, sweat, and tears went into this pot of chili.  Warning to all: after seeding poblano peppers, do not forget to THOROUGHLY wash your hands before scratching your eye.  Not unless you are an unfeeling, masochistic person do you want to endure that pain (and this coming from someone with a very high pain tolerance).  At least this tasted good (thank the good Lord for that…).  I may not be making chili again for a while.  And thank you to my wonderful boyfriend for Googling what to do when you get poblano pepper juice in your eye while I had my face stuck under the bathroom sink… even if the answer was just “it’ll go away in an hour”.

And then I read more “Naked Lunch” so I would stop feeling sorry for myself.  The end.