Husband: Wait, what?
Wife: Yeah, I know! He's 103, can you believe that?
Husband: No, I mean, you were reading a website called TreeHugger.com?
Wife: Babe, you knew who I was when you married me.
The husband may like to laugh at the fact that I enjoy clicking around TreeHugger.com, recycling, composting, searching for healthy recipes and reading nutrition labels at the grocery store. But he also really likes to benefit from these habits - and he especially likes eating the granola I've been making lately. And I don't think he minds my stories that much, either.
Easy, Low-Fat Granola
Inspired by a lot of reading but especially The Gracious Pantry
2 cups oats (sometimes I use 1 cup old fashioned and 1 cup quick)
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Heat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine the oats, cereal, cinnamon and walnuts in a large bowl; mix well.
Stir in the vanilla, honey and applesauce until everything is thoroughly combined.
Spread the mixture evenly on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and press the cranberries into the slightly cooked granola.
Continue baking at 20-minute intervals, stirring every 20 minutes to make sure the granola is browning evenly and not burning. (Stir more often for fewer crunchy granola clumps.) The granola may take up to a whole hour until it is lightly browned to your liking and cooked completely.
Spoon into baggies or keep in a covered container.
Makes 8 (2-ounce) servings:
156 calories, 3.7 g fat, 28.5 g carbs, 2.9 g fiber, 3.5 g protein