Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Papaya Cashew Granola with Chia Seeds

From the time you eat dinner till breakfast the next day, you're not going to bother with feeding yourself. You're sleeping most of those in between hours. When you wake up in the morning, it's time to break that fast. Having breakfast will help you start the day on the right foot. You'll be more alert through the morning hours and you'll help jump start your body's ability to burn off calories more effectively in this manner.

The theme for this month's Recipe Redux is "Fresh Starts" in which we were to come up with a new approach to breakfast. For me, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I have been a big fan of granola for many years. This is the first time I have made my own granola and came up with my own granola recipe. I have taken three favorite ingredients and added them to this granola. 


1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup of cashews
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
3/4 cup of dried papaya
1/2 cup of chia seeds

Preheat oven at 350.

 Mix in a bowl the honey, canola oil, and vanilla extract.

 Add and stir rolled oats, cashews, coconut, and chia seeds to above mixture until coated with the liquid.
Spread mixture on 2 baking sheets with a thin layer on each tray. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and turn well. Return to oven for another 10 minutes or until desired golden brown color. Remove immediately from oven and add right away cinnamon and nutmeg. Then sprinkle and fold in dried papaya to granola mixture. Allow granola to cool on baking tray. Place in airtight container.

You get good, cleansing fiber from the cashews and oats, protein from the cashews, beta carotene from the papaya, and omega three fatty acids from the chia seeds. Enjoy a crunchy granola cereal that is not too sweet, but sweet enough to start your day off with!

Take a look at the other wonderful healthy breakfast recipes my colleagues have to offer down below!

What is your favorite breakfast combination?

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GrainCrazy said...

Your granola looks fantastic. I love the additions you added to it. It is loaded with nutrition. Thank You for sharing it with us. :)

Liz Marr, MS, RD @ said...

Mmmmm...cashews, coconut and papaya - nice way to start the day!

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

yum!!!!!!!!!!!! must try!

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

I always love seeing different granola combinations - love the idea of papaya with cashews and coconut - yum.

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

You're most welcome! Also, thank you for your kind words and thank you for stopping by.:)

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Thank you for stopping by, Liz!:)

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth!:) Hope you like it!

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...
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JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Thank you, Deanna...and thank you for letting me be part of Recipe Redux. It's an honor to be part of a wonderful group of RDs!:)

Kristen (swanky dietitian) said...

YUM! This looks delicious!
I have made granola a couple times, but don't know why I don't do it more often. Probably cause I'd eat the whole batch. ;)

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Lol.:-D I EXACTLY know what you mean! I was very tempted to do that.:-D Thanks for stopping by Kristen. Happy studying to you today! :)

eatingRD said...

I am a big fan of granola too, yum! Looks great.

JeJe Noval, R.D. said...

Thank you! Yay...glad to know I have a granola buddy out there! Thank you, Kristen, for stopping by. I enjoy reading your blog. I too love to and road.:)