Homemade Granola + Yogurt

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Hello, blog world! 😀

Let me start off by telling you that I really loved this morning’s breakfast: my very own homemade granola + Greek yogurt + banana slices! Delish! :mrgreen:


The homemade granola totally made the meal! I’m glad that I added so many almonds and raisins to it! 😉

With breakfast, I drank some iced coffee with vanilla soy milk and agave nectar.


Last night, I made a batch of homemade granola, which was so, so, so easy to make– and probably a whole lot cheaper and healthier than buying it at the grocery store.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350*F.

2. Combine the following ingredients (except for the raisins) in a small bowl:

  • 1 cup dry oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or your favorite nut)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin (or sesame) seeds
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • Shake of cinnamon

3. Stir well until agave nectar and canola oil are fully mixed in. It’ll start to get a little clumpy.


4. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

5. Spread granola on pan and bake for 15-18 minutes, stir occasionally while cooking.


6. Remove granola from oven and mix in raisins.

7. Allow to cool before serving.

8. Store in air-tight container.

Feel Great Weight

In honor of my recent and very indulgent trip to San Francisco, I wrote about carbs this week: No Carb Left Behind!


I finally organized my FAQ page! I added some new frequently asked questions, but please let me know if I am missing any.

Question of the Day

What food(s) do you make at home instead of purchasing at the grocery store?



  1. I always make my own granola! It tastes better, and I know every single ingredient that goes into it! I am very into eating all natural foods, and a lot of the granola out there has lots of fillers. I make mine similar to yours, Tina, except that instead of Canola Oil, I use coconut oil. It has a similar amount of fat, but coconut oil has some healthier properties. Give it a try!

  2. I make a lot of vegan muffins. They are inexpensive, animal-friendly, convenient and cute! They work well for breakfast, snack, or dessert. Mixing up the fruit and nuts and spices also allows for endless options.

    Thanks for the granoloa recipe, that seems too easy!

  3. Just another thing I need to add to the list of make -it on my own!
    I really want to make chocolate/cacao granola. Mmm… going to look into that forsure.

    I wish I made more at home! I used to make my own greek yogurt 🙂 Um.. hmm, I make my own muffins and scones.

  4. I make my own chicken pot pie. I like it so much better than the frozen store-bought kind. Also, being Italian, I was raised to always make my own sauce. It’s easy to freeze and keep on hand.

  5. I make my own homemade spaghetti sauce. I eat gluten-free and this allows me to be able to not only make according to what my body needs but I can also lower the sugar and sodium contents by making it myself. I also love chunky sauce and I can go crazy with the vegetable add-ins!

  6. I love the idea of homemade granola. I’ll have to try that.

    I sometimes make my own hummus, but I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m still very much a convenience foods kind of girl. Maybe if I spent a little more time in the kitchen making real food,I’d be able to drop that last 17 pounds!

  7. I make a ton of stuff at home (which cost a ton at the store):
    Tortilla chips, soy chips, pumpkin granola, and every whole grain bread under the sun…

  8. I was justtt searching for homemade granola recipes yesterday! It’s the first thing I want to make once my kitchen is done–bc I spend so much $$ on it and have a feeling the homemade stuff is where it’s at 🙂

    Thanks for this!

  9. Love your at home granola – I LOVE anything with coconut in it!

    I usually make my own greek yogurt at home; by straining nonfat plain regular yogurt Its WAY cheaper – and it even richer when you strain it yourself.

  10. That looks great – definitely going on my list right away. I make my own hummus (though not recently,) no soup from a can for me. My parents have a yogurt maker they use all the time – I’m thinking of getting one – I spend a lot of money on yogurt – might be worth it…

  11. I make my own salsa…and by that, I mean I tell my boyfriend to make it because he is now pretty much famous for his salsa recipe! It’s so good, so much fresher and cheaper (and HOTTER) than anything we get at the store. I used to make my own soups too but I’m waiting to get more soup-friendly veggies in my CSA to start making them again this year.

  12. I make my own pasta sauce. I guess I am a little spoiled because I am Italian and have never had sauce from a jar. It’s so easy to make it homemade and healthier too!

  13. There seem to be more and more items that I now make at home. I make a batch of soup every Sunday and take for lunch and freeze some. I bake my own bread. All my sweet treats are home made as well. I have even been making my own pumpkin puree instead of buying the canned. I figure since I have the time, why not?

  14. The granola looks delicious! I can’t wait to try to make it!
    The reason I’m posting is because of the Agave Nectar. A lot of people think that it’s good for your health and more natural compared to it’s alternatives. I saw your recipes and was reading through a book lately, “The Belly Fat Cure” and it has some pretty interesting things to say about Agave Nectar.
    Fructose goes directly to your liver soon becoming fatty deposites which can lead to fatty liver disease. The fat streams into your bloodstream leaving fatty blood- high cholesterol.
    The reason I’m telling you about frutose is because Agave Nectar has more fructose in it than high-fructose corn syrup. It’s highly processed, and it’s not natural or organic. Using it will trigger the same results as white sugar and high-frutose corn syrup. The author, Jorge Cruise, also said his doctor recommended avoiding it completely.

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