Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Healthy Cinnamon Crunch Topping

Who doesn't like a lil sugar on top?  I always love a little crunch, too.. on just about anything!  My mom and I got a good laugh when we realized that this recipe was from a 1978 cookbook.  As much as things change, some things are really great when they stay the same.
This recipe is such a yummy little treat to add to ice cream, frozen yogurt, a yogurt parfait, in place of granola... and it's healthy.  Really.  It has wheat germ and flax seed all wrapped up in a sweet, crunchy goodness.  This is so easy to make and store, and a great way to sneak a little "healthy" on top of a not-so-healthy treat.  I think that if you put it on ice cream, it can definitely qualify as "diet" ice cream, right?
Wishing you best dishes and yummy dreams!


Healthy Cinnamon Crunch
adapted from:  Quaker Oats Wholegrain Cookbook, "Cinnamon Add-a-Crunch Topping"

1 1/4 c. oats (instant or regular)
1/3 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 c. I Can't Believe it's Not Butter Light (or regular butter)
1/3 c. wheat germ
1/3 c. flax seed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 tbsp. chopped nuts (I used pecans)

1.  In a small bowl, mix oats, sugar, wheat germ, flax seed, cinnamon, and nuts.

2.  Place the butter spread in a pan on medium heat.  
3.  Melt the butter, then add the ingredients from the bowl. 
4.  Cook on the stovetop for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture appears golden-brown.
5.  Spread the mixture on a lined cookie sheet to cool.
6.  Store in a glass jar, in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

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Gloria said...

this look delicious! gloria

Fawn said...

Oh yum! I wonder if I can do this same recipe but substitute for real butter. What do you think?

My hubby and I decided to join Saddleback Church's The Daniel Plan (http://www.danielplan.com/) and give up all things white, all processed foods, caffeine (he's weaning off but I went cold turkey), sugar, etc. I feel awesome! Much more fruits and veggies and no more artificial stuff.

Little Mommy said...

You can! The original recipe is for butter!

MrsFoxsSweets said...

This looks awesome! I would love it on yogurt! Thanks for sharing at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

What a great recipe. I have a feeling I'd just eat it with a spoon, no ice cream included! Found your through Mrs. Fox...glad I did! I'd love for you to join my linky, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, which runs through Friday each week. Have a great day!

Kristen said...

What a fun crunchy topping! I bet it would be great on waffles, too.

Ginny Marie said...

Yum! I pinned it! :)

Little Mommy said...

Thanks Ginny!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Looks delicious! Pat

Chaya said...

This is a great addition to ice cream or yogurt. Yummy. Thanks for sharing it with Let's DO Brunch.