Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Granola made with Splenda

After yesterdays +2.8 WI, I am not gonna lie – I really just wanted to go to McDonald’s drive thru and get a sausage McMuffin with Egg with Hashbrowns.  But I didn’t.  This is a lifestyle, not a diet and I know that what I do the previous 7 days doesn’t automatically show my efforts on the scale.

I came home and started doing some chores, and before I knew it, the home health care nurse was here to change Tony’s wound vac.  We have been super lucky with the nurses who have come to the house.  Very personable and professional.   By the time she left it was 12:15 and I hadn’t even had breakfast!

I had made some brown rice earlier in the morning just to have for the week, and decided to make a quick stir fry.

3 oz. of lean steak, veggies, 3/4 cup of brown rice and sauce, lunch comes in at 9 WW points.

So you guys know last week I became obcessed with my breakfast parfaits.  I was out of my homemade granola, which was why I was using Kellogg’s vanilla almond cereal in between – which is super delicious, but gets soggy pretty quick.

I wondered if I could make a simple syrup using Splenda.  Well, the answer is yes and no.  I put 1 cup of water mixed with 1 cup of Splenda and brought it to a boil.  I let it boil for a good 5 minutes, but it obviously didn’t thicken like sugar would.  But I had a sweet water and just went with it.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Granola = makes 10, 1/2 cup servings for 7 WW points

  •  5 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberrries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated Splenda

Heat the water and Splenda to a boil for 5 minutes.  Let cool slightly.  Mix the oats and sunflower seeds.  Toss with the Splenda water and oil.  Bake on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, tossing and stirring every 15 minutes.

Let cool completely, toss in the cranberries and chocolate chips.  Even if I use the full 1/2 cup in my parfait next week, it would still only be a 9 point breakfast.

While the oats didn’t clump up like they do when you use sugar and honey, this is still delicious and suprisingly not too sweet. :D  I did count 6 points for licks and tastes – I may have had a few cranberries and chocolate chips while making this! :D

Since I didn’t have my party pizza Friday, it became party pizza Saturday!  I made a whole wheat crust this time with cornmeal – it was actually really good.  It made a lot of dough, so I just pinched off 4 ounces which is 8 WW points.

My toppings: 2 tablespoons of real bacon bits, shredded zucchini, chopped red pepper, 2 tablespoons black beans, 2 tablespoons of corn, 1.5 ounces of mozzarella cheese and about 1/3 cup of tomato sauce on the base.  This whole pie comes in at 13 points.

I ended up having 7 points of wine, so for the day I had 34 points, with 41 flex points left for the week.

Today is my heart healthy challenge day!  My plan is to run 5 miles no matter what.  But I am hoping to do it in 55 minutes.  Don’t worry, I’ll be watching Food TV while I run! :D

What’s on your menu this week – I haven’t finished my meal plan this week and your ideas and links are welcome! :D  Make it a great day!

14 thoughts on “Cranberry and Chocolate Chip Granola made with Splenda

  1. Oh man, those veggies and that pizza both look amazing!

  2. I tried that with Splenda and water before too and yeah … didn’t really work. But that granola looks am-az-ing! Good luck with your run!

  3. That feeling of defeat stinks! Glad you didn’t give into the McD’s temptation! The stir fry looks fabulous. One of my most favorite meals. On the plan for this week- birthday celebration for Josh tonight (his Mom is making steak, salad & brussels and I made a nutella espresso mousse for dessert), Enchiladas, salads, crock pot chicken parm and stir fry!

  4. It all looks good and BETTER than a sandwich from McDonald’s. Husband and I are getting ready to settle in with a buffalo chicken salad and episode of Fraiser.

  5. I made the gumbo today. Holy Crap! Geez Louise! Mama Mia! That was some mighty delicious shiz! LOL

    I’ll be posting about it either today or early next week. I’ll let you know when it’s up–I’ll be linking you for the recipe!

    YUMMY! Serious yumminess!

  6. Good luck on your run today!

    • Please don’t go on a diet, just do well and perfect ecrxsiee. take a package of ecrxsiee. take a food in hourly basis of few amount. avoid junk food.Ideal food plantake a low fat food, dont eat meat, be vegetarian, take more and more water a day, dont take heavy meal in night.

    • genau das esse ich auch jeden morgen. beeern-mix mit honig-joghurt und haferflocken. die orangen we4ren mir schon zu viel arbeit ;)

  7. Nice will power against McDonalds! The granola and pizza look awesome!

  8. Especially your lunch looks delicious.

    I’m going to try a few new recipes this week but today it’s leftover pork meat from yesterday with some broccoli. I think I’ll leave it at that, no carbs for dinner today.

  9. Sorry I wasn’t around this weekend – and that gain SUCKS [wtf?] but you should be very, very happy with yourself that you skipped McD’s – b/c I can completely see me doing that. Bravo! And this is a new week. keep going like you have – you’ll see.

    That parfait is a work of art – so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat. And looky – you made Skippy granola with chocolate chips [AND cranberries - my fav' combo. YUM] I am going to see if I can get Wallene to make it here. Dang it looks good.

    Glad the nurses are awesome. Hope Tony is feeling better – and eventhough it is white bread – still, he is eating. WAHOOO!

    Hugs my friend. Big HUGS!

  10. I have a lot of chicken on my plan this week, I stocked up at Sam’s club. I am not a big breakfast person but that granola looks delicious.

  11. The pizza & granola looks fantastic!

    I just made granola for the first time this weekend – Peanut Butter – how easy to make….and eat!

  12. We are BANANAS over this recipe!!!:) Everybody sluhod try it!!!! Josiah begs for it all the time. Sometimes we buy bananas just so they can ripen so we can have banana bread!!

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