At the risk of looking like an aging hippie, here is a fabulous granola recipe. It's actually modified from a recipe we used well over 30 years ago!
But first, a very brief discussion about the reason for making your own breakfast cereal when there are so many to choose from on the market. All we can say is, read the labels!
|Why do we make our own organic granola?|
Read this list of ingredients on a new so-called "healthy" cereal being promoted, then decide for yourself!
Not only do most cereals, even the so-called "healthy" ones, contain too much sugar for our liking, they may contain ingredients that we don't want to ingest such as BHT, hydrochloride,hydrogenated vegetable oil, HFCS, etc.
Besides the addition of questionable ingredients, there is the simple fact that these foods are generally highly processed, with select nutrients artificially inserted back into them. To our way of thinking, these are not healthy food choices!
And, since we prescribe to a low carbohydrate diet, virtually all breakfast cereals you'll find on grocery store shelves are made with various grains, something we avoid.
Note that this recipe is higher in carbs than we normally eat due primarily to the oats, so we do not eat this on a daily basis! Only about once a week.
Suggested reading: Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle, by Diane Sanfilippo.
On with the Granola Recipe
All ingredients are organic
This recipe makes a lot of granola so feel free to cut it! And of course, as with any recipe, alter it to suit your own personal tastes!
Preheat oven to 325°F
*To chop nuts, use the ice crush setting on a blender or place in a sturdy plastic bag and whack with a meat tenderizing mallet... good for getting out your aggressions!
Mix all dry ingredients in an extra large bowl. Then, gradually add oil and honey while stirring to thoroughly mix and coat the dry ingredients.
Spread in batches onto large baking sheet (with sides).
You'll be baking for about 30 to 45 minutes in total (depending on how thick you layer the granola on your pan. Set timer for 15 minutes to stir during baking.
At 10 to 15 minute intervals stir the mixture on the baking sheet to facilitate an even golden roast throughout!
After 30 to 45 minutes total baking time your granola should be a golden brown. It will crisp up as it cools. Put granola into large bowl to cool while the next batch bakes.
After it cools place in airtight container for storage.
If it won't be eaten quickly, store in fridge to preserve the nut oils.
Enjoy with fresh, organic fruit and whole milk or heavy cream for a heart healthy breakfast.
That's our recipe... 35 years old, slightly updated, but still delicious and far more nutritious than store bought, mass produced, so-called "healthy" cereals.