Friday, November 1, 2013

Simple Granola

Hi everyone!

Time seems to fly lately, and I haven't had the chance to prepare a post in a while. I have so much new stuff to share and ideas to try out, though! Today I want to share my special and simple granola recipe. I'll start by saying that I love cereal! It is undoubtedly one of my favourite snacks, and I could have it at any time. The problem is that 99.9% of store-bought cereals are loaded with sugar and/or highly refined oils (if the ingredients list says 'vegetable oil', 'canola oil, 'soybean oil', etc. chances are this oil has been heavily processed and, therefore, structurally damaged; making it unhealthy and full of free radicals and other aging-promoting components). So what's the solution? --> making your own personalized cereal or granola, of course! The recipe here serves well as a base, you can add or remove whatever you want. 
  





Simple Granola

Ingredients:
  • 5 drops concentrated stevia (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 cups kamut flakes
  • 1 cup old fashion rolled oats
  • 1 cup rice crispies
  • 1/3 cup quinoa puffs (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried currants

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees
2.  Combine all liquid ingredients in a small bowl, mix well. Make sure mixture can be poured out. If it’s too thick, try stirring it in a sauce pot under low heat.
3.  In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
4.  Pour syrup mixture over dry ingredient. Stir until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
5.  Spread granola over a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper) and place in oven for about 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Granola will burn if not stirred, so keep an eye on it!
6.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
7.  Store in air tight container.
8.  Enjoy!

~Milu

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