Going Granola – Recipe: Granola

I remember taking Ethan to one of the family practice doctors who we saw when he was younger, and her commenting that we were “going granola” when I mentioned some of the more natural things that we had decided to do.  I found it funny considering the fact that she was a healthy eating, pilates-loving doctor.  Other than that, I did not really know what to think about the comment.  My brother-in-law has often thought that I am a hippy, and it is more of a term of endearment from him…I think…because I tend to be more laid back, often have some new vitamin or supplement that I am trying, and typically try to convince him to do things such as go to a chiropractor instead of an orthopedic surgeon.

Anyway, whether our new lifestyle is just another step towards “going granola” is not really important right now.  My mission is to just find the best, healthiest, most natural food for our family.  That is not to say that I am using all organize products or never again eating sugar.  But, we are trying our best to eat as healthy as possible, while still allowing a place in our diet for treats and sweets.  I love granola and really wanted to find a recipe that would be a good, easy snack or breakfast.  It is apparently controversial whether oats should be eaten if you have a gluten allergy.  But, from what I could research, certified organic oats, such as this one, are safe.  Since Ethan does not have an allergy, but just a sensitivity, we luckily do not have to be as concerned about where the product has been made (whether there are nuts, wheat, etc. also processed there). However, we are still ready labels and trying our best to make sure that everything is as it appears.

This granola recipe was a hit.  Even the littlest little gave it a thumbs up.

Granola

Granola

This recipe is slightly adapted from Megan's Granola.

Ingredients

8 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup flax seed

1 cup sunflower seeds

1 cup finely chopped almonds

1 cup finely chopped pecans

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup honey

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups raisins or sweetened dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or aluminum foil.
  3. Combine the oats, flax seed, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, and walnuts in a large bowl.
  4. Stir together the salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla in a saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then pour over the dry ingredients, and stir to coat.
  6. Spread the mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 35-40 minutes.
  8. Stir once halfway through.
  9. Cool and store in an airtight container.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/07/24/going-granola/

It was a good day, make that a great day – granola, grilling, swimming, and family time…another perfect summer day.
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2 Responses to Going Granola – Recipe: Granola

  1. Rachel white says:

    Hi! I, too, am g-free. I thought wheat germ contained gluten. ??? I have omitted from the things I used to put it in. Have you found that you are able to tolerate it? Thanks!!

    • Natalie says:

      Yikes, Rachel, you are right! I did not use wheat germ. I put in flax seed instead. I am updating that right now. Thank you so much for catching that!!

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