I'm trying (in a baby-step kind of way) to gradually increase the amount of real food my family eats. I've found a number of great recipes on the 100 Days of Real Food blog. They have a granola recipe that I'm sure is delicious, but I have one that works, so why mess with it?
Here's what I love about this recipe:
- It is so easy! Dump ingredients in bowl. Mix together. Bake and stir. Store. Eat.
- There is nothing bad for you. No processed sugar, no salt, no nastiness.
- It is flexible. You can change the quantities of ingredients based on what you have in your pantry. If you have almonds and pecans but no cashews, that's just fine. I don't think I've ever used ground sesame seeds.
- It's delicious in yogurt, as cereal, or just by itself. Sometimes, if I want to sweeten it up a little more (though it certainly doesn't need it!) I'll add a handful of raisins or dried cranberries to a bowl with my granola. Delightful.
- It makes a great gift. Kind of goofy, I know, but if you're in need of a hostess gift and you've already exhausted your standards (for me: homemade salsa and jam) this is a great option. It's also a nice thing to pass on to a new mom. Package it in individual serving containers for her to keep wherever she nurses baby. Healthy, one-handed snacks are a God-send. (It is a one-handed snack, I promise. Take off the lid and drink it up!)
- It came from my grandma. Grandmas always seem to have the best recipes!
So, without further ado, here it is:
6 cups old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup shredded coconut (all I had was sweetened, but I'm going to try to find unsweetened next time)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup nuts
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup raw wheat germ
1/2 cup sesame seeds (ground)
Whatever else you like, is good for you, or have handy
1 cup oil
1 cup honey
Mix all ingredients together. Bake at 300 for 40 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes. I divide mine between two cake pans. Next time I'm going to line them with parchment paper, too, because the dishwasher doesn't quite get everything off, and I'm lazy.