Friday, July 3, 2009

Granola Recipe

What better way to honor our body than to eat healthy and mindfully and in doing so, nurture our soul as well? This a wonderfully simple recipe for granola, and while it should be eaten in moderation as there is some fat and sugar in it, overall it's still healthy and delicious as well.

GRANOLA makes approximately 8 - 10 cups

6 cups raw organic oats (not "quick" or "minute")
3/4 cup wheat germ
6 tablespoons organic butter
3 ounces pure maple syrup (not artificial breakfast syrup)
3 ounces light brown sugar (firmly packed)
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1-2 cups dried fruit and/or nuts

In a large bowl mix together the oats, wheat germ and brown sugar. In a medium bowl, combine the butter and maple syrup and heat in the microwave until butter melts but doesn't burn. Add the vanilla. Pour over oat mixture and stir thoroughly to coat. Spread evenly on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350f for 30-40 minutes or until golden in color. It's best to not spread the oats right to the edge of the sheet, but to keep them at least a couple of inches in, and also to not spread the mixture too thin, but to keep it about 3/4 inches deep. This will keep it from burning.

Cool thoroughly, crumble and add dried fruit or nuts as desired. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy.

Some dried fruit suggestions: apricots, raisins, black cherries, cranberries, apples and blueberries.

Some nut suggestions: almonds, pecans and walnuts. These can be lightly toasted and cooled before adding for a richer flavor.

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