Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Healthy Homemade Granola

This homemade granola recipe is an excellent source of just what your body needs to stay healthy!  Flax seeds contain high levels of lignans and Omega-3 fatty acids. Lignans may benefit the heart, possess anti-cancer properties and studies on Wikipedia found Flax may also lessen the severity of diabetes by stabilizing blood-sugar levels.  This has been one of my families treasured recipe's for years!
 Homemade Granola

In a big pot mix:

1/2 c olive or oliec safflower oil
1/2 c blackstrap molasses
1/2 c raw honey (optional - can also use a little stevia)
1/2 c almond butter (may need to be mixed using very low heat)
1 TB organic vanilla (optional)

When well mixed add one by one:

1 c chopped pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds will do)
1 c shopped raw almonds or filberts
1 c ground flax sees or meal (optional)
1 c mixed rolled grains
5 c old fashioned rolled oats
3c puffed millet or rice (found in the cereal isle of a health food store like Henry's)

Turn oven on lowest possible setting, so temperature stays around 100-130 degrees (measure with a meat or candy thermometer - you may need to crack the oven slightly). Leave in for several hours, until somewhat dry. Then you can add dried fruit to taste.

I sometimes add coconut, raisins, craisins, etc.  Add whatever you like - it will be fabulous!

Eat plain or with milk or yogurt.

My friend Jenni Wilson, who is working on a Masters Degree in Herbology passed this recipe to me... it is the best ever!