08 April 2010

{à table: granola}

As I mentioned HERE, I have started a series, à table

For this week....I wanted to share this amazing granola recipe! The source is from Alicia's Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet.  {Which is also linked on the right, as one of my current reads.} Don't get me started on her book.  It's fantastic!  I loooove the recipes, and even more than that, I'm further convinced about certain foods.  If you read it, be warned that it's pro-vegan, but you'll love the recipes throughout! And...there are plenty vegetarian options that would compliment any meal. 

Though I'm a self-proclaimed slacking pescetarian, and in all honesty could be easily convinced to full vegetarian status, this blog is not meant to push specific eating habits on you, but rather inspire you to make yummy food, right in your own kitchen!  And with that, I segue into this yumminess....{dressed with Almond Milk} :)

Mom's Granola - Makes 2 Quarts

6C quick-cooking oats
1/2 C maple sugar
3/4 wheat germ
1/2C shredded coconut
1/2C sesame or sunflower seeds
1C chopped nuts or raisins (*I did 1/2 and 1/2)
1/2 C safflower oil
1/3 C maple syrup (sweetest version) or brown rice syrup (slighly milder)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

*Spread the oats on a rimmed baking pan, and bake for 10 minutes.  Transfer the oats to a large mixing bowl, and add the sugar, wheat germ, coconut, seeds, and nuts or raisins. Stir to mix well, then add the oil, syrup, and vanilla extract.  Mix until everything is moistened.

*Spread half of the mixutre on each of the 2 rimmed baking sheets (or bake in 2 batches), and bake for 10 minutes.  Stir after 5 minutes to brown evenly.

*Let the baked granola cool, then transfer it to a bowl and sitr until crumbly.  Store in an airtight container.

à table and bon appétit !

{Seriously - this is a fantastic, yummy granola that even the husband and kids will love.  And, it makes a bunch!!  So, no need to pay $4 - $5 for a small box of store bought granola that's full of refined sugar and other no-need ingredients!}


Ann said...

This recipe sounds like just what I've been looking for. And you're so right about the store bought kind... too pricey and sugary.

Naphtali said...

Ann - You will love this! I left out the coconut (for my sweet husband). It'll be sweeter if you use maple syrup, but it's still a natural product. Let me know if you try it!

J said...

Oops! I forgot your food photo! I went back and fixed it. I meant to include it, of course, but somehow thought I already did.
I still have several photos to upload for next week, people love sending in photos of their food!

Willow said...

Granola is a favorite of mine. I absolutely love it. It's super hard to find w/o nuts for Scott. Almost all of it has some kind of seed or nut added. I wonder if it would be good without it??? vie said...

W - I think you'd be pleasantly surprised!! Is he also allergic to sesame seeds? That's what I put in this granola, and it's great.

Lachesis Looms said...

Looks great!

jmae3 said...

I am NOT a granola fan-except in the descriptive livestyle form! ;) But I think I will for sure give this a try-never know until you try it right?! ha And I'm thinking J will LOVE it! He's a total health junkie! Thanks for the info-oh and I LOVE The Kind Diet book!

Kathleen said...

I will try it. I have not made granola in a long time because my recipe has too much brown sugar. I have never bought maple sugar! I will definitely try this!

Kenziepoo said...

I definitely need to try this! Kenzie I know will love this. :)


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