Laurie’s Famous Granola

November 19, 2009 at 8:36 am 1 comment


Yummy Granola!

Yummy Granola!

Oats are really good for you;

they are a great source of the feel good mineral selenium and they also are a source of iron and magnesium.  they are an amazing source of fibre and the fiber actually helps lower cholesterol by binding with the bile acids in the body and sending them out of the body.

So what’s healthier? Steel cut oats?  Rolled oats?  If you heard Oprah talk, Steel Cut oats are the only way to go.  Here are the facts:  Steel-cut Oats are the oat groats that are cut with a steel blade.  They are chewier and nuttier than rolled oats.  See my delicious recipe for Baby-Mama Breakfast Oats hereOld-Fashioned Rolled Oats are steamed and then rolled; because these oats are steamed, it is assumed that they indeed have lost nutrition in the processing.  Quick-Cooking Oats are steamed and then rolled and then chopped into finer pieces.  Instant Oats have been partially cooked, often sugar, salt and other preservatives are added to these oats.  Oat Bran is the outer layer of the oat only; it is often called for in recipe to increase the fibre content.  Finally, Oat Flour is the result of grinding whole oats into a flour.  You can make your own oat flour by grinding up steel cut oats in a food processor or coffee grinder.

Lots of people like granola in the morning, myself included, however I do find that the granola from the store tends to be expensive, full of sugar and there is never a lot in the box.  That is why I make my own.  This recipe makes about 8 cups of cereal, so it will last you quite a while. Feel free to make it your own by choosing your dried fruit and nuts and perhaps using rolled barley or other grains. 

Granola is a great finger food for a child over 1 year of age, if you do not include nuts you can give it to an 8-month old.

Laurie’s Famous Granola

  • ½ C Apple Juice (or cider)
  • 1/3 C Maple Syrup
  • ¼ C coconut or sunflower oil
  • 1/3 C sucanat or brown sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • ½ t sea salt*
  • ¼ C ground flax
  • 3 T sesame seeds
  • 4 C quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 C Old-Fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 C mixed nuts & seeds (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • 1 C dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, etc.)

In a small saucepan combine apple juice, maple syrup, coconut (or sunflower) oil, sucanat (or brown sugar), cinnamon, sea salt, ground flax and sesame seeds.  Simmer over medium heat until well combined.

In a really large bowl combine oats, nuts and seeds.

Pour the liquid ingredients onto the oat mixture and stir to coat all of the oats in the liquid.

On a baking sheet, with sides, place a pice of parchment paper.  Put the granola on the baking sheet, patting it down.  It should be thick.

Place in a 325 deg. oven for 15 minutes.  Bake until it is light brown along the edges.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  Pour back into the large bowl.  Add the dried fruit and stir to combine.  Put into a sealed cereal container.  Enjoy!

Tune in for my granola cookie recipe, coming in 2 weeks!

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Entry filed under: 1 Year, breakfast, Finger Food, Good Grains, Homemade Cereal, Nuts and Seeds, Oats, Toddlers, wheat-free. Tags: , , .

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Steel Cut  |  November 23, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Hi, your article is quite interesting as well as helpful. Thanks for sharing the recipe and this nice article.

    Reply

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