In my quest to eat a bit healthy I stumbled upon an interesting website last week. 100 Days of Real Food is written by a woman who decided to cut out all processed food from her family’s diet – quite a task in today’s world! I’ve been reading about what she did and have bookmarked a couple of her recipes.
One of my main struggles is eating a good breakfast. I always eat breakfast – I am not one of those people who can go without it – but I often reach for the Apple Jacks or Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of something better for me. This weekend I made a batch of granola from 100 Days of Real Food and started eating it for breakfast. It’s really good, not hard to make and much better than other cereals I was eating! It tastes a lot like Honey Bunches of Oats but I know exactly what went into it, which is pretty cool.
I added some frozen blueberries to my bowl this morning. Very good! I think TK said he might add banana to his, so it’s pretty customizable.
I had to change the recipe a little because I didn’t want to break the bank on nuts and seeds. Here’s my revised recipe:
- 3 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper (I used tin foil).
- Mix the dry oats, almonds, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
- Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla.
- Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
- Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
- The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag.