Friday, April 15, 2011
Blog readers, I am back!! Sorry it has been a busy, tiring week, and I have not been able to post as much as I would have liked. I have some free time tonight so I hope to share a few of this weeks successful creations.
My 3 yr old son helped me with this delicious recipe. I was inspired to do a tv-free day, so we did a lot together (cooking, cleaning, talking LOL). It was nice and he LOVED being mama's big helper. I have a chopper that he thoroughly enjoyed using to finely chop all the nuts. He got so excited when I pulled the chopper out and he said "Yay, I get to chop, thank you for letting me do this, it is so special." It was sooooo cute!! It may take a little extra time to include your little ones while baking/cooking, but if I didn't let my Drew help, I would have missed that sweet moment.
I am a HUGE granola fan. I have a hard time finding it without bad oils, and gluten free granola costs an arm and a leg. So I decided to make my own. It turned out AMAZING. I hope you will try it, so easy to make and incredibly tasty. I love to eat as cereal any time of the day, or sprinkled over yogurt.
3 1/2 cups gluten-free old fashioned oats ( or normal old-fashioned oats)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (Trader Joes has a 1 lb bag for 1.99 GREAT deal)
1 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup raw almonds
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup raw sugar
1/8 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup rasins
1/2 cup dried cherries
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Toss oats with sunflower seeds, walnuts and almonds in a large bowl. In a sauce pan bring the next 6 ingredients to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat & pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients in bowl, stir to coat completely. Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes, stir, continue baking until oats start to turn golden. Total baking time : 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven, immediately stir in dried fruit. Allow to cool completely, then place in a zip-bag or container with a fitted lid. Enjoy all week!
***Alternate, easier version: 3 1/2 old fashioned oats, 3/4 t salt, 3/4 agave, 1/2 cup grapeseed oil, 1/2 T cinnamon, 3/4 cup rasins, 1/2 cup chopped roasted nuts. Same directions, just add the nuts and raisins after finished baking oats. Crunchy, tastes just as good!***