Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Granola Mix

It's delicious, simple and so easy to make. I would dare say that the only not-so-fun part of the process was shopping for all the ingredients. If you have kids and have to go to with them to a grocery store with a list, you might understand the challenge...

The result, though, is really great and you won't need to read any long food label informing about the disappointing amounts of sugar, fat, and other lab-generated substances needed to preserve freshness and moistness.

For the preparation of our first granola batch I counted on the help of one of my boys to mix the nuts and drizzle the agave nectar concoction over it. After that the whole family waited patiently for toasting and cooling it down. It was one of the best Sunday breakfasts ever.

Now, when we start doing our Little Monsters Granola Bars, we already know how to start. Or maybe we will use it sprinkled over the delicious homemade yogurt by Darienne. And believe me: It may sound like a super mom's thing, but making the simple changes for feeding the whole family might take just one hour of your day, for at least a whole week of no-brainer, highly nutritious breakfasts.

Our Granola Mix
You pick the ingredients — I prefer using organic ones. I recommend working always with old-fashioned oats as a base, and with just one type of dry fruit. 

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/3 cup flax seed
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons light agave syrup
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup Thompson raisins

Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix all the dry ingredients except the raisins in a big bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients. Spread nuts and grains over a cookie sheet or baking tray and drizzle the agave-honey mix over it, randomly.

Bake for about 10 minutes on a 325 F, and with the help of a spatula, mix the grains again and flatten to the baking tray. Return to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Bring the raisins in, and let it cool down. Drizzle a bit more of honey if you think it need a bit of more sweetness. Enjoy! 

1 comment:

Myrna said...

Wow, this seems delicious! I will try to gather the ingredients (I am not sure we have agave syrup here) and do it!


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