By Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, Herbalist
Lazarus-Macy’s and Ridge Market
You know that expensive granola you buy in health food stores? Well, you can make your own, for a fraction of the cost and oh so much more fresh! Granola is delicious sprinkled on top of yogurt, as a breakfast cereal, or a snack to give you a boost of energy during the middle of the day. It’s great, too, for kids to tote.
Now this is not a real sweet granola and keeps pretty separate after it’s baked. If you want more “clumps”, use 3/4 cup Canola and 1/2 cup honey and omit the water.
For more great granola recipes, see my co-authored book The Official Snack Guide for Beleaguered Sports Parents (WellCentered) available at Borders, Jungle Jims, Susan’s Natural World and Jo Beth.
4-5 cups rolled oats
1 cup nuts of your choice
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 to 1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup Canola
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons vanilla
2-3 cups dried fruits of your choice:
(I like cranberries, cherries, dried apricots (chopped) and golden raisins)
Stir into that 1/2 cup plain soy nuts (opt but good)
Pour liquid ingredients over oat mixture. Stir until coated. Spread on sprayed cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven until golden brown and crunchy, about 25 -35 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool. Add fruit and mix well.
If desired, sprinkle with a a bit brown sugar, to taste.
Store in airtight container.
COOK WITH RITA!
What? CHILL CHASING SOUPS & BREADS
Where? Ridge Market
When? Wed., January 28, -8:30 and Thurs., January 29 ll-l.