Thursday, April 05, 2012

Healthy Granola Cereal or Bars

So I may be teetering on the edge a little but I have to share anyway! I'm planning our Easter family dinner which is no easy task. We have a variety of diets; vegan, gluten-free, organic, "mostly" healthy, and then there are the husbands that request the "give me everything" menu. So I must plan! I still refuse to buy anything in a can and my vegetables and fruit from last summer are almost gone, looks like I miscalculated. Before I get into the planning process too deep, I realized I was out of snacks. This is a bad thing for me so I decided I would try a new recipe for healthy granola bar snacks that you could also use for granola cereal. The original recipe is adapted from Anson Mills, but like always, I had to change it for my taste. This is super simple to put together, its healthy, and it is so delish!
3 1/2 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
* Use your favorite nuts such as pumpkin, pecans, walnuts, cashews.
* You can also add 1 cup flaked coconut.
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp grated or ground nutmeg
5 T coconut oil, melted or if you prefer 5 T unsalted, melted butter
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 240F degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat the coconut oil (or butter) and honey together and add the vanilla when the oil melts. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix. I put parchment paper on a large baking sheet (about 11x17) then spread the granola evenly and lightly pat it down. Bake for 75 minutes and let cool on the baking sheet that is on top of a cooling rack. If you use a smaller baking sheet, I would recommend that you place half of the recipe on each sheet. Then you won't have to alter your baking time. When it cools, you can break it into chunks for granola bars or break it into smaller pieces for cereal. I just used my hands to break it apart. Store at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy!

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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