It’s a new year, which for many of us indicates a period of change, of new beginnings and those things called New Year’s resolutions. While I try to eat healthfully throughout the year I always seem to fall off the band wagon come December. This year was especially hard because of my move, adjusting to a new job, and travel.
Now that I am a little more settled and know that I will be staying in the “soo” for a couple of years I can finally puts some roots down in one place. My New Year’s resolutions connect with this very idea. I resolve to 1. Cook more, eat fewer meals out and eat whole organic, local and raw vegan foods as much as possible. 2. Take advantage of my outdoor playground (went snowshoeing at Searchmont Resort yesterday and have an ice climbing trip planned next Saturday) 3. Come spring – start a garden and grow some goodies, pick some berries, visit the farmer’s market (a given) and can preserves.
So, to address resolution number one I’ve included my version of granola to this post.
Step 1. Go to your local health food store, or supermarket and pick up these ingredients in the bulk food section: whole rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins or craisins, goji berries, slivered raw almonds or walnut pieces (almonds are the best for baking and make a lighter texture granola), pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.
Step 2: Mix all these ingredients minus the berries – which will swell up in the heat – together in a big bowl with vegetable oil – be generous with this otherwise the cereal will burn – a pinch of salt and a very heavy drizzle of honey or pure 100% Canadian maple syrup, I would give proportions but it is probably just better for you to judge how much of each ingredient you want to include. Oats of course should be the primary ingredient.
Step 3: Stir the mixture, the more sweetener (honey or syrup) you add the more the ingredients will stick together and you will get those nice clusters of deliciousness. Spread the mixture on a cookie sheet or in a low baking tray and bake in a preheated 375 degrees Fahrenheit 190 degrees Celsius oven for 15 minutes or until oats are lightly toasted. Be careful not to burn it.
Step 4: While cereal is still warm mix in your choice of berries. Store in an airtight container, preferably a glass jar or porcelain canister.
Before eating I like to add hemp seeds, chia, and ground flax seeds to the cereal for extra nutrients. Eat this for breakfast with milk or a milk alternative or use it to top off a fruit and yogurt parfait.