I never ate granola pre-food allergy days. In fact, I do not think I even gave it a thought. But then, when food allergies hit and I had purchased about 5 new cookbooks, I started noticing that granola was in a lot of the books.
One that caught my eye was in The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal. It seemed really easy. And I was intrigued by Cybele’s use of unrefined sugar. I had never given sugar a thought before reading this cookbook. I knew that honey was an alternative sweetener, but I never realized that there were other sweeteners and other “granulated” sugars that were not refined. (More on this sugar business in a future post).
So I gave her granola recipe a try and I was hooked from the first batch. Here are ten reasons you should try and make your own granola even if you do not have food allergies.
- Granola really satisfies a sweet tooth.
- Granola is a great snack. (I usually end up eating it as an evening snack).
- Granola jazzes up a boring bowl of cold cereal like corn flakes.
- Using granola on top of your cold cereal eliminates the need to add sugar to your cereal.
- Making your own granola is far more affordable than buying granola.
- When making your own granola you can control the amount of sugar you put in it.
- You can pick and choose your favorite ingredients (or not use ones you are allergic to).
- It is something different for your palate.
- You can easily increase your fiber intake with the oats and sunflower seeds you may use.
- Add in dried fruits and you can add a serving of fruit to your day.
So even though I absolutely love Cybele’s granola recipe as is in The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, I have adapted it by changing up the sweeteners, changing the dried fruits and adding sunflower seeds. And I found out I love it even more.
So, can anyone think of another reason to make your own granola? Leave a comment below if you do and to just share your thoughts. I always appreciate hearing from you.
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Simple and Delicious Homemade Granola
- 1/4 cup oil of your choice (I use canola)
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups gluten free or regular rolled oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup raisens
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the first 4 ingredients.
- Add the rolled oats and mix until oats are covered.
- Spray a 10×15 pan with cooking spray.
- Lay out the oats onto pan and spread out.
- Bake 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and stir and spread out granola again.
- Put back in oven and bake 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Add cranberries, raisens and sunflower seeds.
- Bake an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool on counter top. If it seems a little “wet” when you take it out of oven that is okay.
- After cooled off completely, store in air tight container in refrigerator.