If, like us, you’re trying to eat healthier (that is, eat less poison!), then you need to read the label on that box of breakfast cereal. Many kids’ cereals (and some “healthy” cereals as well) contain partially hydrogenated oils. These oils mean trans fats, no matter what! They may make the “serving size” small enough to be able to put “0” on the label, but don’t be fooled.
Additionally, even the “healthy” cereals have high fructose corn syrup, and many have white flour. Definitely not the best way to start your day.
So, let’s consider granola. If you buy it commercially, you’ll be eating HFCS and possibly trans fats. If you buy a “greener” brand, you’ll still most likely be loading up on sugar and omega-6 oils.
Granola CAN be a very healthy, naturally sweetened snack, with lots of good fats. The trick is, you’ll probably have to make it yourself.
Granola recipes are a point of pride for many crunchy-living enthusiasts. I love to experiment with using different oils, dried fruit, and flavorings in mine. One time I even added black cherry drink powder! (Fine, if you can get past the dyes, “natural flavor”–aka corn, and “artificial flavor”–aka petroleum). Coconut is a staple in my granola, and I usually use butter and coconut oil. Forget about having a food dehydrator; you can dry it easily in the oven, or in an unlit grill in the summer sun.
So, here is my basic granola recipe:
8 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cup milk with acidic medium (can be buttermilk, milk with vinegar, kefir, milk with lemon juice, etc.)
1 3/4 cup oil/fat/butter
1-2 cups water
1 cup sweetener (equivalent to 1 cup sugar; can be less than a cup of Stevia, maple syrup, honey, etc.)
Flavorings of your choice (cinnamon, vanilla, etc.)
Other ingredients of your choice (dried fruit, coconut, etc.)
1. Mix oats with milk and acidic medium and oil. Allow to sit at room temperature 24 hours (or at least overnight).
2. Mix sweeteners in a small pot of warm water on the stove, until smooth. Add to oat mixture and mix.
3. Add other flavorings.
4. Place in preheated 200 degree oven for 2 hours, or until desired crunchiness.
5. Mix with other ingredients (dried fruits, nuts, etc.)
Enjoy a healthy breakfast treat!