Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Healthy Sundae

Our town is somewhat limited in health food options, but we do have one health food stores where we can find most of the the things we need of the organic nature. This store is called LifeSource. It is staffed by very helpful and friendly people and the atmosphere is always relaxed. Besides fresh organic fruits and vegetables, grocery items, and vitamins and supplements by the dozens, they also have fresh made food in their deli section. It is a great place for a quick lunch.

I chose to make my own granola recently as The Husband enjoys it very much and the packaged stuff never has all the things he likes and it is really expensive as far as cereal goes. So off to LifeSource I trotted and I was able to buy the exact quantities of the various ingredients in their bulk bins at a very reasonable cost.

Putting the granola together is ever so simple. Just throw everything in a big bowl, give it a very thorough stir and then spread it out on a parchment lined tray and bake. The quantities in this recipe makes about 7 cups of fresh, delicious granola. I choose to eat my granola as part of a yummy sundae which includes honey, granola and non-fat plain yogurt topped with fresh fruit.
Granola
4 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries (or any other dried fruit to your liking)
1/2 cup sliced, unsalted almonds (or any other nut to your liking)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut shardsPreheat oven at 300 deg. F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a slipat baking sheet. Mix all of the ingredients very well in a large bowl. Make sure everything is well coated. Spread granola out in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Watch carefully the last few minutes as this can burn easily. Let cool on baking sheet. Store in an airtight container.

3 comments:

KandN said...

About how long does it last?

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I've been so busy at work, that I'm really behind on visiting my favorite food blogs. I love making my own granola! This version looks wonderful!

whack patti said...

I know how long it would last at my house! We couldn't get it into our mouths fast enough!