Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just for Fun: Home Made Granola Cereal

Good Morning. Good Afternoon. Good Evening. Good Granola.

Ever since making the switch-a-roo on over to whole foods my family and I have been experimenting with making our own breakfast cereal. We have a weekly schedule mapped out that leaves two days a week for cereal and then, of course, are the late night Mommy snacks where I want cereal and nothing but cereal. It used to be a 10 pm bowl of fruit loops, now it is home made granola.

Making our own granola is a family event. I do the soaking and the baking, but the family comes together to decide what goes into this batch of granola. At the end of this post I will give you some fun suggestion and then your family can go forth and create!

Step one: The night before measure out 8 cups of Oats. Place them into a big bowl and add about 1 1/2 cups of water. You want to soak the grains, but there is no need to make them into a soup! Now, add your acid medium. I really like using kefir to soak my oats for granola, it is a powerful probiotic. Add 1 1/2 cups of kefir. Stir and cover with a towel or plate. Let this sit over night. This very important step of soaking your grains will reduce the phytic acid helping your body absorb the amazing nutrients of the grain. To read more about soaking grains visit one of my favorite websites,
Passionate Homemaking. This is also where I learned about this delicious granola recipe!

This is basically what your soaked oats will look like after 12-24 hours of soaking.

Now that your grains have soaked you are ready to make your granola. Straight into the bowl of oats add the following:

3/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2-3/4 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like your cereal!)
1 tsp sea salt
4 tsp cinnamon
4 tsp vanilla extract

Mix it all together well.

Place your granola onto a baking sheet. It takes two baking sheets for me. This is a big batch of cereal! Turn your oven onto 250 degrees and bake this for 2 hours. Using a spatula after two hours, turn the granola and bake for 1-2 more hours. We give it the full four hours, producing a soft and delightful granola. Crunchy, but no crisp...if that makes any sense at all!

Once the granola has finished baking remove it from the baking sheets and back into a large bowl. This is where things get fun for the family. Your foundation is complete, now you get to flavor it up. I recommend adding some organic shredded coconut, unsweetened. I use 1-2 cups.

You can also add things like pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

And raisins.

Stir it all up together. You are almost ready to devour it.

Okay, now eat it as a cereal, ice cream topper, snack, however!

This recipes makes five quarts of granola. We store ours in an air tight container in the pantry. I know that it lasts beautifully up to a week, after that I do not know as ours has never made it past a week uneaten!

Some variations to consider might be:
dried blueberries
dried apples
chocolate chips
chopped almonds
chopped walnuts
pumpkin spice
The list can go on!
Have fun!!

1 comment:

amanda said...

This looks delicious! I really like using coconut oil. What a fun family project.