Easy, Tasty Granola Recipe
Until I got pregnant and received The Pregnancy Cookbook it never dawned on my to make my own granola. There are so many good choices out there, though admittedly most of them are too sweet for my taste. But, here is a granola recipe that is OUTSTANDING and totally easy to make. Great for breakfast or a wholesome snack for the whole family.
The nutrition is complete: protein, zinc, iron, fiber and carbohydrates.
The best thing about this granola is that there is no icky syrup and the only fat is the fat that naturally occurs in the nuts.
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (not the quick cooking kind)
1/3 cup raw cashews, chopped
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/3 cup raisins (for a fun twist, try chocolate chips for a more dessert-type snack)
Heat a heavy skillet over medium-low heat (no oil, no nothing). Add oats, cashews, pecans and dry roast them, stirring often. 5-7 minutes or until they start to turn brown.
Add sesame seeds and sunflower seeds, stirring for about another 10 minutes. Add sea salt, wheat germ, and brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly until the sugar has melted.
Reduce heat and add the nutmeg and cinnamon. Cook for just 1 minute more then remove from heat. Transfer to a large baking sheet to cool. Add the raisins and spread the granola over the sheet so it can cool quickly. When it is cool, transfer to an air tight container.
Just so you know, sometimes when I don’t have all of the called for ingredients, I throw in whatever nuts in whatever amount I have and it always comes out good. Things NOT to do – add the sesame and sunflower seeds too early. They cook fast and tend to burn. Also, if you add chocolate chips (for the truly pregnant women out there) do wait until the granola is cool as even the warmest of nuts will melt the chocolate. But damn is it a good salty sweet snack!!!
photo credit foodistablog