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DIY Granola

 

Granola

Granola

From: “Eating your way back to health” by Dr. Jessica Black

Ingredients:

7 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut

1 cup nuts

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup canola oil (In the updated version of her book, Dr. Black recommends coconut oil)

Instructions:

1. Mix dry ingredients together (use a big bowl)

2. Heat honey and oil and pour over dry ingredients. Mix well and flatten on a baking pan.

3. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cool and store in airtight container. Serve with milk substitute and/or fresh fruit.

Substitutions:
You can do this recipe with many different nuts, seeds, etc. I occasionally will add 1/2 cup of almond butter or tahini to the recipe to change it sometimes. You can also try brown rice syrup instead of honey.

Healthy Tidbit:

The botanical name for oats is Avena sativa. One of my favorite uses for Avena is as adrenal supportive herb. It can help increase energy and tonify the adrenals while still aiding in anxiety or irritability. That is what is so amazing about this herb. Because it supports the adrenals and energy production, it is an aid to balance the endocrine system. I also use it for people who have difficulty sleeping related to overactive mind or anxiety. Eating oats has also been known to help decrease cholesterol.

Nathalie’s Notes: Mine turned out less “clumpy” than the kind we buy at the store, I need to figure out how to bind it together better because my next goal, after learning to make keeping our granola jar stocked, is to learn to make granola bars. As you might know, we’re changing up the way we handle our money so buying convenience foods like granola bars is coming off our grocery list. Which is both exciting and nerve-wracking.

To learn more about Dr. Black and the awesome Family Healing Center in McMinnville visit: http://www.afamilyhealingcenter.com/

to learn more about her cookbooks: http://www.amazon.com/Eating-Your-Back-Health-Guide/dp/B004HE3IHC/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294847983&sr=1-2

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