Wednesday, May 2, 2012

super delicious granola

somehow i've managed to become slightly anemic in this pregnancy. it's nothing major but i'm paying a little more attention to my iron consumption than i would be otherwise.

and since nuts and seeds are good sources of iron and other rad nutrients, i thought i'd whip up a batch of granola. oh, it's a dangerous thing to have around the house. i could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and, for full disclosure, have definitely done so at least once. or twice.

it's a total non-recipe recipe which i'm pretty sure all granola is anyways – but here's how i make this super-foody deliciousness. since making it myself means i can control 100% of what goes into it, i buy everything organic and only sweeten it a teensy bit.

this is the world's most perfect thing to have a toddler help with, too because measurements are so loose and there's lots of scooping and pouring and mixing to do. bonzo likes making granola even more than he likes eating it.

throw 2 cups-ish rolled oats into a bowl.
add to it in whatever quantities you like:
raw cashews
raw pepitas (pumkin seeds)
raw sliced almonds
cacao nibs (critical ingredient!)
sesame seeds
chia seeds
hemp seeds
raw wheat germ
a scoop of unsweetened almond butter
1/2 cup-ish coconut oil
a squeeze of agave and/or a dollop of raw honey (i tread lightly on the sweeteners)

mix together and spread out onto a rimmed baking sheet. bake at 200ยบ for 45 minutes or so. check, stir, put back in for another however long. another half hour maybe? i keep the heat low because so much of what i use is raw – i don't want to roast the bejeezus out of it. but i'm also not an expert in knowing what temperature makes it a moot point. so yeah.

when there's like 15 minutes left, i toss a handful of raw, unsweetened coconut flakes on top of the granola and let it toast until golden.

then, when it's out of the oven, i take a liberal handful of goji berries and mix it all up.

a hearty scoop of this stuff topped with unsweetened coconut milk and a drizzle of raw honey is the best thing in the world. and if you've got fresh berries to add to the mix? forget it.


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blake said...

Hoo boy, I get anemic too... pregnancy, nursing, anytime :) I hope you haven't been feeling the dizzies that I get. But, this looks like a great antidote! We're big granola-makers here, but you have some interesting add-ins that we'll have to try next time. Yum!

wildchild said...

this looks so good. and so healthy. winner winner chicken dinner.

kristina said...

OOH. I need to try this. I've been making coconut yogurt in my vita from raw coconut meat. It's so delicious and I think this might be the perfect topping!

Re: nesting... I'm thinking it would be best going forward to have a new baby every 2-4 years so that we have an excuse to get psycho on house organization. It's soooo incredibly satisfying, isn't it? A few more projects to go... including the dreaded baby book. Maybe I just need to use Blurb like you did? But I want to print pictures!

I think the milk stains actually multiply (or at least get darker) when hidden in the closet for 2 years.

Tick tock, tick tock.