Cool Foods! Yummy Granola

Hot hot weather here in Saskatchewan! I’ve been at my country home, in my cool basement kitchen, devising cool foods for us to eat.

Yummy Granola came to mind. Found in my book Cook Your Way to Health it is a baked granola, so maybe not quite as nutritious as the Wow raw cereal found May 2012 in the archives, but a great addition to your summer repertoire. It is easy to make, stores well, and makes a great cool breakfast or topping for yogurt, ice cream, or to make pargfait for dessert.

I’ve switched up the wheat germ to chia seeds and added quinoa flakes, making this treat gluten-free. These additions also increase the protein content, important for the morning meal in particular, especially if you are not using dairy products.

Yummy Granola

2 cups whole oat flakes (uncontaminated oats for gluten-free)
2 cups quinoa flakes
1 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut flakes or desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
1/4 cup whole buckwheat
1 cup chopped raw almonds or walnuts
1/2 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or to taste
2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 cup chopped dried fruit of choice.

1. Preheat oven to 300 F.
2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Combine next 4 ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently until coconut oil is liquid and all is well combined.
4. Pour over first mixture and stir well to combine.
5. Place on 2 ungreased cookie sheets and bake for a few minutes, stirring often, until golden and crisp. Depending on your oven this could take from 10 minutes to a 1/2 hour. Be careful to watch closely and stir often to avoid burning.
6. Remove from pans to a large bowl, add chopped fruit, and cool.
7. When completely cool store in the fridge in glass jars.

This time around I ued a combination of chopped dried kiwis, chopped dried ginger, and a few raisins. Alas, the dried ginger hs sugar on it; it seems impossible to find dried ginger without sugar.

Try this for a bedtime snack this summer! Enjoy!

Paulette Millis,


2 Responses to Cool Foods! Yummy Granola

  1. Giles, Barb says:

    Hi Paulette,

    It was great to have the time to talk with you on the 28th. I have decided to wait until about the middle of August to start the yeast cleanse. I just can’t pass up all the fresh summer fruit and have a friend moving here from Quebec who will definitely expect me to indulge in some wine with her! I’ve already started the prep work of cooking beans, etc. and have started making some of the recipes you recommended and freezing the leftovers. The first recipe I made was the Cilantro Pesto…I made a triple batch, froze most of it and absolutely love it on everything! Previously in ’94 when I’d been following a yeast free diet, I had only a few sources of information and recipes. This time, it will be a treat to eat so well and feel so good about doing it!

    Here is the ice cream recipe I’d mentioned.

    Best Regards,

    Vanilla Ice Cream

    2/3 c raw cashews
    3 ½ c water
    1 ½ c cooked millet or brown rice
    ½ c honey or ¾ c dates
    2 tsp vanilla
    ¼ tsp sea salt

    Blend all in blender, using just enough water to make a thick, smooth paste. Slowly add the remaining water. Freeze in popsicle forms, ice cubes or other containers.

    May add or sub:

    2 tbsp carob
    1 tsp maple flavouring
    Toasted walnuts
    Berries (sub 1 1/2c berries for 1 1/2c water)
    Almond or lemon extract
    Or omit extract

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