Start Your Day Off Right with this Nutritious Granola Recipe
This recipe uses the ancient technique of soaking the grains in an acidic solution and dehydrating them at low temperatures. This provides a quick, nourishing breakfast that is easier to digest than regular breakfast cereals . For extra nourishment serve with whole raw milk from grass-fed cows.
8cups organic rolled oats, barley, Kamut, Spelt. (try to buy ones that are in bags to preserve freshness or roll your own with a home grinder)
3/4cup organic butter or coconut oil, melted
1/2cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/4cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
8Tablespoons whole spelt, wheat or buckwheat flour to have some phytase available to break down the phytic acid in the oats.
2cups filtered water heated to a simmer
1/2cup raw honey or maple syrup (honey may need to be warmed)
1teaspoon sea salt
1teaspoon vanilla extract
1teaspoon almond extract
Mix the first 6 ingredients together and leave covered on your counter for 12 to 24 hours.
After the grains have soaked, mix the sweetener, salt, and flavorings into the grain mixture. It’s a bit thick but just use a little elbow grease. Spread out this mixture on two pans lined with parchment paper or stainless steel screen trays and put into an oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour and then drop the temperature to 150 degrees for approx. 6 to 12 hours or until dry. Turn once or twice and break up the chunks. When cool put into storage containers.
I find that if I use the stainless steel mesh drying racks and a convection oven, the drying time is way shorter. A dehydrator will work great also.
On the mornings when I am in a rush or I am travelling and need a quick and healthy breakfast, I pull out the granola and put out some of the following toppings for people to customize their own.
– dried coconut flakes
– chopped apricots and cherries, currants, dates, raisins…
– Fresh fruit (I like berries)
On cold mornings I pour hot water over the granola for a few seconds and then drain. Then I serve with raw milk.
Read this article and you will be thinking twice about purchasing boxed cereal!