This recipe is based off of my mom’s granola that she has been making ever since I can remember. While I was convinced that the rest of the world was scarfing down bowls of sparkly, chocolaty, marshmallowy, wish-granting cereal in the morning, I would be served a bowl of nuts and seeds that mom would say was “good for you”. When I was seven I knew this slight made my life extremely unfair and unfun, but as an adult I do give her granola the appreciation it deserves (also my husby loves it, so it’s an easy choice).
This recipe is completely gluten and dairy free, but the beauty of granola is that you can add whatever you want. As is, this batch has a very mellow taste without any overpowering flavours. I use raw, unfiltered honey to sweeten, and the raisins give a great texture with the seeds. Substitute raisins with dried cranberries if you want a bit of a tang, or throw a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips in after the batch has cooled for more sweetness.
I have fond memories of my dad making granola bars by adding marshmallows, but I was too young to remember how he did it… The way I’ve done it is the same way you make Rice Krispy treats: melt the mini marshmallows on low heat with a 1/4 cup of butter until the marshmallows are half melted, then add the granola to the goop and mix well. How much you use is up to you, but two cups of marshmallows and four cups of granola should stick together. Pour the mix into a greased dish, pack down the mixture firmly, then refrigerate overnight. (FYI, Rice Krispys are a tasty addition to this recipe if you don’t mind the extra sugar.)
Okay, back to the healthy.
This granola is packed with goodness that your body will thank you for. I haven’t always cared how healthy my breakfasts or snacks were, but lately Chris and I have been putting more effort into taking care of the bodies that have been entrusted with, so finding a tasty and healthful cereal gets us off to a good start in the mornings. I want to give you a quick run-down of some of the nutrition that’s packed into this bowl of nuts and seeds.
Rolled oats control glucose and insulin levels and are considered to be one of the best foods for weight loss. Oatmeal reduces the risk of heart disease, works as anti-depressants and can speed up healing in the body due to it’s beta glucan.
Sesame seeds contain antioxidants that fight off diseases and several effects of aging. They contain many vitamins including vitamin E which enhances the immune system, as well as several minerals that support body functions such as bone growth and nervous system functionality.
Sunflower seeds have anti-inflammatory properties and contain selenium which is proven to bring about DNA repair and can protect against cancer.
Flax seeds contain lignans which can act against the formation of tumors. Flax also fights diabetes, inflammation, heart disease and prevents constipation.
Chia seeds swell up when they are put in liquids, so they cleanse the intestines and colon while also cleaning away toxins. Adding chia seeds to your diet will help in weight loss, they also help to stabilize blood sugar and make nerve transmission more effective, improving brain function.
I know this may be not be the most interesting read, but every piece of food we put in our bodies will either build us up, or break us down. Knowing some basic info on what your food will do to your body can make it easier to make healthy choices.
Without further ado- continue reading for the recipe.