A Farmer’s Way to Start the Day

A Farmer's Way to Start the Day

Granola! I’ll be the first to admit I’m addicted to this stuff. But come on! It’s got everything you need to start the day right – protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals – and it’s delicious! And the sky is the limit for variations on this stuff – from different grains and nuts and seeds to spices and sweeteners and toppings, not to mention the granola bar and endless varieties that go along with it.

Without further ado, here is my “recipe”

8 c. rolled oats
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. sesame seeds
1 1/2 c. almonds
1 1/2 c. shredded coconut
1 T. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
pinch salt

3/4 c. coconut oil
1/4 c. agave syrup
1/2 c. nut butter

Mix the dry ingredients. Melt the wet ingredients in the microwave or over the stove, and add onto the dry ingredients, mixing until everything is coated.
Spread in a thin layer on a baking sheet (or two or three), and bake in a 300 degree oven for about an hour, turning every 15 minutes.

Substitutions/Variations

Grains: Buckwheat Groats, Quinoa Flakes, Puffed Rice
Nuts: Walnuts, Cashews, Pecans, Macadamia, Brazil, Hazelnut
Seeds: Pumpkin, Chia, Hemp, Flax
Oil: Canola, Nut Oils
Sweetener: Honey, Maple Syrup

After cooling, store your granola in an airtight container, and eat any meal of the day. I like mine with almond milk, an apple or banana, and some dried (or rehydrated) fruit. So tasty! And its lowering my cholesterol (almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds) and glycemic index (sunflower seeds), providing vitamin E and B (almonds, sunflower seeds), calcium (sesame seeds), and giving me protein for a hard day’s work, what else could you need??

Granola provides energy to plant 2,200 onion seeds in a day!

Granola provides energy to plant 2,200 onion seeds in a day!

Pontiac yellow onions here. Also seeded: Red Bull, Red Baron and Barletta. Alliums to come: leeks, shallots & scallions.

Pontiac yellow onions here. Also seeded: Red Bull, Red Baron and Barletta. Alliums to come: leeks, shallots & scallions.

 

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