Homemade Granola

Guest is Mark Allison

Homemade Granola

Makes about 2lb

Ingredients:

1 ½lbs of steel cut oats

1 cup buckwheat seeds

½ cup Sesame seeds

½ cup almonds

½ cup cashew nuts

½ cup water, filtered

½ cup pumpkin Seeds

½ cup extra virgin Olive Oil

½ cup locally sourced organic Honey

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ cup dates, chopped

½ cup raisins

½ cup shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 300’F

Directions:

Combine the first 10 ingredients together in a mixing bowl, then spread evenly onto a ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until golden brown. Every 15 minutes stir to the make sure the granola bakes evenly. After baking, remove from the oven allow to cool and add the dates, raisins and coconut.

Enjoy a cup of Granola with almond milk and your choice of fresh fruit for a great start to your day.

Health Benefits:

Many foods fall in and out of favor as health trends come and go. Not oatmeal. This whole-grain powerhouse has been packing serious nutrition and hearty flavor into breakfast for generations. It’s one of the few comfort foods that are as good for you as they are just plain good.

To get the most out of this super food, be a bit particular.

Some packets of instant oatmeal, for example, are loaded with sugar -- as much as 8 teaspoons per serving -- and high in sodium. Always check the label to see what you're getting.

Great oatmeal starts with plain rolled oats, or steel-cut oats, cooked in a little water or milk, and topped with wholesome ingredients. It's a feel-good start to the day, and if you make it a habit, it can do your health some favors.

If you're on a gluten-free diet, look for oats that are certified gluten-free. Though oats themselves don't contain gluten, they can get tainted with gluten when they're being processed or growing, according to the Whole Grains Council.

Oatmeal’s most enduring claim to fame is its proven ability to curb bad (LDL) cholesterol. Chalk that up to a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan.

Eating oats is linked to an average 7% drop in LDL cholesterol, research shows. Many other things also affect your heart's health (like what else you eat, how active you are, and whether you smoke), but oatmeal is a simple heart-smart start.

The fiber in oatmeal also helps you feel full and eat less later on during the day. Fiber also eases constipation and helps control blood sugars.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/diet/oatmeal-benefits#1


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