Every morning I must have my favorite cereal. I have had it almost every morning for the last 6 years, which shocks me as I write this. Six years?! That is a long time, and sure there were days when I wasn’t in the comforts of my home, or in my typical routine, due to travelling, holidays, or having babies, but what surprises me most is that I am not tired of it, yet. Will I ever be? Who knows? As for now, I will just continue being content with Nature’s Path Flax Plus Flakes and my homemade granola, inspired by Rebar’s cranberry and hazelnut granola. The super fun thing about granola is you can mix it up with whatever you like and add your must have’s, as well. My must have’s are walnuts. I love walnuts in this and pretty much in everything.
3 cups large organic flake oats
1.5 cups barley flakes (I sometimes use Kamut flakes)
1/2 cup oat bran
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup grapseed oil
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey
1.5 tsp pure vanilla
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried blueberries
How To Play:
In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, water, honey, maple syrup, and vanilla and whisk together, until well combined. Add the wet and dry mixes together and stir thoroughly.
Spread the mixture out onto two baking sheets (or do it in two batches). Bake at 250 for 20-30 minutes. Stir the mixture every 10 minutes to ensure even baking and remove from oven when golden brown. Cool and stir in the dried fruit. Seal and store for up to 1 month. I like to keep mine in the freezer.