Eat Your Oats

October 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Nay, is only what horses say.  "So eat your oats!" I say.  I'll admit that I'm not fond of the sugary oatmeal packages that are so convenient.  It wasn't until I discovered the Steel Cut Oats that I became fond of oats.  Now, I eat them every day and who knew that oats were so packed with good stuff enough to call it a SUPER food?  I did not.  And if you did not, too, read on.  The links below have the information about oats. 

Science and Oats

Power of Positivity

Below the image is my recipe for Granola.  I love granola.  I don't love to pay the price at the store (and it's usually too sweet for my tastes) and this recipe will give you a tried and true formula that you can add or subtract from to make it anyway you might like.  On the cell phone is my recipe for Power Bars that have oatmeal.  You can find the recipe for that in my blog post from June 17, 2016 using this link:

Power Bar Recipe 

Granola

18 oz. old fashioned rolled oats; to make chunks: grind 2 cups into a flour using a Nutribullet or food processer

1 cup  dried fruit, any combination or selection 

1/4 c. chia seeds

1/4 c. sunflower seeds

1/2 c. chopped walnuts or nut of choice

1/2 tsp. cinnamon (boosts the metabolism, not enough to flavor it much; add more if you want a stronger taste)

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/4 c. honey or half of a 1/3 cup of agave

1T - 3Tbs. coconut oil; If you want to have some granola chunks, double the oil and see the baking instructions below to NOT stir

1 tsp vanilla extract; Use the liquid, and add it to the coconut oil after it a cooled a bit or the powder to the dry ingredients

On the stove in a small sauce pan watch the coconut oil as it melts.  Take the pan off the stove as soon as it melts.  Add the honey or agave, and the vanilla extract if using the liquid.  You can put small dried fruit like raisins in the pan to plump up - optional, makes them so yummy.

In a large mixing bowl combine the oats, fruit, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts of choice, cinnamon and salt.  Add the liquid from the sauce pan to the dry ingredients little by little stirring until well mixed.

Place all of this in a cookie sheet with sides.  

Bake at 275 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Stir and rotate the pan at 15 minutes if you want a flaky granola. 

Only rotate the pan if you want flaky granola with chunks. Stir only after it cools.

Put granola in glass jars to maintain freshness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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