I at all times say that each season is my favourite–particularly relating to meals. Severely, there’s at all times one thing great about spring, summer time, fall or winter. However I’ve to say that when native strawberries present up on the Farmer’s Market or in my very own backyard then I’m particularly delighted. There’s nothing higher than having recent berries within the morning with yogurt and granola. Each time I make granola I have a tendency so as to add completely different elements and differ the spices and nuts. Utilizing actually good rolled oats is vital. Oats are an effective way so as to add fiber to your eating regimen and consuming them in granola as a morning deal with or snack is optimum. Head to the market or your yard in case you are fortunate sufficient to have a berry patch, decide up some berries and make a fast batch of granola. Summertime is nearly right here!

Traditional Simple Granola

This basic granola recipe is really easy to make. It creates a beautiful snack or the proper topping in your favourite breakfast.

4 cups old school rolled oats (not fast cooking)
1 cup sliced almonds (or the nut of your selection…pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts)
½ cup shredded coconut (ideally unsweetened)
¼ cup uncooked pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, currants) OPTIONAL!

Warmth oven to 325°.
Toss all elements besides dried fruit in a big bowl and unfold onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake, tossing as soon as, till golden and crisp (about 45-60 minutes).
Take away from oven and let cool.
Add the dried fruit and toss to mix. (When you plan to make use of your granola with recent berries miss the dried fruit.)
Retailer in hermetic container.

Make it gluten free: Be sure you use licensed gluten-free oats.

Make it nut free: Use seeds, like pepitas or sunflower seeds, as an alternative of nuts.

Different choices:
Add floor flax seed after baking
Add hemp seeds
Get rid of the coconut in the event you don’t like coconut
Add almond or vanilla extract.
Add cinnamon, cardamom, or nutmeg

The purpose is which you can make this granola suit your wants and your tastes.

—  By Deborah Binder

Deborah Binder lives in Edmonds together with her household. She is “dancing with N.E.D.” (no proof of illness) after being recognized with ovarian most cancers in 2009. She is a foodie who likes to prepare dinner from scratch and share her experiments together with her household and associates. She attended culinary college on the East Coast and freelances round city for native cooks. Her present curiosity in meals is studying to eat for well being and wellness, whereas on the identical time having fun with the pleasures of the desk. As Julia Baby as soon as stated, “All the pieces sparsely together with butter.” Deborah could be contacted at [email protected].