Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Homemade Granola

photo by matthewa

I have been in the process lately of trying incorporate more whole grains into our diet. Since so many "healthy" things out there seem to either have nuts in them or have been processed in a facility with nuts, I have been making many things from scratch. (They are healthier anyway!)

I admit I love granola. These have always been off limits to Tyler. When he outgrew his dairy allergy nearly a year ago, we discovered he loves yogurt. After a little research and some modifications, I have a recipe for homemade granola clusters to add to his yogurt that is completely safe and relatively simple to make.

"Safe" Stovetop Granola

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (whole oats)
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-2 T wheat germ (optional)
  • 1-2 T flax seed meal (optional)
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oats and stir until they start browning and getting crisp, about 5 minutes. Towards the end of cooking time, add wheat germ and flax seed meal (Be careful not to burn oats! It happens quickly!) Remove from heat and spread out on a cookie sheet to cool.
  2. Melt the butter in the same pan over medium heat. Stir in the honey and brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until bubbly. Return the oats to the pan. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes or so. Pour out onto the cookie sheet and spread to cool.
  3. Once cool, transfer to an airtight container. You can also add dried fruit (raisins, Craisins, etc) at this time, too.

3 comments:

dablers@sbcglobal.net said...

Thanks for the post. I often made granola for my husband and I with pecans and almonds in it, but now I won't because of my son's allergies. So this recipe is a good alternative. We like whole grains, too. We use to eat Bob's Red Mill quinoa and millet, but now they have an allergen statement stating "processed in a facility....", so I won't purchase their products anymore. If you know of any sources of "peanut-free" quinoa and millet, I would love to know. Thanks.

Kate said...

Thank you for sharing. I came across your blog after doing a google search on places we can eat out that are safe.

After reading your story, it is amazing how similar our stories are (our kids are only a few months apart). Looking back on our year of nursing, it's now obvious what was causing the problem, but I was continually blown off by the Dr. that the horrible eczema was related to our laundry detergent. We suspected a peanut allergy, but it wasn't until a trip to a ER that our Dr. finally took us seriously. I have learned a lot since then. I look forward to reading over your blog and hopefully finding more information and encouragement in this down right scary world of severe peanut allergies.

Jennifer P said...

Have you tried the Back to Nature granola? I always buy the "Classic" and it is so yummy!!