The winner of the Lucid Food giveaway (picked by random.org) was Sara. Many thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks of course to Louisa Shafia for donating a signed copy of her awesome book. I’ve got at least 3 more giveaways lined up this summer, so please stay tuned!
Even though the giveaway is over, I just have to share this recipe. It’s inspired by the granola that appears in Lucid Food, which Louisa calls “The Best Granola Ever”.
I made some changes to Louisa’s version based on what was in my cupboards, and I just loved the result. This combination of seeds is both nutritious and delicious, it is naturally sweetened (with a combination of the dried fruits and a small amount of maple syrup), and the organic coconut oil makes it much healthier than most granolas that are commercially available.
A note about coconut oil: If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I enjoy organic coconut oil and use it all the time in my cooking and baking. I do this because it is an all natural fat that supports a healthy weight and good health.
Coconut oil is liquid in hot weather, but solid when the temperature outside is cooler. Sometimes I forget to mention that if it is cool outside, you may need to liquify your coconut oil to use in a recipe. Not a problem here in NY in the summer, but if you are making this recipe in a cooler climate, just place your jar in a pan of hot water and your coconut oil will melt.
If you don’t have coconut oil, other oils that I might try in this recipe include grapeseed oil and olive oil (I personally do not use canola or other polyunsaturated vegetable oils in my cooking because I don’t believe they contribute to good health).
I’ve been eating a small bowl of this healthy homemade granola, topped with fresh berries from my garden, every day for breakfast lately. That says a lot…because I rarely eat the same thing two days in a row. I love it topped with plain kefir (a cultured dairy product that I make with raw milk). It’s also great with plain yogurt, or if you don’t do dairy, your favorite milk alternative (almond milk or other nut/seed milk would be nice). It’s also great by the handful as a snack.
If you do not eat gluten, you can use gluten-free oats in this recipe.
Recipe for Homemade Granola
Inspired by the recipe for The Best Granola Ever that appears in Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia
Yield: about 4 cups
*1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
*1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
*1/3 cup raw sesame seeds
*2 cups organic rolled oats
*1-2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
*3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
*3 tablespoons organic coconut oil, liquified in a pan of hot water, if necessary
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 cup organic raisins
*1/2 cup organic dried cranberries, unsulphured dried apricots, or other dried fruit (chopped, if necessary)
*1/4 cup raw cacao nibs- optional, but highly recommended (70% dark chocolate chips could be substituted, if desired)
1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
2. Pour all ingredients except cacao nibs in a large bowl and stir well.
3. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet in a thin layer.
4. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
5. Remove pan from oven, toss granola around, rotate the pan, and bake for another 15 minutes. Repeat until granola is completely dry and light golden brown (about 1 hour total).
6. Allow to cool and then stir in cacao nibs. Store in an air-tight container.