During the Christmas holidays, baking healthy is virtually unheard of! While we enjoy the many treats associated with the season, you may want to have something that has some healthy benefit to it. This brings into play an item that can do just that….Granola.
Granola appeared on the American scene around the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. During a time when there was plenty of unrest in America, both socially and politically, this was also a time of tie-dyed shirts, bell-bottom jeans, and Woodstock. There was also some new activities on the horizon: bread baking was a renewed interest, “recycling” was a new word and activity with the environment, and America was taking interest in health. Sunflower seeds became a very popular snack, which I well remember enjoying as a youngster in those days. In other words, American was “getting back to basics.”
Making granola can be a fun project for the youngsters in your home during this holiday season. This recipe for “Homemade Granola” makes a very large amount. It can be packaged into jars or bags with a colorful ribbon around it for a simple and welcome holiday gift. It also makes plenty to have left over for the cook to snack on or bake into “Granola Cookies”. These cookies are not only good tasting, but make a large amount, also. Pack some in a Christmas tin, layered with waxed paper for another holiday gift that would be appreciated by the “nature lover” in your life!
Give either or both of these recipes a try…you can’t feel guilty about enjoying them, knowing they have healthy things in them!
5 C. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 C. Chopped Almonds
1 C. Sesame Seeds
1 C. Sunflower Seeds
1 C. Flaked Coconut
1 C. Instant Nonfat Dry Milk Powder
1 C. What Germ
1 C. Honey
1 C. Vegetable Oil (I prefer Canola Oil)
Mix all ingredients together except honey & oil; blend honey & oil and stir into dry ingredients; spread mixture into two baking sheets with sides; bake at 300 degrees for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes for even browning; cook and store in tightly covered tins.
1 C. Butter, Softened
3/4 C. Brown Sugar, packed
3/4 C. White Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 C. All-Purpose Flour, sifted
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1-3/4 C. Granola
1 C. Raisins
1/2 C. Chopped Salted Peanuts
Cream butter and both sugars; add egg and vanilla and beat; gradually add flour and baking soda, which have been sifted together; stir in granola, raisins, and peanuts; drop by the spoonful onto ungreased cookies sheets; bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes; let rest on baking sheet briefly before removing to cooling rack to cool completely; store in tightly covered containers.