Make Your Own Granola

So many store bought granolas are full of added sugar and/or oils. Making your own granola is so easy, fun and totally customizable. My daughter and husband were very interested in the process (although my husband may have been just making conversation). In any event, it is very healthy and great to make with kids.

These instructions are based on a recipe from Elana’s Pantry a wonderful gluten-free blog I have been reading for years. If you are looking for some new ideas go check out her blog!

Here is how:

Ingredients:

  • Three cups nuts (previously soaked if desired)
  • One cup seeds
  • One cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, dried cherries etc)
  • Half cup water
  • One tablespoon flavored extract
  • Spices to taste (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg etc)
  • Salt to taste

Steps:

  • Add water to fruit until plumped and process together in food processor
  • Remove fruit mixture and add nuts and seeds
  • Process nuts and seeds to desired texture
  • Put fruit, seeds and nuts into large bowl. Add flavor extract, salt, and spices and stir to combine.
  • Lay mixture on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in oven at 225 for @ 40 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in overnight so it dries completely.
  • Break up and store in glass jar.

Enjoy!

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Chia Seed Pudding: I Get It!

Chia seeds are all the rage in the crowds I run with. They are highly nutritious being packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. Plus they are a seed and we should all eat more seeds. For some reason I was resistant but once I tried them I had an Oprah like “aha” moment (you know when she sings/yells “I GET IT”).

My friend Roisheen, who gave me this recipe idea, has had all sorts of fun with chia seed pudding toppings with her daughter.  Kids like it ’cause it grows. It is a rather bland base and easy to make your own.

Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients:

  • One tablespoon chia seeds
  • Nine tablespoons water

Allow chia seeds to soak up water for about five minutes. Then add “mix-ins”. I used a few frozen strawberries and a splash of almond milk.

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Pancakes and Orange Apple Sauce

My daughter and I have been looking to do a blog post together and here it is!

I wanted to create a recipe that used only ingredients from our farm box, was kid friendly and would allow my daughter to do most of the preparations. She loves sweet potatoes so shredding and frying them was a no brainer. Apple sauce is really easy to make and I wanted to incorporate some of the oranges we have been getting from our CSA.  This is the time of year for tangelos which are so juicy I eat them over the sink and still feel like I need a shower after.

The pancakes are labor intensive with all the frying involved, but the result is so worth it.  I think this is a farm box dish almost any kid would enjoy!

Sweet Potato Pancakes Ingredients

  • One sweet potato, grated
  • One onion, grated
  • One egg
  • One teaspoon salt
  • Olive oil for frying

Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl:

 

Stir and then squeeze out the liquids. We did this by putting it into a cheesecloth. It was a amazing how much liquid my daughter squeezed out.

Then form patties and fry. You really need to watch them so they don’t burn. They are delicate so wait until they set until you flip them. Dry on paper towels and keep them in a warm oven until you are ready– but they are best eaten immediately.

Apple Orange Sauce Ingredients

  • Juice of one or two oranges
  • Two apples peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • One teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and cook over low heat. My daughter thought stirring a lot was necessary and it kept her busy! Once fruit softens pulse in food processor until smooth. Great for dipping potato pancakes or eating plain!