Whether you’re looking for a new breakfast food, quick snack for the kids, or something to munch on while at work—this recipe has got you covered. Most store-bought granola and granola bars have sugar, dried fruit with preservatives, and grains, which can contribute to lack of attention.
Making homemade granola is a great way to eliminate the things that aren’t good for your body. Eating well can also reduce frustrating symptoms caused by anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other mental health disorders.
As an added bonus, making new food can serve as a fun and engaging activity for children. Have them choose their favorite nuts and dried foods or give them a try at toasting the granola. This recipe can even improve attentional issues for children, which is often caused by a lack of the right fuel combination for their uniquely creative brain.
Keep this recipe new and interesting for years to come by varying the types of nuts or dried food.
Note that there is a very small amount of gluten-free oatmeal added to this granola, but you can leave it out if you prefer. And make sure you purchase no preservative, no sugar-added dried fruits. A sweet taste will come from the dried fruit, so there is no need to add extra sweetener!
Leslie's "Go-To" Granola:
To Be Cooked On The Stovetop:
- ½ cup raw pecans, lightly chopped
- ½ cup raw almonds, chopped or sliced
- ½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
- ½ cup gluten free oatmeal
- ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup organic raisins
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ½ cup of chopped dates
- ½ cup shredded coconut (optional)
- ½ cup of organic, grain sweetened chocolate chips (optional)
- ½ cup of dried candied ginger (dust off extra sugar) (optional)
- Combine the stove top cooked ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Melt the coconut oil over a low heat and pour over this mixture.
- Place a large frying pan on the stove over a very low heat. Place a layer of this mixture in the pan and stir constantly until it becomes a light brown. You are toasting this mixture, but do not overcook.
- Remove from heat and place in a large bowl and toast the next batch.
- Do this until all the mixture is toasted. Then add the rest of the raw ingredients to the mixture and let sit until cool.
- Store in glass jars with tight lids in a dark cabinet.
An alternative option to toasting on the stovetop is to bake a thin layer on a cookie sheet at 350º F. However, it can tend to toast unevenly and too much. Experiment to see what works best for you!