Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day 87.5 - Crunchy Groovy Granola - the Perfect Holiday Gift

Crunchy Groovy Granola
Who better to make Crunchy Groovy Granola for Holiday gifts than a child of the 60's? Growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the 1960's and 70's definitely gives me hippie credibility.

Why, I was even scolded by my 5th grade teacher for wearing a headband - not hairband -  and hip-hugger bell bottoms on the first day girls had permission to wear pants in our school's history. My sister had plans to marry Cat Stevens, and my brother and his friends spent countless hours enveloped in scented clouds of Maryjane while blasting Hendrix on the record player in his bedroom. My Mom pretty much channeled Gloria Steinem, and proudly displayed a giant poster (pictured) on our fridge of a sexy, bra-less witch breaking a broom in half, defiantly declaring, "F*ck Housework!" Ah, those formative years were outta sight and wicked pissa.

Oh, right, the food...when not busy protesting something or other, we did  a lot of radical experimentation with health food from Erewon (sp?), the original Whole Foods. My Mom is probably one of the best home cooks I know, but back in the day, she was on the forefront of the health food movement in a big way. Sprouted wheat bread like bricks, chalky cookies sweetened with molasses and carob, bean sprouts up the ying yang, homemade (unsweetened) yogurt, whole wheat pasta and funky-ass tofu. Blechhhhh...

Fast forward to 2010 - all those healthy eating habits my Mom wisely insisted on must have paid off though, because although I love sugar and all things bad for me, I don't cook with any processed ingredients and make everything pretty much from scratch. Okay, there IS a box of HotPockets in my fridge, but that's for my kids - really!

Hereto with,  a Crunchy Groovy Granola recipe for you to share with your family or give as a Holiday gift  - Enjoy every bite without gilt because it's both delicious and good for you. Peace -- and Fight the Power. xoxo

Honey and unsalted butter sweeten up the Granola

Toasted up Granola for as far as the eye can see
Crunchy Groovy Granola

Crunch Groovy Granola
(Makes about 7 cups)

  • 4 Cups rolled oats
  • 1 Cup sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup dried blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 275F. On a large cookie sheet, toss together the oats, almonds, sesame seeds, salt and cinnamon. In a glass measuring cup, combine the melted butter and honey. Pour over the oat mixture and stir with a rubber spatula to blend. Spread evenly and bake for 30 minutes, stirring and spreading once with the spatula during cooking. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the granola and the cherries and blueberries with the cooled oat mixture and toss to combine.

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