This weekend was the famous SXSW music, film and interactive festival, that fills the streets of Austin with some of the most talented people in the industry. It is a 2 week long festival that is a non-stop party for the love and appreciation of the arts and needless to say leaves us all extremely exhausted and worn out.
Times like these leave me loving my #1 favorite comfort food: granola. Granola, when done right, gives me the healthy carbs for an instant brain boost, healthy fats for sustenance and bit of sugar for an energy boost. While most the of granolas on the market are pretty unhealthy because of toxic oils like canola and vegetable oils, added sugars, “natural flavors” (MSG), refined and pesticided grains, this version is a clean and tasty alternative. Committing to making your own versions of conventional food items is always a great compromise, because you still get to enjoy the foods you love without putting your health at risk.
THK Honey Nut Granola
4 c organic rolled oats (gluten free), soaked overnight
1 c sliced almonds, raw and soaked overnight
1 c chopped pecans, raw and soaked overnight
1 c chopped walnuts, raw and soaked overnight
1 c raw sunflower seeds, raw and soaked overnight
1 c pumpkin seeds, raw and soaked overnight
1 c chopped coconut flakes
1/3 c raw coconut oil
½ c raw honey
1 t. vanilla extract
2 T ground cinnamon
* Soaking nuts, seeds and grains increases its digestibility and enables the nutrients to be absorbed by the body. All nuts, seeds and grains contain phytic acid (anti-nutrient), which can prevent normal absorption of minerals.
Preheat oven to 150 – 200 degrees and bake for 4 to 6 hours. The lower heat keeps more nutrients alive. You can also bake at a higher heat i.e. 300 for 30 min if you are pushed for time.
In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix together oil, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. I melt the coconut oil during the winter months so it blends better. Mix well and pour into dry ingredients and MIX REALLY WELL.
Spread on two baking sheets in a thin layer. I use two large pizza pans with holes in the bottom in a convection oven so the airflow is maximized.
Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator…..great on coconut yogurt, oatmeal, coconut ice cream, salads or anything you want a great crunch on.
Feel free to add dried cranberries, blueberries or goji berries after baking to add more nutrients.