I admit…this isn’t exactly a detox recipe but it just tastes so good – I had to share it.
As you know, I’ve been trying to eat really, really well this week – and on the whole, I’m succeeding. I set out yesterday to make this decadent granola from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking thinking of all the nourishing, healthy ingredients it incorporates. It’s full of oats, nuts, seeds and fruit and a little goes a long way. I’m enjoying it spooned over organic natural yogurt which is totally awesome for your digestive health.
My interpretation of Heidi Swanson’s Grain-ola
(based on what I had in the cupboard!)
makes about 8-10 cups
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts you like best)
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup of your favorite dried fruits – I used paw paw and banana chips
zest of an orange
3/4 cup raw honey (normal is okay too)
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix the oats, seeds, coconut, zest and nuts in a big bowl. Melt the honey and the butter together in a saucepan or the microwave and then stir it into the oat mixture coating everything evenly.
Divide the mixture between two large, lined baking trays and bake at 150 degrees celcius for around 40 minutes, stirring it up with a fork every ten minutes. Be careful not to burn it.
Let it cool completely on the tray before stirring through your dried fruits and storing in an air tight container.
How to eat it…
Spoon over natural yougurt
Sprinkle over fresh or stewed fruit
Use it as a topping for fruit crumble
Only toast half the mixture in the honey and butter leaving the other half natural…mix together and eat like muesli, topped with fresh fruit and your choice of milk.
Place it in a pretty glass jar and give away as presents – if you can part with it!
So – as I said, not really a detox recipe but wholesome and delicious none the less. Now, my gorgeous brother has just delivered me a box of farm fresh eggplants so I might think about what I will do with those…Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!