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Recipe for Health: Granola

by Sandy Todd Webster on Sep 19, 2013

Food for Thought

The autumn snap in the air signals a change of gears and provides a good excuse to go hiking and appreciate the beauty in nature.

“Every family trip to the park or the woods should include a bag of granola,” write Julie and Charles Mayfield in their new cookbook The Paleo Summer Survival Guide.

“It seems nearly impossible to think that in all my years of camping and hiking, I’ve never made my own version of this stuff until recently,” says Charles. “And now that I’ve made my own, I’ll never go back to store-bought! If you have a hankering for cereal, this is a great alternative, and many Paleo folks top such creations with coconut milk to relive their cereal days (unsweetened almond milk would also work).”

1½ C coconut flakes
1½ C slivered almonds
½ C sunflower seeds
½ C cashew pieces
½ C pecans, coarsely chopped
½ C pumpkin seeds
½ C finely shredded coconut
¼ C coconut oil
1 T honey
1 T maple syrup
½ t vanilla extract
1 t ground cinnamon
½ t sea salt
¼ t ground nutmeg

Recipe Key C = cup T = tablespoon t = teaspoon oz = ounce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. In a large bowl, combine the slivered almonds through shredded coconut. Microwave the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla in a small microwave-safe glass bowl for 20 seconds. Whisk the oil mixture, blending it thoroughly, and then pour it over the nut-seed mixture and stir until the nuts and seeds are completely coated. Spread the nut-seed mixture out onto a cookie sheet and bake for 3 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven; sprinkle the cinnamon, salt and nutmeg over the nut-seed mixture; and bake for another 3 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool. Serve it at once or store it in airtight container. The granola will keep for up to 2 weeks in airtight container and for a month or longer if stored in freezer.

Variations: Feel free to mix and match ingredients to come up with your own version of portable goodness. Add in some dried fruit after baking the granola to bring in a bit more sweetness and an interesting texture.

Source: Reprinted with permission from the book The Paleo Summer Survival Guide by Julie and Charles Mayfield. Copyright © 2013 by Harlequin® Nonfiction. For more information, please visit www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

PHOTOGRAPHY: © Mark Adams

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About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.