Last night I did something I’ve been wanting to do for years (not exaggerating). I made my first batch of granola from scratch. I posted the above Instagram photo and had a few friends inquired about the recipe. As I was just about to list the ingredients, I thought … “there is a greater story here”. If you’re like, “just give me the facts man”, then I mostly followed this. Interested in more? … read on.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcast recently, especially health related. As many of you know I’ve gotten deep into cycling and as some might not know, I hurt my knee back in July of last year. In the process of working on healing my body and becoming a stronger rider I’ve been fascinated by the idea of health and mostly how food is medicine. My top three podcast right now are …
The Rich Roll Podcast (a few favorites … RRP 137, RRP 134, RRP 127, RRP 77)
Fat Burning Man (great episode about teeth … Denise Minger)
The Tim Ferriss Show (this one was a game changer … Joe De Sena)
On one such podcast was mentioned the book ‘Salt Sugar Fat’ by Michael Moss. I picked up a copy from my local library (I love libraries, love, love, love them) and as I was reading chapter four titled “Is It Cereal or Candy?” I was reminded of my dad’s recent breakfast routine of eating store bought granola, ‘Love Crunch’ it’s called (good job marketing), which is tasty and organic, but the second ingredient is ‘cane sugar’ and it also contains dark chocolate chunks. These are more of what I would expect in a dessert, not first thing in the morning. I wanted to create something with more nutritional value (and definitely no cane sugar) with bonuses like using local honey to help with seasonal allergies, a less processed steel-cut oat instead of only rolled oats, and not to mention no “natural flavors”. So the quest was set to make my own granola … from scratch.
My first step in wanting to know how to make something usually starts with surfing Pinterest. I’ll pin any potential recipe that stands out to me, compare ingredients and process. My final decision is usually based on the recipe that is most simple and primarily made of ingredients I have on hand. I’m including a link to my ‘FOOD’ Pinterest board here.
For the granola I settled on Honey Nut Steel-Cut Granola by The Healthy Maven. I did everything she outlined except I used ground flaxseed (1 tbsp flax to 3 tbsp water, let sit for few minutes) instead of the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce. I also added 3 tbsp of chia seed and 1 tbsp of cacao powder (inspired by ‘Love Crunch’).
There is the story folks. Thanks for letting me process through this. I hope you are inspired to get curious in your kitchen and find some of these links helpful.