by Lydia Krupinski

One of my 2010  resolutions is to eat healthier snacks. Now, I’m not talking about Pirate Booty processed organic carb TJ chocolate chip cookie snacks, but honestly good-for-you bite-sized whole foods.  Things that are straight from the source, mixed up, raw, and baked…that’s what’s on my mind.

To start things off on the right foot I want to share my favorite recipe for home made granola. The ultimate renaisssance food, it is breakfast, snack, and power surge all in one! With the hearty nuts, dried anti-oxidant rich berries, soothing oatmeal, and comforting spices, you’re sure to fall in love as well.

As expected, I’ve tweaked the original concoction for my own palette, but any of the add ons below can be swapped for other ingredients.  Try walnuts in place of almonds, papaya in place of cherries, or add some cardamom and sprouted rice for an exotic twist!

Rustic Homemade Granola

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups steel cut oatmeal, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 cup raw sugar (optional), 1/4 cup dried goji berries, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 1/4 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup honey (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 175 degrees and gather your ingredients.

2. Combine your dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. Once mixed, add the wet ingredients.

3. Spread the mixture thinly onto a large baking sheet and place in over. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring once every 15.

4. Stir the granola one last time and allow to cool.

Eat with rice milk for a light breakfast or throw it into an air tight container for a mid day snack!