Every Wednesday before homeschool co-op, we have a big breakfast (the kids have a snack-time there, but I want to make sure they’re well-fed because they can’t just munch whenever they’re hungry. Before I get in the shower, I pop 2 boxes of Applegate Farms chicken & apple sausages in the oven (YUM. I could eat an entire box of these alone). Lately, I’ve also been mixing up 8 eggs with a little yogurt, cheese & spices and pouring them in a buttered 8×8 pan, and putting those in the oven too.
Our other Wednesday morning staple is this Grain Free Granola on top of yogurt. I found the original version at Grain-Free Foodies, but I make it a little differently now. Nobody goes hungry in this house on Wednesday mornings! 🙂
Every other week, I soak my seeds overnight. I soak them in water with a little whey or sea salt (whey makes seeds a little sweet, I think, and I enjoy them this way!). The next day, I dehydrate trays of seeds ALL DAY in the oven. Someday I will own an Excalibur, but for now we use a whole bunch of electricity with our big oven. 🙂
I pour my dehydrated seeds into glass gallon size jars, which I store in my kitchen hutch (I have lots of jars of different foods). Then, once per week (usually the opposite week of the seed-soaking week), I make Grain Free Granola and maybe some seed crackers or granola bars. I store my granola in another glass jar. 🙂 On co-op mornings, we use 1/2 of the jar of granola (this is a double recipe from the original, but I like making it once every 2 weeks rather than every week! It lasts!).
Cranberry Apple Grain Free Granola
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds (pre-soaked and dehydrated)
- 2 cups sunflower seeds (pre-soaked and dehydrated)
- 2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut, divided
- 1 cup raw honey, warmed
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 TBSP vanilla
- 1 cup dried apples (no sugar), cut up into small bits (don't leave these big--they'll be choking hazards!)
- 1 cup dried cranberries (no sugar)
- Warm up the honey in a saucepan. Line a 9x13 pan with unbleached parchment paper. Set aside the dried apples and cranberries and 1 cup of shredded coconut. Toss everything else together in the prepared 9x13 pan. Drizzle the honey over the entire mixture and mix.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes.
- Stir in the remaining shredded coconut and dried fruit. Keep stirring up/breaking apart every 10 minutes or so until the mixture is completely dry.
- Store in a large glass jar with a lid. If it starts sticking together, just give it a good shake. 🙂
- If you find that the chunks are too big for your little ones, you could always put the dry ingredients into the food processor (before baking) for just a second (not long enough make seed flour :)).
- Make some homemade yogurt and serve some of this on top of it!
- Or, if you're not on GAPS or if you're willing to "cheat" on GAPS and use raw milk (as opposed to just yogurt), this is amazing with milk, too. It's like cereal--and for people who don't eat grains and never buy packaged cereals, that's a pretty nice treat. 🙂
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