Living like this means that food matters. I need to carefully consider how we get enough vitamins, how to optimize the food resources ect.
Granola is a great, sweet way of securing the daily intake of beneficial nutrients.
One of the absolute fundamentals of our diet is porridge.
porridge is solid food for the hard working crowd, it´s the base layer. porridge is also an integral part of the general swedish diet, a very traditional dish.
The swedes, unlike the danes, seems to like to add as much topping to the porridge as humanly possible- everything from fresh fruit, canned fruit, dried fruit, jam, syrup, honey, sugar, cream, milk. The more the merrier, it seems.
Once our kids tapped into this swedish tradition of extreme topping galore the once inexpensive dish… became expensive.
So I came up with the granola- solution: a way to stretch the honey, the nuts and the fruits a little.
“Here kids. Use this granola as topping instead”
Unfortunately the kids then began to like the granola as it is, with milk (when we have it) or yoghurt (when we have it) or simply just as a snack- so my solutions is not really a solution anymore… it´s just something we like to eat.
What you need
(approx. measurements, you gotta feel your way around it)
9 cups of oatmeal
1 cup of honey
1 cup of butter
3 cups of whatever dried fruit you have
(I like to use raisins, cranberries, blueberries)
One cup of flaxseed
One cup of sesame seed
2 cups hazelnuts
2 cups of almonds
(or almond flour)
Why you need it
I use flax because it´s good for the digestion. Sesame seeds contain high levels of calcium.
Nuts are rich in protein and (the good kind of) fat.
Oatmeal is rich in fibres and berries contain a lot of vitamins and anti-oxydants. Honey is a natural remedy that strengthens the immune system and butter is simply butter. Good!
What you do
Crush the flax and the sesame seeds lightly in the grinder.
Roast the oatmeal in butter and honey on a hot pan
Cool the oatmeal
Add sesame, flax, berries, nuts
Stir it around lightly
Store in a dark container in a cool spot
Note: this granola is only sweetened by the honey. You might want to add more honey (and/or a little syrup).