I have discovered that I can handle grains, to an extent I still greatly limit them, if they are soaked or sourdough. In other words, if it’s had the phytates broken down, making it easier for the body to digest. It’s already started to be digested before it ever gets to your stomach. So I have branched out in some other recipes to find soaked versions, for granola bars and granola mainly. But I’ve done crackers and tortillas too. Baked stuff is pretty easy to just soak before hand. It is a bit different to bake this way, as you have to be thinking ahead. It’s been working for me to soak a bunch of different things the night before. Then the next day just finish everything up, only running my oven for a few hours while I bake everything. It works great, as long as the boys are happy, things go smoothly. (Ok, that’s in my perfect world!!)
Anyway… here is a new Granola Recipe I found, and my family loves. It’s great when you try a new recipe/style of food for the first time and it’s a winner!! I wish more things worked that way.
This is the easiest way to soak oatmeal that I have found. (I’m experimenting with it with Granola Bars too.)
6 Cups Oatmeal
2 Cups Flour – I use a combination of Spelt and Whole Wheat freshly ground
1 Cup Yogurt – Homemade
Mix together really, really well. I use my hands to makes sure everything gets coated. Let sit on your counter for at least 8 hours. I often do this step in the morning and finish it the next morning, making it more like 24 hrs. But whatever works for you.
Then add in:
1 Cup Coconut
1 Cup Seeds – Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Ground Flax
1 Cup Nuts – Pecan, Cashews, Almonds, etc
Optional – 1 or 2 tps Cinnamon – I add, we love the flavor and it is good for you.
1 Cup Butter or Oil of choice
1 Cup Honey
2 Tsp Vanilla
Mix into the oatmeal mixture, stirring well. Pour onto cookie sheet. And bake in 250* oven for an hour, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until mostly dried. We like ours chewy, not crunchy and this is perfect. So if you want it drier, bake it longer.
-Ready to bake-
Store in air tight container.
It does tend to be a bit more lumpy/clumpier, but it isn’t too hard to break it up. And the boys love to munch on it, so clumps make it easier to grab a handful.
This is from the post I found the recipe at, I have not personally tried these options, as I have a new granola bar recipe we like and are playing with. Also we are about out of applesauce.
- If you want to reduce the oil, you can use 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce. This makes a “cakier” granola.
- If you want to make granola bars, add two beaten eggs with the liquids and bake in a 9×13 pan at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Slice the bars while still warm.