Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
Use raw, organic ingredients whenever possible. These measurements are flexible; don’t worry too much about being exact.
2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats)
½ cup raw nuts, chopped
¼ cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great)
½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
2-3 tablespoons grade-b maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil or other healthy cooking oil
½ tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
1 large pinch fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 300º F. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and use your clean hands to mix well and toss to coat; it will be sticky and messy but that’s the fun part. The coconut oil might be liquid or solid depending on the temperature of the room you are in (it has a melting point of about 75ºF.) Your hands will warm it up and melt it into the mixture if it’s solid, just be sure to mix it all through the other ingredients so there aren’t any chunks of oil left. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted. (To make this recipe completely raw-friendly, dehydrate the mixture 5-6 hours at 115ºF in a food dehydrator instead.) Cool before serving or storing. This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. I keep mine in a mason jar in the refrigerator at home and in a BPA-free plastic bag when traveling. My advice is to get creative! Use any combo of healthy ingredients to make it your own flavor.
Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie Crescent Braid
1 (8-ounce) Pillsbury Crescents®
1/2 pound leftover turkey, sliced or a half pound of deli turkey
1/3 cup cranberry sauce (either homemade or from a can)
4 ounces Brie
1 teaspoon chopped fresh Rosemary
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Unroll crescent roll dough and place on baking sheet. Press on the perforations and edges to seal them.
Arrange turkey slices down the center. Spread cranberry sauce on top. (You only want the filling to take up about 3 inches in width so you have enough dough on the sides to pull over and cover it.) Cut cheese into cubes and scatter evenly on top of cranberry sauce.
Cut slits about 1 ½ inches apart on a diagonal going almost all the way to the filling. Starting at one end pull one strip over to the other side and alternate going all the way down. On the ends, pull the dough up to seal the filling. Sprinkle rosemary and Parmesan cheese on top.
Place in oven and bake for 15-18 minutes.