Maybe it’s the cold weather but I find myself watching a lot more TV lately, and I always gravitate towards cooking shows.
So, I was flipping through one day when I saw these chef making a homemade granola on the stovetop. Store-brought granola is usually the most calorie-dense cold cereal you can buy because it’s toasted in oil and usually contains nuts and dried fruit. This wonderful chef was throwing together cooked pumpkin seeds, quinoa, kasha, coconut, barley and spelt flakes in a skillet with vanilla bean, bee pollen and honey for a super simple recipe you could also do in the oven. All superfoods, all delicious and, for an extra hit of flavour, guess what he adds?
They said it was kale but from the looks of the sheet of glossy green goodness, I think it was seaweed, kombu to be exact. Finely chopped and toasted with the other ingredients this hit of green adds natural iodine for the thyroid, vitamin A, vitamin K and numerous minerals that are needed for metabolic processes. And it tastes really good in the granola. The chef said his staff couldn’t stop eating it.
Not only is this granola gluten-free, nut-free, all-natural, loaded with protein, fibre and essential fats – it also has one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. You’ve got to check it out in this video and try this recipe:
Homemade Roasted Ancient Grains Granola
1 cup boiled quinoa
1 cup boiled buckwheat
1 cup boiled soft barley
1/2 cup flax oats
1/2 cup bee pollen
1/2 cup your favourite nut (optional)
1/4 cup kelp (seaweed)
1/8 – 1/4 cup local unpasteurized honey
1 vanilla pod
1 fresh coconut
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Roast at 300F degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown, or brown in a skillet for about the same amount of time.
(Courtesy Randy Feltis, Pie Restaurant, www.eatmypie.ca)
Now I’ve got to brave the cold and get some fresh air…