Molasses granola and a bike ride in your PJs

Molasses granola is just sweet enough

It’s a spring thing, this wanting to get out more and exercise, a craving for healthy food. Forget New Year’s resolutions. April is the time that anything seems possible. I take longer walks and let the kids ride their bikes around the neighbourhood way past bedtime. Sometimes in their PJ’s. Like I did when I was little.

Granola and healthy living is a bit of a cliché I know but you have to admit that a mouthful of oats and flax with your yogurt is good for the body. This recipe is an adaptation of a Martha Stewart recipe someone gave me years ago. I make it every two weeks and store it in a sealed container. It’s yummy over yogurt, mixed with cereal or on its own.

Molasses granola

Combine in a large bowl:

  • 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free variety if required)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (not roasted or salted)
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup wheat germ (omit for gluten-free version & can substitute with 1/2 cup hemp seeds)
  • 1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 cup nuts (almonds or walnuts) or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger (ground)

 In a small bowl stir together:

  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses*
  • 1/3 oil (canola or olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, water or cider

*To make your granola extra nutritious use half blackstrap molasses

  1.  Stir liquid into dry and mix until well combined. Spread on a sided cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake in a slow oven (300 degrees) for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes so the edges don’t get too brown.
  3. Cool completely, add 1 cup of dried fruit (cranberries are yum) if you like, and store in an airtight container.
  4. If you’d like it to be sweeter just add a bit more molasses.