Everyday Granola

Both as a snack and a breakfast food this sweet, heavy, dry cereal is good for all doshas. Eating a one-cup serving adds extra fiber to the diet and helps regulate digestion. If you would like more bulk in your diet, add extra oat or wheat bran. Wheat bran makes granola (and other baked goods) a litde more moist, and oat bran makes it smoother with more body. For a crumbly mixture make it with less syrup. This granola is recommended as a breakfast food for those following a Vata-reducing diet. Simply soak the cereal in heated cream or whole milk until it is soft. This makes it easier for Vatas digestion. Those reducing Kapha and weight would use skim or low-fat milk and they do not need to let it get soggy before eating it. Dry granola makes a good snack for Kapha types. They can eat it dry right out of the jar. Pitta can enjoy granola either way, as a snack or a cereal with milk.

Makes 1/2 quarts
4. cups quick oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds (less for Pitta)
1/2 cup flaked coconut 1/2 cup bran, oat, or wheat 1/2 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds (optional)
1/2 cup melted ghee or unsalted butter 1/2 to 1/2 cup brown rice syrup or corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 11/2 cups raisins or currants 1/2 cup pine nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 300°F. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients except the raisins and pine nuts. If you use less syrup the granola will be more crumbly. Spread the granola on two large cookie sheets with sides. Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, turning the granola with a long-handled spatula every five minutes until it is uniformly brown. Granola bakes faster around the edges of the pan, so be sure to move it from the sides to the center and spread it evenly on the pan at every turning. As soon as it is done turn into a large mixing bowl and toss with the raisins and pine nuts, if you are using them.

While the granola is still warm, store it in quart jars or plastic containers. You can also freeze it in Ziploc bags or sealed containers for up to a month.

kapha-pitta version: This recipe for granola is less sweet than the first one. The use of barley flakes and barley malt syrup makes for a more bitter and astringent-tasting cereal good for both Kapha and Pitta. The small amount of rye flakes gives it a slightly sour taste.

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