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Homemade & Organic Clean Eating Granola Recipe

Posted Jan 11 2013 12:05pm

Hello, all!

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I’ve been talking a lot about GMO (genetically modified) Free food.  It’s my new cause, and is very important.

Today’s post is not about GMO’s (that post will most likely happen this weekend), but more about how I am slowly switching to organic and GMO Free in my pantry and refrigerator. (Of course, I will have my usual rants and raves lol.)

I am not throwing away food (who can afford to do that) but as I run out of items, I plan on replacing them with organic.  It’s more cost effective this way, I believe.  Food is so expensive no matter where you buy it; and the prices keep increasing every year.  I paid almost $6.00 a gallon for organic milk.  I find that disturbing.

Two of my new purchases this week included organic flour:

Hodgson Mill Flour

Hodgson Mill Flour

I’ve been ordering a lot of my organics from Amazon.com, I think they are competitively priced (and some times cheaper because a lot of the foods are in bulk).  This was a pack of 6 (2lb bags) for $21.00.

I also purchased organic apples:

Organic apples

Organic apples

as well as organic milk for the kids and yogurt…

Organic milk and yogurt

Organic milk and yogurt

You can see that everything has the USDA Certified Organic label.

usda

 

Anything with this label is supposed to be certified organic and GMO Free.  Of course, you still need to look at the ingredients to see if everything is organic.  (Nothing is easy when it comes from the government!)

I had a gift certificate to Williams-Sonoma (my favorite cooking store!!) so I decided to purchase a yogurt machine so we can make our own organic yogurt at home.

Cuisinart Yogurt Machine

Cuisinart Yogurt Machine

To begin, you needed to measure out either 6 oz. of organic yogurt, or purchase starter cultures.  I opted for the yogurt.  Once you do this, out of each batch you hold 6 oz. back, and are able to reuse the starter indefinitely.

Oikos Organic 0% plain yogurt

Oikos Organic 0% plain yogurt

(I swear there’s yogurt in the bowl…I didn’t realize that it wasn’t easily seen in the white bowl. ;) )

Anyway, what you do is add the yogurt to 4 cups of organic milk, set the machine, and let it go.  The setting I had it at was for 6 hours, (the recommended time) and then it goes into cooling mode and stays there until you turn it off.

It turned out kind of watery, but I plan on straining off the whey (using cheesecloth) to make it into the thickness of Greek yogurt.

Homemade yogurt in Weck jars

Homemade yogurt in Weck jars

For dinner one night Sophia wanted ravioli so I bought some frozen (Celentano) and made that for dinner.  I couldn’t find out if this brand is GMO free on the internet, and I just realized right now that on the ingredient list, it has modified corn starch. Also, I read last night that it’s possible that xanthan gum is potentially modified also. I’m fairly certain that it’s not GMO free.  Companies are so sneaky…you almost need a chemistry degree to read the ingredients.

In the near future, I would love to get a pasta maker attachment for my Mom’s Kitchenaid stand mixer.

Pasta night

Pasta night

This was the ingredient list:

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Grrrrr!  Moving on (we all make mistakes…learn from mine.)

I bought one of the Kashi Certified GMO Free cereals…Cinnamon Harvest and it tastes great.  The only issue I have is that it’s made by Kellogg, who is currently being boycotted by GMO Free USA.  Which I found out yesterday.  (I was on my computer a lot of the day ;) )  I’m trying, that’s all I have to say.

Kashi GMO Free cereal

Kashi GMO Free cereal

Something that I did make this week was Clean Eating Granola and it turned out fantastic, AND is preservative and GMO Free.  (It is so easy to make, and a lot cheaper then buying at the store.)

My ingredients:

Granola Ingredients

Granola Ingredients

I decided to replace the Goji Berries with raisins.  Oh, and this will go great with the homemade yogurt!

Before baking

Before baking

The finished product after baking:

After baking

After baking

And, it looks very nice when put into Ball Jars.  You could even give it as a gift for holidays!

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Fit and Clean Clean Eating Granola Recipe (makes to large jars full)

Indgredients

4 cups regular oats

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

1/2 cup chopped slivered almonds (or nut of your choice)

1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 cup apple juice (I juiced my own but store bought is fine)

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

4 teaspoons canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cooking spray (I have a Misto sprayer that I used with the organic Canola Oil)

1/2 cup of dried fruit (raisins, apples, goji berries, etc)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300*

Mix together first 5 ingredients

In a small sauce pan, add apple juice, brown sugar, and honey. Stirring frequently, heat until sugar dissolves

Add the two mixtures together stirring to combine

Spray a large baking pan (or 2!) with cooking spray and bake at 300* for 10 minutes.

Stir every 10-15 minutes and cook until golden brown.  Mine took 1 hour, but I should have used 2 pans.  If 2 pans are used, I would say 20-25 minutes on average.

After baking stir in dried fruit.

Voila! Enjoy.

The next post will be about my hockey-puck-like bread…but I will post a picture of the loaf that actually turned out and tasted GREAT.  Recipe to come soon… :)

Homemade Organic Boule

Homemade Organic Boule

 

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