So without further adue, here’s Mimi with her Good Morning Granola Recipe!
Before committing my life to the study and practice of Chinese Medicine, and after staying home for 10 years to raise my daughters, I underwent the daunting task of returning to the work force. During that 10 year period, I received a Master’s of Business Administration which made returning to work less intimidating. Although I am grateful for the experience, I realized that I needed and wanted to be in the healing profession. With the encouragement of my mentor and acupuncturist, I began a 4 year Chinese medicine program. In August of 2008, I received a Master’s of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. This program consists of training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutrition. Recently, I have also undertaken a program that will allow me to become a certified wellness coach who will help clients focus on all aspects of physical, relationships, career, financial, fun, food… Something that I’m very passionate about. The following Good Morning Granola recipe is a result of and a glimpse into my own food journey.
I created this recipe because I need protein in the morning to keep my blood sugar stable as I have hypoglycemia from years of too much sugar consumption. My blended family of seven all shares a love of healthy food. We love granola, yet every brand we bought from the grocery store tasted too sweet to us. So I created my own!
Here is a hearty breakfast for those with really busy and active days, or for those that may not have a chance to sit down and eat lunch. I always end up having a gigantic bowl and it keeps me going until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I hope you enjoy my Good Morning Granola as much as my family does! 🙂
- 3 cups oats
- 3 cups nuts; I use walnuts, pecans, macadamias, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts and ground chia seeds
- 1-teaspoon cinnamon
- 1-teaspoon vanilla
- 1-cup real maple syrup
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly and put half of the granola on a cookie sheet.
- Place the cookie sheet in oven for about 7-8 minutes. I am always reminded to check the granola when I begin to smell the yummy cinnamon baking. Give it a good stir, bringing the browner outside edges towards the center and bake again to whatever your ideal vision of granola looks like.
- I do 3 cups oats to 6 cups nuts for more protein, and I add 3 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 teaspoons vanilla, I still use 1 cup syrup and it is plenty sweet for me.
- Feel free to add dried coconut, dried fruit or whatever sounds delicious to you.
- For those that don’t do dairy; coconut, almond or rice milk is perfect!