Last night I was talking with a friend who has a child with a few allergies and food intolerances, she was helping me with mom-tips for the blog and I started to remember with foods I used to like when I was growing up.
When I was a kid the NAFTA agreement was signed, so having at home pop tarts, captain crunch and a variety of american cereals was the bomb, my parents used to travel just to get groceries since we were living in a small city and my mom had a hard time to get used to it, was even difficult to find diapers in the begging of the 80’s, so shopping involved a full weekend and a family adventure.
Every now and then when I get homesick I make some pancakes or have a big bowl of granola, i even have a Pancake Sunday tradition that takes me back to my childhood.
I was missing the ol’ Cruesli (don’t know if in the US that’s the name and I think is not even easy to find it now in Mexico) a super sweet and crunchy granola, since I’m a superfood junkie I did some varieties and I’m pretty sure it’s way much better than the Cruesli.
For moms, stick with gluten free oats and seeds. Avoid the nuts and the maca. If your kid doesn’t have allergies you can keep the nuts. I used Orgain Plant Based Protein, its a non allergy organic vegan protein that is easy to digest and the taste is amazing, you can use chocolate or vanilla, in this recipe I used vanilla flavour.
2 cups oats (GF)
1 cup of mixed nuts or seeds (I used almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup dried fruit (goji berries, cranberries, raisins)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup protein powder (I used vanilla)
3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup amaranth (opcional)
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 syrup (maple, agave or honey)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp maca
1/2 tbsp Lucuma
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
1/8 grounded cardamom
Pinch of sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 325F
2. In a pot or saucepan heat the water, add the protein powder, coconut oil, coconut sugar, spices, syrup, salt. Mix until creamy but don’t boil it. Turn off the heat and add maca and Lucuma or the superfoods you want to add.
3. Place the oats, nuts, cacao nibs and seeds in a large bowl and pour the protein mix. Mix together and spread on a baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20min, take the baking sheet out of the oven and add the shredded coconut and the amaranth if using it.
5. Put it back in the oven and bake for 10min or until the coconut is toasted.
6. Let cool completely and add the dried fruit.
7. Store the granola in a glass container. Last for 3-4 weeks.
Kids love this dessert:
Blend 2 frozen bananas with a little coconut milk (1tbsp max) until creamy, the texture is similar to ice cream. Use the granola as a topping. Enjoy!