Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stovetop Fruit & Honey Granola #SundaySupper

I love granola. Not only is it one of the most versatile cereals to use - finding homes in cookies, cakes, crumbles and ice cream (amongst other things), but it's one of the easiest to make and modify breakfast and snack foods around. I regularly whip up batches of granola in my oven - never the same flavour twice, but always slowly baked till crisp, chunky and decadently healthy. Generally, I keep the amount of added fat and sugar low, in contrast to most store-bought blends which can be swimming in white granules and oil in place of flavour-packed, whole food ingredients.

So, when the time came to introduce my grade 1-3 classes to the wonderful treat that is homemade granola, I kept the premise the same. Together, we concocted a hearty, healthy and crunchy breakfast cereal that was delicious enough to eat straight from the bowl with a spoon while being full of good-for-you ingredients, from thick rolled oats and oat bran to blood-sugar controlling cinnamon, calcium-rich tahini and sesame seed, B-vitamin stacked sunflower seeds and home-dried apple rings. Without an oven (or the time to slow-bake our mixture), I turned the recipe into a stovetop creation - making it not only a lickety split move from mixing bowl to cereal bowl, but one you can enjoy warm over ice cream (granted, it won't be as crunchy right out of the pan). Leftovers (if there are any) last a good long while in the freezer too - and I won't judge if they "fall into" a pint of vanilla fro-yo while they're in there.

Stovetop Fruit & Honey Granola

For #SundaySupper this week, we're compiling all the healthiest recipes we can concoct in celebration of Heart Health Month. From healthy cereals like this one to nutritious and hearty mains, and even a few sweet treats, there's something for everyone!

Better for you breakfasts:

Jump start your health with these appetizers and snacks:

Soups that’ll win your heart:

Veggies, Sides, & Salads your heart will thank you for:

Healthy is the centre of attention in these main courses:

Staying healthy doesn’t mean giving up desserts!

We heart wine.

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Stovetop Fruit & Honey Granola
Makes about 4 cups, 8 (1/2 cup) servings
3 tbsp tahini
1 ½ tbsp canola oil
¼ cup dark amber honey
3 cups thick-cut rolled oats
1 cup oat bran
1 tbsp cinnamon
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¼ cup diced dried fruit (I used home-dried apples)
  1. Combine the tahini, oil and honey in a deep skillet over medium heat.
  2. When the mixture starts to simmer, add the oats, oat bran, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds to the pot and cook, stirring often with a spatula, for 4 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the raisins or apples.
  4. Pour onto a large, greased cookie sheet and allow to cool.
  5. When cool, transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 2 weeks, or freeze up to 3 months.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 288.7
Total Fat: 13.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 143.5 mg
Total Carbs: 39.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.7 g
Protein: 8.2 g