Food For Belly Dancers: Granola Recipe
Another American food invention, granola was concocted by Dr. Caleb Jackson in 1894 for his health spa, the Jackson Sanitarium. But, hey, granola has come a long way since then—especially after being re-invented by hippy hippies relying on granola to power days and weeks of free lovin' in the 1960s and 70s.
Dig your granola, your way. Use our recipe to forge a hip snack to jazz up energy levels while on the go. Granola is simply rolled oats baked with nuts, seeds, a sweetener such as honey or agave nectar and dried fruits. Muesli, granola’s Swiss cousin, has similar ingredients—but not baked. Make your own homemade mouthwatering and fragrant granola. Either way, loose or molded into bars, granola is undoubtedly here to stay.
What are the benefits of granola?
- Oats lower cholesterol levels in arteries, and are fiber-dense in clearing out the gut/li>
- Nuts such as cashews and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids for heart health
- Regardless of their size, seeds zap omega-6 essential fatty acids to nourish your brain and brain-body coordination functions
- Dried fruit pack vitamins to build collagen so vital for skin strength, elasticity and rejuvenation; plus strong muscle tissue coveted by dynamic dancers!
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, honey or agave nectar
- 2-½ cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- ½ cup toasted cashews
- ½ cup toasted almonds
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ½ cup golden raisins
- Preheat oven at 300º. Grease an oblong glass dish with butter.
- Melt butter over low heat and add the sweetener and mix gently over warm heat only (don't boil).
- Mix seeds and nuts in a bowl; pour the warm mix over it and combine well.
- Pour into glass dish and bake 35-45 minutes, turning mix every 15 minutes till it turns golden brown and gets crispy.
- Remove from oven and mix in the dried fruit. Keep mixing and turning as it cools so granola doesn’t clump up.