NATURAL JOURNEY COLUMN BY LISA MCNIVEN
It’s that time of the year when you are trying to figure out what to make for the lunches. Here is a gluten-free snack that may enlighten both you and children’s palate.
These are gluten-free granola bars. To begin, take some time out to go shopping for the required ingredients. Combine: 6 cups of puffed rice, 1 cup of dry roasted soy beans (or silvered almonds), 1 cup unsweetened flake coconut, 1 cup sunflower seeds (if not salted add ½ tsp salt), ¼ cup honey, ¼ cup vegetable oil and 2 cups raisins.
Grease a large roaster pan and put in rice, almonds or soy beans, coconut and sunflower seeds
In a sauce pan combine honey, oil and heat to boiling, be sure it doesn’t boil over. Remove from heat and drizzle over the mixture. Bake at 225 for two hours while stirring every 30 minutes. Once done, add raisins and turn off oven and leave granola in to cool (even over night). Should make about 10 cups. You can replace the ingredients with other things like dried fruit, chopped nuts, popped corn, be creative!
Next week I will give you a recipe for making the granola bars with the granola!
Dr. Lisa McNiven, ND, has a naturopathic practice at Complement Your Health Wellness Centre, 277 Foord St., Stellarton. Visit www.drlisa.ca