Sunday, February 23, 2014

Whole Grain Mix - multiple uses!

I love having this whole grain toasty mix on-hand to make mini yogurt pies, granola, granola bars, to sprinkle on yogurt, cereal and oatmeal and add to muffins and other baked foods.

Roasting the grains brings out their amazing flavors and gives them a crisp that makes them pop when you eat them.

You can mix and match grains of your choosing - follow your intuition with cooking time, checking and stirring the first 10 minutes, then every 5 minutes thereafter.  This will ensure you won't over bake the grains giving them a charred taste.

Jenny's Whole Grain Mix
1 cup oatmeal (I love Bob's Red Mill thick cut)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of any or all of the following, raw and unsalted grains/seeds/rice: quinoa (red or white), steel cut oats, pepitas, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds (make sure they are FRESH!)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  (350 degrees if you are willing to keep a close watch!)

Spread all ingredients on a large rimmed baking sheet and place in preheated oven.  After 10 minutes stir grains to ensure even roasting and place back in oven.  Repeat the stirring of ingredients every 5 minutes until you can smell the grains and the oatmeal is slightly golden.  This takes about 15-20 minutes.

Recently I made mini yogurt and berry pies:

Yogurt parfaits:

Nut-Free granola and granola bars:

 In Berry Crepes for Breakfast:
The possibilities are endless - let me know how you use it!

1 comment:

  1. Visiting your blog today on Karmen's recommendation and happy I did. We have been trying to eat much less processed foods and have increased our garden space to try to grow even more of our own. I will be finding your Facebook page as well for more updates : )