Friday, May 21, 2010

The Kind Diet - Mom's Granola

My new favorite cookbook right now is The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone.  Seriously.  It's so fun to read, and very informative. I didn't find it preachy one bit like you may find other vegan cookbooks. It's kind of like pulling up a chair and talking to one of your darling, smart, and very funny friends. And how cute is Alicia Silverstone?  Really, being a vegan makes you this cute?  Count me in!  The only bone I have to pick with her is that she suggests giving up my daily cup o' joe.  I'm not quite there yet.  Anyway, I digress.  

So I made Alicia's recipe Mom's Granola.  Now, I don't know how "kind" it is to substitute many of the ingredients, but I can't help but give her credit for the inspiration.  The recipe calls for Quick Oats, Wheat Germ, Maple Sugar, Maple Syrup, Raisins, Safflower Oil, Coconut, Nuts and Vanilla.  The few substitutions I made were to add a little less oil (I used Vegetable Oil because it was the only neutral oil I had), dried cranberries instead of raisins and chose almonds as the nut, brown sugar instead of maple, substituted about a cup of rolled oats instead of quick to add more texture, plain omitted coconut because I didn't have any. Other than that this recipe was mostly true to the original.  It isn't chunky like some of the snacking granola you might buy, but I'm guessing to make it chunky in the first place you have to add way more oil and sugar to make it stick.  I would love to try maple sugar.  Maple + Sugar = Love.  I just have to find it first!  FYI: I'm a measuring junkie when it comes to food.  This made 18 - 1/2 cup servings.  I wouldn't eat more than that, or I would certainly feel guilty. I have to apologize to my fellow library patrons.  I am HOARDING this book until I receive my own copy from Amazon.  This one is definitely worth buying!  

Nate's Two Cents: Tara waited until I had gorged on this amazing granola (about three bowls a day for a couple of days) to let me know that, by the way, it IS possible to eat too much of it.  I'm still in foodenial, though.  Two words: wheat germ.  It's my WMD in the sand, making every last bite perfectly justifiable.  Needless to say, I'll be having another bowl tonight...  


Anonymous said...

you can find maple sugar at Whole Foods

Tara said...

Thank you! I forgot to look when I was there last. I wish I had once closer to my home. I only get there about every 2 weeks.