Brain Boostin’ Granola

27 Mar

Makes 12 servings

It happens.  You’re perusing the snack aisle and up walks that old high school pal of yours whose name you cannot place.  You start to sweat, “Oh hey!  How are ya?  How’s life, good?”  You say goodbye and continue to rack your brain for any sign, symbol or hope of a name.  Nancy!  3rd period English writing partner.  It happens to the best of us.  But if you opted for a powerful Brain Boostin’ Granola breakfast, you might have saved yourself the stress and worry.

Ingredients:

2 C. rolled oats

1 C. raw slivered almonds

1 C. raw walnut pieces

1 C. raw pecan halves

1 C. dried & pitted plums, sliced

¼ C. flaxseed meal

¼ C. oat bran

¼ C. wheat germ

¼ C. flax oil

¼ C. honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl, place oats, nuts, dried plums, flaxseed meal, oat bran and wheat germ.  In a separate bowl combine flax oil and honey.  Using a wooden spoon, stir the oil mixture into the dry ingredients until moistened.  Spread all ingredients out onto a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until oats become a light, golden brown.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Dried plums a.k.a. prunes (gasp!) are super-duper for you.  Trust me, your grandparents have been on to something. High in iron, fiber and antioxidants, dried plums regulate digestion, prevent anemia and ward off cancer.  Most importantly, dried plums protect your noggin from the effects of aging. So, if Alzheimer’s or dementia runs in your family, it’s even more reason to indulge in dried plums daily to reap the healthy benefits.

Made with love in memory of Violet Dolan. The woman who taught us all how to entertain with class, grace and a whole lotta love. The more the merrier was her motto – even after Dementia started playing with her brain.  If perfection had a name, it would be her, my Grandma Vi.

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