I think I have a new favorite breakfast! Yogurt and peaches topped with Homemade Peach Granola. Sweet and fruity with a nice bit of crunch, it even looks like morning sunshine!
Have you been reading the recent press on probiotics? Probiotics are the good bacteria found in yogurt and other cultured products. Back in the crunchy granola seventies, everyone talked about the Tibetan monks who lived to the age of 100 eating yogurt. But today’s research is going deeper.
Anyone who has taken an antibiotic is probably familiar with the ability of probiotics to keep gut bacteria in sync. But today’s research is looking at additional roles. Recent studies have investigated possible impacts on type 2 diabetes and weight management. Others have looked at immune function and cholesterol control.
I don’t know if probiotics will live up to the hype when all the research is done. But one thing is for sure–the taste alone is worth it!
Now winding back around to my original topic… I just created a new recipe for homemade peach granola. One of my CSA friends clued me in to how tasty dried peaches are. When I dehydrated some trays I was impressed with how the sweetness comes out without a drop of added sugar. So I updated my maple vanilla granola recipe and the rest is history!
- • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
- • 2 c oatmeal, old-fashioned
- • 1/2 c chopped hazelnuts
- • 1/4 t salt
- • 1/8 t ground cinnamon
- • 1/8 t ground ginger
- • 3 T coconut oil (or other oil)
- • 1/3 cup brown sugar
- • 1 T vanilla extract
- • 3 peaches, chopped fine (see note)
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Melt coconut oil (if using) and brown sugar together. Add these and the vanilla to the dry ingredients. Toss to combine.
- Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray, then spread out granola mixture. Bake at 225 for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours until peaches are dried but still soft (baking time will vary depending on thickness of peach pieces), stirring a couple of times. Let cool completely then store in airtight container.
- Serving size is approximately 1/3 cup (a light serving of cereal but more than you'd use to top yogurt)
- It is important to use very thin pieces of peach or the other ingredients will get too dried out before the peaches are ready.
- If you want to make this with dried peaches instead, you can chop them to the desired size and add separately at end.