Monday, November 23, 2009

'Tis the Season for Eating at Rural Action

With the holiday season upon us again, it's time to warm our hearts in the glow of family kitchens across the country.

Looking to treat your loved ones to a delicious dish? Then look no farther than the communal cook book shared by your friends at Rural Action! Our website, Ohio Foodshed, has a variety of amazing recipes, like the one below, a gift from your Rural Action family this season.

Granola Bites

2 Tbsp. organic almonds, toasted
1 3/4 c. quick cooking rolled oats
1/3 c. dried apples, unsweetened, finely chopped
1/3 c. dried apricots, unsweetened, finely chopped
1/3 c. dried blueberries, cherries and/or cranberries
2 Tbsp. raw sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp. coconut flakes
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. soynut butter or natural peanut butter
1/4 c. organic honey
1/2 tsp. organic vanilla extract

Step 1: Place almonds and 1/4 c. oats in bowl of food processor; process to fine crumbs, about 20 seconds. Place crumbs in medium bowl and set aside.

Step 2: In a large bowl, combine remaining oats, dried fruits, sunflower seeds, coconut and cinnamon.

Step 3: Add soynut butter, honey and extract; combine well until mixture begins to stick together.

Step 4: Using gloves or moist hands, form mixture into 1-inch balls, coat lightly with almond-oat crumbs, and place in airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow oats to absorb moisture.

Makes 36 (1-inch) granola balls.

For more great recipes and year round info about local food stop by ohiofoodshed.org and don't forget to eat with the seasons!