Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I like cereal and look forward to eating this granola in the morning with milk. I always eat fresh fruit with breakfast; fresh berries in the granola are nice. I started making my own vanilla since I use so much, see "staples" list. I also started buying herbs and spices in bulk from a spice shop and sesame seeds from a health food store.
Parchment paper is wonderful for easy cleanup and, in this recipe, to prevent the granola from sticking to the pans. It can be found in the store next to aluminum foil. I save used paper and reuse.

5 c rolled oats
1 c raw sunflower seeds
1 c raw sesame seeds
1 c flaxseeds (I use roasted whole, ground flaxseed is fine)
1/2 c wheat germ
2 t cinnamon
1 c vegetable oil, sunflower oil works well
1 c honey
2 T vanilla

Bake at 350 °F, 18-20 min, until toasted light brown
1. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In very large bowl, stir together oats, coconut, sunflower, flax, and sesame seeds, wheat germ, and cinnamon. A wooden spoon works well.
3. in 2 c glass measuring cup, mix together oil, honey, and vanilla.
4. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl of dry ingredients. Stir with large wooden spoon. Spread onto 2 cookie sheets. Bake (see "Bake" above).
5. Let cool completely. Then break into bite size pieces.

Store on a shelf in sealed containers.


  1. Is coconut okay on this diet? I noticed it's not mentioned in the Heal your Headache book as something to avoid, but I read online it's high in tyramine. I'm so confused! These sound delicious though!! I've been looking for a good, trigger free granola. I'm going to give this a try.

  2. Coconut, a good question. Coconut isn’t a nut, so as you mention, the HYH book doesn’t say whether coconut is allowed or not. Another granola idea is Nautre’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola or the Pumpkin version in the cereal section (at Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores). Maybe add cinnamon sometimes for variety.
    Stay tuned for an answer on the coconut question.

    1. Thanks for the store suggestions! It's nice to find some good go to pre-made snacks. I'm starting my second week of the Heal your Headache diet to see if it will help my dizziness. My doctor has no idea what's causing it, but after reading the book, I believe it may be vestibular migraines.

  3. Dr Buchholz recommends avoiding coconut for the HYH diet, considering it a nut. It's experience that determines this diet trigger list. Thank you, Dr B. I hope you start feeling better soon, Christine. The book is filled with much useful information, isn't it. I've gone back to it many times, including recently to explore starting a preventive med. I've been on the diet at least 6 yrs and will continue. The diet makes more difference than any medication for me.

  4. Thank you, Helena! I must have missed that in the book. I will avoid it from now on and wait to add it back in to see if it's a trigger. I'm glad the diet is working so well for you! Hopefully it will for me too. :)