05/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tamra Davis Cooking Show - Granola (Mom With Camera Makes Hip and Healthy Cooking Show)

I started making music videos in my twenties and made my first feature, Guncrazy, at 29. I then spent the greater part of my thirties directing features. It felt amazing to be one of a handful working female directors in Hollywood. By my 8th feature, I knew I was fast approaching the deadline for my body's ability to make a baby. I halted my career and focused on having a family with my husband, Mike D. of the Beastie Boys. I found out I was pregnant with our second baby when our first baby was only 12 months old. I was excited but also panicked. I really wanted to get back to my career and yet was sucked into the mama vortex; I wanted another baby. I realized, I was not going to be able to get back to work for a while...

I discovered television is a great way to deal with the chaos of new motherhood. I would put the babies to bed and get lost in a trashy reality show. Or watch the Food Network as a type of pornography for a mom who thinks about eating all the time.

The more I thought about food, the more I started to understand the depth of my responsibility to feed my two growing boys. I also found that my health was super important.
A mom can't afford to be sick.

It was a challenge to find a cooking show which featured food that I wanted to make for my family: healthy, organic, mostly vegetarian and most of all, easy. So what started out as an experiment in what happens when a filmmaker who is a mom winds up in a kitchen, ended with me making my own little reality cooking shows. No crew, just a camera, my life and a good recipe. A recipe has the structure and pacing of a perfect short film. It has a beginning (you shop or plan), a middle (you cook) and an end (you eat!).

I started putting these 3-5 minute shorts up on my website,, and found a whole new audience of moms that were like me; looking for a healthy, easy and kid friendly alternative.

I really hope to inspire moms to make delicious, healthy meals for their families. I always wanted to put a camera in a woman's hand, now with my passion for children's health issues I want to put a pan in her hand too. Yes, I do believe many of our global concerns can be helped by the choice a person makes in what they feed their family.

Making these shows has allowed me to express myself as a filmmaker and reveal an insiders look into the life of a mom that finds fun in the challenges of feeding her loved ones.

Here is a show from my website called Granola:


(Makes 6 cups)

I wanted to make granola because I kept hearing how granola was so fattening and I was eating this amazing granola from Kauai called Anahola Granola. It's fattening because most recipes have you adding a ton of butter or oil. I cut down on this by using apple juice. It made it just as crunchy and is so delicious and nutritious!

3 cups organic oats
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or not)
1 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
½ cup seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin seeds)
½ teaspoon of salt
1/3 a cup of sunflower oil
½ a cup of honey or maple syrup
¼ cup of apple or orange juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla
sprinkle of cinnamon
1 cup chopped dried fruit (raisins, dried apricots, apples, etc...)

Heat oven to 350. Mix everything together except the raisins.

Lay the granola flat and even in a shallow pan (best is a heavy duty baking sheet with edges). Make sure the granola is not more than one inch thick or you may need to use two pans. 2009-04-02-tamra_davis_granola.jpg Bake for about 20 minutes. Check and stir it up after about 10 minutes. Don't let it burn. Stir in dried fruit once it's cooled a bit. Serve with your favorite milk or yogurt. Store in an airtight jar.

*Bonus - Granola Bars - put 1 cup of granola, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 tablespoon of flax oil, 2 tablespoons of honey in a food processor. After it's blended fine, add a few organic chocolate chips and form it into a shape on a Silpat that's sitting on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 375.