Good Eats (Granola)

Friday is for food. As I continue to try and wrap my head around this whole blogging thing, I’m working on some regular themes that are almost second nature. Filling our bellies is one of those things. It is not an after thought. Food is on the front line and nourishment is key. I’m really proud of the cook I am becoming, and I’d like to share a recipe every now and again. So Fridays are for good food. I hope you enjoy.

{Good Eats #1}

As always with my cooking, I use a handful of this, a pinch of that. Play with the recipes I offer. Never feel like you have to follow exactly. I’m certain I never do.

Granola

granolaWho isn’t a fan of good ol’ fashioned oats? I know I am. And I usually have them in abundance. The former hippie in me is also a big fan of granola. Yum. Here’s my most recent endeavor, modified from a recipe I found in The Homemade Pantry.

Preheat oven to 250*F. Position rack in the top setting.

Combine well: 10 cups old fashioned rolled oats, a handful of each (my handful is around 1/2 cup): sesame seeds, flax seeds, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, add 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1.5 tsp cinnamon.

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Mix together in a small bowl, 3/4 cup of melted butter (1.5 sticks), 1 cup Grade B maple syrup, 1.5 tsp each of vanilla and almond extract. Add wet to dry and mix until well coated.

Pour onto 2 parchment covered baking sheets in a relatively even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, shuffle around and turn the trays, bake for another 30 minutes, repeat once more. Turn off the oven but leave the granola in for a couple hours (if you can bear to wait) and then enjoy with some yogurt or milk. Store extra in covered container. I doubt it will last long if you love granola as much as we do, but just in case, it stores well for about 3 weeks. If you don’t think you’ll go through it all, cut the recipe in half, or share some with your neighbor. :)

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2 thoughts on “Good Eats (Granola)

  1. I am making this. Right now. I want to stick my head in the oven and start munching on it because it smells so good…..

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