Tuesday, July 30, 2013

simple granola

To the everyday person a batch of granola is no big deal. That is not so in our house. Somehow the simple batch of granola has made its way to a point of contention more than once. When I first started making granola years ago I was amazed by how simple, delicious and inexpensive it is. When my dad became a beekeeper it became even more. All the honey I could eat... so I thought. I would refill my jar of honey every time I went home never thinking there was an end to the supply. Until one day there was. I remember discussing this with my dad saying "Don't you think you could have given me a warning?" like honey was some part of my livelihood.

Once I started raising my own bee's the subject of granola came up once again. I soon found out that the rest of the family was very relieved that I would now have my own "neverending" supply of honey. Apparently I ate at least twice as much of my dad's honey as anyone else (due to my weekly batch of granola) and the rest of the family was not happy with this (ehem... Beth). I had no idea.

You would think that would be the end of granola drama but unfortunatly it isn't. Granola drama followed me right into my marriage. We both took turns making granola and the minute it came out of the oven half of the batch was gone. I started to think gosh this granola sure lasted longer when I was the only one eating it. Jim and I both realized at the same time (without discussing it of course) that it would be a first come first serve game and I know who I wanted to be first (serve your husband?...pft). I can remember many mornings rolling out of bed and making my way to the kitchen to find an empty jar of granola exclaiming "you ate ALL the granola?" I, of course, knew I had had more then my fair share but hunger and logic are not friends in my house.

Now I am back making granola. You would think all that conflict would make me shy away from it but I just can't. There really is nothing better then a fresh batch of granola and it is so easy to whip up. You can use whatever ingredients you like and even try not baking it but having sprouted granola. This is my base recipe for granola and beyond there I add whatever I have on hand. I always make sure to have these ingredients in the panty for a batch for myself or it's also the perfect breakfast for when we have company.

Simple Gourmet Granola
Adapted from My New Roots

4 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds, chopped
1.5 cups flaked coconut
1/4 tsp. finely ground sea salt (1/2 tsp. coarse, pummeled)
1/3 cup liquid honey (or maple syrup, agave)
4 Tbsp. coconut oil or sunflower oil

1. Preheat over to 350°F.
2. In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, whisk oil and honey together. 
3. In a large bowl combine oats, almonds, coconut, and sea salt. 
4. Pour oil and honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir very well to coat. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven and stir. Place back in oven but remove and stir every 5 minutes or so until the oats are golden brown (approx. 25-30 minutes). 

Additional Ingredient Options:
dried fruit (add after baking)
flax or chia seeds (add after baking)

1 comment:

  1. Yum! This sounds more delicious than the kind we make here at the lodge, which I haven't tried because it's a treat just for the guests. I will have to make some for myself!!!