I was on a roll tonight. I don’t know if it is because tomorrow is a holiday and I won’t be going to work. That might be a contributor to the good mood. But whatever the cause, I have been busy, busy, in the kitchen cooking up a storm. I am not normally so active in the kitchen and to be moving from one dish to another it’s quite unlike me but nonetheless I am going with the flow.
I decided first of all to make some granola. My last effort ended in the garbage bin… All of it. It is not because I am such a terrible cook why that disaster happened. It’s just that I have terrible memory… at least I did that night. I totally forgot that I was making the granola until I became aware of the burning smell coming from the oven. My granola was toast… pun intended.
Well, tonight I decided to make me some more granola with the hope that I would have some to eat next day. Not because I thought I would burn it, but I wondered how much, if any would be left after my husband helped himself to it.
Granola, here we come.
I gathered my ingredients together and got to work.
There are not many ingredients in this recipe. The main ingredient is oats. I use old-fashioned oats. Next you add some chopped nuts, some seeds, some honey, a pinch of salt and some vanilla extract. You also need coconut oil and some honey or maple syrup to sweeten your granola. I tossed in some raisins as well because I love raisins and always try to find ways to add it into what I am preparing.
These are all the ingredients I used but in fact you can add anything you wish. There are a variety of nuts and seeds to choose from. You can add different types sweeteners. You can even add chocolate chips if you so desire.
When you put all those ingredients together and pop it in the oven…the smell, oh the lovely smell emanating from your kitchen is most delicious. Your kitchen just feels and smells like home sweet home. As a matter of fact the whole house is full of the aroma of lovely, delicious granola. It makes me wonder why I took so long to make another batch. After all it’s so easy.
Easy peasy scrumptious food
All you do is mix up all the ingredients together, spread it out on a baking sheet that has been lightly greased with some of the coconut oil and put it in the oven for 10 minutes. I didn’t want to make the same mistake I made the last time so I made sure to set the timer on my phone. After 10 minutes I took out the baking sheet, flipped the granola over as best as possible and popped it back in the oven for an extra 5 minutes. I found out that the extra 5 minutes was almost too much. I took it out just in time because I think if I had left it for 1 minute more it would have burned. Anyway, it was saved from disaster
and it was delicious. My husband tasted it and thought it was delicious too. Uh oh! Danger, danger! Will there be enough for me tomorrow?
Now you can have your granola in many ways. You can have it as a cereal with your milk of choice or you can have it in your yogurt. Like my husband, you can just throw it in your hand and pop it in your mouth. Yes it makes a lovely snack and I have a funny feeling that is how this granola is going to be consumed.
I must say I am very pleased with the result. This granola is so good I can’t keep it to myself so I’m going to share the recipe with you so you can make your own batch for yourself and your family.
Here is a recipe.
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup sliced/chopped almonds and walnuts
1/4 cup seeds (I used the green pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil
One pinch sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F
Mix all ingredients together. Ensure that all the dry ingredients are coated with the honey and oil.
Spread the mixture on a lightly greased baking sheet (or you can line the baking sheet with parchment paper before spreading the mixture).
Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
Take the baking sheet out of the oven and give the granola a quick stir and then put it back in the oven for another 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container.
The granola will keep at room temperature for about a week or you can put it in the freezer and store for about 3 months. Believe me though when I say it won’t last long enough to go into the freezer.
Give it a try
This is such a simple recipe. You can use it as a cereal for breakfast. Just add some milk and top with some fresh fruits. You may want to substitute regular milk for a non-dairy version such as almond milk, cashew, soy or any other milk alternative that you prefer. It is also a fantastic snack. Just grab a handful and go. You can mix it in with your yogurt or sprinkle it on top of your salad. Next time you make fruit salad, jazz it up with a little granola mixed in. There are so many ways you can use your granola.
So what are you waiting for. I am sure you have everything you need to whip up your batch of granola right now because these are common ingredients that you find in every almost kitchen. Put your ingredients together, toss that “deliciousness” into the oven and be prepared to enjoy the wonderful aroma that fills your entire house.
Go ahead and give it a try. Your family will love you for it.
Let us know your experience with this and other granola recipes in the comments section below.
By the way, after I finished making my granola, I decided to make a lentil vegetable loaf and after that was done I decided to bake a whole wheat bread. I truly was on a roll.