Monday, 30 July 2012

Good Granola

I have these childhood memories of homemade granola made by some home cook who used to sell it at the health food store my mother worked in during the early 80's.  I had no idea where it came from, all I knew was that it had a warm flavour that was not too sweet and perfectly crunchy.  While my mother never made it herself, she would gladly bring it home from the store and I in turn would gladly eat it.

Sometime during this part of my life, my mother purchased my first cookbook, Kids in the Kitchen.  While I attempted a few recipes as a kid, I somehow never found the granola recipe until a couple of years ago.  Now, anytime this family of mine needs a good bowl of granola that is not too crunchy, not to sweet and has that yummy warm flavour, this is what I make.  It is super easy to make and somehow deeply satisfying not only to eat but also to see it's golden beauty sitting on the breakfast table, waiting for your children to enjoy every bit as much as I did when I was little.

Good Granola
Adapted From Kids in the Kitchen by Nellie Edge and Pierr M. Leitz

(for a hungry family of 4, double this recipe, it's worth it!)

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened wheat germ
Good pinch of cinnamon (this is my addition)
Combine these ingredients in a large bowl

Then add: 
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup cooking oil (you can use sunflower or grapeseed)
Combine honey and oil and stir into mixture
Spread out in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan.
Bake in 300 oven until light golden brown-45 minutes.
Stir with spatula every 15 minutes.

Cool and store in a tightly covered container.

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