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A bowl of homemade granola
I'm slowly recovering from my back injury, and I'm happier this week! I'm able to move around a bit more freely, and because of needing to stand frequently, I have found myself in my kitchen more often. My practical farm-girl heart says, "If I need to stand, I may as well stand in the kitchen and do something!"
One morning, I enlisted the boys' help to make granola. I posted a photo of this once a long time ago, but this time, I have photos and the recipe!! :)
cinnamon, coconut chips, pepitas
This is a double recipe; the amounts are easier! I usually triple the recipe to have extra throughout the week. I list alternate ingredients (and notes) in parentheses, just in case you don't use what I use. :)
1 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
1/2 cup coconut oil (or other oil)
1/2 cup honey
1 t vanilla
24 oz. rolled oats (sorry I don't know how many cups this is; I use a scale)
1 T cinnamon
1/2 t sea salt
Optional Ingredients (I use the above for plain granola, and add the below for "gourmet" granola; you can add as many or as few as you like!)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds; I use raw Mexican)
1 cup coconut chips (from my bulk co-op, they are sweetened coconut shavings and totally yummy)
1 cup chopped nuts (I use a combination of raw walnuts, pecans, and slivered almonds)
1 cup raisins or other dried fruit (a friend just gave me dried cherries!!)
Combine sucanat, coconut oil, and honey in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until sucanat is dissolved (it will be shorter if you use brown sugar). Stir in vanilla. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients--I usually add the dried fruit after baking--in a large bowl and mix to combine.
Pour the liquid mixture into the oatmeal mixture, stirring until completely combined. Spread into a baking pan, and bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Remove to stovetop or potholders and stir in raisins. Stir the mixture as it cools (it will become one single clump if you don't!). Store in an airtight container; I use canning jars.
Stir to lift oats from the bottom of the bowl--this will help thoroughly combine the ingredients
See? Warm granola + cold milk = large clump :)
Glass jar storage
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captured by Christine Anne